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A mini hair straightener is the solution you've been looking for. It can be used for short hair, straightening babyhair and most importantly, its compact size makes it very portable to take on trips or it can be the perfect ally that is always available in your handbag.

In the market there are many varieties of mini hair straighteners, these vary according to types, prices, sizes, among others. In the following article you will get to know all the aspects of this product so you can go straight to buy it and start once and for all to enjoy your perfect straight hair everywhere!




The most important facts

  • A mini hair straightener is a device that will help you straighten your hair anywhere. It is small and light enough to carry anywhere and is perfect for short hair, details and fringes. Perfect for business men and women who are constantly on the move.
  • There is always a question about whether to choose a traditional straightener or a mini straightener. We recommend both, as one allows you to control the straightening for every hair type with a professional result; while the mini straightener is better for travel, detailing and has standardised temperatures.
  • When you've decided on which model to choose, make sure you check the plate materials, temperature, the handling of the iron while using it and which one treats your hair more gently and carefully.

The Best Mini Hair Straightener: Our Picks

Buying Guide

We have a lot of questions about mini hair straighteners, does it really work, does it work for all hair types, can I use it without fear of damaging my hair? This and much more will be explained in the following buying guide. Clear all your doubts and rest assured that you are buying a good product.

Getting your hair perfectly styled on the go will never be a problem again with a mini hair straightener (Photo: citalliance / 123rf.com)

What is a mini hair straightener and what are its advantages?

It is a type of hair straightener, whose size and functions have been compacted to obtain a much smaller product, easy to carry and use on any type of hair. You can take it with you on your travels, in your bag to the office, university or anywhere without any problem.

Among its advantages, we can highlight that it is easy to use as it usually has only one button to turn on and off. Its size makes it especially useful for straightening short hair for men and women, without leaving out those little hairs at the nape of the neck or the babyhairs that tend to cause a lot of problems with traditional straighteners.

Advantages
  • They are portable and compact
  • They heat up easily
  • They straighten quickly
  • Ideal for short hair and fringes
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to work on very curly or voluminous hair
  • It takes longer to straighten all the hair
  • They don't have many variations in temperature

Mini hair straightener or traditional hair straightener - what should you pay attention to?

This is the most popular and confusing question as both are capable of straightening hair perfectly. Their differences are minimal and for our part, we think it's convenient to have both for different occasions. We explain their differences in detail below:

Mini hair straightener. The most important thing about this product is its compact size that allows you to take it anywhere. This means that its functions are basic, but its small form allows for better handling and mobility, reaching all corners. It is ideal for making details, for your perfect hair everywhere.

Traditional hair straighteners. They are heavier and bigger. They may not be able to control details such as shorter hair, fringes or men's hair comfortably. However, they allow for greater temperature control, professional results on all hair types and are more durable. Not ideal for travel.

Mini hair straightener Traditional hair straightener
Average weight 200 gr 500 gr
Maximum size 12 cm 20 cm
Temperature setting 1-2 levels maximum Customised or 1-5 levels standardised
Ideal for Details, travel, short hair and fringes Professional straightening, all hair types

If you don't want to worry about anything else, choose a set that includes a mini hair straightener and all the accessories you need for your hairstyle (Photo: dolgachov / 123rf.com)

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of mini hair straighteners

As we've already mentioned, mini hair straighteners often differ from traditional hair straighteners. If you want to choose the one that's best for you and your hair, we recommend you take a look at this list of the most important factors to consider when comparing different models. Good luck!

  • Plate material
  • Temperature
  • Plate handling
  • Hair care

Plate material

Depending on the material of the plates you choose will depend on how they feel on your hair. Some can be a bit invasive and pull on the hair, others glide through without any problems. The important thing is that you choose one that is right for your hair and that you feel comfortable handling your straighteners.

Ceramic. These are a favourite because they distribute heat evenly, emit negative ions and infrared heat which are helpful in preventing damage to your hair. We recommend preferring this material as long as it is 100% ceramic and not a coating that could deteriorate with use, especially for damaged or fine hair.

Titanium. It has a metallic appearance and is characterised by being able to withstand high temperatures very well, guaranteeing uniform heat throughout the plate. It is recommended for unruly or very curly hair as you can hold it at high temperatures without worrying about damaging the product. Always remember to use a heat protector.

The mini hair straightener is perfect to highlight your hairstyle through details (Photo: dolgachov / 123rf.com)

Temperature

Temperature is directly related to your hair type and the power of the straightener. As a general rule, mini hair straighteners have few temperature settings in order to save space and make the product smaller. For reference, here are these temperatures and the indications for each hair type.

150 – 180°C . This is ideal for those who have straight hair and just want to give it a little touch up from time to time. It is also recommended for those who have fine or brittle hair and want to protect it a little more from aggressive heat.

180 – 200°C. This is the standard temperature for most normal hair. It is recommended for people who have colour treatments, keratin or textured hair, either because of some kind of procedure or because they simply have volume, waves or curls.

190 -410 °C . This temperature range is ideal for more unruly hair that takes longer to shape and style. It is recommended as the intense heat penetrates deep into the hair giving more possibilities, especially for thick hair that is difficult to straighten when the straightener is not powerful enough.

"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life". Coco Chanel.

Type of plate

Of course, it is not enough that the product is small to be able to handle it well. According to our research, you can find more mobility in a mini hair straightener, depending on the mechanism of the plates. This will also help you to achieve a sleek and natural result.

Floating. They are the most used, their installation allows them to fit perfectly with each strand of hair, without leaving spaces that can generate a messy straightening. It is recommended for a homogeneous result and a perfect straightening in all types of hair.

Tilting. The tilting plates generate some movement in the direction of the hair and in all directions, allowing it to glide easily and is ideally recommended for those who want a more versatile straightener that is capable of making curls and waves, while straightening at the same time.

Hair care

Working with heat on hair is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, hair looks shiny, smooth and silky; on the other hand, it can be completely ruined. In addition to always using a heat protection hair spray, it is recommended to prioritise these features in mini hair straighteners.

Ionisers. Our natural or drying hair is positively charged. This can generate small electric shocks, for example when we touch someone. A negative ion generator helps to balance the positive and negative charge to a normal level. It is recommended to control frizz and not generate static.

Infrared heat. There is no concrete evidence of its behaviour on hair, however, advertising indicates that by emitting infrared heat or infrared radiation, hair can be penetrated to the core, achieving a straightening from the inside out without damaging the cuticle. It is recommended for sensitive hair.

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