VS SASSOON IPINK 25MM TOURMALINE CERAMIC STRAIGHTENER, $89.90
WHAT It has a turn dial with six temperature settings, the highest at 230 deg C for thick, curly hair. Ceramic tourmaline nano silver is used in the heating plates to seal the hair cuticles for reduced frizz and enhanced shine. The flat iron switches off automatically if left on for 72 minutes.
WHY I LOVE IT I liked that I could adjust the temperature dial to low (120 dec C), to get close to the roots, and then increase the heat elsewhere on my locks. It took less than 60 seconds for the plates to reach 200 deg C, and these plates were the longest in the lineup, which sped up styling time. The tips of the straightener stayed cool when the plates are hot.
THE DOWNSIDE As the exterior width of the iron is the same as that of the heating plates, I had to concentrate on not touching the plates by accident and getting burnt.
PANASONIC MULTI-STYLING STRAIGHTENER EH-HW58, $89
WHAT It has attachments for making hair straighter or fuller, as well as three curling attachments. There are five temperature settings – the lowest at 150 deg C for damaged hair, and the highest at 200 deg C, for healthier tresses. The heating plates have a photo-ceramic coating that helps prevent coloured hair from fading.
WHY I LOVE IT The straightener took about 30 seconds to reach 180 deg C. The exterior parts covering the heating plates were much wider, so I felt safe holding the gadget close to my scalp without worrying about burning myself. The exterior did get warm, but it wasn’t as hot as the other two irons tested. I also liked the detailed illustrations showing novices how to section hair before styling it.
THE DOWNSIDE I needed more time to style my hair as the small heating plates took slightly longer to reach the desired temperature. The power switch (a flat button) also got in the way – I accidentally switched off the straightener several times.
PHILIPS ESSENTIAL CARE ION STRAIGHTENER HP8320, $79
WHAT There are two heat settings, with the higher one reaching 210 deg C in 60 seconds, while the lower reaches 160 deg C, also in 60 seconds. It dispenses charged negative ions to smooth cuticles, reduce frizz and add shine.
WHY I LOVE IT It’s the most compact of the three, making it easy to store – perfect for travel. It was also the fastest of the three to heat up, so I saved time styling my hair.
THE DOWNSIDE The manual states that it takes 60 seconds to reach 210 deg C, but the iron doesn’t come with an indicator light. I had to count 60 seconds before using it.
Use a straightening iron only on dry hair – wet hair is weaker, so the heat will cause damage or breakage.
This article was originally published in Simply Her January 2015.