For many young women in today’s world, they have never experienced a life of getting up and getting ready for work or school and not had the luxury of being able to straighten their hair before they step foot out their door. Straightening irons can probably be found in almost 75% of the households where a female resides. And, let’s not forget the males. There are many men who use flat irons to help with their hair styling needs as well.
There are obviously many benefits to owning a hair straightener. Probably the most important one for those who want straight hair is the fact that they can straighten their hair anytime. It doesn’t have to be just after you have washed and dried your hair, or even just after washing it (if you use a wet/dry model flat iron). If it’s not time to wash your hair and you are tired of the curly style from the past day or two, all you have to do is plug in your iron, spray on some hair product and straighten away. There are no chemical processes to use to achieve the end result, and if you use a quality professional flat iron, your hair will look shiny and there should be no traces of waves or curls once you are done. I do want to point out that if really is important to use a quality hair straightener and at a minimum be sure it is a ceramic one. You can actually purchase a ceramic flat iron for as little as $25 – $30. While it may not have all of the bells and whistles that a more expensive professional model might have, at least you will not be ruining your hair. Using a ceramic flat iron means that you will be getting even heat distribution across the plates so that there will be no hot spots to damage your hair. You will also find that they heat up quickly and are lightweight.
Straightening irons are available in a variety of sizes and finishes. You can buy one with a plate size of 1/2″ all the way to 2 1/2″. There are ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium plates all of which are the best for your hair. You can even buy them in animal and other assorted prints. Some hair straighteners now offer the capability of curling your hair because they have rounded edges to the plates or the plate wraps around the edges of the iron. When using the proper technique you can flip or curl under your hair. In this case, your hair straightener becomes a multi-use tool. Ah, the benefits of living in the 21st century.
Are Titanium Flat Irons Better For Your Hair?
To answer the question, it is best to provide an explanation as to what titanium really is. Titanium as most of us know is a chemical element and is sometimes called the “space age metal”. It has a low density and is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant metal with a silver color. So how does this relate to flat irons?
Titanium is an excellent conductor of heat. It also causes the heat to spread more evenly throughout the plates releasing negative ions that result in added shine to your hair. Also, chemically speaking, nano titanium oxide will inhibit chemical build-up on your plate which can be good as you should be using a heat protectant on your hair every time you straighten it. Titanium is a durable metal so this too adds to the longevity of the plates of your iron. All of these descriptions add up to the fact that a titanium plate flat iron is a good choice. Whether it is better for your hair than another type literally depends on what type hair you have and what you feel comfortable using. I don’t believe you can go wrong using a titanium plate flat iron because clearly you are lessening the ability to damage your hair.
Several companies manufacture hair straighteners with titanium plates. BaByliss, Le Angelique, and the Turbo Ion Croc are all excellent and depending on what extras you might be looking for, will determine which one you might consider purchasing the next time you are in the market for a flat iron.