To start you should take these questions into account:
- How long is your hair, long, mid length or short?
- Do you have fine or coarse hair?
- How much time do you have to style your hair?
- Do you only want to straighten or do you also want to curl your hair?
A thin plate Iron has a plate width of 1.5cm and is best for short hair. This is the hair iron we recommend for men or for ladies with a short hair style. The thin plate will allow you to get in nice and close to the roots and will allow you to work with great precision, allowing you some cool flicks and spikes.
Standard size hair irons have a plate width of approximately 2.5cm which is suitable for average hair lengths and thicknesses and are versatile enough to use for straightening or curling your hair.
Standard size hair irons are ideal for normal hair even if there’s quite a bit of natural curl. You will be able to work through the hair quickly and easily and you will still have plenty of precision.
Curling your hair with a standard size hair iron will allow you to create big, loose curls which look great in half-up and half-down styles. If you are looking to create waves then a standard size iron is also recommended.
The best thing about buying a regular sized straightener is that you get the widest range to choose from. All brands of hair straighteners will have at least one model to choose from so you can focus on the straightener with the best features and design for you.
Standard size hair irons we stock:
- ghd IV Styler & the ghd Gold Professional Styler
- Cloud Nine Original Iron
- Glampalm Standard Magic Iron
- Veaudry myStyler
- Silver Bullet Fastlane, Silver Bullet Lightning Professional, Silver Bullet White Heat Soft Touch
Wide Plate hair irons have a plate width of 4cm. If you have hard to straighten hair (very long, thick or coarse) or you want to be able to style in a hurry, a wide plate hair iron may work best.
The larger plates on a wide plate hair iron are not very useful if you are looking to curl your hair with your hair iron. If you have super long hair and want to be able to curl, you are better off buying a standard size iron and be prepared to spend a lot more time on straightening your hair.
If you want to straighten curly hair that’s really coarse or stubborn which takes ages with a standard size iron, you will probably appreciate the time saving factor of a wide plate iron.
On the subject of time saving, regardless of whether you have mid or long hair, if you like to spend as little time straightening your hair as possible, then a wide plate iron may be a good option.