A few months ago, my beloved FHI flat iron gave out. After 3 years, it stopped getting really hot and I need some serious heat to straighten my hair (yes, I know, heat is not good for hair, I will cover this in a later post). I wanted to try a different brand and so I powered up my laptop and started to research the best flat irons. It was quite overwhelming because classifying the best of anything is usually subjective. The choices are endless but two things remained constant, ceramic vs. titanium flat irons. To be honest, it was not something I thought about. Around the time I bought my flat iron 3 years ago, it seemed everything was ceramic and it was hailed as the best technology on the market.
So what is the difference between ceramic and titanium flat irons? Let’s get into it!
Ceramic Flat Irons
These days, it is really hard to find a flat iron that is anything less than ceramic or ceramic coated. Ceramic plates allow for even heat distribution which means that there are no cold spots on the flat iron. Having an even temperature reduces the potential of heat damage to your hair. While most flat irons say they are ceramic, very few are pure ceramic plates. Rather, most flat irons are aluminum with coatings of ceramic baked on top on the plates. Don’t assume that the more expensive flat irons are 100% ceramic, because you will find that is not the case. However, the more expensive flat irons tend to have more layers of ceramic baked into the aluminum plates. Pure ceramic plates can be very expensive therefore producing ceramic coated flat irons makes it more affordable and accessible to the masses.
Pay close attention to ceramic coated flat irons as you will notice, overtime, the coating can chip or peel, exposing the inferior metal below and the peeled areas can also snag your hair.
That being, said, ceramic flat irons are still very good options and worth investing in a quality product. And no, quality does not necessarily mean more expensive.
Titanium Flat Irons
Titanium is as strong as steel and 40% lighter. It’s the smoothest surface available in a styling tool. This is especially useful when heat styling with a flat iron to prevent hair from snagging on the iron plates. Titanium retains higher heat longer and distributes it consistently across the surface. This results in faster styling time, and higher heat, on a very smooth surface.
Because titanium heats up so fast, professional stylists recommend ceramic tools for at home use to reduce damage to their customers hair.
I purchased the Baby Bliss Nano Titanium 1′ flat iron. So far I have to say I am very pleased with it. The iron heats up to 450 degrees, however, I decided initially not to crank it up that high to be safe. I decided to go with this flat iron because three years ago, around the same time I purchase my FHI flat iron, I also purchased a Baby Bliss blow dryer and I LOVE it so I decided to try an iron from the brand. My sister Fabiola is one of my go to people for all things hair and she picked the Baby Bliss flat iron as one of her must haves so it obviously peaked my interest.
My one con with this flat iron is that the entire iron heats up not just the plates. If you are not handy with flat irons, you are in for a hot surprise. Luckily, I use the heat glove I received with my curl wand.