This article was first published on 15 August 2022.
Sleek straight hair is one of the many trends making a comeback with the rise of Y2K-inspired style. Personalities like model Winnie Harlow, Spider-Man alum Laura Harrier, and queen Rihanna have also been sporting the look lately. We’re not saying goodbye to volume completely, but it’s safe to say we’re hopping back on the smooth hair train.
What better way to bring back this ‘do than with a trusty hair straightener? Straighteners have definitely come a long way from the 2000s; they now come with new features and hair care technology, and a variety of price points to fit every budget. The best part? We’ve found the best ones available in Singapore. Check them out below.
Totally affordable under SGD20
1. Kemei KM-329 Professional Hair Straightener Flat Iron
2. PowerPac Electric Hair Straightener
This hairstyling tool is power-packed with up to 200 degrees Celsius heat setting, 360 swivel cord, and ceramic-coated plates that deliver an optimal styling experience just a minute after you plug it in. It’s also quite compact at 30cm making it perfect for travelling. It comes in a gorgeous matte black and pink colourway too. Get it now here.
Average price, solid performance below SGD80
1. Philips StraightCare Essential Hair Straightener HP8401/00
This Philips hair straightener comes with keratin-infused ceramic plates that ensure balanced heating and maximum hair damage protection. It heats up fast (within 60 seconds upon plugging in) and goes up to the salon standard of 210 degrees Celsius. It also comes with a swivel cord that allows for better movement when styling your hair. Did we mention it’s also less than SGD50? Grab it here.
2. Vidal Sassoon VSCS73PH Mini Straightener
This Vidal Sassoon flat iron helps deal with frizzy locks quickly and with less damage with its fast-heating ceramic material. It has a variety of temperature settings up to 200 degrees to choose from depending on your hair thickness, length, and how quick you want to achieve results. It’s also good for wet and dry hair and has a 2-in-1 heat mat that keeps you from getting burnt no matter how much you twist and turn as you use the device. Get it now here.
3. Ubeator Korean Ceramic Hair Straightener
This device features uniform heating technology to make sure proper heat is distributed to your strands for the sleekest and shiniest finish. It also has a heat-lock feature which makes sure it won't go past the Keratin-ideal temperature, preventing excessive hair damage. Add it to your haul here.
Worth the splurge above SGD100
1. Braun Satin Hair 7 ST 710 Straightener
This Braun hair straightener uses iontec technology that releases active ions upon use to restore the natural moisture balance of your hair. This ensures a silky smooth straight finish. Its nanoglide ceramic panels also regulate heat distribution to prevent hair damage even with consistent use. Get it now here.
2. Panasonic EH-HS99-K605 nanoe™ Hair Straightener
This Panasonic straightener is made with nanoe™ technology using ions that help retain hair moisture at every glide. It also has a Color Care ceramic plating that makes sure that coloured hair is protected from getting excess damage. It’s also ergonomically designed for versatility and rotation-control. Add it to cart now.
3. Nobby by Tescom NTIR2610, Negative Ion Multi Hair Iron
This hair tool will not only give you beautiful sleek straight hair but can also work six different ways to style your locks with its several attachments. It's built with ionic features to lock in moisture and prevent hydration loss to ensure your hair retains its natural glossy and healthy appearance. Get it here.
4. MoroccanOil Perfectly Polished Titanium Flat Iron
This MoroccanOil hair straightener uses titanium conduction properties to create even heat distribution to every strand of hair. The four-inch plates are also designed for fast performance while still protecting the hair from heat damage. It also has various heat settings, with the lowest recommended for fine hair while the others for coarse to thicker strands. Get it now here.
A fine investment above SGD400
1. José Eber HST Infrared Wet/Dry Hair Straightener
This hair straightener, which uses safe far-infrared light technology, eliminates frizz and gives a noticeably smooth finish at every glide. Its extra-wide high-gloss titanium plates also have vents that help detect the perfect heat setting for dry or wet use. It also has a safety automatic shut-off feature that activates after a couple of minutes of inactivity. Add it to your next haul here.
2. GHD Unplugged Hair Styler
Always on the go? This pick from GHD uses hybrid co-lithium technology with an advanced lithium-ion rechargeable battery for efficient cordless use wherever, whenever. It has an optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees Celsius and has gold-standard plates that ensure even heat distribution. We took the product for a spin and shared everything we loved about it here. Get it for yourself via Sephora.
3. Dyson Corrale
This pick is definitely an investment but it’s well worth it for its one-of-a-kind manganese copper plates that flex around the hair as you style; its precise hair settings easily viewable through an OLED screen; and its universal flight and travel-ready notch. Check out our full review here and add it to cart here.
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