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Just because you have fine, thin hair doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same heat-straightening techniques as women with stronger, thicker hair -- you just have to be extra careful. When looking for a straightener, you want one that can be set on a low heat setting -- the thinner the hair, the less heat you'll need to straighten it -- and you should look for a straightener that won't snag your locks and cause breakage.
If your fine, thin hair won't respond well to the same kind of heat that thick, coarse hair does, but that's a plus. Many women spend years trying to find the perfect straightener tol straighten their problem hair, but you can pretty much use any straightener as long as it has a heat control setting -- you want to straighten your hair on a low setting since it's thin. "Lucky Magazine" recommends the GHD iron which has heat controls on the inside of the straightener so you won't accidentally flip it to a higher setting. It also heats up evenly and ultra fast, but pricewise, it's a major splurge.
If you want a straightener that packs the most bang for your buck, "Allure" recommends T3 SinglePass Professional Straightening and Styling Iron. Instead of having only the capability to straighten your locks, this styling tool can straighten, curl and produce natural looking waves. The panels on this tool are made from ceramic so they won't snag your hair and it has a heat-controlling knob on the inside of the straightener. This means you can set it to the minimum heat setting needed, but can also share it with your friends who have thicker, tougher-to-straighten hair.
Flat irons are flat out expensive. For a good, non-damaging, salon-quality straightener, you're looking at a product that costs an upwards of $300. If you're a gal on a budget, that's simply not feasible. "Lucky Magazine" recommends Hot Tools Professional 170W Straightening Iron which retails at about $20. You're probably thinking that a $20 flat iron can't possibly work, but many salons actually use this type of straightener post blow-out, and since your hair is thin and fine, it's a cinch to straighten.
When you're on-the-go your hair doesn't need to suffer, you just need a straightener that's compact and easy to use. "Allure" recommends the CHI Air Expert Baby Tourmaline Ceramic Mini Flat Iron. At 6 inches long, it can fit into any carry on and since the ceramic panels are small, it's perfect for touching up bangs or short hair.