Professional flat irons feature the most sophisticated technologies and provide the best styling. They maintain higher, more consistent temperatures, usually offer temperature controls, have higher-quality plates and deliver salon-like results (that's why they're used in salons!). When choosing a flat iron, it's important to consider your hair type and length.
I have shoulder length kinky hair so there are certain things I look for in a flat iron:
- The MOST important thing for me is that the plates touch 100%. When you clamp down on the flat iron, if you hold the flat iron up in the light and you can see any space between the plates, THIS MAY NOT BE THE FLAT IRON FOR YOUR KINKY HAIR! In my experience, the only flat irons that are effective in straightening my kinky hair, are the flat irons which plates touch the entire plate length
- It is very important to have a flat iron with temperature controls
- The plate material is essential. I like ceramic.
- Plate size is important and depends on the length of the hair being straightened. I have 2 flat irons I work with daily. I have my super small Babyliss and my 1 inch Digital CHI flat iorn (made in the USA).
I have tried all the top rated flat irons such as Sedu, Babyliss, Solia and CHI. The only flat iron thus far that has made a major impact on my hair has been CHI.
FHI runway flat iron is very good from what I have heard HOWEVER it is very expensive. I haven't purchased this iron yet.