If you’re like 95% of most women, and even some men, then you use a flat iron. If you fall into that 5% category of women with perfect, or curly hair, then just know that everyone is envious of you, and its time for you to stop reading this. What most people don’t realize is that although most flat iron come with a one inch plate width, this is not always the best choice for you, and there are other options available. Choosing the appropriate flat iron plate width is dependent on the length of your hair. Although the standard one inch plate width on most flat irons will work on most people, it is most ideal for people with medium hair length. Having medium hair length means your hair falls below your ears, yet above your shoulders. If you have medium length hair, then please carry on with your traditional one inch flat iron plate width. For everyone else, I’m here to tell you that you can find a flat iron with a plate inch between 1/4 inch and two inches. Knowing which plate width to look for in a flat iron is key to having less heat damage, as well as having your hair look the best that it possibly can.
If your hair falls to above your ears, and/or you have bangs, you may want to think about looking for a flat iron plate width of 3/4 inches. Since using a flat iron means that you’re putting heat so close to your scalp, a thinner 3/4 inch plate width on a flat iron is going to give you more control when you style your hair. A 3/4 inch plate on a flat iron is also going to provide far less heat damage than a traditional one inch plate will.
Although you more than likely will not be able to find a 3/4 inch plate flat iron as easily as you will a traditional one inch plate flat iron, they are available online, and in certain specialty stores. Some of the more popular 3/4 inch plate flat irons are: BaByliss Pro Nano, Agave Healing Vapor Iron, FHI HEAT Platform, Solia SuperHot, Rusk Heat Freak, Paul Mitchell Neutro, and Hot Tools Nano Ceramic.
If your hair falls to your shoulders, or longer, then you obviously have what is considered long hair. You can continue to use the traditional one inch plate width flat iron, but if you do, just know that you are causing more heat damage than necessary to your gorgeous locks, as well as spending more time by continuously having to redo smaller sections of your hair with your flat iron. So what should I do with my long, luxurious locks you ask? The answer is quite simple. Purchase a flat iron with larger plates. You can find flat irons with 1 1/4 inch plates, and some flat irons even come in two inch plates. The longer and thicker your hair is, the larger the flat iron plate should be. A two inch plate flat iron will quickly become your new best friend if you have long, thick hair. You’ll incur far less heat damage by using a two inch plate flat iron than with the traditional one inch plate flat iron. You’ll also be able to get your hair to look smoother since you will save time by being able to straighten larger portions of your hair, as well as being able to skip having to re-straighten the same areas of hair over and over again.
Just like with 3/4 inch plate width flat irons, two inch plate width flat irons are not available everywhere, but easily found online on sites such as ebay, and at specialty stores. Some of the more popular two inch plate width flat irons currently on the market are: Remington Wet 2 Straight, Andis 2-Inch High Heat Ceramic Flat Iron, GHD Gold Professional Flat Iron, 2 Infiniti Pro 2 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron by Conair, and Conair Double Ceramic 2 Inch Flat Iron.
Although the choice of what size plate on your flat iron that you choose to use is ultimately up to you, just be aware that you have more than one option.