Best Hair Straighteners For Thick Hair

best straighteners for thick hair

Hair straighteners have improved greatly over the years. When they were first launched there was really only a one size fits all straightener available – which weren’t really suitable for those with thick hair. I speak from experience.

But thankfully it didn’t take long for those clever manufacturers to release flat irons suitable for all hair types.

If you have thick, frizzy or afro hair, you will have much more success taming your hair with a straightener specifically made for you.

Enter the wide plate straightener.

By having a wider plate, often around 4cm in width, you can straighten more of your hair in each glide, making thick hair much more manageable. Not to mention much quicker – think of your arms!

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Cloud 9 Wide Plate

Cloud 9 Wide Plate
    • One touch temperature control (up to 200°C)
    • LED indicator lights
    • 4cm plate width
    • Hibernation mode
    • 2.6m swivel cord
    • Heat guard and carry pouch
    • International voltage
    • 20 second heat up time
    • 12 month warranty

Cloud 9 are the biggest contender for rivalling ghd straighteners. In terms of quality they are neck and neck. The plates of the Cloud 9 are marginally thinner than the ghd (ghd are 4.4cm and Cloud 9 are 4cm), not really a factor that should determine your choice of one over the other.

However, the main difference between the two is the variable temperature control that Cloud 9 have. With one touch temperature control you can choose from 5 different settings, from 100°C to 200°C.

Cloud 9 Heat Protectors

These cloud 9 straighteners also come with a heat guard and a heat resistant carry pouch. The heat guard can be put on the straighteners even when they are still hot.

Another really cool feature of these straighteners is the European plug that is concealed within the UK plug. Such a clever idea – no more needing to remember the plug adaptors when travelling to Europe!

ghd V Gold Max Styler

ghd V Gold Max
  • 30 second heat up time
  • 185°C temperature
  • Universal voltage
  • 4.4cm plate width
  • 2.7 metre cord length
  • 2 year guarantee
  • Auto switch off after 30 minutes of no use

The Gold Max Styler comes with the same efficient straightening capabilities of the popular  ghd IV Stylers, but the wider plates make them more effective on thicker hair.

These straighteners work at the optimum temperature of 185°C, ensuring that your hair doesn’t get damaged from temperatures that are too high.

The ghd V Gold Max Stylers work incredibly well on thick, long, coarse and curly/frizzy/wavy hair, including Afro-Caribbean hair.

Straightening hair is much quicker with ghd and if you have thick hair, these ghd V Max Stylers are high recommended.

Remington S5525 Pro

remington wide plate
  • 4cm plate width
  • 15 second heat up time
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Variable temperature (150°C to 230°C)
  • Auto shut off after 60 minutes
  • International voltage
  • Heat Resistant Pouch
  • Swivel cord

The Remington Pro Wide Plate straightener is my recommended budget buy. Costing less than the high end Cloud 9 and ghd straighteners, but still a high quality product. The Remington gets glowing reviews with reports of super straight hair. The variable temperature and fast heat up time means they are adaptable and quick results can be achieved.

The Remington wide straighteners offer great value for money if you are looking for straighteners for thick hair on a budget.

H2D Professional Ceramic Styler

  • Adjustable temperature (80-210°C)
  • Fast heat up time
  • Tourmaline ceramic plates
  • 4cm wide plates

These straighteners are very effective in achieving salon style straight hair without the price tag of the more expensive brands. The ability to adjust the temperature is a bonus, meaning you can use the correct temperature for your hair type.

Users have reported that these straighteners are as effective as ghds. Unfortunately these straighteners don’t have universal voltage, meaning they won’t be suitable for taking abroad. However, the H2D VI model does have universal voltage, but they are of a similar cost to higher end straighteners.

Toni & Guy Wide Plate Salon

tibi and guy wide plate
  • 4.2cm wide plate straighteners
  • Auto shut off
  • 3m long cord
  • Variable temperature up to 235C
  • 5 year guarantee
  • International voltage

Toni & Guy are of course a recognised brand name owing to their high street presence. User report fast heat up times of around 15 seconds alongside favourable results. They work well on thick, frizzy and coarse hair. The lengthy 5 year guarantee is also a bonus.

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