How To Choose The Best Flat Iron For You
In order to choose the best flat iron for you, we have listed the key areas you want to know before making your final selection.
What type of heater does this iron feature?
The most important part of your iron is the heater. There are several different heaters an iron can have and usually the quality of the heater will determine its strength and abilities. The best ceramic heaters on the market today is called PTFC. The PTFC heater is found in all “true” ceramic flat irons and give you the best functionality and conditioning of the hair.
How powerful is the heater found in the iron?
Heaters can vary in strength. Do not be confused by how hot an iron can get versus how strong the iron is. You do want an iron that can reach high enough temperatures, but more importantly you want an iron that can sustain a constant temperature throughout your usage. An iron will drop as much as 80 degrees due to the heat transfer from iron to your hair. When the iron is lifted from the hair, the heater is triggered and the iron will try to recover the loss of heat. This is called the “recovery time”. An iron with a good recovery time will give you the most constant heat.
How high do I need my iron to get for my hair type?
Hair texture and length varies from person to person. Through tests, it has been found that the average temperature needed for optimal results is around 370 degrees F. Of course this is just an average. If you have very thick hair you will probably need an iron that can reach a higher temperature. Alternatively, if you have very thin fragile hair, you will need an iron with less heat.
Is it significant to have an adjustable heat control on my iron?
We highly recommend choosing an iron with an adjustable or variable heat control. Because the textures of hair differs, you would want the ability to adjust the heat to find the best heat setting for your own hair.
I see the irons come in different sizes. Which is the best size for my hair?
Most irons will come in a standard 1 inch, a smaller size around 1/2 inches, slightly larger one around 1 1/4 inch and a big one usually close to 2 inches. It really is a personal preference which size is best for you and experience plays a part in it as well. The slimmer sizes are generally easier to control and more versatile with different styling that the thicker irons. The thicker irons work very well with long thick hair types.
What kind of warranty comes with my iron?
This is one area that most people do not take the time to research. The warranty of an iron varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You will want to pay very close attention to what is covered and what is not. Most manufacturers will offer a 1 year warranty.
I am still not sure which is the best iron for me.
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