The hair straighteners we can’t live without
#1 was a clear crowd favourite
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / November 16 2018
What makes a good hair straightener? It needs to straighten hair in one seamless movement - without the need to go over the same section again and again. It needs to not damage or fry hair in the process (its temperature setting and the plates are an essential component). And it must deliver a super smooth, frizz-free finish that lasts.
Which ones do just that? These are our top picks for the best hair straighteners, with reviews.
#7 / Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Straightening Brush
A non-traditional version of a straightening iron, this heated brush straightens hair without the need to clamp down, allowing you to work with larger sections. We love its budget-friendly price tag, but our favourite thing is how it puts your hair’s health first. Keratin and argan oil (two nourishing hair ingredients) are infused in the ceramic bristles, so every time you glide the brush through your hair, it leaves them smooth, frizz-free (great for curly hair) as well as healthy-looking.
The review: “This straightening brush is easy to use and I have not noticed any damage to my hair since I have started using it. I like that it is easier to use than a conventional straighter but still does a great job straightening your hair.” lisamarie860, Remington customer
#6 / Stefan Professional Straightening Iron
When a tool is made by a hairdresser, you can bet it has had to pass the highest of expectations and standards. This one by Stefan has ceramic and tourmaline plates, a rounded barrel shape (yep, you can curl your hair with it!) and comes in four colours, in case you want something more vibrant than a sleek black finish.
The review: “I first bought this hair straightener about 12+ years ago (seriously!) and it’s still going strong. I was originally going to buy a ghd but this one was half the price - and I was a uni student at the time - and it promised to do all the same things. And it’s never let me down. I absolutely love it - it straightens my hair quickly without the need to keep going over sections like inferior straighteners do, and the ionic technology looks after the health of my hair. The only con is my original Stefan straightener doesn’t have an automatic switch-off, but the latest version does so problem solved!” Chelsea Tromans, Beauty Crew’s Contributing Editor
GOOD TO KNOW: If you're wondering why tourmaline plates are so good, it's because they produce negative ions, which allow hair to straighten with less heat. These negative ions trap moisture in the hair, too, so you’re left with shiny, nourished strands.
#5 / True.me Hair Straightener
Another keratin-infused hair iron, this straightener allows you to adjust the heat setting (a lower setting is best for fine or damaged hair, while a higher heat is suitable for thick, coarse hair) for maximum styling control. It also switches off after 20 minutes of inactivity and comes with a protective heat guard so you can stash it in your bag straight after use. It’s the little details that add up to a great styling tool.
The review: “When I discovered this tool was developed by the original founders of ghd and Cloud Nine, I was immediately intrigued. While it doesn’t have the same feel as either the ghd or Cloud Nine straighteners when holding it (it’s a lot lighter and is made from a different material), it worked really well to straighten out the kinks in my hair. I love using it on second-day hair to create a curl or wave because it glides so well when twisting; it never catches on the way down.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#4 / VS Sassoon Intelligent Digital Sensor Straightener
A newcomer on the scene, this hair straightener has already made its way into our hearts. We love its sleek look and navy hue, as well as its whopping 12 digital heat settings, ranging from 180°C to 235°C, which allows you to use the perfect temp for your hair type. The Intelligent Digital Sensor is cool, too - it continually monitors the temperature of the ironing plates to ensure they don’t overheat and cause damage.
The review: “Featuring ionic plates to eliminate frizz, a lightweight body that won’t make your arm sore, and smart sensors to regulate heat distribution, the VS Sassoon Digital Straightener is at the top of its game, and makes straightening and curling super easy.” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#3 / T3 Singlepass X 1.5” Wide Flat Iron
This is the best hair straightener for thick hair. It makes quick work of long, thick and/or coarse hair with its wide tourmaline and ceramic plates and adjustable temperature setting (that goes up to 210°C). Everything about the look and functionality of this hair straightener is schmick and tech-savvy and it weighs a mere 400 grams.
The review: “This literally is so different than other flat irons. You can flat iron your hair in minutes! I have long thick hair and I can finish my hair in 5 minutes! It also works well for making waves with the flat iron, which was an added bonus. I love this tool so much! It’s my favorite! And the icing on the cake for this is how stinkin beautiful it is!! 10 stars!!!” Tifferbelle, Sephora US customer
#2 / Cloud Nine The Original Iron
Yes, this straightening iron isn’t cheap when you compare it to the others in this list, but it’s the sort of beauty investment that you definitely get your money’s worth when you break it down by cost per use. What sets the Cloud Nine apart is its mineral-infused ceramic plates that are ultra gentle on hair, leaving it feeling conditioned post-straightening. You can choose between five temperature settings, it heats up in just 20 seconds, and the floating plate design means it won’t drag or pinch hair as your slide it down your lengths.
The review: "There are many good reasons that this iron has reached cult status and is the preferred choice of many hairdressers. Firstly, it gets the basics right and smoothes strands easily and without catching. But it's all the small things they've thought of that makes it a personal favourite - it heats up to the maximum temperate in 20 seconds, has an adjustable temperature range and the cover allows you to pack it away straight away after use." Alex Noonan, Beauty Crew's Content Director
#1 / ghd IV styler
When we asked our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members to share their hair straightener reviews, the vote was pretty close to unanimous for the best hair straightener in Australia. It’s the hair tool you’ll find in just about every professional hairstylists’ kit, and we don’t think we’ve met anyone who has a single bad word to say about ghd. Its reputation is that good. You can’t go wrong with any of the stylers in the brand’s range, but our absolute favourite would have to be the original ghd IV styler. It uses ceramic heat technology, stays at a consistent 185°C so it doesn’t damage hair, it heats up in 30 seconds and switches off automatically after 30 minutes of non-use, and its rounded barrel means you can create perfect curls and waves in addition to straightening. Not sure how to curl your hair with a straightening iron? Check out our hair tutorial.
The reviews: “ghd is by far the best hair straightener I have ever used. It can conquer the most curly hair without causing significant heat damage to the hair. It also heats up so quickly and is such a time saver. I have been using this hair straightener for 10 years and it is still working great! I secretly wish it would malfunction so that I can upgrade to a newer version!” Jillian, SUPERcrew member
“My favourite hair straightener is my ghd IV styler. It creates sleek straight hair every time and you can also use it to curl your hair. I love that it gives my hair incredible shine and lasting straight strands that don’t seem to frizz.” Dorota, SUPERcrew member
Splurged on your hair straightener and need to save a few bucks in the rest of your hair kit? These supermarket hair products deliver luxe results, for less than $20.
What’s your all-time favourite hair straightener? Any to add to our list?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.