Absolute hair goals: The best straighteners for every hair type

Including the straightening irons that don't fry your hair...

Best hair straighteners

by Aimee Jakes |
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There's nothing quite like a pair of straightners for achieving that ultra-sleek look.

Despite your mum telling you that you can get the same look by brushing your hair before blowdrying (lies!) straighteners are simply unbeatable for a poker-straight barnet.

Despite their name, they are also surprisingly versatile. From beachy waves to perfect curls to 60's hair flicks, your straighteners can really step up when you need them.

However, not all straighteners are created equally and it's important to choose a pair that works with your hair type and your hair needs. Because we would like a pair that will last us for years and continuously provide us with good hair days, okay?

From wide plate straightners for long hair to the best irons that help reduce hair damage, we've rounded up the very best hair straighteners 2021...

Shop: the best hair straighteners 2021


SHOP: Best hair straighteners 2021

ghd Original Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners1 of 6

ghd Original Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners

Best... all-rounderYou can't go wrong with a pair of ghds and they've received thousands of five-star ratings online. They work expertly to straighten, curl, twist or flick hair and deliver a precise, polished and high-shine finish.Pros: The irons are lightweight and glide through the hair easily. They're fixed at 185° to minimise heat damage. Cons: You can't change the temperature lower or higher, which may not work for certain hair styles/preferences.

Panasonic EH-HS0E nanoe Hair Straightener2 of 6

Panasonic EH-HS0E nanoe Hair Straightener

Best for... damaged hair Using clever**** nanoe technology, the plates work to hydrate your hair, improve visible shine and reduce static as you style for a smooth, sleek finish.Pros: Works well even on lower temperatures and leaves hair feeling soft and healthy. Cons: At £200, they aren't cheap.

BaByliss Ombre Number 235 Straightener, £29.993 of 6

BaByliss Ombre Number 235 Straightener

Best for... a bargain Even if you have Rapunzel type hair, this pair of straighteners will allow you to rock the sleek look. Plus, they heat up ultra-fast and have a long, easy glide plate.Pros: They glide through hair easily and at under £30 they're definitely purse-friendly. Cons: Some found they didn't quite work for curling the hair, nor for super thick/coarse hair types.

ghd Mini Professional Styler, £107.004 of 6

ghd Mini Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners

Best for... mums on the goThese straighteners heat up in just 30 seconds. If this technology wasn't enough to tempt you to hit the shop button, then the fact that sleep mode activates after 30 minutes, surely will.Pros: they work really well for fringes and short hair. They leave a great finish and heat up super quickly. Cons: Some found the plates were too small for their hair type/length and needed to redo the same section of hair multiple times. If you have longer hair, avoid.

GRUNDIG Touch Control HS7831 Hair Straightener5 of 6

GRUNDIG Touch Control HS7831 Hair Straightener

Best for... thick and unruly hair A sleek pair of straightening irons that has eight different temperature settings to ensure you're not needlessly damaging your hair. Pros: Customers loved how it transformed coarse and unruly hair and praised the sleek design. Cons: They take a lot longer to heat up compared to other models.

Remington HYDRAluxe pro straightener6 of 6

Remington HYDRAluxe pro straightener

Best for... all hair typesWhether you have fine (and bleached), normal, or thick (and curly) hair, this straightener has a variety of different heat functions. It also contains Hydracare Mist Technology and a Moisture Lock Ceramic Coating.Pros: It gives customers smoother, softer and shinier results. Cons: This straightener takes longer to cool down compared to other brands.

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