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Hey sis heyyyy! Are you looking for the benefits and downfalls of ceramic flat irons?
If so, you’re alot like me, SMART (I’m humble too, ha).
See, research is the key. If you’re anything like me you dig for information before you buy something as if you were digging for that shiny gold stuff during the California Gold Rush.
And that just might save you from destroying your hair!
Using the wrong flat iron hair straightener for your specific hair type can lead to breakage, burning, snagging and all types of foolishness that neither you or I have time for.
So let’s get your knowledge tank filled up so that you can buy (or not buy) with confidence.
Listen sis, the path towards silky straight, shiny natural hair is often ignited by smoke — literally.
A common problem when it comes to flat-ironing your natural hair — especially thinner, and limper textures — is overheating it by turning your flat iron ALL THE WAY UP (like Fat Joe and Remy Ma, lol) to temperatures reaching 450 degrees.
This is big no-no unless you have very strong, coarse, kinky hair..
On top of that, many expert hair stylists have revealed that another major problem might lie in the plates of the tool you're using.
And that’s where the ceramic flat iron comes into play for you and I.
The major difference between the two plates is the rate and method by which they heat your hair. Ceramic flat iron plates heat your hair from the inside out, while titanium heats from the outer surface of your hair shaft.
You might notice that your ceramic flat iron takes longer to heat up. And in the long run, that may be a good thing if your hair isn’t very strong.
Ceramic flat irons transmit heat through infrared technology, straightening the hair from the inside out which is generally more gentle, especially for finer or more brittle textures. Ceramic hair straightening brushes are also known to be more gentle on frail hair. By the way, you can see my article about infrared hair straightener vs ceramic if you're interested.
So now we're gonna talk about this hair tool in terms of a few features I learned from ceramic flat iron reviews.
Those features are:
Now, stay with me sis, because this is all gonna make sense to you in a hot second.
And you first need to understand that there are…
So let's go through some info about ceramic flat iron plates.
1st, there are three types of common ceramic plates:
OK, so I admit that I’m cheating by bringing titanium into a ceramic flat iron fight, lol…
I figure, some folks who are looking for information about the best ceramic flat iron reviews might not even be aware of how much of a smoother, sleeker press you can get with a premium pro-level titanium flat iron.
Titanium sits at the head of the class, creme-de-la-creme…
Titanium flat irons are considered to be at the forefront in hair straightener technology in terms of smoothing capability. They have an incredibly smoothing touch and capability and they are extremely popular among professional stylist because titanium really does leave your hair looking very, very straight, very glossy and very smooth.
In terms of durability, even the best ceramic flat iron hair straightener like GHD flat irons can't hold a candle to a top-tier titanium straightener. Titanium flat irons are extremely durable. Titanium is not a porous material like ceramic, because of that, titanium tends to last much longer and to also be just much more durable in general.
In regards to heat, titanium heats up super fast, titanium holds high heat very well and it also has really good heat distribution.
It's actually better in regards to even heat distribution than an actual ceramic plate flat iron is, making titanium hair straighteners one of the best flat iron choices for a natural hair silk press.
As far as hair type suitability… Hair type suitability is really one of the most important factors when it comes to investing in the proper flat iron.
While many untrained flat iron buyers are seeking out a ceramic flat iron for natural hair, the experts will tell you that titanium is the super choice for someone with very thick, super curly, kinky or very resistant hair fights against you harder than Bruce Lee on a bad day.
If you have kinky natural hair that just doesn't straighten, I suggest you take a gander at the Babyliss Pro titanium flat iron, I personally listened to a well-known professional stylist say that this iron smoothes out even her clients with the kinkiest of hair.
We’re talking about women with extremely, extremely thick, resistant puffy hair.
She only does one or two passes with the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Prima Ionic Straightener and her client’s hair turns bone straight.
A Babyliss Pro is not really the best option for women with really smooth, soft, very fine hair because it can scorch that type of hair, so if you don't have extremely thick, coarse hair, you may be better off with less firepower in the form of one of the better full ceramic flat irons. Learn more about Babyliss flat irons in this review article.
A ceramic flat iron for natural hair type 3b and 3c might be a perfect match. As I told you before in this tutorial, looser and smoother hair patterns can be overwhelmed by a powerhouse titanium flat iron like Babyliss Pro 3000 PRIMA Ionic.
If you have been straightening with titanium and you're finding that your hair is just not growing, breaking more or you're getting big, crazy split ends every single time you go for a cut.
It really could be because that hair straightener is just too intense for your looser hair type and it's just creating so much more damage than any straightening benefit, especially without using a professional heat protectant.
And lastly, I’ll tell you to AVOID THE METAL STRAIGHTENERS. Although there aren’t many of these out on the market anymore, you can still find them for very, very cheap.
I caution you to stay away from these metal flat irons all together. They have uneven heat distribution, they get hot spots, the heat level can kind of spike up really quickly and they can break really easily.
But the worst thing about them is that they can cause a tremendous amount of damage and that's damage that cannot be reversed once you scorch your hair all to-be-danged. So stick to the ceramic flat iron or a steam flat iron if you have limp, loose or really thin hair.
And you can’t go wrong with a premium titanium flat iron if you have hard-to-straighten, very coarse, coily natural hair.