Hair comes in all different colours, lengths, textures and frizz levels, which means that—like the locks they style—one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to styling tools. That’s especially true of hair straighteners. Whether you’re trying to smooth über thick hair (lucky, but we understand the hardship!), attempting to tame a halo of ever-present frizz, or hoping to straighten your luscious curls for a switch-up to your regular hair routine, there’s *definitely* a flat iron out there for you. But how can you possibly know which one to choose? With the market for hair straighteners pretty saturated at the moment (though we’re not complaining), it can be difficult to discern your Babyliss from your Dyson. Luckily, we have you covered with this best hair straightener roundup.
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Here, FLARE breaks down the best flat irons for every hair type and need, with editor reviews of some of our ultimate faves. Trust us, because we’ve tried them.
The Best Straighteners for Every Hair Type
Best straighteners for curly hair: CHI
Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, $160, chi.com
I have 3B/3C type curly hair and look for straighteners that can help me achieve multiple looks: I have to be able to get it pin-straight, or with a little bounce, or even a subtle wave. The CHI Lava flat iron helps me achieve all these with the über useful feature of allowing me to adjust the specific temperature I'm looking for. I don't always need the hottest setting to get my hair styled with a few passes of the iron, which helps minimize hair damage. The results are always smooth, and the auto-off feature helps in those moments when I've forgotten to turn off the iron—something I definitely don't recommend doing! —Elham Numan, graphic designer