Flat Irons 101

flat irons 101

Ok, so there’s tourmaline, ceramic, ionic and all kinds of other types of technology involved with flat irons and hair straighteners… ever wonder what it all actually means? Here’s a short list of basic concepts for what you’re actually looking at when you look at hair straightener features:



This semi-precious stone is first crushed into a fine powder and infused into the ceramic plates of the flat iron. This plate generally creates longer lasting straight hair and a sleeker, shinier, frizz-free result. Tourmaline plates are also designed to keep your hair healthier and cause less heat damage. This has definitely become a salon professional favorite!

A smooth plate that will not chip or peel and helps prevent breakage (with no pulling or tugging at your hair!) The ceramic allows the plate to heat uniformly without creating heat spots. The temperature usually goes from a medium heat before becoming extremely hot.


This durable metal plate also allows for an even distribution of heat (like the ceramic). This flat iron features clamps that attaches directly to the metal plates shortening the “wait” time for heating up. You can imagine why this feature, along with it being light weight and scratch resistant might be a favorite for hair stylist and salons allowing for servicing many clients in a shorter time.



Negatively charged molecules that allow for faster straightening and healthier looking hair. The negative ions help relax your hair and eliminate static.


Far Infrared:

All ceramic flat irons will use far infrared heating. Its results are by heating the hair inside out and said to be one of the “gentlest” ways of heating hair. This helps prevent damage on the surface of your hair. Hopefully you’ll find one that works best for you. Although you may have to spend a little more on a professional flat iron- it will be worth every cent!


flat irons 101
flat irons 101