7 Hair Straighteners That Don’t Damage Hair


We all dream about finding those perfect hair straighteners that don’t damage hair at all, don’t we? But the bad news is that there aren’t such flat irons, that don’t cause the smallest harm. I haven’t found any, so far…

BUT…there are some really good hair straighteners that, if used with the right products, can cause very little to no damage.

These are the ones I want to show you today, as they make a great solution if you’re a hair straightener addict. 😉



7. Rusk Heat Freak Professional ($49.95)   


MARK: 8.75/10

Rusk hair straightenerThe Rusk Heat Freak Professional is an very good flat iron, worth having if you want a good straightener and you’re not willing to pay a huge amount of money. The light design, good facilities and the affordable price make it reach number 5 on my top.

In case you’re wondering why it’s not higher in my top…Well, let’s just say that despite its nice qualities, there are other straighteners with much better features and prices. Anyway,  I’ve tried to summarize its advantages and downsides, so here they are:


  • It works great for every type of hair, but if course, a bit faster on thinner hair
  • The maximum heat it can reach is 450 degrees (F), which is about 230 degrees Celsius
  • The best price I’ve found is on Amazon (around $50), which doesn’t seem very much to me
  • The warranty they offer is one year
  • This flat iron has a very light weight and also a great design, that makes it seem very professional, and it actually is so, at least, for its price


  • The temperature has to be set manually using the button from one side (this probably isn’t a downside, I just wrote it here in case you want to compare it with more modern tools)
  • It doesn’t have an auto shut-off button, so you have to pay attention not to let it turned on
  • If you buy it from Amazon they won’t also give you the case (I don’t understand why, but that’s it)



6. Remington S7230 Wet 2 Straight ($24.99)


MARK: 9/10

Remington Wet 2 StraightIf you need a 2 in 1 flat iron and styling tool, this is the perfect choice.

This amazing product from Remington is great if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to both dry and style your hair, simply because it’s a straightener designed for both dry and wet hair.

That’s a pretty cool feature in my opinion, at least for me it’s great to be able to straightener my hair when it’s completely wet. But anyway, here is more about it:


  • It works great for both dry and wet hair, so it can be used to straighten hair or to dry and straighten it directly
  • The indicators will tell you if the temperature is good enough for wet hair (which is easier to damage while straightening), and it does the same thing for dry hair
  • When it comes to straightening the hair, I could say it’s doing a pretty good job
  • The soy hydra complex promises to protect hair from damage, and it actually does so
  • It has a auto shut-off button (1 hour)
  • The time it needs in order to heat up is 30 seconds
  • The price is more than great, I mean I don’t know if there’s another flat iron with all these facilities


  • Probably the only one I can find is the short warranty (just 90 days), so it could get broken faster



5.  CHI Air Expert Tourmaline ($76.97)


MARK: 9.25/10

This very pretty Chi Air flat iron has Tourmaline plates, which prevent hair from losing moisture and protects it from damage.

Most of its reviews are great, but I guess it would be better to see by yourself if you need it or not. I can’t say it’s my personal favorite when it comes to hair straighteners, but it’s one of the items I really like. So, before giving you any more details, here are the pros and cons:


  • A great option it has is the “Mode” button which helps you select the ideal temperature for your hair type (lower for straight hair and higher for thick, curly hair)
  • The Tourmaline plates protect hair from damage
  • It straightens very well, both fine and thick hair
  • Perfect for daily use


  • A possible possible downside is that it doesn’t have an auto shut-off function



4. Lanxime Ceramic Tourmaline ($49.99)


MARK: 9.25/10

This ionic hair straightener is perfect for people who are always travelling and want a styling tool that would be easy to carry and that would fit their luggage. I’m one of them, and I was really satisfied with it when it comes to this.

Also, when it comes to damage protection, I can say that it does what it promises. Not more, but what it promises.

If you want a smart hair straightener and you don’t have a very high budget, you might find a great solution in this product. I did, so in my case it turned out to be really useful. These being said, let’s check the pros and cons:


  • Works well on any type of hair, even thick coarse hair
  • Thanks to its 1 inch tourmaline ionic plates, it manages to control and protect the hair deeply
  • You also receive a heat resistant glove, a travelling bag and a leave in treatment with Argan Oil to prevent against heat damage
  • Temperature can be adjusted anywhere between 240 to 400 F
  • Has dual voltage, so it can be used anywhere in the world
  • The price is pretty good, I would say


  • It doesn’t have an auto shut-off function
  • Maybe it is a bit too small for my taste, but that’s just a personal preference



3. CHI Original 1″ Ceramic ($59.95 on sale right now)


MARK: 9.50/10

This will always remain one of my favorite flat irons, simply because it is absolutely fantastic. You only have to look at it to realize it’s not just a cheap imitation, but a great quality product.

While I was writing this post, I was extremely happy to find this straightener on a great sale, more than half of the initial price, $89, which is quite normal for its great quality.

So, if you’re reading this post and you’re interested in buying a great flat iron, you absolutely have to check it out, maybe you’re lucky and you still find it on sale. I did 😀

Anyway, let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons:


  • It offers a great damage protection thanks to the its design
  • If you need a flat iron for quotidian use, this is just perfect for you
  • In case you’re in a rush, you should know that it turns off automatically, thanks to the auto shut-off function
  • It is perfect for every type of hair, including coarse, thick hair, which it manages to tame very easy
  • The warranty is 2 years


  • The normal price is probably a bit high for a regular budget ($99)



2. LumaBella Keratin ($99 on sale right now)


MARK: 9.75/10

http://amzn.to/2ngLjxmA modern, extremely catchy tool, LumaBella’s Professional flat iron promises to give you that “fresh from the salon” look after every use.

And believe it or not, it really manages to do it. It surprised me a lot (in the good way), as I didn’t really expect such a professional tool. So it was really worth buying in my case 🙂

So if you want a modern, professional hair straightener and you’re ready to pay an over-average amount of money, you might be interested in this one, so take a close look at the pros and cons.


  • Straightens extremely well (one of the best I’ve seen actually), but maybe that’s quite normal at this price
  • Either you straighten hair, curl it or make it wavy, I was impressed that it lasts pretty long, much longer than while using other flat irons; I thought this only had to do with each person’s hair type, not with the flat iron you use, but apparently the flat iron matters a lot
  • When it comes to temperature, you can choose from 180 to 450 degrees F
  • Works pretty good at a lower temperature (like 180 degrees)
  • Of course that if you have thick, frizzy hair you would need a higher temperature, but it still straightens quite well even if the temperature isn’t as high as you would normally use
  • Promises to prevent frizzy hair and it does really this extremely well
  • Has dual voltage, so it also works in Europe
  • I absolutely loved the box, it has a velvet cover and it feels so soft
  • Doesn’t damage the hair very much thanks to its great design and also to its ability to work great with a lower temperature than normal


  • It doesn’t have an auto shut-off button, which I think would be necessary at this level



1. BabyLiss PRO Nano Titanium ($129.95 on sale now)


MARK: 10/10

Hair straightners that don't damage hairIf you want to invest in a very high-quality, smart flat iron, then this is the ideal choice for you. This incredible iron is specially designed for professional use, but I was lucky enough to buy it for myself.

And ever since, I didn’t really use another one. So that’s why I placed it right on top – it’s doubtless the best straightener I’ve ever used.

Just take a look at its titanium plates. They are the best guarantee that your hair will be safe and healthy in the hands of this iron.

So you are willing to invest into a straightener that would not last for a few months, this is the best one for you.


  • The hair protection is obvious, thanks to the titanium plates, which emit negative ions while straightening. This process causes way less damage than the normal, ceramic plates straightening, so it might even not cause the slightest damage.
  • The buttons are placed in the middle, in this way they claim them to be easier to access for both right-handers and left-handers (I’m not really sure if this is true, for me it doesn’t matter much)
  • One of the lightest straighteners I came across
  • You might find it on sale on Amazon


  • The only possible one could be the high price, but if you’re ready to invest in a professional flat iron it may not be that much



So what is the secret when choosing a good hair straightener?

Despite the fact that it is almost impossible to find a flat iron that would not harm your hair at all, there do exist some that produce very little damage, which, associated with some good styling products and hair care treatments, can make the hair straightening a daily process with no or very little damage.

That’s great news, isn’t it? 😀 Now the problem is choosing the hair straightener and the styling products, so that you can flat iron your hair everyday without any worries.


Quality-money relation

Probably the worst thing I’ve noticed when it comes to flat irons is that their quality (and therefore the ability to produce as little damage as possible) is directly proportional to their price. In other words, the better the flat iron is, the more expensive it is 🙁

Anyway, I would never pay a lot of money for a hair straightener, even if I knew that it doesn’t damage hair at all.


My Final Verdict

So these are the 7 hair straighteners that don’t damage hair too much, if they are used according to instructions.

My #1 favorite remains the Victoria Tourmaline one, which has some amazing features but a really high price too.

So if you afford paying so much for a straightener, I really advise you to do it because you’re investing your money on a tool that will last a really long time, I say this from my experience (and it’s a similar case with Jolie Armour’s straightener).

However, if this flat iron is too expensive for your budget (which is totally fine, I couldn’t always afford paying so much money on it), then I would recommend you one like Xtava Inflared or HSI Ceramic Tourmaline. 


So now at the end, I really hope that my choices were useful to you because as I said, you know best of all what exactly you need and what exactly you can afford, so you will decide according to this. But don’t forget that it’s extremely important to choose a high quality flat iron, that won’t damage your hair too much.

If you take a look at my selection, you will see that these are all high quality hair straighteners, so if you ever need some good ideas, remember my post. 😉

Have you ever tried any of these 7 hair straighteners that don’t damage hair? Which of them would you like to try?

32 thoughts on “7 Hair Straighteners That Don’t Damage Hair

  1. Love the ISA straightener, I use it for 2 years and I don’t have any split ends. Would definitely buy it again!

  2. Nice post. Have you tried any straightener from Rusk? I heard they’re quite good. Do you know if they damage hair too much?

    • Hi Dorothy, thanks for your words 🙂

      I did have a Rusk flat iron a few years back, the Str8 Iron I think.
      At that point it was one of the best straighteners I ever had, but it was pretty old so once it broke down, I didn’t buy another one. I tried others, some of which are in this list.

      But now that you mentioned it, I remember I really liked it back then. The heat protection in straighteners wasn’t as developed as it is now, but the Rusk iron didn’t damage my hair too much. At least compared to other ones I had then.

      So if I ever have to buy a new straightener, I will probably get this one. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Hi Dominique, XTAVA’s straightener is probably the best budget flat iron that you can choose. So if you don’t want to spend much money on one, this is a great choice also for how carefully it treats the hair. Thanks for reading my post 🙂

  3. Thank you for this article! Last year I had a health problem and the treatment of it has as result to lose my hair! Now that are back, they are too much and curly! All of my life my hair was straight and now they are so curly that I can/t even comb them! Which hair straighteners do you suggest for me? I want my hair back!
    Best wishes,

    • Hey Rebecca,

      You’ve probably had chemotherapy, as that’s the treatment that usually changes the structure of hair.

      Well, considering you want straight hair again, I guess you will have to use the straightener pretty often. For this reason, I recommend you the best one I’ve tried, the ISA Victoria Tourmaline, as that’s the straightener that didn’t damage my hair at all since using it. It’s very professional, so you can count on it.

      If you afford investing more in a straightener, that’t the one I recommend you. Hope this helps 🙂

  4. Thanks for this article, it is really helpful. I hate the straightener that I have now and have been wanting a new one for a long time. My hair is thick and wavy in random places and looks absolutely terrible without being straightened. Of course I like the most expensive one the best, the ISA professional ceramic one. I might have to bite the bullet and give it a try..the face that it adjusts automatically to your hair’s thickness sounds amazing. Thank you for your input!

    • Hi Emily, thanks for reading my post.

      I’m glad you like the ISA professional straightener, I’ve been using it for some time and it’s the best straightener I’ve ever used, that’s why I added it as number 1. All I can say it’s a really worth investment. :

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    • Hi Kylie, thanks a lot for your opinion.

      I really agree with you, it’s much better to pay for a more expensive tool and have healthy hair than get a cheap straightener that will destroy your hair.

  6. What suggestions do you have to reduce the possibility of damage to your hair? What kind of products are best to use with the straight iron. Say like a gel or moose ….? What kind of care is needed for a straight iron? I would not be purchasing an item like this for myself but for my daughter. Is there anything that I may need to consider before I make a purchase?
    Great information. Thankyou. Robin

    • Hey Robin, in order to reduce the damage to the hair, using a heat protection spray is something necessary. I don’t usually use gel or mousse, they can’t do much when it comes to protection. Another important thing would be trying not to use the highest temperatures, if the flat iron is not automatic, of course.

  7. Hey Ashley

    I love this article, Now I am able to pick out the ones which would be best suited to my hairstyle as my hair is mainly curly and frizzy

    I think my favorite one out of them all is the ISA Profesional Victorya

    I just have one question though what hair straightens would be best suited to people who wear hair extensions? also can you recommend a serum?

    Thanks for your reply in advance


    • Thanks Sarah, I’m happy you liked it 🙂 I’m glad you asked me about hair extensions because I used to wear them a lot some years ago, and I remember I had to take care of them much more than of my own hair. In case you want to straighten them, you should choose a very high quality straightener, probably ISA Profesional Victorys would be the best in this case.

      I’ve never used a serum on my hair extensions, but I remember I was always using a conditioner for extremely dry hair, which made them feel so soft and healthy that I didn’t even need to use a hair mask or a serum. That conditioner is Keratase for dry hair from L’Oreal Paris, I also wrote a review about it, in case you wanna check it out.

      I really hope I helped you 🙂

  8. Hey, if it looks crimped maybe the temperature isn’t high enough. I suppose you didn’t set it higher because of the damage it would produce, but you should try once, after you apply a bigger quantity of heat protection spray of course. I’m really curious if that would work.

  9. I have GHDs (I don’t know if you have them in the US but they are good quality expensive straighteners. I have very curly hair that is prone to frizziness and when I use the straighteners, my hair comes out looking almost like it has been crimped. It does not look straight. What would you suggest?

  10. HI Ashley,
    Great article! I have the Remington wet to straight styling tool. My hair naturally jet black, thick and straight like most Asians are. So I did a perm (see my gravatar). But there are days when i want my hair straight so i have my handy dandy styling tool. I have had it for oh over 2 years now, works like new all the time. No damage on my hair at all, although I still use heat safe spray before straightening.
    My hair is losing its perm now and I’m thinking of getting the Chi Pro G2. I can use it to curl my hair due to the smallish barrel. Christmas is over but my birthday is coming. Thank you for these reviews. I shall forward it to my wish list.
    Kudos on a great article and an awesome website.

    • Hey Ann, thank you so much 🙂 You seem to be looking good with curly hair, I don’t know how you look with straight hair but curly suits you.

      I’m glad those reviews were useful to you. And by the way, happy birthday in advance! 🙂

  11. Hi Ashley,
    I really liked the looks of that professional infrared iron. That thing looks like it could so some serious styling. I too have always felt that the irons and hairdryers do cause some degree of damage to hair and that it is in the products that we can get that moisture and damage repair. I also think that some people damage their hair because they have the iron on too high for their actual hair type, straight hair needs less heat than curly etc. I know I try to use these products on the lowest setting possible but because my hair is very thick and curly, sometimes I need it all the way up to the highest setting. And I never try to style it when wet cause it doesn’t seem to do anything.

    • You’re doing very well, Jessica 🙂 As I also said before, straightening your hair while wet is both more difficult and more damaging than straightening it when it’s dry, unless you’re using a flat iron that is designed for wet hair too. But generally, I know many people who straight their hair while it’s still wet using normal flat irons. It’s not very hard to realize how “good” this is for their hair.

  12. Hi Ashley,

    I am looking for a new hair straightener because mine is damaging my hair too much. I am struggling to get my hair done and even when I try to use the right products and try not to harm them too much, my hair never seems healthy and breaks easily. So I try not to use the straightener too much but It’s a pitty to have a bad hair day… every day ! I was looking for a new straightener that would be a great value and I discovered your website. Lucky me 🙂
    I think I found a straightener that might give me some great results at last without damaging my hair and the
    ISA Profesional Victorya Tourmaline Ceramic seems the be the one to go for!
    The price is a bit high but like you say quality comes with a price.
    Thanks for your insight. I found what I was looking for 🙂


    • Hey Angelique, yes I know it’s very hard to see your hair not being the way you want it 🙂

      It’s definitely true, the more expensive a flat iron is, the better quality it has, so the ISA hair straightener is probably the best when it comes to not damaging the hair, and its price shows this

  13. Thanks for all this great info on a variety of choices. I personally have straight hair and can never understand why people with beautiful curly hair want to straighten it. We are funny aren’t we – women with straight hair get perms and women with curly hair use straightening irons.

    But my daughter-in-law has curly hair and she likes to straighten it sometimes. She says she likes to straighten because then the real lenght of her hair shows up. I’m forwarding your site on to her.

    • Thanks for reading my post 🙂

      Haha yes, that’s true, I know everyone with curly hair wants straight hair and the opposite. But what your daughter in law said it’s true, I hate that my curly hair is actually two times longer than it seems, and I always have the impression that it’s quite short and it doesn’t grow too much, but that’s just an impression.

  14. I read the whole article and it was quit interesting. You give good pointers about each one which would really help me make a decision if I were going to buy one. I definitely learned a few things.

    But… my problem is frizzy hair. I sometimes apply a bit of oil after washing it (shampoo and conditioner.) But I haven’t really found a formula that works.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Hey, i understand you, frizzy hair has always been a huge problem for me too. I think I quite solved it when I changed my conditioner, in my opinion that’s the product that can prevent hair from getting frizzy. The conditioner I am using for several years is a specially designed conditioner for dry hair from JustNatural, you can find the review on my site. There are also others, like Keratase for dry hair or a conditioner with Argan Oil from TruMoroccan, but the one from JustNatural has the best effect, at least on my hair. I hope I helped you a bit 🙂

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