The best straightener for curly hair: tame those locks fast!

Has an unruly mane got you on the hunt for the best straightener for curly hair? Consider your search over…

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For curly haired ladies, it can take decades to find the best hair straighteners for the job. Just like those with oily skin have to put in a bit more research to find the best foundation for them, those with thick, curly and frizz-prone hair often have to delve deeply into the market’s latest offerings before deciding where to invest their 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? And will the best hair straightener brushes on the market do anything for me? Well if you’re looking for something to take you from Michelle Obama curls to Meghan Markle straight, then the trailblazing Dyson Corrale will give you the finish you’re looking for. 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 coloured locks, Cloud Nine’s Original Iron Pro features a Revive Mode to restore the hair’s natural health while styling.

How to choose the best straightener for curly hair

Choosing the best straightener for curly hair is like scouting out the best bra for big boobs – it 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 (and the big-boobed).

One of the most important things to take notice of is the temperature range available, as for naturally curly hair it’s useful to be able to take advantage of a range of heat options. Lower temperatures are great for those days when you just want to smooth curls without inflicting too much heat damage and aren’t too concerned about the finish. 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. He also advises that it’s important to ensure that plates are wide enough to gather enough hair.

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 coloured hair, as they reduce frizz and seal the hair cuticle to retain moisture.

Slightly rounded edges are also a bonus, as they mean that you’ll be able to curve your styler without any kinks to create more movement in the hair, leaving you with a natural blow-dried look – nobody will have any idea that you’re hiding a mane of curls!

The best straighteners for curly hair you can buy right now

Dyson Corrale

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Dyson Corrale

Cutting-edge technology has set a new standard for hair straightening

Specifications
Best hair straightener for: An overall winner 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
+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...

GHD platinum+ styler

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GHD Platinum+ Styler

With high-tech features, luxury aesthetics and even a swanky name, everything about the GHD Platinum+ screams premium

Specifications
Best hair straightener for: A premium option for curly hair
RRP: £189
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
+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.

Remington shine ceramic hair straighteners

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Remington Shine Therapy Advanced Ceramic Hair Straighteners - S8500

A more reasonably priced option that straightens well and takes hair health into consideration

Specifications
Best hair straightener for: A budget option 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 colours: 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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Cloud Nine The Original Iron Pro

Hailing from the same creator as the legendary GHD, Cloud Nine is set to be the next big thing in hair styling

Specifications
Best hair straightener for: Curly hair that’s coloured or damaged
RRP: £249
Temperature settings: 100-200°C
Weight: 232g
Cord length: 3m swivel cord
Voltage: 100-240v
Warranty: 3 years
Available colours: 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 colour 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 colour 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 colour 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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T3 Singlepass X Straightening Iron

For anyone who only has minutes to get a particularly wild mane under control

Specifications
Best hair straightener for: A speedy option for very 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.