Using a combination or far-infrared heat and naturally-conductive plates, a ceramic ionic flat iron is an effective way to straighten and condition hair. Suitable for all hair types, from thin to coarse, this type of flat iron features dual ceramic plates of varying width and length that have been infused with some other material, such as tourmaline or even nano-titanium particles. As the plates heat up, they release negative ions, which counteract the frizzy effect that positively-charged hair molecules tend to cause. The result is smooth, soft, shiny hair.
Flat Iron Options
Most all newly-produced flat irons feature ceramic plates and the ionic process, for, quite simply, it leads to better results. Ceramic itself releases negative ions when super heated, so it's the ideal material for a flat iron. Ceramic plate width ranges from 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches, while length varies by the model. The wider the plates, the more hair can be straightened with each pass. Ceramic ionic flat irons can also be used to flip or lightly curl hair for a different look.
Flat irons made by Babyliss, Conair, Hair Art and Wigo, among others, can typically reach a temperature of up to 450 degrees in a matter of a few seconds. The low-wattage infrared heating element won't damage hair or cause it to frizz, while irons with top evaporation vents can be used on wet or dry hair. Ceramic ionic flat irons are generally available for $130 or less.