The best straighteners for curly hair to help you swiftly style every type of curl

Our tried and tested guide to the best straighteners for curly hair, with XXL plates, ceramic coatings and spot-on heat

Three of the best straighteners for curly hair by ghd, Dyson and T3
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: ghd Platinum+ Styler
3. Best luxury: Dyson Corrale
4. Best budget: Remington Shine Therapy Advanced Ceramic S850
5. Best speedy: T3 SinglePass x Straightening Iron
6. Best steam: L'Oreal Steampod 4
7. Best versatile: BaByliss Straight & Curl Brilliance
8. Best long: Revamp Progloss Ultra X Shine Wide Ceramic
9. Best prone to damage: Keefo Genius Smart Glide
10. How to choose

If you're looking for the best straighteners for curly hair,  you've come to the right place. We've tested and rounded up the top stylers that'll leave your curly locks sleek, straight, protected, and shiny.

This gorgeous hair type spans loose waves to tightly wound coils. But just because you’re blessed with curly hair doesn’t mean you’re forever bound to wear it in its natural state. If you want to use your best hair straighteners, that’s your prerogative. “I’ve always been a huge fan of curly hair and going with natural textures,” says celebrity session stylist and Babyliss Ambassador Syd Hayes. “However, on the odd occasion, it’s great to change it up and wear your hair in a different look.” 

“You also might want to straighten if your curl is frizzy and unmanageable,” advises pro hairdresser, KAO ambassador, and owner of Hare & Bone Salon Sam Burnett. Just take precautions to preserve the health of your hair and your curl pattern. Due to its shape, curly hair is more porous than straight, which can make it drier and more prone to breakage. You also need your straighteners to work harder for you. “I would advise finding a straightener that has incredible plates with a smooth glide and controllable heat settings, so you don’t completely kill your hair,” adds Hayes. 

ghd Platinum+ Styler:was £229 now £160 at Amazon (save £69)

ghd Platinum+ Styler: was £229 now £160 at Amazon (save £69)

With 70% less breakage and double the colour protection, it's hardly surprising that the ghd Platinum+ Styler is the top pick of the bunch. Now almost £70 in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, it's even more of a best buy. 

T3 Singlepass X Styling Iron:was £190 now £150.60 at Amazon (save £40)

T3 Singlepass X Styling Iron: was £190 now £150.60 at Amazon (save £40)

With 70% less breakage and double the colour protection, it's hardly surprising that the ghd Platinum+ Styler is the top pick of the bunch. Now almost £70 in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, it's even more of a best buy. 

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The quick list

We have tried dozens of hair straighteners to bring you our complete roundup, but below are the top six straighteners for curly hair we put to the test. 

The best straighteners for curly hair, chosen by our beauty team

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The best overall straightener for curly hair

Best overall straighteners for curly hair


RRP: £229
Temperature settings: 185ºC
Weight: 835g
Cord length: 2.7m
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 3 years manufacturer’s guarantee
Available colours: Black, white, cobalt blue, scarlet red, rose gold, powder pink
Preheat: 30 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 30 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Ultra-zone predictive technology, precision milled, ultra-gloss floating plates, wishbone hinge for greater control

Reasons to buy

Captures large sections of hair
Easy to use
Hair looks sleek and shiny
High-end look

Reasons to avoid

Not great for curling hair

The GHD Platinum+ Styler has made it even easier for those with curly hair to cut down their styling time and still be left with a sleek, straight finish.

The top tool is everything we look for in a premium straightener. Not only does it get the job done faster than most other tools on the market that we tried, but it also looks good while doing so. The plush wishbone hinge and contrasting finishes work well with the sleek, streamlined shape to add a chic touch to any dressing table.  

As well as looking great, we love that this feels satisfyingly sturdy and has been designed to give more control when styling. The plates are generous and robust enough to capture a large section of hair in every pass, too. Tighter curl patterns will benefit from a second glide through for a super sleek finish, but the ultra-gloss plates meant that our hair came out shiny rather than frazzled, even when doubling up.

See our full ghd Platinum+ hair straightener review

The best luxury straightener for curly hair

Best luxury straighteners for curly hair


RRP: £399.99
Temperature settings: 165ºC, 185ºC and 210ºC
Weight: 561g (when cordless)
Cord length: 4.34m
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 2 years
Available colours: Grey and fuschia; purple and black
Preheat: 40 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 10 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Intelligent heat control, flexing plates, cord-free and travel ready

Reasons to buy

Delivers shiny strands
Long-lasting results
Reduced hair damage

Reasons to avoid

Very expensive
Not specifically designed for curls

While hair tools have made strides in recent years, giving us the ability to style our own hair at home (thank you, GHD), for many curly girls, the telltale frizz tends to creep back after a few hours of styling. But the Dyson Corrale is here to change that.  

The finish we got from this styler was unparalleled, with speed and convenience thrown into the bargain. Unlike any other straightener on the market, the Corrale features flexing plates that gather around the hair while it styles, meaning that less pressure is put onto the hair shaft, which results in less damage. This reduced damage was evident in the finish of our hair, as our locks felt shinier and straighter than we’ve seen with any other hot tool.

The cordless design is great for on-the-go touch-ups - although, with seriously long-lasting results, you may find that you can make it to your next hair wash without reaching for the irons. Unusually wide plates for a non-curl-specific device also meant that the styler could capture a large section of hair, which resulted in reduced styling time - even on very thick and coarse locks.

See our full Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener review  

The best budget straightener for curly hair