Is There A Difference Between A Hair Straightener And A Flat Iron?

Apr. 15, 2022

Straighteners are their own category of styling tools, and flat irons are really just a type of straightener. Flat irons, hot combs, and hot brushes are all part of the straightening machine (AKA, the heat setting tool that makes your life a thousand times easier when you want a smooth mane). Now that we've cleared that up, let's break down the differences.

Flat Iron

Flat irons are probably the most well-known type of straightener. The invention of the flat iron was a triumph for women with unruly hair all over the world. Progress has also been made in the hair safety of flat irons. They are now equipped with built-in hair health technology such as ionic enhancers and far-infrared heat. It's all about the plates, too. For example, our best-selling straightener Tourmaline is safe for all hair types, making it a good choice for people with fine or damaged hair.

The type of flat iron you need depends on the texture of your hair and your unique hair care regimen. For example, if you want to use flat irons on a daily basis, tourmaline ceramic is a safe choice. If you want something stronger and straighten once or twice a week, titanium can really deliver.

Professional Wet 2 Dry Hair Straightener Yb2117

 Professional Wet 2 Dry Hair Straightener Yb2117    

Consider your hair type and condition

The best flat iron depends on your hair's thickness, texture, length, and condition, so a straightener that suits your hair type is crucial. The heat factor has to be taken into careful consideration for all hair types, noting that higher temperatures might be necessary for coarser textures to get the desired smoothness, but “hair that's finely textured, compromised by chemicals, or damaged from heat styling may not be able to handle hot temperatures and still remain healthy.”

Hot Brushes

Also known as a hot airbrush, a hot brush is essentially a brush dryer or a brush straightener. Hot brushes can actually dry your hair like a hairdryer and a round brush, or they can straighten already dried hair like a flat iron. It's basically either a round brush attached to a dryer or a paddle brush with built-in ceramic plate heating technology. The bottom line: both involve less work. 

Hot Combs

Hot combs are essentially electric combs that can gently straighten very coarse hair. Similar to hot brushes, they can be purchased as tools with flat plates, so it's a half flat iron, half heated ceramic comb, or just a comb heated to a fairly high temperature (usually ceramic or gold plated) relatively quickly. Either version can only be used on dry hair. Hot combs offer greater precision in making hair smoother at the roots (straightening is always a tricky area). Depending on your natural texture and how much you combed your hair before using the tool, the position of the comb teeth needs to be considered when weighing your options.


It is best to pair any heat styling straighteners with a heat protection spray before use. Also, the less time you spend using the tool on your hair, the better. If you happen to be proficient with a hairdryer and round brush, use a professional salon-grade hairdryer like our IUMAY for a well-zoned blowout that leaves hair relatively smooth.

IUMAY company specializes in producing hairdressing series and personal care appliances, such as hairdryers, hair straighteners, hair curlers,s, etc. All of the products have achieved CE approval, meanwhile, some items have got GS or ETL certificates. Our company had passed ISO9001-2000. If you want to get more information about the best hair dryers wholesale, welcome to contact us today or request a quote.  

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