There are so many ways to style your beautiful natural hair but if dead-straight strands are what you’re after, it goes without saying that you’ll need the right flat iron for the job.
The best hair straighteners for natural hair reveal smooth, sleek hair without the need for excessive heat exposure and damage. It’s important to look for a hair straightener with high-quality ceramic plates, however if your hair is kinkier or harder to straighten, titanium plates work really well.
We recommend investing in two hair straighteners for the best results. A two-inch straightener for straightening a lot of hair and a smaller one for getting really close to the roots
Even though we know about the damage heating tools can cause our hair, we spend time applying heat to our hair as well as hoping to reduce breakage whilst still achieving silky smooth locks.
The Tropical Duchess set out in a search to find the beat hair straighteners for minimal hair damage.
The best thing to do for your hair is to use heat styling sparingly and or make sure you pick one with temperature settings you can control.
Once you find the best hair straightener for you, you’ll cut your routine in half and wind up with healthier hair.
Here are our recommendations for the best flat irons for each hair type.
“It’s generally suggested that heat styling be done no
more than once per week. Natural hair should always
be freshly shampooed, conditioned and completely
dry before thermal styling. Straightening dirty hair
with a flat iron will only ‘cook’ oil in and dirt in, which
will lead to more damage.”
BEST OVERALL: HSI Professional Glider Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener (currently out of stock)
This flat iron one of the bestsellers among hair straighteners and there’s no surprise why. The benefits of this flat iron are seemingly endless; users love how easily it can straighten, flip, and curl hair.
The ceramic plates are equipped with special technology to minimize the amount of breakage as a result of heat damage; all you’ll see is sleek and shiny strands thanks to the inclusion of tourmaline crystal ion plates.
As for temperature ranges, you can adjust between 60-230°C and take it with you when you travel to areas with 220v outlets. As a bonus, each device comes with an included glove, a handy travel pouch, and a travel-size argan oil hair treatments.
“Before you start styling your hair with a straightener
or a curling iron, use a heat protection spray as using
it directly can cause dryness and damage. The spray
makes your hair damp and acts as a shield between
your hair and the iron.”
BEST BUDGET: Remington Sleek and Smooth Ceramic Hair Straighteners S5500 (£34.99)
If you don’t have the budget for a luxury straightener, this ceramic flat iron from Remington will do the trick. With a heat-up time of just 30 seconds and six different heat settings, this hair straightener can suit every hair type. Its tangle-free fabric cord allows you to get every angle needed without any worries, and it even has digital controls to help you find the right temperature.
When you’re done styling your hair, it shuts off automatically after 60 minutes. Because it’s only one-inch wide, you can get up close to your roots without worrying about burning your skin or leaving an unsightly dented shape in your strands.
“According to researchers, 365 degrees F is what you want
your flat iron to be. That temperature allows the
most styling benefits in the fewest strokes, helping
hair retain moisture and easily sealing the cuticle –
which leaves your locks shiny, smooth, and resistant
MOST INNOVATIVE: Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener (£599.00)
The Tropical Duchess team have been patiently awaiting the release of this next-level hair straightener, and now it’s finally here. True to the Dyson name, this hair straightener features some of the coolest technology we’ve ever seen from a straightener.
It boasts unique ‘flexing’ plates that conform to the shape of your hair to straighten it in less time, and with less damage. Another perk? It can be used cordless for up to 30 minutes, making it easier than ever to style your hair wherever you are.
The price is steep, but not necessarily a far cry from other Dyson hair tools. Still, trust us when we say that the quality is there, and so are the results.
“Daily use of a straightener can damage your hair,
particularly if – like many straightener addicts – your
hair, making it more vulnerable to split ends and
breakage. The more heat you use, and the more
frequently you use it, the worse the damage will be”
BEST FOR SHORT HAIR: BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron (currently out of stock)
With short hair, whether a bob or a pixie, the most important quality to look for in a straightener is the size. While it may seem like a thick straightener gets the job done faster, it’s actually harder to use with short hair.
You can get closer to the roots using a one-inch straightener without burning your scalp. This iron has 50 different settings that reach up to 230°C, allowing you to pick the heat you prefer for styling. Since you’re getting closer to your roots, the range in heat and the smaller size is a major plus.
BEST FOR LONG HAIR: Hot Tools Gold Titanium Digital Salon Flat Iron (£92.00)
We love the wide plates of this flat iron because it allows larger sections of hair to be worked at once, reducing the time it takes to get ultra-sleek results. And thanks to ceramic technology, even the frizziest hair can look shiny and smooth.
“To make your hair straight and silky naturally
mix olive oil, castor oil, and burdock oil in equal
portions. The amount of the oils depends on the
length of your hair and it’s thickness. The mix should
be heated up in a water bath and applied to the full
length of your hair. Wrap your hair in a warm towel,
and keep the mask on for 40 minutes.”
BEST FOR THICK HAIR: Kipozi Professional Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener with Digital LCD Display (£26.99)
With thick hair, it’s important to find a flat iron that can straighten each strand without having to go over it too many times, essentially frying your hair. This iron promises to do just that. You can choose any temperature between 80 to 230°C, so you’re in control of how hot you want it. Plus, it heats up quickly, cutting your styling time way down. This also promises to eliminate frizz and static, two key concerns of thick hair.
BEST FOR TEXTURED HAIR: XTAVA Professional Infrared Flat Iron with Tourmaline Ceramic Plates (£88.00)
When you have natural, coarse or kinky-curly hair, ceramic irons are preferred to titanium because the heat typically is distributed more evenly with ceramic materials. This straightener has floating plates, which means they flex with your hair for a better grip and keep your strands in constant contact with heat. The eight-foot-long cord means finding the right place to plug your iron in will be a breeze.
This flat iron can reach 10 different heat settings that range from 130 to 230°C in just 90 seconds and automatically shuts off after an hour of use. The most important part of this straightener is infrared technology because that allows the heat to penetrate the entire strand, not just the outer layer.
“if you see hair smoke when using your
straighteners remember that
heat protectant helps to protect hair from heat
damage when applying a tool that uses heat. When
its not dried out, the straightening iron ends up
burning the spray instead of the hair. This can cause
steam or smoke to rise since that straightening iron
is coming into contact with the still wet spray.”
BEST FOR CURLY HAIR: T3 Singlepass X Hair Straighteners (£165.00)
Getting the super straight and sleek look the with curly hair can be tough. It either takes forever or your hair never smooths out exactly right. This flat iron promises to be everything you need and more. It’s specifically designed with coarse, thick and curly hair in mind. It has five heat settings between 130 and 210°C, allowing you to customize it depending on how you want your hair styled. It also has a microchip embedded to make sure the iron stays the same temperature throughout your styling session, so you don’t have to worry about overheating your locks.