A good flat iron is one of those styling tools that can turn a “meh” hair day into a great one. Even second-day hair (or third…or fourth?) can get an instant refresh with a few passes of a straightner and some dry shampoo.
The best flat iron is speedy, sleek-looking and won’t totally damage or destroy your tresses. Each of the following on this list — choose from ceramic, tourmaline and ionic technology — is a favorite among stylish celebs and pro stylists (as well as us mere mortals). And each will deliver serious shine and style to your frizzy, wavy, curly hair and natural hair.
Just a few swipes with one of these hair tools will have you looking and feeling like you just emerged from the salon when you haven’t even left the house.
So bypass the keratin treatment, turn up the heat and shop the best flat irons on the market, below. (And not to nag, but don’t forget the heat protectant.)
1. InStyler Cerasilk Woven Ceramic Styling Iron
You obviously sleep with a silk pillowcase to protect your hair (if you don’t, do it now, k?), so why not heat style with it too? The silk-and-ceramic ridges on this iron mean that less of your hair comes in contact with the direct heat, which equals less damage and breakage for you.
2. 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 tourmaline-and-ceramic straightening iron with one-and-a-half-inch plates stops damage by working efficiently with one pass—i.e., no more having to straighten the same section over and over (and over) again.
3. Hot Tools Radiant Blue Digital Flat Iron
This titanium iron heats up fast, bringing its plates back to the ideal temperature quickly after each pass, so you won’t need to go over each section multiple times and destroy your hair. To get your hair extra sleek and straight, brush through each section with a fine-tooth comb while following right behind it with the straightener.
4. Bed Head Pixie On Point 1/2” Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener
If you’ve got curly roots—or your hair just loves to frizz or curl up around your hairline—you know how annoying it can be to get a thick-as-hell flat iron close to your scalp without burning yourself. Enter: this ultra-skinny, half-inch-wide hair straightener fits snugly along your roots so you can smooth flyaways without singeing off your skin.
5. Kim Kimble Vapor Infusion Iron with Silk Argan Oil
Steam-based flat irons can be tricky. Even though they can be magical for straightening 4c hair, they can also be hella drying (the steam attaches itself to the water in your hair strand, pulling it out and evaporating it). But this one from Kim Kimble uses a mix of steam and argan oil-filled cartridges to smooth and moisturize hair with fewer passes. And that means way less damage for you.
6. Aquage Silk 1.5″ Smoothing Iron
If you have fine, flat hair, you already know how most straighteners can suck every ounce of volume from your hair, leaving it ’70s-level straight. But this one promises not to squash your hair, using a mix of Teflon and fiberglass plates to straighten bumps and waves without pancaking your fine hair to death.
7. L’ange Le Duo 360 Airflow Styler
If you’ve ever spent 45 minutes meticulously straightening your hair, only to see your shoulder-skimming ends have flipped up yet again, you need this flat iron. The vented titanium plates allow for heat to escape and your hair to cool down quickly, so your straight, shiny finish stays locked in as soon as you move on to the next section.
8. HSI Glider Original Ceramic Flat Iron Hair Straightener
If you trust Amazon reviews more than any actual person in your life, you’ll want to snatch up this best-selling hair straightener, which has ceramic and tourmaline plates for the smoothest finish. More than 28,000 reviewers praise this flat iron for its heat range (140 to 450 degrees), extra-long cord, and dual voltage for easy travel. The bonus glove, pouch, and argan hair oil treatment make the deal even harder to pass up.
9. Lucea ID 1” Smart Flat Iron with Touch Interface
Just gonna alert you now: You’ll want to add this fancy flat iron to your birthday/holiday/anniversary/blackmail wish list ASAP, because it’s (1) pricey, (2) definitely going to sell out, and (3) very, very worth it. The touch panel has nine (!) heat settings and a custom hair profile that can be changed based on your texture, length, hair health, and straightening needs. It’s basically hair AI.
10. Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth XL Flat Iron
Copper is famously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any cook), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. And fewer strokes over each section results in less heat damage. Bonus: The detachable comb also smooths and distributes your coarse hair evenly over the plates, so you’re left with stick-straight hair on the first pass.