The best straighteners for curly hair: smooth those locks fast!

Looking for the best straighteners for curly hair? Consider your search over.

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For curly haired ladies, it can take years to find the best hair straighteners for the job. It's a good idea to put put in a bit of research to find the best straighteners for curly hair - be it thick and frizz-prone, wavy or coils - before deciding where to invest your money.

And with a wealth of tools available, the quest for the best straightener for curly hair is one that tends to be overwhelmed with questions about what we really need. What’s the optimum heat to style at? Will coated plates leave me with a sleeker and longer-lasting finish? 

Well if you’re looking for something to take you from Michelle Obama curls to Meghan Markle straight, then the trailblazing Dyson Corrale will definitely give you the finish you’re looking for as one of the best hair straighteners on the market. If you prefer something that will give you similar results while beautifying your dressing table then the GHD Platinum+ is the way to go with its contoured shape and pearly shimmer. Or for those sporting dry and colored locks, Cloud Nine’s Original Iron Pro features a Revive Mode to restore the hair’s natural health while styling.

Keep reading to learn more about our favorite hair straighteners that actually flatten curls (and make them pin-straight). Plus, we’ve answered common questions you may have pre-purchase. 

The best hair straighteners for curly hair as reviewed by our experts

GHD platinum+ styler

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1. GHD Platinum+ Styler

Best luxury straighteners for curly hair

RRP: £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
+Sleek, strong and healthy finish+High-end look
Reasons to avoid
-Upper end of price spectrum-Not amazing at curling

Over the last two decades GHD has breathed life into the morning routines of many women. And their newest launch has made it even easier for those with curly locks to cut down their hair styling time and still be left with a sleek, straight finish.

The GHD Platinum+ is everything you look for in a premium straightener. It not only gets the job done better than most other tools on the market, but it also looks damn good while doing so. Delicate contours and a plush wishbone hinge give it a sexy streamlined look, while the shimmery finish (which looks especially chic in white) leaves a classy touch behind.

A reassuringly sturdy gadget, the styler is designed to give you more control over your hair, with robust plates that take in a large chunk of hair and straighten in pretty much one swipe. Those with extra-curly hair could benefit from a second glide through for a super sleek finish, but the ultra-gloss plates mean that hair comes out shiny rather than frazzled, even when doubling up. Those wanting to add in some waves may find that it leaves a kink when turning, especially on drier areas of your locks, but give your hair a good brush beforehand and you should manage to have a smooth rotation.

Dyson Corrale

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2. Dyson Corrale

Best straighteners for hair that's frizzy or very curly

RRP: £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
+Unparalleled shiny, long-lasting results+Reduced hair damage
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey-Not particularly pretty

Let’s face it curly girls, as much as we try our best to abstain from the green-eyed monster, there’s a tinge of emerald in our eyes when see how some of our straight-haired friends can style their barnet in 10 minutes and look like they’ve just walked out of a high-end salon.

And as much as hair tools have made strides in the past years, giving us the ability to style our own hair at home (thank you, GHD), for many of us the telltale frizz still tended to creep back in after a few hours of styling.

But the Dyson Corrale is here to change that. 

The finish is unparalleled, the speed and convenience are unmatched and the technology is unprecedented. 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 than typical stylers usually inflict. And the reduced damage is evident in the finish of the hair, as locks are left stronger, shinier and straighter than we’ve seen with any other straightener.

A handy ability to go cordless even lets us take it on the go for sneaky top-ups whenever we see our natural curls lurking – though with the seriously long-lasting finish you might even be able to make it to your next hair wash without reaching for the straightener. Wide and hard-working plates also mean that the styler can take in a large chunk of hair and straighten in just one swipe, meaning a significantly reduced styling time – even for those with naturally thick, coarse and frizz-prone locks.

Curly haired ladies, welcome to the 10-minute club...

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

RRP: £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
+Straightens easily with smooth results+Reasonable price
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t curl very well-Can snag

Here to prove that more expensive doesn’t always mean more effective, the Remington Shine Therapy straightener offers an even wider range of heat settings than many of its competitors on the market, with nine options to choose from depending on your hair type.

Obviously for curly hair the higher heat settings will do a better job at leaving a dead straight and sleek finish, but with higher heat usually comes a higher potential for damage. The Shine Therapy attempts to counteract that drawback with its Morrocan Argan oil infused plates, which use the much-loved vitamin E-packed hair oil to nourish hair and leave a shiny and healthy finish.

However, the bargain price does show slightly in the tool’s ability to curl hair, as it can be difficult to manoeuvre through the locks and can sometimes leave a pesky kink. And 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 and dry patches.

That being said, for the exciting price it’s definitely worth a try for anyone wanting to control their curls.

Cloud Nine the original iron pro

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4. Cloud Nine The Original Iron Pro

Best straighteners for curly hair that’s colored or damaged

RRP: £249
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
+Unique Revive Mode to help hair health+Smooth styling without any snagging, especially on baby hairs
Reasons to avoid
-Quite a steep price-Doesn’t have a high-end look and feel to go along with the high cost

As difficult as curly hair can be to style, if you add color damage to the mix it can be near impossible to get a shiny, healthy-looking finish. Enter Cloud Nine’s new Original Iron Pro that has been designed to help us manage color damage while getting the look that we want.

Floating ceramic plates soften the impact on hair and reduce the friction that usually comes with dragging a styler down your lengths, while healing minerals sericite and tourmaline seal the cuticle to lock in moisture – essential for those who regularly color or bleach their locks.

But the crowning feature of the newborn styler has to be its innovative Revive Mode. With accompanying advice to opt for the unique styling method at least once a week to maintain hair health, the setting boasts a 150°C temperature while emitting 8,000 vibrations per minute as it styles. The remarkable vibrations mean that the tool spends half the time on your hair as it would otherwise, meaning the hair shaft is exposed to half the heat.

While the Revive Mode won’t leave you with a dead-straight look, it’s great for those days when you’ve not got anything special planned and if it’s glass hair you’re going for, simply go over the top layer with the normal setting and you’re good to go!

We can’t promise the vibrations won’t take some getting used to, as at first it’s a slightly uncomfortable sensation, but unlike certain other vibrating things (ahem, we’ll just leave a best vibrators guide link here for anyone who’s interested), it won’t leave you with a tingly hand afterwards...

T3 singlepass x

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5. T3 Singlepass X Straightening Iron

Best speedy straighteners for curly hair

RRP: £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
+Wide plates make for super-fast styling+Straight and glossy finish
Reasons to avoid
-Flat edges leave users unable to curl-Difficult to catch baby hairs and short bits around the ears

In an era when we’re all short on time, anything that can cut our beauty routines by even seconds goes straight in a basket. And this straightener is designed specifically to make styling quick and painless for anyone living with particularly curly hair.

Wide plates can work on a thicker section of hair than other stylers on the market, while the brand’s signature Singlepass technology 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 more even styling. Plus  tourmaline-infused ceramic plates leave a glossy finish on even the most unruly of curly hair.

If you’re looking for something multitasking 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 do also make it slightly difficult to catch those pesky little baby hairs. But the straightener is the perfect morning addition for anyone with wild locks they need to tame quickly.

FAQ about the best straighteners for curly hair

How to choose the best straightener for curly hair

Much like picking the best hair dryer, choosing the best straighteners for curly hair takes a lot of research to find the right one for your needs, especially as it’s only in the past few years that the market has got to a place where there are actually multiple options to pick from for the curly haired.

One of the most important things to take notice of is the temperature range available. Lower temperatures are great for those days when you just want to smooth curls without inflicting too much heat damage. But for days when you want a high-gloss smooth finish, you won’t be able to achieve a straight, sleek and shiny look without dipping into the high heat settings.“ 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. 

For thick or curly hair types, wider plates will usually do the job better as they can deal with a larger section of hair at a time, meaning styling routines can be cut down, too. Ceramic plates are helpful in ensuring even heat distribution to make styling easier, while tourmaline plates are great for damaged or colored hair, as they reduce frizz and seal the hair cuticle to retain moisture. This gives it a styling advantage over, say the best hair straightening brushes, if it's ultra smooth hair you seek. 

How can I curl my hair with a straightener?

1. Take a small section of your hair and gently clamp down your straightener towards the top section of your hair.

2. Pull your straightener down as you normally would when straightening your hair. When you get to middle section of your hair - where you generally want a curl to begin - rotate your straightener half-turn away from your face and gently pull down.

3. Repeat for each section.

4. Once complete, brush through your curls with a comb and/or your fingers - you do not want to be Shirley Temple's twin. 

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what to spend your money on. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including, Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.

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