Cast your mind back to Gemma Ward at the Chanel Fall 2005 ready-to-wear show. Channelling Penelope Tree, the iconic ’60s model, Gemma’s hair was streamlined to a blunt end and sat geometric and strong yet flowed with ease.
This was the work of a great hair stylist with a good hair straightener, but of course it was Gemma and the score of other Chanel models who were photographed—not the hair tool.
It wasn’t until the early 2000s when Good Hair Day (we know them as the brand ghd) introduced easy-to-use, ceramic-plated electrical straightening irons. They became a household necessity.
Since then, hair straighteners, like hair dryers, have taken off to all sorts of technological realms.
GHD Platinum+ White Styler uses ‘infinity sensors’ to monitor heat output 250 times per second. VS Sassoon Intelligent Digital Sensor Straightener is designed with an impressive 12 heat settings. Dyson Airwrap harnesses aerodynamics and smooths hair to a blow-dry finish without using harmful heat.
We no longer burn hair (or our skin) in the pursuit of achieving Jennifer Aniston-esque straight strands.
Below are the best hair straighteners to buy in Australia, right now.
Airwrap Hair Styler Complete by Dyson, $899 at Dyson
A true, high-tech multitasker designed to produce straight strands, curls and waves, Dyson’s famous Airwrap can do it all from damp hair—without using extreme heat. It also reduces drying time significantly. It’s particularly ideal for those who favour straight hair with a bit of body and volume, over pin straight strands.
Titanium 230 Supernova Rose Gold 25mm by Silver Bullet, $225.21 at Oz Hair & Beauty
Luxurious rose gold finish aside, this is one high-tech straightener. Crafted with titanium plates for fast and smooth straightening, not only does it offer variable temperature controls from 110 to 230 degrees, it also boasts an intelligent memory feature that remembers your last used temperature setting.
The Original Iron by Cloud Nine, on sale now for $279 (was $340) at Cloud Nine
A longtime favourite on the beauty scene, Cloud Nine’s Original Iron utilises state-of-the-art temperature control technology to straighten, smooth, flick and curl without damaging your hair. Its swivel cord design offers complete freedom of moment while styling, and the mineral-infused ceramic plates deliver a salon-worthy shine every time you straighten.
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Widely touted as the world’s first ‘smart’ hair styler, the GHD Platium+ boasts plates that predict and constantly adapt to ensure optimum styling temperature at all times. It’s particularly ideal for coloured hair and hair prone to breakage, thanks to it’s ‘ultra-zone predictive technology’ that monitors the hair’s needs while it’s in use.