Trust Me—These Are 7 of the Best Hair Straighteners For a Silky Smooth Finish

As a beauty journalist, I've tried my fair share of hair tools over the years. As someone with thick, wavy hair, I've always been on the hunt for the best hair straighteners, and after years of testing, I believe I've found some absolute winners. You see, although I love to embrace my natural texture, some days I wake up wanting that sleek, smooth finish that only a pair of hair straighteners can achieve.

So which ones do I turn to, I hear you ask? Luckily for you, I've rounded up my top picks below, including all the info on why I love them so much. I've even asked some of the Who What Wear UK team which hair straighteners they can't live without, so there are options to suit a range of hair types.

Plus, I've spoken to the experts to find out exactly what to look for when choosing the best hair straighteners for you. Keep on scrolling for everything you need to know in order to get your silkiest hair yet…


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Which Straighteners Are Best For Each Hair Type?

I spoke to Samantha Cusick, UK ambassador for GHD, who says, "When it comes to choosing the best straighteners for each hair type, it's essential to consider a few factors. For fine or thin hair, I recommend a tool like the GHD Platinum+ Styler, as it's designed to provide optimal heat and reduce hair damage, perfect for delicate strands. For thick or coarse hair, you want something that can handle higher temperatures to deliver smooth, long-lasting results. Lastly, for curly or wavy hair, opt for a straightener with wider plates that can easily tackle larger sections, making styling quicker and more efficient. Always prioritise features like temperature control, ceramic plates, and advanced technology for the best results, no matter your hair type."


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What Features Should You Consider When Buying A Hair Straightener?

As mentioned above, there are a couple things to consider before investing in a new pair of hair straighteners. One of the main things to look into is the plates. "As a creative artist for GHD, I understand the importance of different plates on hair straighteners and how they cater to various hair types and styling needs," explains Cusick. "Ceramic plates are excellent for even heat distribution, ensuring smooth and consistent results whilst minimising damage. Floating plates are a must-have feature for versatile styling as they adjust to the hair's thickness, allowing you to create curls, waves or a straight finish with ease. Whatever your hair type or styling preference, choosing the right plates on your hair straighteners can make a significant difference in achieving the perfect finish."

The next thing to think about is the temperature settings. Some people might prefer a range of temperature options to see which one suits their hair the best. Others might prefer the straighteners to be set at an optimum temperature, as consistent and controlled heat can help reduce excessive heat damage.


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There are other aspects to consider too, such as whether you want wireless straighteners for styling on the go, or a pair that plug in if you need to use them for longer. You can also look for straighteners with advanced technology that may help tackle things like flyaways, so definitely read up on all the information before investing, 

To make things a little easier, I've rounded up lots of different options below for you to browse in order to find your perfect pair of straighteners. 

The Best Hair Straighteners To Buy Now:

1. GHD Original Styler

2. Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners

3. Babyliss Rose Blush Straighteners

4. GHD Max Hair Straightener

5. Keeo Genius Smart-Glide Straightener

6. Hot Tools Evolve Gold Titanium 25mm Styler

7. GHD Unplugged Cordless Styler

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.