From tight curls and beachy waves to a classic poker-straight style, hair straighteners are more versatile than the name suggests, so it’s handy to have a trusty pair in your beauty drawer.
Whether you need a tool for everyday use or for special occasions, it’s worth investing in straighteners that won’t damage your locks and will stand the test of time. But with so many on the market, it’s difficult to know which ones will be right for your hair type.
With summer around the corner, hotter days are coming, which also means the dreaded frizz will be bound to make a comeback.
The hair straighteners we’ve selected below include cutting edge technology and special plates that aim to look after your hair whilst you style as well as creating a smooth, salon-style finish.
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Best hair straighteners for 2021
Following the global success of the iconic Dyson Supersonic and Dyson Airwrap stylers, it’s no surprise that Dyson’s Corrale straighteners are incredibly popular amongst beauty lovers around the world.
Built to be used cord-free (for up to 30 minutes), the Corrale is kitted out with flexing manganese copper alloy plates to make styling easy and avoid splaying.
It uses less heat than an average straightener (with three different heat settings – 165°C, 185°C and 210°C) and promises less damage as a result – it reduces frizz and fly-aways, too. When you’re done, pop it back into the charging dock for 70 minutes to fully recharge. Top of your wish list? Ours too.
The T3 Single Pass boasts wide powerful plates that are designed to straighten long, thick or coarse hair in one stroke, or very fast.
There’s a digital heating system to maintain consistent heat and T3 Tourmaline + Ceramic + Ionic technology which ensures you’ll have a smooth and long-lasting finish – just as you would at the salon!
Remington’s Air Plate Ceramic Hair Straighteners use a suspended-plate system that delivers impressive results and silky.
You’ll be able to style each strand of hair with just one stroke, thanks to clever technology and black titanium-infused ceramic plates for fast and smooth results.
You can’t go wrong with GHD and it may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie. The GHD Original Styler is a professional styler, which heats up fast and provides a sleek finish.
The thin barrels mean that the plates can be used a variety of ways to create curls, waves or just super straight hair.
These Paul Mitchell Neuro Smooth straighteners heat up to 450°F (232°C) in 30 seconds and are designed to style your hair in one easy pass.
There’s even a SmartSense microchip that monitors the temperature 50 times per second to ensure an even heat distribution at all times – that’s a lot of tech for a pair of hair straighteners.
Whether you’re after bouncy curls, beachy waves or sleek ‘n straight locks, ghd’s Platinum+ Styler won’t let you down – far from it!
The latest GHD straightener, the Platinum+ Black Styler took five years to develop and features groundbreaking ‘smart’ predictive technology that controls heat based on the thickness of your hair, the section of hair you’re straightening and your styling speed, changing the power to optimise your styling needs.
This straightener uses less heat to create your perfect look, which ultimately means less damage to your hair.
Using ‘state of the art temperature control technology’ you can style your hair without searing it.
There’s also lots of handy features including a swivel cord, hibernation mode and temperature gauge.
Not a traditional hair straightener, this device uses steam instead of heat to ease out the kinks and frizz in hair, leaving hair soft and silky – and, most importantly, healthy.
Consider it a garment steamer for your hair. Dual plates glide through without tugging or dragging your hair, helping to control frizz and reduce the appearance of split ends. Rain and humidity will become a past-you problem as this clever tool helps you achieve the ultimate shiny finish.
If you want a little bit of luxury to add to your collection, this is a good place to start.
These cordless straighteners from Balmain are the ultimate travel companion and ideal for styling on the go.
Titanium floating plates allow effortless gliding over the hair to create a salon smooth finish, temperatures range between 160°C to 200°C so you can choose the best setting for your hair type.
The ceramic plates on this Revamp hair straightener are infused with argan oil, coconut oil and keratin. It claims to leave hair sleek and smooth no matter the style and has a rubberised matte black body, designed for good grip and durability.
The brand states that the straighteners also use ionic technology to keep hair smooth.
It has 32 heat settings (from 80C to 235C) and a ‘hair mode’ setting, where you pick the optimal temperature according to your hair type.
Shoppers on a tight budget can look for ‘like-new’ goods on eBay’s Certified Refurbished Hub, which features high quality resale items from top beauty brands including GHD, Revamp, Remington and more.
All the items are in a pristine, ‘like-new’ condition and are inspected, cleaned and refurbished by the manufacturer or a manufacturer-approved seller.
For added peace of mind Certified Refurbished items also come with a 12 month guarantee, and are protected by eBay’s Money Back Guarantee, which means consumers can shop with confidence and save money at the same time.