As someone who has used all sorts of hair tools to style my long, thick hair, having a good hair straightener should be part of your toolkit. Hair straighteners not only allow you to create perfectly straight sleek styles but also allow you can also create various types of curls with the right technique.
Some of the key things I look for when researching hair straighteners is quick heat up time, variable heat settings, plate material and of course, value for money. What I have come to learn about hair tools is that those that are the most expensive are not always the best.
With this in mind, I have roundup a few of my favourite hair straighteners to help you find the one right for you.
5 of the Best Hair Straighteners in Australia
Best Overall Hair Straightener: Cloud Nine – The Original
If you’re in the market for a great hair straightener, you will have probably come across Cloud Nine. Dubbed “the new GHD” they have an amazing range of hair styling tools and hair straighteners.
When it comes down to it, there are very few differences between Cloud Nine and GHD, so it will really depend on the specific product, features and price when determining which is better.
With that in mind, Cloud Nine The Original is considered the overall best hair straightener in my opinion and I will explain why.
Firstly, the variable temperature control panel of Cloud Nine The Original really makes this a great hair straightener for all hair types. With a simple push of a button select from low, medium and high heat options all clearly displayed on a LED panel.
Beyond the sleek design of the black ceramic plates, this material is what makes this flat iron a great option for all hair hypes. Ceramic is a popular material used in hair straighteners because of its ability to heat up quickly and distributes heat evenly meaning less concentrated ‘hot spots’ that can lead to hair damage and frizz. Ceramic produces far-infrared heat that penetrates the hair shaft preserving the hairs natural moisture and lustre.
Other features I liked about the Cloud Nine The Original Straightener include a unique swivel cord functionality for easy styling, a protective heat guard, hibernation mode, 20-second quick heat up time and 30-minute inactivity auto shutoff.
Overall this is an amazing, high quality hair straightener that produces frizz free, smooth and shiny hair in no time.
Best Hair Straightener for Curling and Waves: GHD – Platinum Styler
As I mentioned above, some might find little difference between the Cloud Nine The Original hair straightener and the GHD Platinum Styler. However, as someone who likes to create curls and waves with my hair straightener, I find the GHD Platinum Straightener is better in achieving this.
The way in which the flat iron is designed allows it to effortlessly glide through the hair when curling and manoeuvring the iron. This is thanks to the advanced, precision milled floating plates with a high spec gloss finish and a unique wishbone hinge which ensure the plates stay aligned as you style the hair.
The technology of this flat iron is quite incredible. Its constructed with an ultra-predictive technology that recognises each section of hair and adapts the temperature to ensure the optimum temp is consistent across the two plates. This technology recognises the thickness of your hair and the speed at which you are styling and adjusts accordingly for truly tailored hair styling.
Other features I really loved about the GHD Platinum is a heat resistant protective plate, universal voltage, automatic sleep mode and a 9 ft swivel cord.
The only downsides of this product are the press and hold on/off button and the inability to regulate the temperature yourself. This might be a deal breaker for some users who like to have complete control over the temperature of their hair straighteners.
Those with thick hair may want to consider the GHD Gold Flat Iron too.
Best Hair Straightener for Damaged or Coloured Hair: Dyson Corrale
Dyson has some amazing hair styling tools and the Corrale Cordless Hair Straightener is no exception. There is one major consideration of this product. The price. At almost $700 it’s a major, major investment, however, you are paying for the one-of-a-kind Dyson technology.
With that said, I do think it can be the right hair straightener for those who have fine, damaged or coloured hair and can overlook the price.
As I mentioned, the technology of this hair straightener is what sets it apart from your typical flat iron. The Dyson Corrale is equipped with patented flexing manganese copper alloy plates. This advanced plate technology works to grip and gather the hair to apply even heat resulting in less passes on a section of hair and less exposure to heat. The Dyson technology results in silky, smooth straight hair with less frizz and flyaways.
Intelligent heat control is another desirable feature of the Dyson Corrale. It offers 3 precise temperature settings – 165, 185, and 210 degrees Celsius which make it suitable for all hair types. It utilises a built-in sensor system that regulates the plate’s temperature 100 times a second to ensure it stays at the temperature you want, minimising damage to the hair.
Why do I think it’s the best hair straightener for those with fine or damaged hair? Fewer passes on each section of hair mean less heat and less damage to the hair. Self-regulating heat control is a really important feature for those who want to minimise damage from hair straighteners. Users find this hair straightener significantly cuts down styling time and results in beautiful, straight, silky and frizz free hair.
As mentioned, the price is the most glaringly obvious downside of this hair straightener. It’s likely to be out of budget for the average person. Other considerations in addition to the price are the weight (it’s quite chunky and not the most lightweight straightener you will use) and the 30 minute battery life for cordless straightening.
Best Hair Straightener for Frizzy Hair – VS Sassoon Keratin Protect Straightener
If you’re someone who wants a perfectly straight style minus the frizz, then consider the Keratin Protect Straightener by VS Sassoon.
The hair straightener tackles frizz with Keratin Infused Technology ceramic plates resulting in sleek, smooth straight styles. The high performance straightener can heat up to 235C for superior fast-action heat transfer & constant even heat on every section.
Some of the other features to love about the VS Sassoon Keratin hair straightener include 6 digital temperature settings up to 235, instant heat up time, and a curved body design — making it perfect for curls or waves!
Overall this would be a great hair straightener for those who tend to experience frizz when using a styling tool.
Best Budget Hair Straightener – Remington Super Glide Ceramic Hair Straightener
If you’re after a great quality hair straightener that won’t break the budget then consider the Remington Super Glide Ceramic Hair Straightener.
This sleek hair straightener packs a lot of features for its very affordable price.
First of all, its built with Advanced Tourmaline Ceramic technology which protects and smooths the hair distributes heat evenly and provides anti-static control.
If you’re in the market for versatile hair straighteners that will allow you to both straighten and curl your hair, this will be a great option. The curved edged design means you can easily wrap the hair around to create perfect curls.
Other features to love include 15-second fast heat up time, digital controls and a handy LCD screen, variable temperature settings between 150°C – 230°C, temperature lock and turbo boost heating.
This straightener creates beautiful, sleek straight hair and minimises damage (although, never skip the hair protectant). I find this would make a perfect straightener to take to the gym or on your travel.s For the quality of the iron and how many features you get, it’s one of the best hair straighteners when it comes to value for money.
Hair Straightener FAQs
What hair straightener plate material is right for me?
Metal or Glass
This is a sign of a bad quality hair straightener and while they may come cheap, they will likely cause more damage to your hair.
Glass doesn’t conduct heat well which results in uneven heat distribution and therefore ineffective straightening. Any product that is describing plate material as ‘metal’ is usually a good indication that is it of poor quality and poor material and should be avoided.
Understandably, your budget may not permit for some of the more expensive hair straighteners on this list, but you will end up paying more on hair repairs and treatments from using a glass or ‘metal’ hair straightener.
Ceramic is probably the most common plate material found on hair straighteners because of its ability to heat up quickly, distribute heat evenly and smooth the hair shaft as you straighten. This is what makes it an amazing material for hair straighteners and suited to most hair types.
If you’re after a hair straightener for thick hair or curly hair, consider titanium.
It can heat up to very high temperatures quickly and again distributes heat evenly. This is a great option for those with thick hair or curly hair who want pin-straight styles.
It’s also a very durable material — those who want longevity from their hair tool should also consider titanium.
Tourmaline ceramic hair straighteners are considered to be the gold standard of hair straightener plate material. Tourmaline improves the quality of the already high standard ceramic plate material.
Tourmaline is often infused onto the ceramic plates as a coating to improve the quality of hair styling.
Tourmaline is a crystal born silicate that becomes negatively charged in reaction to heat, emitting 20 times more negative ions that work to smooth the hair, eliminate static and close the hair cuticle.
Common Questions About Hair Straighteners
Which brand of hair straightener is the best?
There are so many amazing hair straightener brands that manufacture products to suit all types of hair and concerns.
Personally, I think GHD has some of the best hair straighteners. I have been using their hair straighteners for years and find they are durable and are really effective at achieving curls and straight styles which is an important factor for me when it comes to a good hair straightener.
How long does a hair straightener last?
Frequent use of any hair styling tool can over time diminish the effectiveness of the tool and increase the damage it can cause to the hair.
A hair straightener can last anywhere between 4 – 5 years. That said, a great quality hair straightener can be known to last for many years — even a decade. If there are no obvious defects and no obvious damage being caused to your hair, then understandably it doesn’t make sense to part ways with your favourite hair straightener.
What’s the difference between flat iron and straightener?
A straightener is any styling tool that straightens the hair. This can include a hair straightening brush, straightening comb and of course, a flat iron. It is a category of hair styling tools rather than a hair tool itself.
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