Hair straighteners are a godsend for those of us who constantly have to battle stubborn locks. But don’t be fooled – hair straighteners are more versatile than the name suggests. On top of the classic poker-straight style, it can be used to create tight curls and beachy waves too, so it’s handy to have a trusty pair in your beauty arsenal.
Of course, hair straighteners seem pretty straightforward since they require just a few passes with a steady hand to do their job. However, certain factors can set a good one above the rest: a range of heat settings to adjust for style and hair texture, a lightweight body, and dual-voltage flexibility for staycations and future travels.
To help you out in your search, we’ve gathered 15 of the best hair straighteners to give you sleek sheets of hair minus the heat damage and static.
- Ceramic or titanium hair straighteners: which is better?
- Best overall hair straightener: Philips HP8372/03 MoistureProtect Hair Straightener
- Best foolproof hair straightener: Cloud Nine The Touch Iron
- Best hair straighteners for thick hair
- Best hair straighteners for thin hair
- Best hair straightener for curly hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
- Best hair straightener for damaged hair: GHD Platinum+ White Straightener
- Best cordless hair straighteners
- Best affordable hair straightener: Remington S5500 1" Anti-Static Flat Iron
- Best mini hair straightener: PLAY by TUFT Mini Travel Curling Iron
- Best hair straightener for bangs and short hair: Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Iron
- Best hair straightening brushes
Ceramic or titanium hair straighteners: which is better?
If you’ve ever browsed around for a hair straightener, you may have spotted the words “ceramic” and “titanium” used to describe a good number of them. These two materials refer to the plates of the tool you’re using, and there’s a huge difference between both of them.
The major difference between the two plates is the rate and method by which it heats the hair. Ceramic plates heat the hair from the inside out, while titanium heats from the surface of the hair shaft. You might notice that your ceramic flat iron takes longer to heat up, and in the long run, it may be a good thing. Titanium usually reaches much higher temperatures fast, so the risks are slightly higher.
It all boils down to your hair type and experience. If your hair is easy to straighten and you’re new to hair straighteners, go for ceramic plates. These are often combined with tourmaline plates, which distribute heat more evenly at a lower temperature for less damage. Titanium plates are probably a better fit for those with coarse hair that’s harder to straighten.
Best overall hair straightener: Philips HP8372/03 MoistureProtect Hair Straightener
This quick heating, ultra smoothing Philips hair straightener has earned a rare perfect score here. It uses its MoistureProtect sensor to regulate heat to suit your hair needs, protecting your hair from heat damage.
Charged negative ions eliminate static, condition the hair, and smooth down the hair cuticles for a boost of shine and glossiness. The result is hair that is smooth, shiny, and frizz-free all day. The floating ceramic plates move to adjust the pressure on your hair, so it protects the hair shaft from being damaged and reduces the possibility of hair breakage.
Best foolproof hair straightener: Cloud Nine The Touch Iron
Cloud Nine wants us to take extra care of our hair. This is why the award-winning Touch Iron is fitted with mineral-infused ceramic plates, expertly designed to lock in moisture and minimise heat damage.
Since everyone’s hair is a little different, this straightener is here to deliver shinier, healthier hair at lower temperatures. In fact, there are two settings to choose from, tailored to you and your look. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Cloud Nine The Touch Iron retails for S$220 at Selfridges.
Best hair straighteners for thick hair
T3 SinglePass X Straightening Iron
If you’re looking to cut down the time it takes to style a thicker head of hair, try this iron. Designed for full, thick hair, this ceramic-and tourmaline plated straightening iron with one-and-a-half-inch plates produce consistent heat to prevent damage with one pass. That means you won’t have to straighten the same section over and over again.
Ergonomic and lightweight, the straighteners feature wide plates to speed up styling, leaving a frizz-free, shiny finish that lasts.
T3 SinglePass X Straightening Iron retails for S$248.25 at Beauty Bay.
Revlon Salon Straight Copper + Ceramic Smooth Flat Iron
Copper is famously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any chef), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. Fewer strokes over each section of hair result in less heat damage too.
The bonus? A detachable comb also smooths and distributes your coarse hair evenly over the plates, so you’re left with super sleek hair on the first pass.
Revlon Salon Straight Copper + Ceramic Smooth Flat Iron retails for S$66.69 at Storkz.
Best hair straighteners for thin hair
Bio Ionic OnePass Straightening Iron
Fine hair is much more delicate compared to normal and thick hair, which is why Bio Ionic uses patented silicone strips and a heat sensor to protect your tresses.
It’s also lined with a proprietary complex of natural minerals that infuse moisture back into your hair as you style it. One-pass styling from root to tip is easy with this hair straightener. It clamps hair between the plates effortlessly, so you can smooth and straighten without pulling, snagging, or breaking any strands.
Bio Ionic OnePass Straightening Iron retails for US$199 (S$263.89) at Amazon.
Furiden Professional 2-in-1 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
If you are looking for a professional-grade, highly versatile hair straightener, consider the Furiden Professional 2-in-1 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron. You can use it to straighten virtually all hair types and hair texture.
Thanks to its rounded edges, this flat iron doubles up as a hair curler. Its adjustable temperature settings let you reduce or increase the temperature to suit your hair needs.
Furiden Professional 2-in-1 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron retails for S$72.12 at Amazon.sg.
Best hair straightener for curly hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
Those with thick, curly hair might gravitate towards wider hair straighteners for more coverage, but don’t turn this ultra-thin straightener down just yet.
The BaBylissPRO Nano Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron has titanium plates, which heats up quickly and evenly. Plus, it’s longer than the average hair straightener at an impressive five inches, making it ideal for passing through wider sections of hair to cut down precious time.
BaBylissPRO Nano Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron retails for S$352.01 at Amazon.sg.
Best hair straightener for damaged hair: GHD Platinum+ White Straightener
Thanks to rounded edges and a universally convenient 1-inch plate, GHD’s Platinum+ White Straightener is great for both straightening and curling hair. Not to mention, the plates are super smooth, which means you won’t end up with snags or breakage, even as you curl.
The hair straightener features a breakthrough predictive technology, which recognises each section of hair and adjusts the temperature accordingly. This ensures the optimal temperature of 185ºC is consistent across the two plates. It also recognises the thickness of your hair and the speed at which you are styling, tweaking the heat to give you silky smooth results.
GHD Platinum+ White Straightener retails for S$300 at Selfridges.
Best cordless hair straighteners
Dyson Corrale Straightener
Ideal for staycations or inconveniently placed power outlets in the bathroom, the Dyson Corrale Straightener can also be used cord-free. The brand claims one 70-minute charge grants you 30 minutes of cordless styling.
Unlike traditional hair straighteners that have a solid surface, Dyson’s plates are flexible so your hair doesn’t get squished flat. Many reviewers said that the Corrale left their hair straight but kept its body. This also ensures less snagging, so it’s great for those with hair that’s prone to breakage.
Dyson Corrale Straightener retails for S$699 at Dyson.
BaByliss Cordless Straightener
Among BaByliss’ huge repertoire of styling tools, their Cordless Straightener is a handy option to have when your daily routine involves a busy day at the office, a gym session, and after-work drinks. Though it’s one of the priciest hair straighteners on our list (it’s about half the cost of a Dyson Corrale at S$360), but it comes with features that are worth the investment.
The hair styler is designed with effortless magnetic charging, reaching full power potential in three hours for 30-minute use at maximum temperature. Ceramic floating plates glide effortlessly through each strand to produce a smooth and glossy finish without excessive pulling at the hair. Plus, it comes with a pretty printed heat shield pouch.
BaByliss Cordless Straightener retails for S$360 at Lookfantastic.
Best affordable hair straightener: Remington S5500 1″ Anti-Static Flat Iron
If you have relatively straight hair and need a few touch-ups or a tool to quickly revive a blowout, this inexpensive ceramic hair straightener is a perfect option. It’s not only lightweight, but also works well for curling your hair.
It uses an anti-static technology that promises up to 50% less static and flyaways, so you won’t have to manually smooth down your hair every hour. Oh, and did we mention it’s under S$25?
Remington S5500 1″ Anti-Static Flat Iron retails for US$17.84 (S$23.66) at Amazon.
Best mini hair straightener: PLAY by TUFT Mini Travel Curling Iron
Stuffing a bulky hair straightener into your suitcase or overnight bag is never ideal. That’s why we love the compact, travel-friendly size of this curling iron from PLAY by TUFT.
It’s small enough to bring on the go, but it’s also powerful enough to rival your everyday straightener – shoutout to the ceramic plates and dual voltage. Since it’s a curling iron, you can use it to create loose waves and tight curls too, giving you endless styling options for any hair type when you’re on the go.
PLAY by TUFT Mini Travel Curling Iron retails for S$39 at PLAY by TUFT.
Best hair straightener for bangs and short hair: Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Iron
You wouldn’t expect a hair straightener this cute and compact to work, but the Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Iron absolutely does. The half-inch-wide plates make it super easy to straighten bumps near your roots, along with messy bangs that wider flat irons usually can’t touch without burning your forehead.
It comes with a travel pouch that doubles up as a heat pad, which is a nice bonus. At just six inches, this straightener is one you’ll want to throw in your purse or carry-on for easy touchups.
Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Iron retails for S$49.60 at Nordstrom.
Best hair straightening brushes
Conair INFINITI PRO Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush
While it may not be your conventional flat iron, this straightening brush does the trick all the same. Just turn it on, brush your hair with its heated, diamond-infused ceramic bristles like you would with a normal brush, and watch the frizz turn smooth, shiny, and static-free in seconds. It’ll help straighten out any wonky waves or puffy layers.
Conair INFINITI PRO Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush retails for S$85.70 at Amazon.sg.
Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
Combining the power of a hair straightener with the ease of a hairbrush, Amika’s Polished Perfection Straightening Brush delivers salon-style results in quick strokes. Its double ion generator infuses the hair with millions of negative ions to keep your tresses smooth, shiny, and frizz-free.
The ceramic bristles and nylon cool-tips allow far-infrared heat to penetrate the hair cuticle. This lets heat come in from the inside out and lowers the risk of damage. The straightening brush has a precise temperate setting and an auto shut-off feature to reduce accidents.
Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush retails for S$127.60 at Revolve.