When it comes to looking good, your hair is your crowning glory – and there is no point in picking out a show-stopping outfit if you don’t have the locks to match. Sleek and sophisticated is the order of the day, and smooth, shiny strands are guaranteed to give you that sought-after polished appeal – so if you’re naturally prone to frizz and flyaways, then it’s time to listen up.
Investing in the perfect pair of hair straighteners is the best thing you’ll do all year, and will make it as simple as can be to transform your bad hair day into a great one in a matter of minutes. Had a pair for years already? Not like these you haven’t. The best new hair straighteners on the block come with an array of technological advances to offer the best ever performance and results – from enhancing shine to increasing the longevity of your style.
To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve rounded up five of the best hair straighteners to get your hands on this year – just in time for the (socially distanced) festive season, and all the occasions that come with it.
L’oreal Professionel Steampod 3.0 Hair Straighteners, £227.08
The Steampod 3.0 model is the third generation of L’oreal’s original patented professional steam hair straightener and styling tool, and one of the finest examples on the market today. Featuring intelligent heat control, it offers three different settings designed to suit all hair types and is 14 per cent thinner and 37 per cent lighter than its predecessor, the Steampod 2.0 – making it the brand’s most lightweight model yet.
The great thing about this handy addition to your hair-styling collection? It does much more than straighten. You can use it to create curls and waves for glamorous evenings out, as well as that sleek, smooth look for daytime meetings and lunches.
GHD Platinum+ Styler, £189.00
GHD has long been considered the go-to brand for hair straighteners, and this professional smart hair tool looks suave and sophisticated in white, as well as being one of its most efficient and effective models yet. Thanks to its predictive technology, which is able to determine your hair’s needs throughout the styling process, hair can be smoothed and straightened in just one stroke per strand – and all whilst protecting it from unnecessary heat.
Featuring a versatile, round-barrelled design and wishbone hinge for perfect styling control, its precision-milled plates come complete with an ultra-gloss coating for 20% more shine – and thanks to the addition of a sleep mode, which automatically turns the straighteners off when not in use for thirty minutes or more, users can enjoy additional peace of mind, too.
GHD Max Styler Hair Straighteners, £149.00
The Max Styler by GHD is another great pick, and features smooth and contoured floating two-inch plates for snag-free styling. It reaches an optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees, allowing it to tame even the most wayward of strands.
This model comes complete with a two-year warranty, and will look stylish sitting on your dresser. Need we say more?
Remington Advanced Coconut Therapy Ceramic Hair Straightener, £100.87
These sophisticated, salon-performance hair straighteners are designed to take care of your hair while you straighten, with its ceramic-coated plates infused with micro-conditioners including coconut oil, along with UV filters.
Featuring an integrated temperature sensor and ultra-speedy 15-second heat-up time, they’re a great choice for those who lead busy lifestyles, and are always on the go.
Korean Hair Flat Iron Hair Straighteners, £767.64
Create flicks, waves or smooth, sleek hair in minutes with these advanced Korean-made straighteners, which features smooth and contoured floating plates that glide through the hair with ease.
Although these take a little longer to heat up – 30 seconds, to be precise – they look incredibly stylish and offer impeccable results. A top luxury pick from us.
With the right pair of hair straighteners, a good hair day is never far away – so why not treat yourself to an upgrade?