Tried, Tested, Loved: 8 of the Best Hair Straighteners to Invest In Right Now

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With the recent success of the Dyson Airwrap, it feels like hair tools have just become more versatile and user friendly, hair straighteners especially. Lately we’ve seen newer styling devices emerge that can help you achieve your favourite hair looks with a little bit of learning and a lot less heat damage. Split ends everywhere are rejoicing.

This is your official sign to treat yourself and secure the new flat iron, hair straightener of your dreams. From a cordless, editor-favourite to a steam powered variation, there’s plenty to choose from. Ahead, you’ll find our picks for the six best hair straighteners according to tried and tested reviews.

Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

Dyson Corrale

The Dyson Corrale ($699) straightener has three precise heat settings — 165°C, 185°C, and 210°C — and is controlled by a thermal system that is intelligent enough to make sure it doesn’t go beyond these temperatures. Basically, you won’t fry your precious hair! Its smooth, flexible plates slide through your hair, setting it in a smooth, silky curl with precision. Plus, it’s cordless, so you won’t get your arm caught up in the process. TikTok is full of tutorials on different styles, from mermaid waves and curls to faking a flawless blowout.

Cloud Nine 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro

The Cloud Nine 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro (now $399, from $499) is the first straightener to use curved plates, which makes styling hair easier and faster. The plates were also designed to cushion rather than clamp hair. You can use the tool to straighten hair, curl it or create waves. The iron has a range of temperatures up to 200 degrees Celcius, so you’re never applying more heat on your strands than you need.

ghd Duet Styler 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler

GHD Wet-to-Styled Hair Tool
Chloe Dunn, GHD Duet Styler 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler ($595)

If you’re searching for a hair tool that you can use immediately use after a shower, the GHD Duet Styler 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler ($595) might just be your best bet. There’s no need to wait for the moisture to soak up, all you need to do is towel dry your locks then get to styling. One POPSUGAR writer said that once she learned the proper technique, she was able to get her hair dried and styled in 15 minutes.

Cloud Nine The Micro Iron

Cloud Nine The Mirco Iron - best hair straightener
Cloud Nine Mico Iron ($155)

The Cloud Nine Mico Iron ($155) is made for the on-the-go girl. It may be compact but this mini flat iron still packs the heat into its slimmer design for styling on the move. “A lightweight, slimline hair straightener with floating ceramic plates. Ideal for styling on the go, a perfect travel companion or for short hair,” a five-star review on Adore Beauty mentioned.

Bondi Boost Aloe Infused Flat Iron

BondiBoost’s Aloe Infused Flat Iron ($180)

BondiBoost’s Aloe Infused Flat Iron ($180) has aloe powder blended into its plates, which add shine to your hair and works to fight frizz. The ionic tech and ceramic-coated tourmaline floating plates even the heat distribution and make it easy to glide the iron over your stands. The straightener works for all hair types – straight, wavy, curly, fine, medium and thick.

L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0

Loreal Professionnal Steam pod
L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0

Flat hair with volume might sound like two different worlds, but the reviews on the L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 ($360) say that this hair straightener can give you the best of both. This handy hair tool uses steam instead of heated metal plates to give you a sleek hairstyle with less damage.

Remington Proluxe Salon Hair Straightener

Remington Proluxe Salon Hair Straightener
Remington Proluxe Salon Hair Straightener (now $119, was $149)

Remington Proluxe Salon Hair Straightener (now $119, was $149) has PROheat sensor technology that ensures consistent heat when styling. No need to keep checking the heat has dropped down during longer styling sessions. You’ll find heat settings between 150C to 230C that will cover straightening on most hair types.

ghd Platinum Styler

ghd platinum styler - best hair straightener
ghd Platinum Styler ($395)

The ghd Platinum Styler, ($395) is one of the smartest hair straighteners around.

With “predictive technology”, this hair tool really gets to know you. It adjusts to your hair thickness and the speed at which you style. If you’re someone who consistently sleeps through your alarm, and needs to whip through your hair routine, consider the ghd Platinum Styler your new bestie.

You can also create curls and waves with ease — the unique wishbone hinge and round barrel make manipulating the straightener a cinch.

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