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The infrared hair straightener VS ceramic flat iron battle rages on! You need to know what will give you the BEST RESULTS between them? Sweeeeeeeeet!
That's what I want to bend your ear about to day honey, so buckle up...
With my countless hours of researching reviews and learning the benefits and downfall of more types of flat irons than I'd like to remember, I know that it's easy to get duped by false advertisements and JUICY low prices.
At the end of the day though, you want to walk out of the house with the cutest, neatest, sleekest hair AAAAAAND walk you butt back in the house later that night with the same gorgeous hair.
With that being said... It's a fact that finding the best flat iron at a fair price to achieve fantastic results can be challenging. This statement is especially true if you do not understand the technology associated with the number of flat irons in the marketplace.
Let's take a moment to examine the various types of infrared flat irons.
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Infrared flat irons have titanium or ceramic plates. The type of flat iron plate that you select should align with your hair's texture and density. Infrared irons have multiple benefits, including a reduced risk for heat damage, stimulation of hair growth, and blood flow to the scalp and non-static and non-stick, which is essential when you are trying not to damage sections of your hair.
Infrared flat iron connoisseurs love these irons because you can straighten your hair in a matter of two passes. And often, when folks ask about infrared hair straightener VS ceramic flat irons, they really want to know which one will cause less damage with far fewer passes.
And that's SUPER-IMPORTANT. Trust and believe that....
Framing this debate as "infrared hair straightener VS ceramic flat irons" is sometimes a lil' misleading because many high-quality infrared hair straighteners are ALSO made with ceramic.
And then we have Bio-Ceramic flat irons that are best-sellers although super-expensive, I wrote an article titled: "is the Bio Ionic 10x worth it?". take a look after you finish reading here. Let's get back to regular ceramic though...
Ceramic plate flat irons work exceptionally well for people who have thick hair and are very popular for women in the natural hair community with thick type 4b and 4b hair, women with thin hair may like to use a ceramic iron as long as it is thinner in diameter.
Ceramic infrared flat irons are popular because they distribute heat evenly, heat rapidly and less likely to leave your hair smoking.
Tourmaline Ceramic Irons
Ceramic irons with tourmaline-infused plates produce negative ions that coat your hair and condition it, helping to seal in hydration and reduce the risk for frizz.
Titanium Infrared Irons
Titanium infrared plates are fantastic for naturalistas who have thick or coarse hair. They are lighter in weight and are a fan-favorite because they conduct heat more efficiently than that of ceramic plates. They leave hair looking and feeling smooth.
When selecting a flat iron, you should aim to choose an iron that is best suited for your hair's length and thickness. Infrared plates most commonly have one-inch plates, but for women who have coarse or thick hair, a 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide plate might be most beneficial.
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How Much Do These Hair Straighteners Cost?
When comparing the infrared hair straightener VS ceramic flat irons you have to take the cost into consideration. The cheapies are... well, cheap. And just because a flat iron is expensive and high-quality doesn't mean it's the perfect match for YOUR hair.
Flat iron costs can range in prices from $25 to $240. Of course, a hefty price does not always translate into results, some brands like BabyLissPRO and the famous GHD premium hair straighteners are better than others. Do your homework before investing too heavily in a specific product.
Tips to Avoid Heat Damage
Flat irons are fabulous for helping us create bone-straight styles that showcase our length. Unfortunately, flat iron use does come with some risk. It would be best if you took action to protect your hair. First, always use good thermal protectant. Your ultimate goal is to avoid damaging your hair.
Never use heat on hair that is already experiencing damage, there are studies that say it's bad for your already damaged hair. Heat can make a bad hair problem worse. Next, pay attention to the temperature that you use to straighten your hair. Women with fine hair should use a flat iron temperature of 360 degrees. For medium hair, use a temperature setting range of 360 to 390 degrees.
For hair that is thick, coarse, or ripe with tight curls, choose temperature settings of 360 to 420 degrees.
In summary of this Infrared Hair Straightener VS Ceramic Flat Irons article, I can wrap up by telling you this...
Your choice of hair straighteners will vary depending on a variety of factors, including your hair length, texture, and thickness. Infrared straighteners are popular because this technology allows you to straighten your hair in one to two passes without damaging your hair.
This technology reduces hair damage because it uses a gentler form of heat to penetrate the hair, and it uses negative ions to lock in moisture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee is a Contributing Editor to NHP and a former owner of the BlackhairOMG website. She formed 4C Trichology Growth Services, LLC., a US based hair care consultation service. She has also contributed as a writer and consultant for various hair and beauty websites. Melissa can be followed on Twitter here.