Tourmaline is a precious crystal that is ground down into a fine powder and then infused onto the ceramic plates of a flat iron. Tourmaline plates produce a far greater number of negative ions than do ceramic plates. Negative ions straighten your hair for far longer and give it a silkier, shinier look. So, if you’re thinking of buying a flat iron you should only buy a flat iron with plates that have been plated with tourmaline. But which is the best tourmaline flat iron?
Surprisingly, the vast majority of producers still make ceramic only flat irons. However, the market leaders in flat iron design and manufacturing now produce tourmaline flat irons. The following are market leaders in tourmaline flat iron technology, and all make top rated tourmaline flat irons. Which tourmaline flat iron is best depends on your hair type, what function you want and how much you’re willing to spend.
One of the cheapest, top-rated tourmaline flat irons is the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. The Solia tourmaline flat iron comes in four plate sizes; the 3/4″plate is perfect for bangs and really short hair and is also the perfect size for creating all sorts of curly-haired styles. Plate widths also include the 1″ and 1 ¼” – the latter being the most popular size. These sizes are perfect for medium hair length or hair that isn’t too curly. If you hair is difficult to straighten then you should definitely go for the 1 ¾” plates on the Solia tourmaline flat iron. Solia flat irons come with Dynamic Alignment System to ensure perfect contact between the plates and your hair. The Solia Limited Edition Pink flat iron is a very popular model, however, if you’re looking to buy a pink flat iron, the Corioliss pink flat iron is a better choice; it looks better and heats up quicker than does the Solia but it is a lot more expensive – more about Corioliss in a moment. Finally, Solia claim that their tourmaline flat irons can be used on wet hair – actually damp hair that has been first combed through. This is a real plus point as using wet to dry flat irons avoid having to first use a hair dryer.
Sedu flat irons are about 50% more expensive than Solia flat irons. Sedu flat irons have gained popularity because of their association with Jennifer Aniston. Many want to have the same look and believe that using a Sedu tourmaline flat iron will give them this. Whilst this is true, perfectly straight, shiny, sleek hair can be obtained using other brands of flat iron. But there is no doubt that a tourmaline flat iron from Sedu is a top rated product and delivers on its promise of creating smooth, straight hair. Although the heat up time of the Sedu Ionic Ceramic flat iron is not as quick as some other brands, it is still ready to use in only 25 seconds. The plate widths of Sedu flat irons are either 1 or 1 ½ inches. The body of the Sedu flat iron is made from high-strength composite materials, which makes the Sedu one of the lightest flat irons on the market.
Only introduced onto the market in 2004, the T3 Duality professional flat iron has gained a strong foothold in the market and is now one of the leading hair straighteners. The first thing you notice about the T3 Tourmaline Medium Duality flat iron is its good looks but the qualities of the T3 flat iron go further than how it looks. T3 tourmaline flat irons use the latest technology to give you perfectly straight hair. There are four models to choose from: the T3 Domed Duality Flat Iron (3/4 inch); the T3 Medium Duality Flat Iron (1 3/8 inch); the T3 Narrow Duality Flat Iron (1 inch); and the T3 Wide Duality Flat Iron (1 3/4 inch). The T3 domed iron is a versatile tool to straighten, curl and even create chic flips to the hair. When curling, the grooves on the outer ends allow for more control, and when locked in between, the hair is actually being heated on the inside, as well as the outside. The T3 Narrow Duality is the one that gives you most control, the T3 Wide Duality is best for long hair, whereas the T3 Medium Duality is the most versatile. Finally, there is also available the T3 Wet to Dry Flat Iron. Just like the Solia model discussed above, the T3 Wet to Dry Tourmaline flat iron can be used on damp hair, so avoiding having to first dry your hair.
The Corioliss Pro Silver flat iron is nearly twice the price of the Solia, making it one of the most expensive tourmaline flat irons you can buy, but it’s worth every penny. Its good looks are consummate with its performance. Heat up time is only 6 seconds! The plate size is 1″ and the plates reach a top temperature of 430F – higher than that of many flat irons. Sedu claim to make one of the lightest flat irons – the Sedu 1″ flat iron weighing in at 0.9lbs – however, the Corioliss Pro Silver 1″ flat iron weighs only 0.72lbs, making it very easy to use, especially when straightening the back of your hair. The iconic Corioliss Limited Edition Pink 1″ flat iron is for those who want something a little special. And if you’re looking for something extra special, take a look at the Corioliss Pro-Hair Purple Flat Iron. Finally, Corioliss flat irons come with dual-voltage as standard so you can use a Corioliss hair straightener anywhere in the world.
If you want to get the best results when straightening your hair, you should only use a tourmaline flat iron. Whether you buy a Sedu, Solia, T3 or Corioliss tourmaline flat iron is your decision, but your first decision should be to purchase a tourmaline flat iron.