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Don't get us wrong — we love our curls. Learning to embrace your hair's natural texture is a valuable thing, and we encourage you to let your kinky-curly flag fly. But sometimes, a girl's just got to go sleek. After all, a streamlined hairstyle equals a streamlined life, doesn't it?

That's up for debate. But there is a certain je ne sais quoi to the feeling of shiny, bone-straight hair — somehow, it can make you feel like a flower child, a centerfold and a power player all at once. And who are we to deny you that?

There is one catch, though: In order to achieve that enviable, frizz-free look without frying your hair, you must use a good hair straightener. The best flat irons work faster, make hair smoother and cause less damage than lower-quality tools. If healthy, salon-quality straight hair is what you're after, look no further. Keep reading to discover the nine top-notch flat irons our TotalBeauty.com readers dig most.





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Best Flat Iron No. 7: Remington UV Baked Ceramic Straightener, $27.99
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*

Why it's great: This 2016 TotalBeauty Awards winner is beloved by readers due to its ability to straighten hair fast -- one reader clocking in under five minutes -- and its quick heat-up time. "I love the digital thermometer on the side and how quickly it heats up," gushes one user. "The iron sits comfortably in my hand and glides over my strands making them straight as a board." Others agree, saying the bargain flat iron is comparable to its $200 counterparts. "It's an amazing drugstore flat iron," one reader says. "I love it."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review Remington UV Baked Ceramic Straightener here.

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Best Flat Iron No. 6: Rusk Engineering CTC Technology Professional Str8 Iron, $99.95
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*

Why it's great: Whether you have thick, curly, straight or damaged hair, readers boast "this is the one." After one use, users say their hair feels "silky smooth and shiny" and one reader says she's even gone to her neighbor's house (on more than one occasion) to borrow this straightener. "There's nothing like it," one user gushes. "This is the best flat iron I've ever owned!"

Agree? Disagree? Write your review Rusk Engineering CTC Technology Professional Str8 Iron here.

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Best Flat Iron No. 5: GHD Platinum Styler, $249
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*

Why it's great: While readers were intimidated by this flat iron's hefty price tag, they claim it's worth it. "It straightens each strand in one pass, doesn't leave my hair looking parched, heats up so fast and never snags my hair," gushes one reader. Others agree, saying this flat iron can straighten "incredibly thick hair in under ten minutes" and its consistent 365-degree heat setting still works "extremely well" compared to flat irons with higher temperatures. "It left my hair looking healthy and not dry or fried," says one user. "Plus it comes with a nifty carrying case."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review GHD Platinum Styler here.

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Best Flat Iron No. 4: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron, $129.95
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*

Why it's great: "It straightens my frizz, breakage, messy, kinky-prone hair like nothing else I've ever tried," one user raves. Readers collectively agree that frizzy hair comes out fabulous and smooth after using this flat iron. Reviewers also appreciate how this flat iron allows you to adjust the temperature setting, according to how much heat you need. The tool might be a bit pricy, but most readers don't hesitate to recommend the splurge.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron here.

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Don't get us wrong — we love our curls. Learning to embrace your hair's natural texture is a valuable thing, and we encourage you to let your kinky-curly flag fly. But sometimes, a girl's just got to go sleek. After all, a streamlined hairstyle equals a streamlined life, doesn't it?

That's up for debate. But there is a certain je ne sais quoi to the feeling of shiny, bone-straight hair — somehow, it can make you feel like a flower child, a centerfold and a power player all at once. And who are we to deny you that?

There is one catch, though: In order to achieve that enviable, frizz-free look without frying your hair, you must use a good hair straightener. The best flat irons work faster, make hair smoother and cause less damage than lower-quality tools. If healthy, salon-quality straight hair is what you're after, look no further. Keep reading to discover the nine top-notch flat irons our TotalBeauty.com readers dig most.



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