Hello everyone! Today, I’d like to compare two main materials that are used for flat irons. Titanium vs. Ceramic – which one is better? Which one to choose? Why on Earth there are so many different materials for making straightening irons? What are the differences between them, if there are any?
These are all the questions that I’ll try to answer. And there are many more to come. We’ll talk about how to choose a hair straightener, be it a titanium or a ceramic flat iron. Also, I’ll tell you how to clean a straightening iron and about extending the life of it. Still, comparing ceramic and titanium will be a cross-cutting theme. Ready to start? Let’s go then!
Titanium Flat Irons VS Ceramic Flat Irons: Which One to Choose?
Ceramic, tourmaline, and now titanium… Oh my! There are so many of them, and which one is the best? What about the mixed coating, something like a titanium tourmaline flat iron or a titanium ceramic flat iron – what are they for?
There is no need to panic. Every material has its own merits and serves its own purposes. Let’s compare titanium VS ceramic and see what suits you the best.
Is it good for your hair health?
Thanks to the even heat distribution, ceramic flat irons don’t create cold or overheated spots, minimizing the hair damage. Also, ceramic helps to eliminate frizz and makes heating plates smoother, so they’re less likely to pull hair.
Titanium hair straightener delivers the fastest heat transfer for immediate and superior results. However, you should be careful with the temp settings to reduce hair damage as much as possible.
How fast does it heat up?
Ceramic flat irons heat up pretty fast: usually, it takes from 30 to 60 seconds. In rare cases, you have to wait up to 2 minutes.
Generally, titanium flat irons heat up faster than ceramic ones. It takes less than a minute, and some models get hot quick as a flash – for example, the Ion Titanium Platinum Gator flat iron.
Is it suitable for your hair type?
Pretty much any hair type, depending on the heat settings of the particular tool. Thin, fragile or damaged hair requires lower temperatures, and many ceramic flat irons have the appropriate settings. Just remember to use heat protectants before styling!
Titanium flat irons are recommended for girls with thick, coarse healthy hair. Still, if your locks are fine or normal, you can use a titanium hair straightener, too. Just start with lower heat level and be careful to avoid burning your tresses.
Can it be combined with other materials?
Yes, there are titanium ceramic flat irons and ceramic tourmaline ones on the market. Sometimes, all three materials get combined for superior results.
Yes, titanium can be mixed with ceramic, tourmaline or both of them.
Is it expensive?
You can find both affordable and expensive ceramic flat irons. The price depends on many features.
There is no such thing as a cheap titanium flat iron, yet there are some affordable models.
As you can see, ceramic and titanium flat irons share some advantages, yet there are important differences. If the ‘titanium vs. ceramic’ is still an open question for you, let’s dig deeper into their features and benefits. Also, I’m going to talk a little bit about tourmaline coating and negative ion technology in hair straighteners – the things that you’ve probably heard of.
Ceramic Flat Iron: What Are the Benefits?
Ceramic flat irons are pretty popular these days, partly because there are quite a lot of affordable flat irons for every taste. But the main reason is the numerous benefits of ceramic as a material for straightener heating plates:
- Provides even heat distribution which lets you straighten hair on lower temperatures, and due to this, you can keep hair healthy.
- Helps to reduce frizz and static significantly.
- Makes plates smoother, so they are less likely to create tangles when pulling the flat iron through hair.
- Reduces the heating-up time.
However, there is a big difference between solid ceramic and ceramic-coated flat irons. Keep that in mind when choosing a styling tool. Flat irons with ceramic coating probably have metal underneath the coverage. It allows them to heat up pretty fast, but the ceramic coating doesn’t provide the same kind of heat distribution. Plus, it doesn’t stay as hot as a true ceramic plate.
If you’re willing to fork out on a straightener with solid-ceramic plates, consider purchasing the Herstyler flat iron with 1.25-inches heating plates. It employs the ionic technology combined with the far-infrared technology for eliminating frizz and reducing hair damage.
- Still, ceramic flat irons have their drawbacks:
The plates can chip over time, so you have to replace the tool. This is particularly true for ceramic-coated straighteners, but solid-ceramic flat irons wear out as well.
- Flat irons with ceramic coverage may snag or pull hair.
Sometimes, the ceramic get enhanced with tourmaline that goes over ceramic plates, making them even smoother. Tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone that releases negative ions when it’s heated up. This helps to reduce hair frizziness and static electricity caused by positive ions.
Also, those negative ions lock in moisture, seal the hair cuticle, and let you straighten hair with less heat which is always good. So, if you see the words ‘the negative ion technology’ or ‘the ionic technology’ on a ceramic flat iron package, don’t get confused. This means that after using such a straightener you will get not only straight but also smooth, shiny, and frizz-free locks.
Tourmaline makes heating plates even smoother, and this lowers the risk of damaging hair or catching it in the plates. One more merit is that tourmaline-covered heaters are more durable, and they are less likely to chip over time. The main shortcoming of the tourmaline ceramic straighteners is their high price. However, there are some affordable models available, so you can get a decent tool without spending a fortune.
So, let’s take a look at the best ceramic flat irons I know of. Many of them feature tourmaline-infused ceramic heaters and negative ion technology which is super cool!
My #1 Pick: RUSK Professional Straight Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
RUSK is one of the premier salon brands in the world, so it’s no wonder that their product has made its way into my top-list.
Coming in sleek white design, this RUSK flat iron is perfectly suitable for both straightening and crafting lovely curls. It features 1-inch ceramic plates infused with tourmaline which releases negative ions and far-infrared heat at high temperatures.
This helps to eliminate frizz, reduce static, and leave you with silky and smooth results. The tool heats up in about 30 seconds which is pretty fast.
Plus, it’s lightweight, weighing less than 7 oz, so you can carry this ceramic flat iron in your purse whenever needed. And the reviews on this ceramic tourmaline flat iron are pretty impressive.
- the tourmaline technology combined with the Sol-Gel one for smooth, silky, and frizz-free results;
- you can use this tourmaline ceramic flat iron for both straightening and curling;
- fast heat-up;
- awesome design.
Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Express Ion Smooth+ Flat Iron
The 1.25-inch plates of this Paul Mitchell ceramic flat iron are made for quicker and easier styling. Girls with long dense tresses will probably appreciate such plates width. Plus, this ceramic flat iron utilizes the Express Ion Complex technology that ensures healthy-looking and shiny results. Hair feels really smooth after using this Paul Mitchell straightener. And who wouldn’t want that?
The cushioned ceramic plates of the tool heat up to 410°F in a minute which isn’t the fastest but is still okay. The current heat level is shown on the digital display that is placed on the handle. And one more feature that is illustrative of the thought-over design: the cord has a velcro strip on it to keep it folded. There is a hanging hook, too. I give this flat iron thumbs up for the design! For me, it’s one of the top ceramic flat irons.
- the Express Ion Complex technology will make your tresses shiny and smooth;
- wide plates for faster styling;
- hanging hook;
- the cord has a velcro strip for easier storage.
HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron
You can use this HSI ceramic tourmaline flat iron not only for straightening but also to curl your hair. Its floating plates are 1-inch wide which is a suitable size for various hairstyles. The ceramic tourmaline technology helps to make your tresses smooth and shiny, reducing frizz and static. Plus, this HSI professional ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron hair straightener comes with a protective glove, a nice travel pouch, and an argan oil sample. Thumbs up for packaging, HSI!
You can select the heat level from 140°F to 450°F. I’ve read a couple of HSI professional ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron reviews where people said that the tool worked pretty well even to straighten natural hair. Thanks to the ribby base pattern, your hands won’t slip that much which is a solid pros for a tool like that.
- this HSI ceramic flat iron is suitable for both straightening and curling;
- the ionic technology locks in moisture leaving your hair silky and shiny;
- the package includes a protective glove;
- dual voltage feature;
- 360° swivel cord.
- this flat iron isn’t that compact (12 inches long), so taking it with you may be inconvenient.
CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron
This is the original CHI ceramic flat iron with 1-inch floating plates. Due to its size and design, it’s a great tool for straightening, curling, and making all kinds of flips and waves. This flat iron utilizes the ceramic technology and far infrared heating which help you to make hair silky, eliminate frizz and leave you with shiny tresses.
The thing is, you can’t adjust the temperature. This CHI 1 ceramic flat iron heats up to 392°F (and does that pretty quickly), but that’s all you can get from it. You can’t lower the temperature, and such heat level is too high for fine or damaged hair. Even if your hair is normal, you may want to straighten it on lower temperatures. In my opinion, the heat level of 392°F is suitable only for healthy thick tresses which aren’t damaged. And as long as you use a heat protection spray.
Finally, be aware of fakes. This particular CHI flat iron has quite a lot of bad reviews on Amazon. I guess some people just bought a fake tool of low quality.
- you can use this flat iron not only for straightening but also for curling;
- features the ionic technology that helps to add moisture and shine;
- dual voltage;
- swivel cord.
- the temperature is non-adjustable;
- it’s no good for thin, fragile or damaged hair.
InfinitiPro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron
Featuring extra-long 1-inch floating plates, this Conair Infiniti Pro tourmaline ceramic flat iron makes styling faster and easier. You can use this Conair ceramic flat iron not only for straightening but also for making curls and waves since the design is suitable for various hairstyles. You have as many as 30 heat settings at your disposal, and the maximum temperature is 455°F. Whether your hair is fine, normal or dense, you can choose the right heat level just for you. And you don’t have to wait long for the tool to heat up – it takes only about 15-20 seconds.
This Conair InfinitiPro ceramic flat iron features tourmaline ceramic and ionic technologies which help to reduce frizz, protect your hair from damage, and add extra shine. Want to get shiny, smooth and good-looking tresses in a matter of minutes? You may want to give this Conair InfinitiPro tourmaline ceramic flat iron a try!
The only thing is, be aware of fakes. There are some Conair ceramic flat iron reviews on Amazon where users complain about the poor performance of the tool.
- long floating plates for quicker styling;
- the ionic technology;
- 30 temperature settings up to 455°F;
- slick purple design;
- auto-off feature.
- this Conair tourmaline ceramic flat iron isn’t compact.
BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Flat Iron
Coming in slick black design, this BaBylissPRO ceramic flat iron features 14 inch long plates for faster and easier styling. It utilizes the porcelain ceramic technology to distribute the heat evenly and generate far-infrared heat that is gentler to hair. You can select the required temperature up to 450°F using the rheostatic dial. The controls are placed on the side of the handle, so it’s quite easy to change them involuntarily while styling.
I’ve used the BaBylissPRO porcelain ceramic flat iron with 1-inch plates, but you can also try the models with 1-1/2″ and 2″ heating plates. There is even the BaBylissPRO porcelain ceramic 1.5 flat iron with a removable brush. I’d like to give it a try one day.
As usual, I’ve read some BaBylissPRO porcelain ceramic flat iron reviews on Amazon. People urge other users to be aware of fakes, claiming that a true BaByliss ceramic flat iron won’t chip or pull your hair. If it does, it may be a knockoff.
- this black ceramic flat iron works well on thick African-American hair;
- features the porcelain ceramic technology;
- comes in 4 different sizes;
- long plates for quicker styling.
- not compact;
- you may accidentally change the settings when styling because the controls are located on the side of the handle;
Remington S5500 Anti-Static Digital Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron/Straightener
This Remington ceramic flat iron comes in a stylish purple design, and that’s not the only advantage. It features 1-inch ceramic plates with titanium coverage that helps to eliminate frizz and static. The tool heats up in about 30 seconds, and you choose from 6 temperature settings ranging from 310°F to 410°F. The current temperature is shown on the LCD screen. The controls are located on the side of the handle, so you may accidentally change settings while styling.
Thanks to its thin plates and slick design, you can use this Remington anti-static ceramic flat iron for both straightening and curling. It will give you shiny, smooth, and silky tresses in a matter of minutes – isn’t that a dream? For me, it’s one of the best ceramic flat irons for African-American hair.
The only thing that may alert you is the smell. I’ve seen quite a few Remington ceramic flat iron reviews where people complained about the tool smelling unpleasantly.
- visibly reduces frizz and flyaways;
- works well on dense African-American hair;
- 360° rotating cord;
- auto shut-off.
- smells weird;
- it seems like the tool is made of cheap plastic.
Revlon Perfect Straight Smooth Brilliance Ceramic Flat Iron
This ceramic hair flat iron features 1-inch tourmaline ceramic plates which are 12″ long. Such design makes it a great tool for straightening even long dense tresses, not to mention short and medium-length hair. On the other hand, it may be inconvenient to hold and to use. For some people, it’s impossible to hold the tool without burning their skin. One may find the unit to be a bit slippery.
There are 10 heat settings up to 455°F meaning that this Revlon ceramic flat iron is suitable even for really thick hair. It takes less than 30 seconds to heat up which is rather fast, compared with other hair straighteners. One more merit is the slick ergonomic design, and I believe such things matter, too. Finally, the price is more than attractive.
- this Revlon flat iron with ceramic tourmaline plates heats up in about 20 seconds;
- 10 temperature settings up to 455°F;
- color-coded controls;
- auto shut-off;
- lock feature to keep the flat iron closed when not in use.
- the design may seem inconvenient;
- there is no indicator to tell if you’re using the low, medium or high setting.
Andis High Heat Ceramic Hair Flattening Iron
Due to its slick and compact design, this Andis ceramic flat iron works well even on short hair. It features 1-inch ceramic heating plates that lock in moisture, leaving you with healthy-looking shiny tresses. The tool takes only 30 seconds to heat up which is rather fast.
Speaking of the Andis ceramic flat iron temperature settings, the manufacturer claims that there are 20 of them. In actual practice, it’s more like 4 settings and a couple of dots: i.e., 1, dot, 5, dot, 10, dot, 20, dot. As the tool can heat up to 455°F, be careful with the settings to avoid burning your hair and straighten hair without hurting it. This ceramic flat iron gets really hot. Plus, the dials are confusing – it’s hard to be sure whether it’s set exactly at the temperature you intended. So, if we’re talking heat settings, there are some solid flaws.
- takes only 30 seconds to heat up;
- suitable for straightening short hair;
- swivel cord;
- auto shut-off.
- saying that there are 20 heat settings is misleading;
- confusing controls.
HAI Classic Convertable Professional Flat Iron
If the manufacturer is anyone to go by, HAI was the first to bring ceramic straightening iron technology to the professional styling tool industry. The HAI products are notable for their durability and reliability. The same holds true for this HAI ceramic flat iron which, in my case, indeed has run like clockwork for a couple of years.
This ionic ceramic flat iron features 1.25-inches floating plates that set the styling apart. The far infrared heating combined with the ionic technology bring an excellent result, leaving you with smooth, silky, and frizz-free tresses. The heat is adjustable: you can select the temperature from 250°F to 410°F depending on your hair type. All in all, this HAI flat iron is worth every penny.
- utilizes the ionic technology enhanced with the fast infrared heating;
- quick to heat up;
- the temperature settings ranging from 250°F to 410°F;
- compact (only 10 inches long);
- if you wrap the cord around the straightener when you put it away, this will damage the cord;
HOT TOOLS Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron(not available)
This HOT TOOLS ceramic flat iron stands out for its unique combination of tourmaline, ceramic, and titanium that are mixed for higher performance and durability. However, it’s mostly a flat iron for normal hair. If you have extremely curly locks, you probably won’t be impressed with this tool since it can’t straighten tight curls properly, leaving them a bit wavy. Also, it may not be that effective on Afro-American hair. Other than that, I’m satisfied with this product.
This Hot Tools flat iron features 1-inch floating plates with rounded edges. Thanks to such design, you can use this tool not only for straightening but also for curling. It can reach 430°F meaning that this ceramic flat iron is suitable for dense, thick locks unless they’re not too curly. Finally, the package includes a travelling bag which is a nice complimentary gift.
- you can both straighten and curl with this Hot Tools flat iron;
- the exceptional mixture of ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium;
- 8 ft. swivel cord;
- slick purple design;
- comes with a travelling kit.
- no good for extremely curly tresses;
- doesn’t work well on African-American hair;
- may snag hair.
Sedu Professional 1½” Flat Iron
If you have long tresses, this ceramic flat iron is a real catch for you. Featuring 1.5-inches ceramic tourmaline plates, it makes straightening easier and faster. The plates feel smooth, and the grip is pretty comfortable. The only thing is, you can’t use this tool for curling. But I guess it’s obvious, considering its shape and size. Plus, the on/off button is located inconveniently. On the bright side, this Sedu flat iron is compact (10.5-inches long) and lightweight (10.4 oz). And the stylish grey design is just awesome!
Also, there is the Sedu Pro ionic ceramic tourmaline flat iron available. It’s even ranked the best flat iron on the market, but I haven’t used it yet. Maybe it’s worth a shot.
- the Sedu’s patented ceramic tourmaline technology helps to eliminate frizz and smooth your hair;
- its 1.5-inches plates are great at straightening long tresses;
- heats up quickly;
- compact and lightweight;
- neat design.
- because of the poor design of the cord, its swirling capability will eventually wear out;
- one may not like the new version’s controls, especially if one has used Sedu flat irons before.
CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron
One more styling tool from the well-known brand. This CHI Air Expert Classic tourmaline ceramic flat iron features 1-inch floating plates with curved edges, so it’s suitable for both straightening and curling. The temperature settings range from 180°F to 410°F, and the tool gets hot in about 30 seconds.
This CHI tourmaline ceramic flat iron employs tourmaline ceramic technology combined with far infrared heating which helps to achieve amazing results. It significantly reduces frizz, softens your tresses, and makes them shiny and silky. What’s more, there is a thermal mat in the set which is a nice complimentary gift.
The only thing is, there are quite a few reviews on this CHI Air Classic 1 flat iron, where people complained about its poor quality and short life. I just hope that none of you will face such an issue!
- takes only 30 seconds to heat up;
- the ionic technology reduces frizz and static;
- dual voltage;
- auto shut-off;
- comes with a thermal bag.
- poor quality;
Solia Professional 1¼” Ceramic Flat Iron
This Solia Professional ceramic ion flat iron has a bit wider plates than many other straighteners. Its tourmaline coverage helps to eliminate frizz and static, leaving you with smooth and shiny tresses. The temperature settings are adjustable: it’s claimed that you can set the heat level from 170°F to 450°F. In actual practice, it only snows the low temperature and the high temperature, so you have to guess how high the heat level actually is.
For me, that is quite a flaw. On the bright side, this Solia ceramic flat iron heats up pretty fast, and the overall performance is okay.
- the ceramic tourmaline technology helps to reduce frizz and static;
- wider plates for easier styling;
- fast heating time;
- long enough cord.
- the temperature gauge isn’t specific, showing only the low and the high temperatures;
Herstyler Forever Ceramic Flat Iron
The exceptionally useful combination of the negative ion and ceramic technologies helps to retain the natural moisture in your hair, seal cuticles, fight frizz, and leave you with smooth and shiny results. This Herstyler flat iron features 1.25-inches heating plates for quicker and easier styling. Thanks to the ribby grip pattern, your hand shouldn’t slip so much which is extremely important.
This ceramic flat iron heats up in 30 seconds, and the maximum temp is 460°F. Keep in mind that right now the manufacturer is changing the plates’ color, so you may receive a straightener with either yellow or black heating plates. The color doesn’t matter to me, but there may be people to whom it’s important. In a nutshell, this Herstyler ceramic flat iron does the job at a great price.
- the ionic technology enhanced with the ceramic one for soft, shiny, and frizz-free hairstyle;
- heats up in half a minute;
- dual voltage;
- hanging hook;
- swivel cord.
- rather heavy.
Titanium Flat Iron: What Are the Benefits?
Titanium is a much more powerful material than ceramic or tourmaline. That’s why titanium flat irons are recommended for straightening coarse, thick or stubborn tresses. Girls with fine or damaged hair also can try using a flat iron with titanium plates, but you should be especially careful with the temperature to avoid any hair damage. So, what are the benefits of the titanium hair straightener?
- Great at straightening dense, thick hair that is hard to tame.
- More powerful than ceramic and tourmaline flat irons.
- Generally, heats up even faster than ceramic and tourmaline straighteners.
- Has a higher ionic distribution for smoother and shinier results.
For me, one of the best titanium flat irons is the Infiniti Pro by Conair Titanium Plated flat iron. It heats up in a blink of an eye, has a memory feature, and does a great job at straightening as well as curling. The only thing that may be frustrating is the controls, but I believe one can get used to them. I’ll write a review on this Infiniti Pro flat iron later in this very post.
Like any other material, titanium has its flaws:
- titanium flat irons are usually more expensive than ceramic ones;
- you have to be extremely careful: leaving the plates on your hair for too long can cause damage (although the same holds true for any electrical styling tool).
You may have come across mixed flat irons coatings such as the tourmaline titanium flat iron or the ceramic tourmaline one. I’ve already said a lot about the latter, and what about the former?
Well, combining tourmaline and titanium is a rather sophisticated plate technology in the styling industry. The straightener with such coverage maximizes benefits for hair, reducing frizz and making your tresses super smooth and silky. For instance, you can get great results with the BaByliss Tourmaline Titanium steam flat iron.
Curious what is the best titanium flat iron? Actually, there are 15 of them!
#1 Among Titanium Irons: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
First off, I really like the amazing blue design of this BaBylissPRO nano titanium flat iron. The tool itself is 15 inches long which isn’t compact, but it’s extremely lightweight – only 9.6 oz. In my experience, such lightweight flat irons could be counted on the fingers of one hand, so that is quite a merit. Plus, its smooth titanium 1.5-inches plates are said to conduct ultra-high heat and even resist corrosion.
So, the BaByliss nano titanium flat iron is a straightener for normal or dense hair, not for fine one. There are as many as 50 temperature settings up to 450°F. According to some BaBylissPRO nano titanium flat iron reviews, this tool is really great at straightening very curly and stubborn hair, not to mention wavy tresses. So, why mess with success?
- great at straightening extremely curly hair that is hard to tame;
- 50 heat settings up to 450°F;
- the smooth titanium plates that can resist corrosion;
- awesome design.
- no good for fine hair.
CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron
This CHI titanium flat iron has 1.25-inches floating plates for easier and quicker styling for longer hair. Titanium infusion strengthens the plates, offers greater durability, and makes styling even smoother. By the way, you can use this flat iron not only for straightening but also for making all kinds of curls, waves, using flat iron hacks, and flips – it’s up to your imagination and creativity.
The tool features the color-coded LED screen that changes the color depending on how high the temperature is. According to the instructions, the blue one is for fine or fragile hair (0-370°F), the green one is for medium or wavy tresses (375-395°F), and the red one is for coarse, resistant locks (400-425°F). I like this feature the most. No need to wonder what temperature you should set for your hair type – the guidance is pretty clear.
- heats up in less than a minute;
- the color-coded controls;
- a thermal mat in the set;
- you can use this CHI flat iron with titanium-infused plates for both straightening and curling.
- the controls need some practice to get used to them;
Infiniti Pro by Conair 1-Inch Double Titanium Ceramic Flat Iron
Coming in a slick red design, this Infiniti Pro by Conair 1-inch tourmaline ceramic flat iron will provide you with a long-lasting hairstyle protected from humidity. It features floating plates with double titanium coverage for superior heat and smoother glide.
Be careful: the tool gets extremely hot, so I prefer to use it on the low or the medium heat setting. Even though this Infiniti Pro titanium ceramic flat iron heats up to 455°F, there are only 3 actual heat levels available: the low, the medium, and the high. I don’t think this is the best way to adjust the temp. On the bright side, this straightener heats up very quickly – it takes around 20 seconds.
According to the Infiniti Pro Conair titanium flat iron reviews, it does the great job when it comes to straighten natural curly thick, dense hair. Since it’s a flat iron with titanium coating, that’s not that surprising, but still, it’s quite a pros.
- double titanium coverage for higher heat and smoother styling;
- great at straightening very thick hair;
- heats up in less than 30 seconds;
- awesome design.
- the heat settings aren’t variable;
- short cord.
CROC Classic Nano-Titanium Flat Iron
As the manufacturer claims, this CROC titanium classic flat iron utilizes the advanced nano-silver technology for sterilization and deodorization. The design may seem unusual at first, but the performance is quite impressive. The tool features 1.5-inches plates that make straightening long hair much easier and faster.
The maximum temperature is 450°F, and this CROC nano-titanium flat iron heats up really fast. According to the reviews, it’s great at straightening even dense, thick hair and taming the frizz. With this CROC titanium flat iron, you will get shiny, smooth, and frizz-free tresses that will probably brighten your day!
- the ionic technology combined with far-infrared heat for smooth and shiny results;
- reduces frizz;
- great at straightening thick hair;
- dual voltage;
- auto shut-off.
- may snap hair off at the ends.
Hot Tools Digital Titanium Flat Iron
First of all, look at the awesome pink design of this titanium hair straightener! Featuring 1-inch plates, it’s slim, roundish, and compact. There is an LCD display on the handle to show the current temperature. You can select the heat level up to 450°F just like with many other flat irons.
This Hot Tools titanium flat iron heats up pretty fast, and it gets really hot so be careful. It does a great job at straightening thick wavy or curly hair that is hard to tame. The overall performance is just fine, and the price is reasonable.
- good at straightening really thick hard-to-manage hair;
- has a swivel cord;
- auto shut-off;
- may pull hair a bit.
Ion Titanium Platinum Gator Flat Iron
Thanks to the sleek design and rounded 1-inch plates, you can use this Ion titanium platinum flat iron for straightening, curling or flipping. Its titanium plating is stable at high temperatures, and scratch and corrosion resistant. Also, I like the matt outer texture that seems to enhance the grip, and there is even a thumb press for more comfortable handling.
You can choose from 25 heat settings ranging from 180°F to 450°F, and the tool gets hot quick as a flash! The ionic technology enhanced with far-infrared heat will leave you with smooth, shiny, and frizz-free tresses. This Ion titanium flat iron gives amazing results on thick curly locks, including African-American ones. Usually, the blowout lasts throughout the day or even longer which is awesome!
- good at straightening dense, thick hair;
- heats up very fast;
- long-lasting hairstyle;
- great design;
- swivel cord.
- it can mess with your curl pattern: if you want to go back to curly, there probably will be some straight spots.
BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron
As its name implies, this BaBylissPRO nano-titanium 1-inch flat iron is compact indeed, being 9-inches long. Plus, it’s lightweight (4.8oz). It’s a real catch for girls with short and medium-length hair as well as those of you who travel a lot. The tool features 1-inch titanium ceramic plates that can get close to the roots and work to the hair ends for smooth straightening.
This nano-titanium by BaBylissPRO flat iron can reach the temperature up to 430°F, and it heats up really fast, like in a blink of an eye. The only thing is, the tool gets pretty hot, including the handle. After several minutes of using the straightener, it may become uncomfortable to hold. If you happen to have a protective glove – it’s high time to put it to use. Other than that, this titanium BaByliss flat iron is worth every penny.
- this BaByliss titanium Pro flat iron is great for short and medium hair;
- fast heat-up;
- lightweight and compact;
- the handle gets rather hot.
CHI Smart Titanium Digital Ceramic Iron with Travel Kit
Not sure what to pick – a regular-sized flat iron or a travel-sized one? No need to worry: now you can get both of them! At least, if you order this CHI smart titanium flat iron from Amazon. The set includes two flat irons in awesome turquoise design, a travel kit, and three clips for easier hair sectioning. Nice packaging, right?
The straighteners feature 1-inch and ¾-inch floating plates respectively. Their exceptional zirconium titanium coating is claimed to create the durable surface for smooth styling, and ceramic heat technology provides even heat distribution. The tool can reach the temperature up to 410°F. Since the plates are curved, you can use this CHI titanium flat iron not only for straightening but also for making curls, waves, and flips.
- not one, but two straighteners in one set: regular-sized and travel-sized;
- you can use them for both straightening and curling;
- the zirconium titanium plates for smoother styling;
- cool design;
- a travel kit and hairstyling clips in the set.
Neuro Smooth Flat Iron
Coming in a sleek black design, this professional titanium flat iron features 1.25-inches heating plates for faster and easier styling. Technically, you can even use it for curling due to the rounded shape and beveled edges. The temperature is adjustable, and the IsoTherm titanium plates can reach the maximum of 450°F in 30 seconds.
The tool is lightweight and comfortable to hold and to use, getting a good firm grip on hair. As a result, you will get silky-smooth, soft, and shiny tresses that will definitely boost your self-esteem. Let me just add that this titanium plated flat iron is a great choice for girls with dense hair since it handles thickness like a pro!
- heats up in 30 seconds;
- works great on thick hair;
- the IsoTherm titanium plates with lightning-fast heat recovery;
- lightweight and comfortable to hold;
- amazing design.
- may pull hair a little bit.
Amika Digital Titanium Styler Obliphica(not available)
If you’ve happened to come across other Amika hair products, you’re probably familiar with the design. I love how bright and cheerful it is, yet there are hair straighteners of the same brand with more «classical» design. But let’s look closer at the features of this particular Amika titanium flat iron.
Featuring 1-inch ceramic titanium plates, it’s suitable for both straightening and curling. Titanium provides superior heat conductivity, and the ionic technology helps to seal the hair cuticle for smooth, shiny, and frizz-free results. The tool heats up in a blink of an eye, and you can set the temp from 200°F to 450°F depending on your hair type. The current heat level is shown on the digital screen located on the handle.
The overall performance is great, yet there is one problem. According to the Amika digital titanium styler reviews, many people suspect they’ve got a knockoff. Sadly, that’s a common issue when it comes to styling products, so always be aware of fakes.
- fast heat-up;
- the temperature settings ranging from 200°F to 450°F;
- the negative ion technology combined with far-infrared heat;
- colorful design.
- the high risk of receiving a fake.
Revlon Rvst2031blu Titanium Smoothstay Straightener
If the reviews are something to go by, this Revlon titanium flat iron does a great job at straightening thick, coarse ethnic hair. Just keep in mind that you may need several passes to make your hair bone straight. There are as many as 30 heat settings up to 400°F, and you can adjust the temperature using the rheostat dial. The tool heats up in about 2 minutes which isn’t that fast, but I can live with that. Be careful as the tool itself gets very hot, including the handle. Using a protective glove wouldn’t hurt.
Girls with really long hair will definitely appreciate the 1.5-inches heating plates made for faster and easier styling. The titanium technology provides high heat and even heat distribution for shiny and healthy-looking results. And the neat design is just the icing on the cake!
- works well on thick, coarse hair;
- 30 heat settings ranging up to 400°F;
- wider plates for quicker styling;
- auto shut-off;
- swivel cord.
- the tool gets hot so be careful when using it;
- may pull or snag hair.
Red PRO Titanium 460 Flat Iron
This flat iron with titanium plates is a real catch for girls with short hair as the heaters are only ½-inch wide. That’s not a common size, and straighteners with such narrow heating plates are quite hard to find on the market. Plus, this one can heat up to 460°F which is slightly more than many other flat irons. So, this Red Pro titanium flat iron is a real deal!
Thanks to the narrow plates, you can get to the very roots. Plus, this straightener gives you some styling versatility: for instance, it’s small enough for short tapered styles. It’s lightweight and comfortable to hold. The only thing is, this Red titanium flat iron gets rather hot, so be careful when using it. Other than that, I’m happy with its performance. I’ve seen the reviews where people complain about the tool being not durable. Luckily, mine still works.
- slim plates are suitable for styling short hair;
- fast heat-up;
- comfortable grip handle;
- the whole item gets hot so be careful;
- doesn’t last long.
Infiniti Pro by Conair Titanium Plated Flat Iron
Featuring extra-long 1-inch titanium plates, this flat iron makes styling even faster and easier. The titanium ceramic technology helps to reduce frizz and static, smoothing hair and adding extra shine. You can choose from 6 heat settings ranging from 320°F to 455°F, and the current temperature is shown on the LCD screen. And there is this memory feature with lock control that remembers your preferred setting. As far as I can tell, that is quite a rare function in hair straighteners.
This InfinitiPRO by Conair flat iron with titanium plates heats up in 20 seconds and can reach its maximum temp in less than a minute. Due to the rounded shape, you can use this tool not only for straightening but also for curling. As for the design, I see only one serious drawback. The on/off button is located very close to the heaters, so when you want to turn the tool off, you may get burned. So, be careful.
- heats up in less than 60 seconds;
- suitable for both straightening and curling;
- the memory function that remembers 1 of 6 heat settings;
- swivel cord;
- auto-off safety feature.
- the cord is too short, and you may need a cord extension set;
- the on/off button is poorly placed.
Gold ‘N Hot Professional Titanium Straightening Iron
This Gold ‘N Hot titanium flat iron works great on kinky, curly, and frizzy hair that is hard to manage. You can select the temperature from 200°F to 450°F depending on your hair type and overall condition. This titanium plates flat iron heats up in a flash, and it gets very hot so be careful with the heat level. I’d recommend you to straighten even thick, coarse hair on lower temperatures to reduce the damage caused by heat.
You can use this flat iron with titanium floating plates (1-inch wide) for various styles, from straightening to curling. The sleek rounded design gives you some versatility in terms of styling. The tool clamps on hair without you having to squeeze hard, and I’m happy with its performance. In a nutshell, it’s a great product at a great price.
- does a great job at straightening kinky, curly, and frizzy tresses;
- fast heat-up;
- you can use this tool for both straightening and curling;
- neat white design.
- not sure whether it’s durable.
CHI PRO G2 Digital Titanium Infused Ceramic Flat Iron
Just like many other CHI hair straighteners, this one promises to create silky, shiny, and frizz-free tresses that will brighten your day. It features a color-coded LCD screen – the thing I like the most in CHI products. Depending on your hair type, you can change the right temperature, and the screen will light up with the appropriate color. You can find the detailed information in the guideline that comes with this flat iron.
This CHI PRO flat iron has titanium infused ceramic plates for greater durability and smoother glide. Due to the rounded design, you can not only straighten but also make curls, waves or flips with this tool. And the controls are placed quite conveniently, on the inner side of the handle.
You probably won’t push them by accident when styling, and that is quite a merit. The only thing is, sometimes the settings may change, the heat goes back to the highest setting by itself if you try to adjust it. I haven’t figured out how to deal with this yet.
- heats up in less than a minute;
- the temperature settings ranging up to 425°F;
- the color-coded LCD screen;
- ergonomic design.
- the temp settings may change by themselves.
How to Clean a Flat Iron?
Yeah, you have to clean your flat iron on a regular basis. Why?
- Various hair products and oil eventually cake up on the plates and stick to your clean tresses, causing them to become dirty faster. If you don’t use styling or straightening hair products, that’s okay – they’re optional. But applying heat protection before styling is a must do.
- This buildup can cause uneven heating and incomplete straightening, meaning that you have to pass over your hair over and over again. And that’s obviously not a good thing to do since the heat damage increases.
- Severe buildup can also damage hair and even lead to split ends.
So, how to clean a flat iron? There is a step-by-step guideline for you:
- First of all, your straightener must be unplugged.
- Let it cool on a heat-resistant surface in case the tool is still hot after using. If you have a thermal mat in the set, it’s time to put it to use.
- Check whether the tool is cool enough to touch safely.
- Wipe your flat iron down with a slightly damp cloth or a paper towel. Don’t scrub or press too much, just gently run the damp cloth over the plates.
- Wipe all surfaces of the tool to complete a basic cleaning.
- Be sure that the straightener is completely dry before you use it again.
If you feel like there is still some residue, you can bring out the big guns, so to speak. There are plenty of ways to clean a straightener at home: using alcohol, baking soda, a toothbrush, even a relaxer. I guess you can google any of them if you’re interested. But I prefer to use professional cleaning products since all those homemade treatments may damage the tool. If you’re cleaning your flat iron for the first time, I highly recommend you to use a professional cleaning solution for that purpose. Otherwise, you act at your own peril.
So, what cleaning products to use?
HOT TOOLS 1155 Curling Iron Cleaner
This product comes in a white bottle with a purple label, weighing 4 oz. It’s claimed to be suitable for all types of flat and curling irons, and this cleaner is super easy to use. First, unplug the straightener. Then, spray on the entire surface of the unplugged iron when the tool is still warm. Leave the product on for 1–10 seconds depending on how much buildup you need to remove. Finally, wipe off the product with a warm damp towel to clean your flat iron completely.
The HOT TOOLS cleaner is a safe, non-toxic spray that will keep your flat iron clean and ready for the next use. One may find the smell to be too strong, yet it’s pretty pleasant.
Helen of Troy 1156 Curling Iron Cleaner
There is 8 oz of the product, and the price is attractive. It’s a safe, non-toxic spray that is easy to use. It’s suitable for both straightening irons and curling irons. This Helen of Troy cleaner is safe to use on the following surfaces: ceramic, tourmaline, titanium, and gold. It’s highly efficient and can actually revive your old flat iron, so it will look brand-new! Just be careful and follow the instructions in order not to damage the plates.
Dissolve All-Purpose Extra Strength Styling Iron Cleaner
There is something about 8 oz in the bottle, and the product isn’t cheap, yet still affordable. I’ve used it for cleaning ceramic and titanium flat irons, and it works like magic! My straighteners look brand-new after cleaning. The only thing is, the smell is too strong. It seems like this product has a lot of ammonia, so use it only in a well-ventilated area. Also, take care not to get the cleaner on your hands. By the way, the same holds true for any other flat iron cleaner.
One more potential question – how do you know when a straightener is clean? Well, if it glides smoothly through your tresses, you can say the tool is clean enough. If there is any buildup left on the flat iron after cleaning, it may cause minor odor or smoking when you plug in the tool.
Titanium VS Ceramic: How to Choose a Flat Iron?
When choosing a hair straightener, you should consider not only the surface material but also its temperature settings, the time of heating-up, the size and shape of the plates, and more.
Surface material. As I said before, it depends on your hair type and overall state. The ceramic flat iron is suitable for pretty much any hair type – you just need to set the right temperature. And a titanium hair straightener works best for dense, thick curly tresses that are hard to tame. Fine, fragile or damaged hair usually doesn’t require such a powerful styling tool, not to mention the potential damage caused by heat.
Temp settings. Most of the ceramic and titanium flat irons feature adjustable heat settings. However, there are some models with the preset temperature that you can’t change. Before purchasing, find out whether you can select the right heat level for your hair type. Otherwise, you may just throw money away.
Heating-up time. Generally, titanium flat irons heat up faster than ceramic ones. However, there are quite a lot of ceramic flat irons that get hot in less than a minute, and that is pretty impressive. So, in many cases, ceramic hair straighteners don’t yield to titanium ones.
The plates’ width and shape. Most of the flat irons, both ceramic and titanium, feature 1-inch wide heating plates that makes them suitable not only for straightening but also curling. If you actually want to curl your hair with a straightener, pay attention at the shape of the plates. They should be rounded, maybe with beveled edges. Such a shape is considered to be the best for curling. Girls with short hair will appreciate titanium or ceramic flat irons with the narrower plates. And those of you who have really long thick tresses may need a straightener with wider plates for easier and quicker styling.
Rotating cord. Many professional ceramic flat irons, as well as titanium ones, feature a swivel power cord. Obviously, it’s useful and convenient. A rotating cord is less like to tangle which simplifies the whole styling process, letting you focus on the job.
Auto shut-off function. One more important feature of ceramic and titanium flat irons. You must turn your straightener off after using it. Still, if you consider yourself to be forgetful, it’s better to pick a flat iron with an auto shut-off. And if you tend to worry about things a lot (like I do), you probably know about this feature already.
Dual-voltage. It’s an extremely useful feature for those who like to travel or just travel a lot for work, for instance. It lets you use your hair straightener abroad, but you will need a plug adapter so the tool will fit the socket.
Users’ reviews. Before purchasing a flat iron or brushes, I always read other people’s reviews. Yeah, I know that some of them may be fakes, but it’s a different story. Obviously, manufacturers take salesmanship approach, and real users can point out some flaws or confirm the strengths of a product.
Using Ceramic and Titanium Flat Irons: Q&A
Here are some of the most asked questions about ceramic vs. titanium flat irons. Curious to know the answers? Here they go!
Which one is more expensive, the ceramic or titanium flat iron?
Generally, titanium hair straighteners are considered to be more expensive because of their superior features. Although, many ceramic flat irons can match the effectiveness and the price of titanium ones. On top of that, there are plenty of affordable models, both ceramic and titanium.
Which coating is more durable and lasting?
In general, titanium is more durable than other materials that are used for hair straighteners. The flat iron with titanium plates tends to last longer because they’re not porous like ceramic plates. So, if you go for a titanium flat iron, it’s more likely to last for many years without you having to replace your straightener.
Titanium vs. ceramic: which one requires more servicing?
Actually, both of them require proper care. You have to clean your straightener on a regular basis, use it accordingly to the guide, and observe the safety procedures. That way you reduce the potential damage to your flat iron as much as possible.
As for cleaning, you can go back to the part where we discuss how to clean ceramic flat irons as well as titanium ones. Choose from the cleaning products that are suitable for the material that your flat iron is made of.
To Sum Up
Okay, so we’ve covered pretty much everything about ceramic flat irons and titanium ones. Which of them do you find to be the better? And what is your experience with titanium or ceramic flat irons, or you’ve tried both of the coatings, and you can actually compare them? Leave your comments below – I will be happy to read them!
Ceramic flat irons have their own merits as well as titanium straighteners. While a ceramic flat iron is suitable for pretty much any hair type, titanium one works best on thick, coarse natural hair. Both these materials are fast to heat up, and they can maintain high temperatures. Sometimes, they get enhanced by other materials such as tourmaline to give you superior results – even shinier, smoother, and silkier tresses. Isn’t that just great?
As for the price, there is a whole range of flat irons, from more affordable to costly ones. The cost somewhat depends on the material, but many other features can also determine the price. How famous is the brand, how fast the tool heats up, how convenient it is to use – all of those things matter a lot if we’re talking the price.
Titanium vs. ceramic isn’t that much of a confrontation. Both these materials serve their purposes when used in hair straighteners. Depending on your hair type, thickness, and length, you can benefit from one of them or even both of them!
Just choose wisely and be ready to fork out for a high-quality product, be it a ceramic flat iron or a titanium one. And maybe you want to kill two birds with one stone and purchase a ceramic titanium straightener? That is a real thing, too!