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Winter is a great time to explore heat styles, be they flat-ironed looks or voluminous blowouts. Accordingly, you might be on the lookout for the next best hair straightener to take yours to the next level.
While hairstylist Mickiela Smith of MMSMITH.CO notes that there are many factors that go into heat styles (scalp conditions, hair state, type, etc.), she explains that since cold air is typically more dense—holding less water and humidity—cooler days can mean that thermal manipulated styles become easier to maintain.
“When it comes to hot tools, preserving the integrity of your hair should be your top priority,” says editorial hairstylist Naeemah LaFond. “That sleek glassy finish or smooth silk press shouldn’t cost you the health of your hair. When shopping for the right tools, technology and functionality are key factors. It’s important to know that all straighteners aren’t created equal.”
Luckily, to help you out in your search, ten professional hairstylists are weighing in on what they consider to be the best hair straightener on the market. Read on for their recommendations.T3 SinglePass Luxe 1'' Straightening and Styling Iron
Larry Sims—who counts Regina King and Alicia Keys among his clients, and works with Gabrielle Union on her hair care brand—says this straightener is his favorite because of its advanced technology and versatility. Heat is dispersed evenly through the plates, he explains. “Using the T3, you can literally glide smoothly over the hair in just one pass.” And, he adds, “Its stylish round edge design makes it easy to achieve any desired styles, from waves to voluminous curls to flips to straight and sleek hair.”
T3 Micro Singlepass Ceramic Straightening and Styling IronBaByliss Pro® Porcelain 2" Straightener
Celebrity hairstylist and barber Nigella Miller says this one is her favorite because of its porcelain ceramic plate technology. “I feel like it gives me the perfect straightened look I’m going for. Having 4c hair, I need a straightener that’s going to heat up enough to smooth out my curls without having to do multiple passes. The ceramic plate just seals my cuticle which gives me the perfect curly to straight look.”
BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic 1'' Straightening IronThe NuMe Megastar
Erinn Courtney (celebrity hairstylist and braider for Rickie Thompson, Nazanin Mandi, and Willow Smith, among others) says the NuMe Megastar straightener has been her go-to straightener for years. “It’s sleek and ergonomic. It’s very comfortable in the hand, and that’s important to me since I do a lot of braiding and need to protect my hands,” she says. “The hair always come out super straight, soft and shiny. And because the Nume is on the smaller side, it’s really easy to create curls and styles other than simply straightening.”
NuMe’s Megastar X Professional Grade Hair Straightening IronAmika Confidante Moisture maintenance styler
Naeemah LaFond—who serves as Christopher John Rogers's go-to hairstylist for his iconic shows—reaches for this one because of its “infrared heat technology that penetrates deep into the hair shaft, heating the strands evenly and gently from the inside out.” She adds that it looks great on any countertop “with its super sleek and glam matte black and gold finish—beauty and brains.”
Amika The Confidante Moisture Maintenance StylerHAIRBEAURON 3D Plus by Bioprogramming
Mickiela Smith is a fan of this device, which heats up to 360 degrees. Smith calls it a “more holistic and healthier way of smoothing the hair.”
Hairbeauron 3D Plus [Straight]GHD Platinum+ Hair Straightener
Celebrity hairstylist, Adir Abergel, whose clients include Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart, says he loves this straightener because of its technology. “This iron recognizes each section of hair and adapts the correct amount of heat that is necessary for each section of hair.”
Kat Graham's trusted hair stylist, Rachel Lee, feels similarly. “[This straightener] has a rounded top edge which helps me iron without any snags or excessive pulling/catching which can lead to extra heat on already fragile ends. The adjustable heat dial helps keep you in check depending on the level of damage you have and texture and curl pattern. The smoothness of the plates are critical for a silky press or flat iron waves so you can work in a flow.”
Ghd Platinum+Professional Performance 1" StylerConair Wild Primrose 1'' Flat Iron
Jennifer Yepez, hairstylist for Selena Gomez and Emily Ratajkowski, says she's loving this straightener. Its extra-long ceramic plates allow users to cover more hair in each section, which, she notes, “minimize your styling time and protect the hair from thermal heat damage ,delivering ultra-shiny smooth hair. It’s also perfect for those of us on the go—it only takes 30 seconds to heat up to 400 degrees!”
Conair Wild Primrose 1'' Flat IronT3 Lucea ID 1'' Smart Flat Iron with Touch Interface
Kerry Washington’s hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant says this is her favorite flat iron. “It’s a smart touch interface straightening iron that offers styling personalization,” she explains. “It adjusts heat based on your texture, length, and color-treated hair. You will have shiny hair and less damage to it in the end when it comes to styling your hair. It’s great for all hair types and textures.”
Lucea ID 1'' Smart Flat IronBellami Triple Shine Professional Digital Flat Iron
Dimitris Giannetos, who has worked with Rosalia and Joey King, chooses this Bellami flat iron as his go-to. “It's very lightweight and you can control the temperature,” he notes. “It also has a special technology that increases the shine on the hair. Typically, a lot of flatirons only have an on/off button, so you aren’t able to control the heat, therefore they are always too hot!”
Bellami Triple Shine Professional Digital Flat Iron