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7 best hair straighteners for every hair type & budget: Fine to thick hair, damaged & more

The best hair straighteners on the market right now – tried and tested by us

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Sophie Bates
Sophie BatesCommerce Writer
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Hair straighteners own the top spot of the styling tools when it comes to popularity and versatility – and whether you use yours to tackle frizz, achieve sleek styles, eliminate flyaways, or create bouncy curls, you need a trusty pair of hair straighteners that you can rely on – and they should be suited to your hair type. 

Which hair straightener is the best for my hair type? 

Before finding the best hair straighteners for you, you need to identify the type of tool that is best for your hair type. For fine and damaged hair, a straightener with adjustable settings is best. Being able to turn down the heat on your styler will prevent further unnecessary damage, and using ceramic plates too will ensure that heat is evenly distributed across the hair. 

For thick or coarse hair, a wide-plate hair straightener is ideal because it will cover a larger surface area, which will cut down styling time and reduce damage. 

Afro hair is said to work well with ceramic-coated plates, which offer added protection and shine. 

How we chose the best hair straighteners

  • Quality: We carefully selected the best-rated hair straighteners, and several of the tools in the list have been tried and tested by members of the HELLO! team. For those that haven't been reviewed by us, I have taken reviews into consideration to pick out the top-rated products.  
  • Price: I've considered a range of different price points for every budget, with hair straighteners in the list ranging from £35.99 to £299.99. 
  • Versatility: I've included hair straighteners for a variety of hair types including fine, damaged, thick and afro hair.

Best hair straighteners at a glance 

Shop the best hair straighteners 2023

  • Best hair straighteners for fine hair

    ghd platinum hair straighteners

    ghd Platinum+ Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • Automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes 
    • 2.7m swivel cord for convenient styling 
    • 185°c Optimum temperature 
    • Heat-resistant protective plate guard

    HELLO!'s Senior Lifestyle & Commerce Writer Hollie Brotherton

    "I’ve been using the same pair of ghd Platinum+ straighteners for over four years now and they’re still going strong. As someone with fine hair, they’re perfect for styling as the temperature is constantly monitored and adjusted, which means I’m never using more heat than is necessary. I have minimal breakage so I won’t be changing them anytime soon."

    Described as ghd's "first smart styler", the Platinum+ hair straightener tracks the temperature for even heat across the plate, eliminating unnecessary damage. The advanced floating plates offer a smooth and shiny finish for the hair, complete with a heat-resistant plate guard to cover the plates immediately after use.

  • Best hair straighteners for damaged hair

    dyson corrale hair straighteners

    Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • Cordless 
    • Automatic safety shut off 
    • Travel charging dock
    • Intelligent heat control
    • Storage case 
    • 3.2m cable

    HELLO!'s Lifestyle & Commerce Director Leanne Bayley

    "My Dyson Corrale hair straightener really is quite brilliant and my bleached blonde hair absolutely loves it. I think it's so much kinder to my hair thanks to the flexing plates that shape to gather hair, meaning when I section my hair to straighten (or curl) you don't get hair that tugs on the plates or slips out entirely.

    I love that I can do curls, waves and go for smooth, sleek hair. Another plus - it's so incredibly chic and I love the little Dyson-esque features; the magnetic 360 charging cable (that magnetic pull - so satisfying!), the snazzy presentation box (the ultimate luxury addition) and the travel charging dock (which I actually use every day - meaning my Corale sits like an ornament on my dressing table).

    I like that you have three precise heat settings (165°C, 185°C and 210°C), and the big draw is obviously that it's cordless. There are other cordless straighteners on the market nowadays, but it seemed like a real game changer when the Corrale first launched. I wish you got a little longer charge - you get about 30 minutes. It can be a bit frustrating if you accidentally left it off the charging station the day before and then you find it has little charge - charging anxiety must be a thing? It does recharge in around 70 minutes though.

    For this reason, I don't tend to travel with it. It's also quite heavy, too! The Corrale is very much my home straightener, but there is a flight-ready feature that lets you travel abroad with your straightener. I just prefer to leave it at home and pack another pair I'm less precious over - could you imagine losing your case with your Corrale inside? Heaven forbid."

    Dyson launched its first hair straightener back in 2020, and the Corrale styler is the only straightener with flexing plates that shape to gather hair, so the added control ensures less heat is being applied. The Dyson styler is cordless for effortless curling and straightening, and the tool can be charged between styling on its charging dock.

  • Best hair straighteners for thick hair

    ghd max hair straighteners

    ghd Max Styler Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • 70% wider plates than the original ghd styler 
    • Sleep mode after 30 minutes 
    • 2.7m cable 
    • Control temperature of 185°c

    HELLO!'s Commerce Writer Sophie Bates

    "I have hair extensions, so straightening my hair can take a lot of time. Having a wider plate definitely cuts down my styling time, so I can split my hair into a few sections and the styler glides right through. These may not be the straighteners for you if you want a tool that curls and straightens, as I find that the plates are too wide for multi-use. They straighten my hair so seamlessly though, and my hair always feels super soft after use."

    The ghd Max Styler features wide plates for straightening more hair at once, with a high gloss coating that works to tackle frizz and maximise shine. The dual zone technology maintains consistent heat across the hair for efficient styling.

  • Best hair straighteners for afro hair

    babyliss hair straighteners

    BaByliss PRO Keratin Lustre Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • 10 temperature settings 
    • 3m swivel cord 
    • Auto shut off after 60 minutes

    The BaByliss Pro Keratin Lustre Hair Straightener features advanced ceramic plates for regulated temperature control. Suitable for all hair types, the styler features 10 heat settings for for versatility, ranging from 140°c-230°c.

    Whilst we haven't tested the BaByliss hair straighteners ourselves, shoppers have given the styler an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon. 

  • Best hair straighteners for versatile styling

    cloud nine contouring hair straighteners

    Cloud Nine 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • Controlled temperature of 150°c
    • Curved plates 
    • Revive mode 
    • Velvet-style case for travel
    • Protective heat guard to cover heated plates

    HELLO!'s Commerce Writer Sophie Bates

    "I've always struggled to curl my hair with straighteners, but the Contouring Iron made achieving soft waves so much easier. The curved plates glide through the hair so well whilst curling and straightening. I love that I can adjust the temperature settings, which is great for bleached hair and for when you just need to touch up your already styled hair."

    Cloud Nine's latest hair tool has been designed to make curling hair as effortless as straightening with its innovative curved plate technology. The variable temperature control ranges from 100-200°c to ensure the correct temperature for different hair types and to minimise unnecessary damage. 

    The straightener uses Cloud Nine's signature healing minerals that lock in the hair's moisture to give the hair added shine. The tool's Revive Mode is gentle on the hair, combined with Axial Vibration technology to prevent any dragging. 

  • Best budget hair straighteners

    remington hair straighteners

    Remington Shine Therapy Advanced Ceramic Hair Straighteners

    Key features

    • Heat resistant pouch 
    • Nine temperature settings
    • 15-second heat-up time

    Remington's Shine Therapy straightener uses advanced ceramic plates that are infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Vitamin E to add shine and moisture to the hair whilst styling. The nine settings allow you to adjust the temperature to suit your hair type, with floating plates that ensure even pressure on the hair. 

    Whilst we haven't used the hair straighteners ourselves, the Remington styler has received 18,850 five-star ratings on Amazon with an average rating of 4.7 out of five.

  • Best cordless hair straighteners

    revamp cordless hair straighteners

    Revamp Progloss Liberate Cordless Compact Ceramic Hair Straightener

    Key features

    • Cordless 
    • Heat-resistant pouch for travel 
    • Three temperature settings

    Revamp's cordless hair straightener allows you to style your hair wherever you are with 30 minutes of use and a three-hour charging time. The compact tool is smaller than other straighteners so it's great for travelling, with three adjustable temperatures for use depending on your hair type. The ionic floating plates are infused with a combination of Progloss super smooth oils, including Keratin, Argan Oil and Coconut Oil.

    We haven't tried the Revamp cordless hair straighteners ourselves, but the styling tool has received an average on 4.6 out of five stars from Boots shoppers.


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