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Splurge or steal: Flat irons

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Sexy straight hair

Sleek locks never go out of style, but buying a budget straightener that causes dryness and flyaways can ruin any look. That makes investing in a good flat iron for your hair an absolute must. Power, heat, make and model are the most important considerations in your buying decision. From there, it really comes down to esthetics. Here are some of our favorite hair-flattening tools of the trade.

Ceramic

Ceramic Flat Irons

Steal: Sephora Collection Tourmaline Flat Iron
Price: $68.00
Flick, straighten or wave your tresses with this handy ceramic-plated tool. Using a special black tourmaline technology, this iron infuses hair with natural ions, boosting the follicles' vitamin and mineral absorption. When heated, it also breaks down bacterial buildup.
Where to buy: Sephora

Splurge: CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron
Price: $92.99
Versatile and ergonomically designed, this iron is perfect for creating sleek, silky-smooth looks almost instantly. Modeled after the professional brands used in salons, it uses flash-quick heating technology to warm up super fast. And it's perfect for straightening, curling or flipping locks into any style.
Where to buy: Drugstore.com

Wet-to-dry flat irons

Wet-to-dry flat irons

Steal: Avanti Ceramic Flat Iron With Wet to Dry Technology
Price: $129.99
A professional hair styling straightener that doesn't put too much of a dent in your budget, this wet-to-dry iron uses negative ion technology to give locks incredible shine. It can be used on all hair types and is lightweight enough to tote anywhere.
Where to buy: Flatironexperts.com

Splurge: T3 Bespoke SinglePass Narrow Wet to Dry Flat Iron
Price: $229.95
One of the most advanced hair stylers on the market, the T3 SinglePass is made with special technology that allows it to dry and flatten hair all at the same time -- without damaging hair follicles. And because of the way it distributes heat across your locks, it preserves hair moisture, eliminates frizz and rids hair of harmful bacteria.
Where to buy: Flatironexperts.com

Mini flat irons

Mini flat irons

Steal: Ozon Touch Up Mini Dual Voltage Flat Iron
Price: $24.95
A tiny tool for on-the-go touch-ups, this flat iron is made with ceramic plates and heats up to 400 degrees in less than three minutes. It comes with a heat protectant glove (so you can use it without fear of burning your fingers) and is perfect for taming baby hairs and out-of-control frizzies.
Where to buy: BeautyChoice.com

Splurge: Corioliss Mini PX1 Flat Iron 1/2 inch
Price: $59.99
At only six inches long, this is the perfect flat iron to tote around whenever you're on the go. It even has dual voltage so you can use it overseas. The tiny iron's ceramic plates heat up in less than 30 seconds and, because they're infused with negative ions, they're guaranteed to eliminate static and frizz.
Where to buy: BeautyChoice.com

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