Sunday, July 22

Titanium or Ceramic Hair Straighteners and Curling Irons, Tips on Choosing the BEST

 Titanium or Ceramic Hair Straighteners and Curling Irons,
what the heck are the differences?   Ceramic, Titanium, Basic, and Tourmaline.. blah blah?... Read on for some tips on choosing the best plate type for your hair.

Does the types of plates used in Straightening Irons make a big difference?

You probably never figured out all the minor differences.    Merely that that it's "better" than the oh so-boring and plain metal plate irons from the past because some Youtube "guru" said so and she had a discount code.

Well, today I'll tell you what the differences are, straight out of the  Professional and licensed Hair Stylist's mouth,  who's been doing hair for the past 10+ years.  

Not much. The difference is THAT small, but your hair will be a tad shiner.  The Hair Product companies claim that their irons are "healthier" - which is is debatable...

Types of heating Hair ironsWhat you really need is just one solidly made hair iron that gets REAL fucking HOT,  and something with  a life time warrant - you don't need to buy one every year like they want you to believe.

A Flat iron or a curling iron  like this will keep you happy for many years - you can  freely leave it on your will for your great-grand daughter. 

Every year, the  big companies like CHI, GHD, T3, Cortex and etc, come out with the next "new" plate of curling irons that we all MUST  go out straight away, right this second to buy, or we'll just go COMPLETELY frizzy - then of course, we need to grab another gallon or two of the strongest heat protectants  hair gel in the market , because they keep making the curling irons  hotter than lava .... I'm waiting for these hair styling companies to come out with a hair primer next....

I will take some photos of my new fancy-spancy curling iron that I bought this year  for work from the International Beauty Show in NYC down below.

I, of course, buy them up because clients like to see their stylist using the latest, which I completely understand.  Moreover, I want to test them out foe myself, because it's my job to test out new trends and playing with toys like these do keep things fresh.

  But honestly, guys, my clients all leave my chair looking pretty much the same, fabulous .. I never see any profound reason to push anyone to buy a new iron when they already have 1-2.

 I do notice that the hair being a little smoother without the hair serum ( Moroccan Oil).  But I think that has more to do with my Twin-Turbo Ceramic-Ionic Pro Blow-Dryer that kills static in the hair than the iron itself... 
Twinturbo 3500 Professional Hair Dryer best PRO dryer
The BEST Hair Dryer. Bar None. 

Rule of Thumb

If you have fine to normal hair, especially if you have hi-lighted/chemically processed hair , then you're perfectly fine using a hot straightening and curling  iron like GHD that heats up to around 375 degrees.  You do NOT need a 450 degrees curl killer!  You will seriously damage your hair if you don't know what you're doing.

Most Asian hair (unless it's very chemically processed from too much Ombre and highlights!), anyone with kinky hair, or coarse unruly curly hair:   An iron that can get  HOT (around 450), like the Cortex and T3 will work brilliantly.   Just make sure you go slowly.  I use this heat settings on my own hair...

The key to a fiercely smooth hair has more to do with how hot the iron gets than all the fancy-spancy spin they put on a piece of metal.

Let me just recommend this Hair Protectant I discovered few months ago and am now am completely obsessed over before I forget - you might have seen it in some of my photos -- 

Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist - You spray it on WET hair and your hair is going to SHINE after you flat iron straighten or curl it on DRY hair.  Thank me later /nod. 

Knowing your hair texture,
Making sure that your iron is heating up evenly and distributing the heat correctly,
Knowing what temperature to use for your hair type,
What products to apply before and after is what gets you that smooth, silky Victoria Secret's model's sexy mane.  

Lets go over the different types of irons out in the market right now.  

If I mention an hair iron here, please believe me when I say it's a great iron because I've either personally used  it or a close colleague have raved about it among our circles.

Best hottest cheat curling iron  Hot Tools Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control
 Basic Curling or Flat Irons

Special tricks:  None - It gets hot.
Price Range: Dirt cheap ($20~30)
CONS:  Don't buy the FLAT irons.  These will promptly start pulling on your hair as you run it through.  Still, it gets HOT  and it's cheaper than dirt.

 I still have  Gold N Hot Tools Curling iron that I bought when I wa in the friggin MIDDLE school,  people!! I'm in my mid 30s now!   It's still works great (taped up and all haha) and it's only $20, what could you possibly complain about?...

 I'm gonna take a photo of this.  It's like my "blankie"... it's completely falling apart, my clients laugh at it when I whip it out but I refuse to let it go... Ok, just looked, it's at the salon.  I'll take a pic later! No, wait, I found it.  I'll post it below!

Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Spring Curling Iron differences beween all the hot irons

Ionic Curling or Flat Irons

Special tricks:  Simply put, it kills static.

Price Range:  $100
CONS: Price.  
IMHO - Go buy a great Ionic & Ceramic blow dryer like mine.  It will cut down on your drying time by half and no static in the hair to worry about when you're ready to curl or flat iron your hair.

Facts and tips on  Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron T3
Ceramic Curling or Flat Iron

Special tricks: A non-metallic  material which is baked onto the plates in thin layers.  Most Ceramic Plates are made out of Aluminum plates coated in Ceramic. 

They  HEATS UP SUPER fast (GHD Flat Irons),  distributes heat more evenly, it kills static, makes your hair shiner than your traditional curling iron.  They "claim" it's healthy for the hair, which I call complete bullshit lol.  I think it's more accurate to say, looks healthier.   Anytime you apply intense heat to your hair, its bad - don't be a sucker.  

Price Range: $100~200.
CONS: Price
IMHO If you're going to spend 100~200 on a iron, get Titanium.

titanium and ceramic straightening flat ironsThe best Allure Award winning Hair Iron T3
 Tourmaline Flat Iron or Curling Iron

Special tricks:  Made out of  crystals that is finely grounded and applied over the plates.  It is believed that the crystals allow the hair to be straightened faster, thus producing less heat damage to the hair.  To me this sounds very logical. Less heat always means less damage to the hair shaft.
Price Range:  $100~300
CONS: Price.   PRICE.

IMHO If I was willing to spend $100+ on a iron, I would grab something like this or Titanium.

Titanium Flat Irons Or Curling Irons 

Special tricks:  This is the Bentley of all Flat Irons as of 2012.  It gets hottest, shiniest, heats up the fastest, the plates are more lightweight, its more durable so it's great for the Pro,  distributes heat more evenly, straightens hair faster, thereby cutting down heat used on the hair cuticles (LESS damage) - If only it would cook and clean out my toilet for me.... 

   I've been quite happy with my irons.

Price Range:  $100~300
CONS: Price.   PRICE. Price. Price.

IMHO  It's worth it *if* you curl or flat iron your hair almost everyday, other wise, I would suggest you look into getting the Ceramic or Gold and Hot hair irons.

Cortex titanium and ceramic flat irons
       Do you see that taped up curling iron at the top?  I was aiming at it but apparently, my aim was off...

The silver irons are my new  Cortex Professional Digital 4-in-1 Titanium Clipless Curling Iron - I LOVE them. I'll do a few tutorials later with those...

My irons are pretty expensive but it's also some of the best in the market right now...and I see that prices have gone down by a lot!  Completely worth the money.  

titanium and ceramic flat straighteners  irons
 I'm so God awful at taking photos...

Twin Turbo Hair dryer tips

I have to put my name on all my gear like I am in Pre-school because walk-in clients keep stealing it!. 

My Recommendations Below

I'm only listing the hair irons that I have either personally used or a real life Hair Pro friend has raved about  below.

GHD Flat Irons  (I'm not 100% sure but I think GHD only goes up about 375 degrees)

T3 73522  Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron - 450 degrees! ( Great for people with COARSE hair)

 T3  SinglePass Professional Straightening & Styling Iron 

Tools Professional Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control 

Hot Tools Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control

 Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Spring Curling Iron

Cortex 4 in One Curling Iron Set   ( My irons from the photo above)

And as usual blogging has taken way longer than I expected... 

Thanks for reading!  I hope you had a good weekend, and make sure to  Sub, leave behind your blog/youtube site! xox

 You might want to check out my blog about Cutting Your Own Bangs at Home, or the DIY Ombre Dip Dye extension next ... 


  1. thanks for all your tips! I've also stuck with my GHD since highschool although I've never found it amazing. I think I might have to invest in a better blow dryer though..the one you posted that kills static sounds promising!

  2. Hi Izzy! I don't use the GHD, I had one, but erm.. it went missing. I went back to my handy Solano.

    I've used this brand of Blow dryer for 10 years, it's IMHO the most used hair blow dryer in my industry... at least in NY. It kills the drying time, imagine all the time you save from drying..

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  4. Lol, that's why I use Karmin tools. Their flat irons go up to 460°F, I mean, how hotter can you get!?? I have their G3 and damn, it works like a dream on my thick and frizzy curls!!! Beats chi and ghd out of the stadium any day ;)

  5. Hi I was looking into buying the same Cortex 4 in 1 clipless curling iron that you have but saw on the website that there is a ceramic and tourmaline one for the same price but was originally priced higher than the titanium one. Which would you recommend out of the two? Ceramic and tourmaline or titanium? Please let me know. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mollie,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, I was out of the country. :D

      Get the titanium one. There is a new iron out these days with a "diamond" plate that I'm not too familiar with, but as I said in my blog..there will always be something new out in the market each year.

      For now, I'd suggest getting the Titanium regardless of the price. :)

  6. hi did u have a stand in brisbane as trying to work out where i put a depoist on for one just cant find my receipt :/

  7. This is so awesome... I have exactly the same tools you have, I've searched high and low looking for the best products out there(curling/straightening iron).

    1. And I still love my precious babies/tools. :D

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  9. This is so helpful! Thanks. I am curious if you had had any experience with the Nume curling wands. They have a titanium version called Titan 3 and a ceramic version called 4 Play that both have interchangeable barrels. After reading your blog I was thinking I would go for the titanium one but thought I would check in with you first before pulling the trigger. Any thoughts?

    1. HI, sorry for the late reply, my blog has been targeted for spams si ut got lost in the mail..

      To answer your question, I would get the Titanium. <3

  10. overall, would you recommend a titanium hair straightener or ceramic? I'm trying to reduce the amount of split ends i have. thanks


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