It's safe to say that the majority of Black women who have gone natural are obsessed with their curls (and rightfully so). But every now and again, getting a silk press never hurts — just as long as you're using the right tools and products.
While applying a heat protectant to your hair is an essential way to prevent any damage, the type of flat iron you, or your stylist, use can also make a huge difference. "I usually work with ceramic flat irons because they are great for delicate hair, which is what I consider natural hair to be," celebrity hairstylist Ro Morgan tells InStyle.
What makes ceramic ideal is its ability to produce negative ions, which evenly distributes heat throughout the iron, giving you a smooth finish with only one pass.
If you're someone with natural hair who's in the market for a new flat iron, look no further. Here, Morgan breaks down his top three picks — and believe us, they're good.
- Best Overall: BaBylissPro Porcelain Ceramic Straightening Iron
- Best for No Residue: Sedu ICON Styling Iron
- Best for Avoiding Heat Damage: Solano Sleekheat450 Professional Flat Iron
BaBylissPro Porcelain Ceramic Straightening Iron
"This iron is probably my top pick and the one I work with the most on natural hair," Morgan says. "This iron provides even heat distribution, which eliminates hot spots. It also has a heat control setting that allows you to go up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The negative ions leave the hair feeling silky and smooths away frizz. And it's also great for curling hair too."
To buy: $60; Amazon.com.
Sedu ICON Styling Iron
"I love this iron because of the auto shut-off feature," the pro stylist shares. "It has even heat distribution which is important when it comes to protecting natural hair from damage. It also has a digital heat setting that ranges from 180 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, the StyleShield technology helps to avoid residue buildup, which is great because with natural hair, a heat protectant is a must and cannot be skipped."
To buy: $165; Amazon.com.
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Solano Sleekheat450 Professional Flat Iron
"This is a ceramic tourmaline iron which gives natural hair a even greater chance of avoiding damage," he explains. "The combination of ceramic and tourmaline helps bypass static, frizz, and flyaways — adding shine to the hair. Plus, the beveled plate edges allow the hair to be curled as well."
To buy: $66; Walmart.com.
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