The best hair straighteners - as recommended by Mumsnet users
Mumsnet users have strong views on hair straighteners, to put it mildly. While some swear by certain brands, their mention can drive others to a different kind of swearing. Still, there are some models which receive so much praise they must be doing something right. Behold – the straighteners universally loved by Mumsnetters
Things to consider when buying hair straighteners
- Your hair
We know you're considering your hair – that's why you're in the market for straighteners – but before you take the plunge, think seriously about your hair's needs. That way, you'll be able to find the straighteners that work best for you. Generally speaking, the thicker your hair, the wider the plates you'll want. If you have thick or curly hair, you won't want plates under an inch to an inch-and-a-half – if it's also long, you'll want plates up to two inches wide. If you have fine or wavy hair, you'll probably be fine with something narrower, although length is again a factor. Thicker hair needs more heat, while fine hair will frazzle if you turn the straighteners up too high. If you're straightening regularly, don't underestimate the importance of regularly using a hair mask.
Ceramic, tourmaline and titanium are the most popular materials for hair straighteners. All three have their fans, and their manufacturers will all focus on separate qualities. Ceramics are smooth; they get hot and stay hot, but they do take longer to heat. Titanium is lightweight, durable, and heats up fast. On the downside, it's usually more expensive than ceramic. Tourmaline is the young upstart of the trio – having only appeared on the market in recent years. It's a gemstone or mineral, often placed over ceramic plates to make them even smoother. It stays hot and is unlikely to chip.
- How much do you want to spend?
You want to get the best price you can, of course, and don't want to be seduced into splashing out on the latest fad. On the other hand, a good pair of straighteners will last for several years and, more importantly, a rubbish pair can do permanent damage to your hair. Everyone has a budget, we realise, so the straighteners on the following list represent a middle-ground between quality and value.
Cloud Nine Wide Iron Hair Straighteners
With their 1.5 inch black mineral-infused ceramic plates, one touch temperature control, hibernation mode and swivel cord, the Cloud Nine straighteners have everything you need to style your hair easily and professionally. You can switch between the seven temperature settings to choose the heat to suit your hair and how you want to style it. The clear LED display also means that you’re always in control – telling you exactly what level of heat you’re applying to your hair, and reducing the risk of overheating.
“They give lovely soft, bouncy curls like the ones usually only available in fancy hairdressers. They really are the best straighteners.”
“I recently replaced my ancient ghds with Cloud Nines and I love them. They're really lovely to use. I'm particularly pleased that they have a temperature control switch – I manage to straighten my long, thick hair on the middle temp.”
“My mum recently treated me to some Cloud Nine straighteners and they're wonderful. Go for Cloud Nine.”Buy now from Amazon
Diva Professional Styling Straightener
More than one Mumsnet user was turned on to Diva by their hairdresser. As well as smoothing, the ceramic, argan oil-infused plates will help you create curls, kicks and waves. With their heat boost tech, these reach 110°C eight seconds after switching on, 180 in 12 seconds, and can go all the way up to 230. They automatically shut down after 10 minutes if unused, and as part of this package you get an integrated stand, three metre swivel cord, heat mat, bag, and European plug adaptor for travel.
“My hairdresser also uses Diva straighteners and got me some from her warehouse. The heat is adjustable and they weren’t too expensive. I’ve been really pleased with them.”
“I recommend Diva hair straighteners. Great price too!”
“My mini Diva straighteners are perfect for my long, fine hair.”
“Diva is an excellent brand and they're often available at reasonable prices.”Buy now from Amazon
Babyliss Diamond Heated Straightening Brush
This product, from a manufacturer that's long been synonymous with straightening, is a little different. Allowing you to simply brush your hair for fast, easy smoothness and shine, its 3D straightening system has three heat settings up to 200°C. It'll suit all hair types, although it’s ideal for kinky or frizz-prone hair, and won't leave you with that lifeless, flattened look. The ionic system is active as soon as you turn the product on (you’ll know it’s working from the buzzing noise as the ions are released, and from the silky finish it gives your hair).
“The Babyliss Diamond Heated Smoothing and Straightening Brush works really well and heats up in an instant.”
“I've got the Babyliss one and I love it. The finish is softer and less severe than you get with other straighteners.”
“I picked up a Babyliss one as a Black Friday deal. It's fabulous! I find it way easier and much, much quicker than straighteners (and no burns!) I like the fact that you can use it to turn the hair under at the ends. The effects last until the next wash.”Buy now from Amazon
ghd Original IV Professional Styler
Pretty much any discussion about hair straighteners on Mumsnet involves mention of the ghd. They’re ubiquitous and quintessential – the straighteners against which all others must be judged. This pair have a round barrel for creating curls, flicks, waves or straight hair. Their ceramic heater technology helps you create a smooth and professional finish, and the heaters turn off if left unattended for 30 minutes. Universal voltage gives optimum performance wherever you travel – plus, they come with a two year guarantee.
“I love mine. I've had two sets in the last 10 years or longer, so they do last! I find they straighten my hair but leave it really soft, and don't seem to do any heat damage. They’re also great for curling too, so you actually get two products in one.”
“I've gone through so many cheapo straighteners, and ghds are the only ones that do the job. They leave my hair reliably straight and silky (I've got corkscrew curls) and are the only straighteners that have managed to tame my cowlick.”
“I've had my ghd straighteners for over 10 years, and use them every day for my very thick hair. They definitely give value for money.”Buy now from Amazon
L'Oreal Professional Steampod 2.0
The Steampod is a favourite for its flow of high pressure steam – delivering a sustained, high-gloss finish. This model is a smaller and more compact version of the professional appliance beloved of hairdressers, but its performance is up to pro-standard. The manufacturer promises: “Beautifully sleek and manageable tresses with a glamorously glossy, smooth finish and mirror-like shine.” Yep, sounds like smooth talk, but plenty of straight-talking (ho ho) Mumsnet users say that the finish really does last.
“My long, thick hair is in much better condition with a Steampod than it was when I used my old straighteners.”
“I recommend the L'Oreal steampod. I never thought anything would replace my ghds, but these have.”
“I have extremely long, thick, curly hair. I've been impressed with the Steampod, which gives a lovely finish and does the job quickly.”Buy now from Lookfantastic
Remington Pro-Ceramic Extra Wide Plate
These straighteners have a ceramic ultra-coating, built to ensure an even heat distribution. In practical terms, this means that there shouldn’t be any snagging or hair breakage. You should have an effortless glide with every stroke, creating sleekness and shine even if your hair is long and thick. The top heat is 230°C, which is more than enough to deal with those stubborn bits that insist on frizzing. And with 15 second heat-up time, these straighteners will be ready to use before you know it.
“I've got these and they're really good on long, thick hair. They're super quick too.”
“I’ve had a Remington for over 10 years. As I'm lazy, I find it brilliant – a couple of sweeps is all I need. It's lasted really well.”
“I'm a Remington fan and anyone who uses mine says how great they are.”Buy now from Amazon
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