People with straight hair usually prefer curly hair and the opposite is also true; people with natural curls often wish their hair was smooth and straight. Now, they can make their wishes come true using an assortment of products and tools designed to straighten hair. With quality hair straighteners, anyone can achieve professional results in the comfort of his or her own home without harmful chemical agents.
Some hair straighteners even claim to make hair silkier and shinier. There are various brands and types of straighteners to choose from, available with many different features. One example are those with a steam function. Much like with a steam iron used for pressing clothing, you can add water to get a puff of steam from time to time as you work on your hair.
The steam option may not be the best choice for people with extremely curly hair or hair that tends to frizz under humid conditions. The steam may cause more frizz and keep the hair from being properly straightened. The steam option works best for people whose hair is already fairly straight.
Ceramic straighteners are favored by most people because they get hot quicker, stay hotter longer and leave hair smooth and shiny. They work well on even the most difficult to manage hair. They stop frizz and flatten even the tightest curls, often in about half the time required by other hair straighteners. While ceramic tools are often thought to be the most expensive, there are plenty of reasonably priced, high quality ceramic models available.
Hair straighteners are also sometimes called "flat irons" and they offer adjustable options. There are styles to treat short hair, long hair, fine hair and thick hair. Most of the popular styles are lightweight yet sturdy, scratch resistant and easy to clean, and many offer an ergonomic design. They are usually made to prevent pulling the hair, tangling and breakage.
The main drawback of using straighteners is that all varieties can damage hair. It is best not to straighten hair on a daily basis. People who use hot tools should also use heat treatment products and condition their hair regularly.