Heat stylers, such as flat irons, get a bad rap for singeing hair beyond repair, but that doesn't have to be the case. The key to preserving your hair's health while using these hot tools is passing a quality straightener over heat-protected strands without letting the heat sit on one spot too long. Speaking of stellar straighteners, here are 10 of our top picks, ya know, if you're looking to upgrade yours.
1. Dyson Volume + Shape Airwrap Styler
Shop at Namshi.com, Dhs1889
Once you get over the sticker shock, you'll see just how revolutionary this tool is. It's not a traditional flat iron by any means, but one of the attachments called the "firm smoothing brush" can be used to straighten and smooth frizz in coarse, thick hair. Best part? It works on damp hair, so you're cutting down on the time it takes to get ready as well.
2. Remington Anti Static Hair Straightener
Shop at desertcart.ae, Dhs175
If you have relatively straight hair and just need a few touch-ups here and there, this inexpensive flat iron is a perfectly good option. Use it as your go-to for travel since it's not only lightweight but also works well for curling hair, thanks to it's curved outer shell.
3. GHD Platinum+ Professional Performance Styler
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs915
Perfect for all hair types, this flat iron only needs 20 seconds to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees. According to celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, and the smarties in R&D at GHD, this is the optimal temperature for changing the shape of your hair without actually causing damage.
4. Hot Tools Radiant Blue Digital Flat Iron
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs257
This iron heats up fast, bringing its plates back to the ideal temperature quickly after each pass — a big bonus that won't require you to go over each section multiple times.
5. Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs716
Besides the eye-catching color (come on! How cute would this look on a vanity!?), the titanium plates use ionic technology to seal the cuticle as it's straightens, meaning extra shine and zero frizz. Plus it features a 60-minute automatic shut off, so you don't need to freak if you forgot to unplug.
6. Bio Ionic 10X Pro Straightening & Styling Iron
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs845
Don't let the vibrations surprise you when you clamp down with this iron. The vibrating plates encourage your hair to spread out evenly between the plates so you get a smooth, even finish all the way down the length of your strands.
7. InStyler Cerasilk Woven Ceramic Styling Iron
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs358
You sleep with a silk pillowcase to protect your skin and hair, so why not heat style with silk, too? The silk-and-ceramic ridges on this iron mean less of your hair comes in contact with the direct heat — aka less damage!
8. Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth XL Flat Iron
Shop at amazon.com, Dhs117
Copper is notoriously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any cook!), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. Why? Less strokes over each section results in less heat damage. Bonus: The detachable comb also smooths and distributes your hair evenly over the heat.
9. T3 SinglePass X
Shop at currentbody.com, Dhs828
If you're looking to cut down the time it takes to style a thicker head of hair, try this iron. Designed for full, coarse hair, this tourmaline and ceramic straightening iron, with 1.5-inch plates, only requires one pass per section.
10. Conair InfinitiPro Rainbow Titanium Flat Iron
Shop at desertcart.ae, Dhs241
This flat iron has a powerful ion generator for a frizz-free finish. The rainbow titanium plates reduce frizz, the 12 digital heat settings allow you to customize your straightening experience, and the auto-off setting adds for a stress-free night out with your girls (just in case you forget to unplug it).
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