The flat iron can be a real danger for your hair if you don’t choose the right model, and it’s easy to pick wrong, because you can get tempted into buying a more expensive model that has many features and settings, instead of paying attention to other details regarding the styling device. This is why it is always good to read reviews before buying such a styling tool. However, even when reading reviews, there are a couple of things that you must always keep in mind.

What you must remember is that when you choose a flat iron, you should choose according to your hair type and length, not according to other details, and in the following lines you will see how you can make the right choice based on your hair type.

Thick, coarse, or curly hair

Thick , coarse, or curly hair are especially difficult to handle and they can tangle quickly, therefore it’s mandatory to choose the right flat iron for these types of hair to not damage them.
The plate size of the flat iron for these hair types should be between 1″-1 1/2″ if the hair length is above the shoulders, and it should be between 1″-2″ if the hair reaches the shoulders or if it’s longer.
The appropriate temperature setting is between 380 degrees Fahrenheit and 410 degrees Fahrenheit, and the material from which the plates are made should be ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline.

Normal, medium, or wavy hair

For normal, medium, or wavy hair, all of these hair types being easily adaptable to different styles, the choice when it comes to the perfect flat iron is easier to make than with other types of hair, because they aren’t as pretentious.
You should go with a flat iron that has the plate size between 1/2″-1 1/4″ if the hair length is above the shoulders, and if you have medium and long hair, the proper plate size is between 1 1/4″-2″.
When it comes to the right temperature and plate material, for these types of hair you should use a temperature setting between 360 degrees Fahrenheit and 380 degrees Fahrenheit, and the plate should be made from ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline.

Thin or fine hair

Thin and fine hair can get easily burned if you don’t have the right flat iron, and because of the poor quality of the hair itself, it’s hard to undo the damage once it’s done.
When it comes to plate size, you can pretty much go with anything, because it doesn’t influence the way in which you will style your hair.
The right temperature for thin and fine hair is below 360 degrees Fahrenheit in order to not burn it, and the material from which the plates should be made is ceramic, or tourmaline.