The best straighteners for curly hair - swiftly style every curl type

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

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The best straighteners for curly hair should cater to every curl type, delivering frizz-free, smooth styles whenever you want to switch up your look. It's always best to do some research to find the best straighteners for your specific curly hair needs - be that thick and frizz-prone, wavy, or coils - before deciding where to invest your money.

In order to find the best hair straighteners for curly hair that work for you, consider your hair texture and styling needs. Want to take your look from ringlets to sleek and straight? The trailblazing Dyson Corrale will give you the finish you’re looking for. For anyone with dry, damaged or colored-treated hair, Cloud Nine’s Original Iron Pro features an innovative revive mode to restore the hair’s natural health while styling.

We've tried and tested every pair of flat irons in this guide to ensure they match up to their promises. These straighteners have been trialed by women with curl types from 2a-4c and the multifaceted styling needs that come with them. Plus, we’ve broken down the key factors to consider before making a purchase.

How to choose the best straighteners for curly hair

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Much like picking the best hair dryer, choosing the best straighteners for curly hair requires some research to find the right one for your needs. Here’s what to consider: 

  • Temperature range: “When looking for a straightener for curly hair, it’s best to check temperature settings and whether it can style all hair types,” explains celebrity hair stylist and Dyson ambassador Larry King. Between 350 and 400 degrees fahrenheit is the recommended temperature for thick, coarse, and curly hair. 
  • Size of plates: For thick or curly hairstyles, wider plates will usually do the job better as they can straighten a larger section of hair at one time, meaning styling routines can be cut down, too.
  • Type of plates: Ceramic plates are helpful in ensuring even heat distribution to make styling seamless, while tourmaline plates are great for damaged or colored hair, as they reduce frizz and seal the hair cuticle to retain moisture. 

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

GHD platinum+ styler

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1. GHD Platinum+ Styler

Best overall straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $279/£189
Temperature settings: 185ºC
Weight: 835g
Cord length: 2.7m
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 3 years manufacturer’s guarantee
Available colors: 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

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

Reasons to avoid

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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. We loved the delicate contours and plush wishbone hinge, which give it a sleek, streamlined look, while the shimmery finish adds a chic touch to any dressing table.  

As well as looking great, this feels like a sturdy gadget in the hand. No wonder, the styler is designed to give you more control when styling with robust plates that capture a large section of hair in every pass. Testers with tighter curl patterns did report benefitting 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


Dyson Corrale

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2. Dyson Corrale

Best luxury straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $449.99/£399.99
Temperature settings: 165ºC, 185ºC and 210ºC
Weight: 561g (when cordless)
Cord length: 4.34m
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 2 years
Available colors: 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

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Delivers shiny strands
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Long-lasting results
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Reduced hair damage

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

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 our tester 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 allowed for reduced styling time - even for testers with naturally very thick or coarse locks.

See our full Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener review  


Remington shine ceramic hair straighteners

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3. Remington Shine Therapy Advanced Ceramic Hair Straighteners - S8500

Best budget straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $79/£79
Temperature settings: 150ºC-230ºC spread over nine settings
Weight: 368g
Cord length: 2.5m swivel cord
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 5 years manufacturer’s guarantee
Available colors: White
Preheat: 15 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 60 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Turbo boost function, ceramic conditioning plates infused with Morrocan Argan oil, plate lock for easy storage

Reasons to buy

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Straightens easily with smooth results
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Reasonable price
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Oil-infused plates

Reasons to avoid

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Can snag

Here to prove that you needn't splash the cash to get your hands on a good pair of hair straighteners - the Remington Shine Therapy straightener offers a wide range of heat settings (more than most of its competitors) with nine options to choose from depending on your hair type.

Obviously, for curly hair the higher the heat settings, the better the job - leaving lengths super straight and sleek. But with higher heat usually comes a higher potential for damage. The Shine Therapy attempts to counteract that drawback with its Moroccan Argan oil-infused plates, an ingredient that's rich in nourishing vitamin E to hydrate hair with every pass. 

However, we found that the bargain price does show slightly in the tool’s ability to curl hair (yes, those with natural texture may still want to put in a uniform wave or curl every now and then) We did find that this tool was slightly difficult to maneuver through locks and left unwanted kinks. Plus, as smoothly as it glides through when straightening, it is a little bit more snaggy than its competitors when it comes to catching baby hairs.


Cloud Nine the original iron pro

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4. Cloud Nine The Original Iron Pro

Best straighteners for color-treated curly hair

Specifications

RRP: £249 (UK only)
Temperature settings: 100-200°C
Weight: 232g
Cord length: 3m swivel cord
Voltage: 100-240v
Warranty: 3 years
Available colors: Pearl, pink
Preheat: 20 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 30 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Predictive heat technology, mineral-infused ceramic plates, Revive Mode

Reasons to buy

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Unique revive mode helps hair health
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Smooth styling without any snagging
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Long-lasting results

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't look as luxurious as it's price

No matter how adept you are at styling curly hair, if you add color damage to the mix it can be near impossible to get a shiny, healthy-looking finish. Cloud Nine’s Original Iron Pro has been designed to help smooth color-damaged strands while getting the look that we want. 

There's a lot to be said for Cloud Nine’s Original Iron Pro. We loved the floating ceramic plates, which soften the impact of using a flat iron on hair and reduce the friction that usually comes with dragging a styler down your lengths. Healing minerals and tourmaline seal the hair's cuticle to lock in moisture, which is essential for those who regularly color their strands.

The crowning feature of the styler has to be its innovative Revive Mode. This special setting boasts a 150°C temperature while emitting 8,000 vibrations per minute as it styles. On testing, we didn't really feel the vibrations as such but were pleased to know that they mean the tool spends half the time on your hair as it would otherwise. This in turn means the hair shaft is exposed to half the heat, which for curly hair types, that might need a quick top-up between washing but not the full damaging shebang, is so clever. Our top tip? Use the best shampoo for colored hair before styling to supercharge the results. 


T3 singlepass x

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5. T3 Singlepass X Straightening Iron

Best speedy straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $235/£165
Temperature settings: 127-210°C spread across five settings
Weight: 290g
Cord length: 2.7m swivel cord
Voltage: Universal
Warranty: 2 years
Available colours: Universal
Preheat: 90 seconds
Auto shut-off: After one hour of inactivity
Added extras: Digital T3 SinglePass technology to deliver consistent heat, wide 1.5in ceramic plates for faster styling, tourmaline technology for a shiny finish

Reasons to buy

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Wide plates make for super-fast styling
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Straight and glossy finish
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Luxurious feel 

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to catch baby hairs and short bits around the ears

When a product promises to cut down on styling time, we pay attention. Which is exactly what this straightener from T3 is designed to do - ensuring styling is quick and easy - especially for anyone with curly hair.  

We found the ultra-wide plates worked extremely well on thick sections of hair, smoothly passing over them and straightening in one go. This also comes down to the brand’s signature singlepass technology, which means that just one swipe leaves hair straight and frizz-free. An internal microchip also regulates the temperature so that plates are consistently heated, which allows for even styling and fewer damaging hot spots. Oh, and tourmaline-infused ceramic plates left an unusually glossy finish on our tester's 3c curls, which can look a little frazzled after styling.

With that said, if you’re looking for a multitasking hair hero - this is not the one, as the straight edges mean that you won’t be able to create different styles and the width of the plates also make it difficult to catch those little baby hairs. But the tool is a great option for anyone with curly locks who simply wants to straighten strands fast.


Best straighteners for curly hair from L'Oréal Professionnel

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6. L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener and Styling Tool

Best straighteners for curly hair with steam

Specifications

RRP: $360/£235
Temperature settings: 180°C to 210°C
Cord length: 2.4m
Voltage: 220-240 V
Available colors: White
Preheat: 60 seconds
Auto shut-off: No
Added extras: Integrated comb

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a built-in brush
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Steam leaves hair hydrated
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Tackles frizz 

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky design 

This innovative hair styler from L’Oréal Professionnel combines steam with a straightening iron to deliver silky soft strands that are completely frizz-free. A great device for curly hair, this straightener really does work and even reduces the appearance of split ends and damage. 

For smooth results that aren’t poker straight, we found that a single pass through each section of hair delivers a similar finish to that of the best hair straightener brushes. If you’re after a poker straight hairstyle, we recommend passing through each section twice. 

Because of the water tank, it is a bulkier design than most and we did find refilling it with demineralized water a bit more faff than your average plug-in and go flat iron. But for the shiny, sleek results we say it’s worth the arm ache. It’s also worth noting that this straightener can be noisy, due to the steam. But overall we think this is a great pick for straightening curly, thick, or coarse hair with peace of mind about damage. 

Read our full L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Review


Best straighteners for curly hair from BaByliss

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7. BaByliss Straight and Curl Brilliance Rose-Gold Hair Straightener

Best versatile straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: $179/£125
Temperature settings: 5 temperature settings, up to 235°C
Weight: 585g
Cord length: 3m
Warranty: 5 years
Available colors: Black with rose-gold metal accent
Preheat: 15 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 72 minutes
Added extras: Extra-long styling plates, Ionic frizz-control for a smooth finish

Reasons to buy

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Tames frizz
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Can curl and straighten
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Several temperature settings
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Smooth ceramic plates

Reasons to avoid

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Results aren't as long-lasting as we'd like

If you love to switch up your look from curly to straight hairstyles and vice-versa - this could be the styler for you. BaByliss Straight and Curl Brilliance is a versatile tool that can be used to create endless looks on all hair types, including curly. It might seem strange to suggest a tool that curls for those with curly hair. But even those with a natural curl pattern may still like to create different styles of texture in their hair, like bouncy curls or Hollywood waves. .

For a straight style, simply select your preferred heat (there are five to choose from) and glide the tool down the length of your hair. Thanks to the true titanium ceramic plates and ionic technology, heat is evenly distributed, and our hair was left frizz-free. In fact, we were really impressed with the smooth, shiny results. 

No one trick pony, this tool also expertly waves and curls hair which its rounded edges and cool tip that can be used for extra control. Twist the iron as you move down the hair for a voluminous, curly ‘do. While the five temperature settings offered for styling versatility, we did find the curl we created dropped out quickly after using lower heat. Best stick with the hotter temps if you are restyling an already thick or curly do.


Best straighteners for curly hair from Revamp

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8. Revamp Progloss Ultra X Shine Wide Ceramic Hair Straightener

Best wide straighteners for curly hair

Specifications

RRP: £99.99 (UK only)
Temperature settings: 80ºC to 235ºC
Weight: 470g
Cord length: 3m
Warranty: 2 year
Available colors: Black
Preheat: 15 seconds
Auto shut-off: Yes
Added extras: Extra-long and wide ceramic floating plates

Reasons to buy

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Extra long and wide plates speed up styling
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Infused with Keratin, Argan and Coconut oils
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Hair is left shiny and straight 

Reasons to avoid

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Not great for curling 

Sometimes bigger is better and that’s definitely the case with these extra wide, extra-long ceramic straighteners from Revamp. The perfect tool for curly, long hairstyles - this tool cuts our tester's styling time almost in half without compromising on results. Expect smooth, sleek strands that stay straight for hours. 

There’s a choice of temperatures, varying from 80ºC to 235ºC, to cater to different curl types and we found that the floating plates allowed for snag-free styling, which is a big ask for larger plates. What’s more, the plates are infused with the brand’s Progloss super smooth oils (including keratin, argan and coconut oil) to bolster shine and smooth strands. 

While we found it’s not the best tool for curling hair, it can create wavy hairstyles when rotated for added movement. As well as the straightener, you get a heat-resistant mat included to protect surfaces.  


Best hair straighteners for curly hair from Phil Smith

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9. Phil Smith PR2023 Hair Straightener

Best straighteners for curly hair for beginners

Specifications

RRP: £20 (UK only)
Temperature settings: 6 settings, from 120 to 230 degrees
Weight: 0.45kg
Cord length: 1.8m
Warranty: 1 year
Available colors: Pink
Preheat: 60 seconds
Auto shut-off: After 60 minutes
Added extras : Digital controls, Ionic conditioning, swivel cord

Reasons to buy

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Several temperature settings
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Ionic conditioning locks in moisture 
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Easy to use 
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Affordable 

Reasons to avoid

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Cord is short in comparison to others

This purse-friendly pick is a brilliant option for beginners who want to straighten their curly hair. With six temperature settings, ranging from 120 to 230 degrees, ceramic-coated plates, and ionic conditioning - it really does offer great bang for your buck.  

Whether you’re after a poker-straight style or beach waves, this straightener has you covered and is so easy to use. We found the smooth plates effortlessly glided through curls, straightening them out with each pass. And although the plates are not significantly wider than average, this does offer more versatility when creating waves or touching up baby hairs. 

Thanks to ionic technology, our frizz was diminished and hair looked healthier and shinier after use.  Ticking off all the key features that we like to see in a straightening tool, this device comes up to those twice and even thrice its price point. The only downfall? The cord is rather short in comparison to most other hot tools - which means you need a mirror close by to your plug socket. 


How to protect curly hair while straightening?

“One of the best hair care tips, which is very often ignored, is using a heat protective spray on your hair before using any heated tools,” says Charlotte Mensah (opens in new tab), hair stylist, and ghd ambassador. “If you prep your hair using ghd bodyguard heat protect spray, before applying any heat you’ll love how your hair looks even after the styling wears off. Follow this commandment, and your hair will really thank you for it.” 

As well as using a heat protective spray during styling, Mensah recommends caring for your curls in-between styling sessions, too. Noticed split ends?  “Trim your hair every six to eight weeks to maintain your style and keep your ends healthy,” says Mensah. When straightening curly hair, this will ensure the edges look blunt and in good condition, too. 

Another top tip is to consider what you’re sleeping on. “The rougher texture of cotton and linen pillowcases can cause unnecessary hair damage,” warns Mensah. “Sleeping on cotton pillowcases can also draw moisture out of the hair which contributes to breakage,” she adds, and instead recommends  “wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or sleeping on one of the best silk pillowcases to ensure healthier hair.” 

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ghd heat protect spray | RRP: $25/£14.50

Heat protection for hair (opens in new tab) is an absolute must, especially for naturally fragile curly hair. This one has added styling benefits, smoothing frizz as well as defending the hair.

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2. Slip x Alice + Olivia Pure Silk Zippered Pillowcase, Spring Paisley |RRP: £85 

Curly girls the know go to Slip for for beautiful, high-quality silk hair wraps (opens in new tab), bedding, and scrunchies. And this collaboration with fashion house Alice + Olivia reimagines their 100% pure mulberry A-Grade silk products in on-trend pink paisley.


woman&home thanks Larry King, Charlotte Mensah and Adam Reed for their time and expertise.