Straight Talk: Hair Straightening -- What are my options?

Iron it Out

If goopy products and a blow-drying don't seem to do the trick, a flat iron would be the next step. When you're shopping for a flat iron, keep these attributes in mind:

  • Plate material: You can get cheap flat irons with metal or glass plates, but they create uneven heat. Spend a little extra for ceramic, titanium or tourmaline.
  • Width: If you have short or fairly straight hair, get a thinner plate -- maybe an inch or so. If you're working with long, thick or really curly hair, go for at least 2 inches.
  • Adjustable heat settings: If your hair isn't totally curly, you can use less heat than someone who's dealing with tons of frizz.

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