Finding the right flat iron can be mission impossible, especially since nowadays there are so many different kinds to choose from.
Some hair experts recommend ceramics, others prefer titanium, and some even vouch for tourmaline.
If you want to find your ideal hair straightener, and you want to learn the difference and the basics regarding flat irons in general, then this article is for you!
What Are Ceramic and Titanium Flat Irons?
Both of these are hairstyling tools that are good at straightening hair. They need to be plugged into an outlet in order to heat up and perform efficiently.
Every woman, no matter her hair length, style, or color can style her hair with at least one out of these two.
These irons are quite similar, but their main difference is in their plate material. You should know that each plate type will provide different results and that not every kind is suitable for every hair type.
What Is A Ceramic Flat Iron?
Ceramic irons are a lot softer on your hair, and they provide equal heat distribution. Equal heat distribution means that no strain will get damaged in the styling process since your entire hair will get the same amount of heat.
In most cases, ceramic irons are cheaper than titanium irons.
Ceramic irons heat up slowly and are usually ideal for beginners and those women who are just getting into the styling process.
Ceramic irons feature a deep infrared light which makes the hair heat from the inside out. This type of styling and straightening is suitable for thin, fragile and non-voluminous hair.
The best kind of ceramic straightener is the one that is made out of 100% pure ceramic top, rather than one which is simply ‘ceramic-coated.’
What Is A Titanium Flat Iron?
Titanium irons are usually used at a salon, or by someone who is quite familiar with the straightening process. The reason behind it is that titanium heats up quickly and it can be damaging if you are not fast and efficient enough with your styling.
Also, titanium hair straighteners are highly-priced and are usually more expensive than ceramic ones.
Titanium is a metal that is very lightweight (lighter than ceramic), and it gives effective and visible results in the shortest time frame possible.
Once it heats up, it distributes the heat evenly over your hair, and it performs the best on long, wavy, and thick hair.
However, once this iron heats up, it will demand a fast hand, otherwise, you might end up with fried or damaged strains.
The iron heats from the outside in, which is not ideal for damaged hair.
Our Top Picks
For those in a rush here are the best-selling flat irons on the market from both categories. To be honest, you don’t really need to look any further than these. They’re that good:
Both of these have been rigorously tested by myself and the team behind Coil Beauty and have nothing but good things to say about them.
What To Look For In Your Next Flat Iron?
When purchasing your flat iron make sure you consider all of the key specifications first.
The following FIVE are really important and will help you determine what plate is ideal for your hair type.
1. Heat Transfer
The heat from the plate will warm up at a different speed. Ceramic irons heat up quickly but from inside to out, while titanium plates heat up from the outside in. Ceramic iron will suit women with damaged hair, while titanium is ideal for super curly or coarse hair.
One of the worst enemies in the hair-care world is the frizz. Women who have curly hair will really want to be careful when purchasing their next iron since they are prone to frizzy strands the most. Luckily, titanium irons feature negative ions. This means that they can cancel out the ions in your hair and that they will reduce frizz.
Ceramic straighteners don’t feature as many negative ions, so they’re not the best at preventing frizz, but are good at giving shine
3. Hot Spots
If your hair straightener features a hot spot, this means that your hair might get burnt in one specific area. Ceramic straighteners heat evenly, and they won’t damage any spots in particular, while titanium can damage your hair since it heats up quickly. However, some titanium irons have a sensor and a heat level that you can adjust per your hair type. It usually takes around 30 seconds for both of these tools to warm up and distribute the heat.
4. How To Use A Flat Iron
Many hairdressers will vouch for titanium since they are lightweight and ideal if you don’t want to get too tired during the process. Also, titanium is resistant to cracks and is an excellent choice if you’re a bit clumsy since you won’t have to worry if you drop your iron.
On the other hand, ceramic is heavy and it might crack if you drop it. Although you might not notice the crack in the first place, it will be there, and it could snag your hair once you turn on your iron, which you don’t want.
5. Your Budget
Money-wise, everyone’s budget is different, and you should purchase a tool that is within your range. However, you should be aware that 100% of ceramic straighteners are pricier than their ceramic-coated counterparts, while the high-end titanium models are the most expensive of the lot.
Which One Is Right For You?
Everyone’s different, and there are many factors that could tip the balance.
Let’s take a quick look at the main ones.
Pros Of A Ceramic Straightener
- Easy to use
- Can be used on thin, short, damaged, or fragile hair
- Often inexpensive
- Distributes the heat evenly
- Makes the hair shiny
- Can crack easily
- Not the best option for long and curly hair
- Might take some time to get your wanted hairstyle
The Top 3 Ceramic Flat Irons
Here are the three best ceramic flat irons on the market right now:
The HSI has been the most popular for quite some time now.
That said, the InfinitiPro is a great alternative option, and the Conair Double represents great value for money.
Pros Of A Titanium Hair Straightener
- Ideal tool for quick results
- Takes minimal passes to spot the results
- Great for thick, long, and curly hair
- Defuses frizz
- Resistant to cracks
- Often expensive
- Can burn your hair if you are not fast enough
- Might make an impact due to its hot spots
- Should be used by those who are familiar with the styling process, and who don’t have super thin or weak hair
The Top 3 Titanium Flat Irons
And here are the three best titanium flat irons on the market right now:
Ceramic vs Titanium Flat Iron: Wrapping It Up
The ceramic vs titanium flat iron debate will wage on for some time.
Hopefully, you now have all the info you need to make a decision on which one is best for you.
Which one do you use? Ceramic or titanium. Let us know which one you prefer and why.
We’d love to hear from you.
Do you have black hair? Looking for a hooded dryer? Check out our hooded dryer guide here.
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