These Are the Flat Irons Stylists Swear By for Extra-Thick Hair


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One of the most common problems with having thick hair is how long it takes to straighten it. I speak from experience. As someone with super-thick, curly hair, it's definitely an ordeal to straighten my hair (hence, why I don't do it that often). It's a process that requires time, patience, the right hair products, and, most importantly, the right flat iron. Luckily, I can tap into an arsenal of hairstylists for advice on styling my super-thick strands and what products will work best for my hair type now that I'm a beauty editor. This time around, I tapped celebrity hairstylist David Lopez for some insight. He shared his all-time favorite flat iron for thick hair and the product he can't live without when heat-styling. Read on for everything he had to share.

How to Prep Your Hair for Straightening

First things first, you'll always want to use a good heat protectant to avoid excess damage to your hair. Your heat protectant should be made for your specific hair type. Many stylists generally love cream products over sprays because sprays require a lot more product to completely coat the hair.

Those with curls should take a few extra precautions since curly hair is drier and more prone to damage and breakage. You'll want to use a smoothing balm or hydrating cream with nourishing ingredients and invest in a flat iron with ceramic-coated plates to help minimize heat damage. Lopez chimes in with a little advice. "I'll always recommend a heat protectant, but specifically with a flat iron, I love to use an aerosol heat protectant with hold," he says. "Kenra's Heat Block Spray is great because not only does it protect the hair, but it also doubles as a hair spray!" Those with thick hair might want to go for a balm or cream to make sure all their hair gets coated, but once you do, you're in business. Keep scrolling for the best flat irons for thick hair.

The Best Flat Irons for Thick Hair

Best Overall: Babyliss Nano Titanium Ionic Straightener

T3 Lucea 1.5-Inch Straightening Iron

Wavytalk 1.75-Inch Hair Straightener

HSI Professional Glider Ionic Flat Iron

Bcway Professional Extra Large Titanium Hair Straightener

Kristin Ess 3-in-1 Titanium Flat Iron

GHD Platinum+ Styler 1-Inch Flat Iron

Remington 2-Inch Shine Therapy Hair Straightener

Hot Tools Pro Signature Ceramic Flat Iron 1.25-Inch

Revlon Ceramic Flat Iron

Chi Pro G2 Titanium Ceramic Straightening Iron

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.