Produced by numerous hair iron manufacturers, from Solano and Babyliss to Hot Tools, Wigo, Hair Art, Conair and Hai, a tourmaline flat iron has practically become the industry standard. Flat irons most commonly feature ceramic styling plates. They transfer infrared heat very efficiently and release negative ions as they heat up that help to reduce frizziness in hair. The tourmaline nano-particles that are infused into the ceramic plates add incredible shine to hair. Whether straightening or styling, a tourmaline flat iron is the best option for great-looking hair.
Flat irons heat up fast when activated, usually in 60 seconds or less. Some models heat up in under 10 seconds. A variable temperature control function allows one to adjust the heat to a specific setting, commonly between 175 and 450 degrees depending on the unit. The tourmaline-infused plates feature beveled edges for added styling options, such as making small curls or flips.
Like all of the best consumer-grade flat irons, tourmaline models feature an extra-long power cord that swivels 360 degrees at the base to prevent twisting and tangling. Cool-touch tips, an easy-grip handle and optional digital readout display are other common features. Ultra-slim and standard models are available. Flat irons come with plates of many widths, ranging from mini 0.5-inch models to 2- to 2.5-inch irons perfect for coarse, thick hair.