What is the best temperature for straightening hair?

There is no correct answer to this question, as everyone’s hair is different and will react differently to heat. But the right temperature will be the lowest setting that allows you to achieve straight strands with a single pass of your straighteners. That means no going over the same section multiple times! Of course, there are a couple of factors that can contribute to the heat setting you should choose.

  1. Hair type – Obviously thick curly hair will need a fairly high temperature to get it poker straight, whereas those with fine or fairly straight hair can get away with a lot lower level of heat.
  2. Hair damage – If your hair is already damaged, it is a very good idea to limit the use of straighteners, and when you do use them, keep the temperature as low as possible. Your hair can become even more damaged if high temperatures are used.

As a general rule, if you have fine/chemically treated/damaged hair, aim to only use settings up to 170°C. 180°C-190°C should be sufficient for normal hair with temperatures of 200°C and above only being used very occasionally and preferably on stubborn to straighten hair.

If in doubt, go lower rather than higher. Start with lower temperatures, only increasing the heat if you really need to. We recommend that you always use a heat protection spray before straightening.

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