Straighteners Buying Guide

Audio Buying Guide

Whether it's a super sleek, polished look you desire, waves, or curls, we have the perfect straightener for you. We have taken the stress out of buying a new hair straightener, and pulled together some key information and features for you to consider when purchasing your new straighteners.

Just click onto one of the links below to find out more.

Width Type

Straighteners come in different plate widths. Different widths are suitable for different hair types. See below for our quick guide

Slim Plates
These are usually around 2.5cm - 3cm and are suitable for short hair

Medium Plates
These are usually around 3cm - 4cm and are suitable for short to medium styles

Wide Plates
These are usually around 6cm and are suitable for long, thick hair

Plate Type

Ceramic Coated
These heat up quickly as they're excellent heat conductors. Low friction between plate and hair means there's less hair damage. These smooth plates will give you ultra straight hair with added shine.

Solid Ceramic
Solid ceramic plates retain heat at a constant temperature throughout the styling process and produce the smoothest and shiniest finish to hair. Ensures even heat across the plate, allowing for effective straightening in one go without having to go over an area twice.

Ceramic & Teflon Coated Plates
Teflon non-stick coating is exclusive to Remington and ensures the hair glides through the plates without snagging. It also prevents the build-up of styling products such as heat protection on the plates of the straightener which is a known cause of snagging.

Touramaline Ceramic Plates
Touramaline Ceramic Plates combine the benefits of ionic and infrared technology for healthier, more manageable hair. These plates generate negative ions to help lock in moisture and improve hair condition, whilst removing the static which causes frizz. They emit gentle infra-red heat as they glide through your hair for the ultimate high-shine finish.

Ceramic Diamond Plates with Teflon
High performance in one stroke. Improved high even heat and reduced hot spots for better protection. Incorporates a smooth Teflon coating (as above). Diamond improves the plates to give 75% smoother glide.

Nano Titanium Ceramic Plates
Advanced ceramic? technology gives ultra fast heat recovery to ensure constant high heat performance.

Nano Diamond Ultragliss Ceramic Plates
Optimal smooth surface - best heat transfer material.

Wet To Straight Straighteners

Wet2straight straighteners are designed for use on towel dried hair so there is no need to blow dry! You will see the excess water vaporise into steam, escaping through vent holes ? this steam hydration therapy is kind to hair, and gives quick and longer lasting, super straight results.

Heat Protection

Protect you hair from any damage using Heat Protection spray.


The highest temperature on a straightener is not always suitable or necessary for all hair types.

Choosing a straightener with variable heat allows you to adjust the temperature to suit your hair type and minimise damage.


If you look for a straightener that has a curved housing this will be ideal if you want to create curls and bounce in your style.

Curved housing will create a rounded smooth shape as your hair curls around the body of the straightener.


You may want to choose a straightener that has a digital LCD display which means you will know exactly what temperature you have selected and an audible beep means you know when the product reaches your selected heat.

The Remington S9500 Pearl has an LCD lock to stop you from accidentally changing the temperature - or if you want a short burst of extra heat, hit the turbo boost for an instant shot of power.

Auto Shut Off

For straighteners with Auto Shut off this will give you peace of mind that if you accidentally leave your hair straighteners switched on.


Going on Holiday or need Styling For great styling on the go or while travelling?

Choose cordless travel hair straighteners. Fully portable these hair straighteners work on disposable gas energy cells.

We do have multi voltage hair straighteners available that are perfect for your holidays.

Helpline Numbers

Babyliss: 0870 513 3191
Carmen: 0800 212 4380
Hedkandi: 0800 525 089
Lee Stafford: 0845 467 6743
Nicky Clarke: 0800 525 089
Remington: 0800 212 4380
Toni & Guy: +44 (0) 114 242 0405
Tresemme: 0845 266 8869

Very Account

With the help of a Very Account you can get affordable ways to spread the cost.>

Click here to find out more >

Replacement Guarantee

Straighteners on the blink? You could get a brand new replacement fast with Replacement Guarantee!

+ Available for electrical items under £150 bought from us
+ Accidental damage cover from day one
+ An instant decision from our one-call claims service

Click here to tell me more about Replacement Guarantee >

Terms and conditions apply. The cover excludes some situations, for example: any wilful act or neglect. Accidental damage cover starts from day 1 of the policy and cover for electrical and mechanical breakdown starts from the expiry date of the manufacturers guarantee period. Replacement Guarantee is offered by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited. Underwritten by London General Insurance Company Limited. Registered Office: Integra House, Floor 2, Vicarage Road, Surrey, TW20 9JZ. Registered Number 1865673. London General Insurance is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority .

Shop Related Products:

Buying Guides:

See All Buying Guides >

Related Buying Guides