Super Hair Straighteners

Sales of hair straighteners topped 85 million dollars last year. Consumer Reports ShopSmart tests to find the best.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine tested nine straightening irons ranging in price from $18-$160.

To see how well they perform, testers used tresses of naturally curly hair and counted how many times each iron takes to get them curl-free.

And to see how they do on a real head of hair several panelists tried them out-on everything from very curly hair to relatively straight hair.

The Bed Head LIght Me Up didn't perform so well.

"I find that the Bed Head straightener didn't really straighten my hair very well," said tester Melissa Valentino.

Mary Palumbo, another tester agrees.

"I tired. I kept doing it multiple times, and nothing was happening," said Palumbo.

And some of the straighteners actually pulled the panelists' hair.

So which one did the panelists prefer.

One from Conair fits the bill. It has a retractable comb and LED temperature display. It's the Infiniti Nano Silver Steam Straightener. But at $100, it's a splurge.

IF you want a great bargain, ShopSmart recommends the Revlon Perfect Heat Ceramic. It rated excellent and costs just $30.

The recommended Revlon has another good feature-automatic shut off.

And be aware, straightening irons get extremely hot-up to 4000 degrees.


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