Today’s hair iron plates come in a wide array of materials, including ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline. Though each of these materials has its benefits, if you’re in the market for a flat iron that will fully straighten your hair without taking all day, you may want to consider titanium plates.
Titanium is a popular coating for flat iron plates due to its light weight and excellent heat conducting capability. Titanium straighteners are the top choice for professional stylists because the non-porous plates glide through hair easily and provide excellent straightening results—even on hair that’s hard to straighten. However, not all types of hair will benefit equally from titanium hair straighteners.
Who Should Use a Titanium Hair Straightener?
Women with thick/coarse hair: A titanium straightener is the best choice for women with thick, unruly hair that’s hard to manage. If you have thick/coarse or kinky hair, a titanium straightener can transform your rough-textured locks into glossy, smooth hair with minimal time and effort.
Women who need to straighten their hair fast: If you have long, curly hair, it can take hours to get it completely straight. Titanium plated flat irons heat up faster than ceramic ones, and they also get the job done quicker than ceramic straighteners. A titanium straightener is a miracle worker when you need to straighten your naturally curly hair quickly.
Women who perform keratin straightening treatments: Titanium plates are the best choice for keratin treatment users. The flat-ironing stage of keratin straightening treatments requires heated plates with serious and consistent heat. Titanium hair straighteners quickly produce high heat (up to 450° F) and are able to maintain an even temperature for an extended period of time, which makes them the perfect choice for performing keratin straightening treatments.
Who should Avoid Titanium Hair Irons?
Titanium plates may not be suitable if you have fine and/or thinning hair that could easily be damaged. Care should be taken if your hair is already damaged since the high heat could cause further harm to over-processed hair. Titanium plates can make over-processed hair shinier and more manageable—just make sure you use a heat setting that’s appropriate to your hair condition.
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Benefits of Titanium Plates
Longevity: Titanium is an extremely strong metal that offers exceptional durability under high heat. It’s also scratch and corrosion resistant and doesn’t wear out like other plate materials.
Consistent heat: The heat is evenly spread and maintained across the whole plate. Homogeneous heat allows for more effective straightening and reduces the chance of damaging hair.
Easy gliding: Smooth titanium coated plates glide easily and quickly over stubborn, unruly hair without catching or snagging the strands. Fewer strokes and less friction reduce the risk of hair breakage.
Faster styling: Titanium straighteners heat up very quickly, so you can start styling your hair in no time. They also get the job done quicker than ceramic straighteners—you won’t have to go over the same section multiple times to achieve the desired result. Fewer passes can significantly reduce straightening time while also minimizing damage.
Negative ions: Another reason to go for a titanium flat iron is titanium’s ability to generate negative ions when heated. Negative ions help restore moisture balance, counteract damaging positive ions, and smooth down the cuticle. As a result, you get sleek, silky, and shiny hair.
Downsides of Titanium Flat Irons
Titanium can achieve high heat quickly. However, if the temperature is set too high for your hair type, or if you fail to use proper heat protection, titanium plates can burn your hair. For colored or damaged hair, the temperature should not exceed 350°F.
Titanium Plated Irons Combined with Other Materials
1. Titanium Hair Straighteners with Negative Ions
Unlike classic flat irons, which tend to cause split ends and breakage, straighteners with a built-in ionic generator create smoother hair and offer more protection from hair breakage. Hair straighteners with negative ion technology eliminate static and frizz and impart gorgeous shine. They work wonders on coarse hair that’s susceptible to frizzing.
Brands: V5 Professional Hair Straightener by KIPOZI, INFINITIPRO Rainbow Titanium Flat Iron by Conair, and BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Straightening Iron.
2. Ceramic Plates Infused with Titanium
Infusing ceramic plates with titanium helps strengthen the plates, extending the appliance’s lifespan. It also gives the plates a smoother surface for a quick, snag-free glide and healthier, shinier hair. This combination of plate materials is ideal for kinky hair types. Ceramic fights frizz and promotes damage-free styling, while titanium makes straightening faster and more efficient.
Brands: CHI G2 Ceramic Titanium Infused Hairstyling Flat Iron Straightener and Pro 2″ Professional Titanium Ceramic Hair Straightener by Remington.
3. Tourmaline Infused Titanium Plates
Titanium coated with tourmaline is a great blend for more moisture-locking capability and less static. Since tourmaline emits negative ions when heated, titanium plates infused with tourmaline provide silky soft and smooth hair. People who have thick, curly hair will benefit the most from tourmaline-infused straighteners, though they’re also suitable for damaged hair. If your hair is overly porous due to coloring or other chemical treatments, titanium plates with tourmaline will give you silky smooth hair with a healthy sheen.
Brands: The Glider Titanium Hairstyling Flat Iron by HSI PROFESSIONAL and Infrared-Ionic Pro Nano-Titanium Tourmaline Flat Iron by FemJolie.
4. Titanium Hair Straighteners with Diamond Technology
When infused with diamond, silver, tourmaline, and other mineral powders, titanium is better able to lock in moisture for frizz-free hair. Titanium plates infused with diamond dust glide through hair flawlessly and seal the cuticle to give you a healthy, radiant shine and long-lasting style.
Brands: Pro Diamond Titanium flat iron by Brilliance New York, Mikro Black Diamond Nano Hi-Tech Flat by H2PRO.
5. Titanium Flat Irons with Infrared Technology
These titanium-plated hair irons are equipped with an integrated far-infrared heat strip. The strip emits a gentle heat that penetrates the cortex to smooth hair from the inside out and minimize heat damage. Infrared heat also helps hair to retain its internal moisture, thus resisting humidity and maximizing shine.
Brands: Croc 1.5″ Infrared Classic Professional Flat Iron, Silver Bullet Titanium 230 IR Elysium Infrared Hair Straightener.