When there are so many flat irons in the marketplace, why are ceramic flat irons so popular? To answer this question, it is necessary to explain the technology behind ceramic and how it applies to the flat iron.
First of all there is an advantage in using advanced structural ceramics in constructing hair appliances. This advantage is the high-temperature strength, wear resistance, and chemical stability that ceramics offer.
It is the plates of the flat iron that are composed of ceramic materials. As the flat iron is heating up and while it stays hot, a gentle infrared heat is emitted, which produces negative ions. As these negative ions meet with the hair, they seal the cuticle of the hair, which ultimately repels any humidity, locks in hair color and retards fading while you are smoothing and straightening your hair.
It is important to note that your hair carries a positive electrical charge that is caused by dryness. After a period of time, this positive charge increases and while your hair becomes drier, more hair cuticles open and create unhealthy hair. The negative ions created by ceramic hair styling tools cancel these positive hair charges, resulting in a smoothing down of the hair cuticle. Ultimately, as the result of smoothing down the hair cuticle, your hair’s natural oils and moisture are sealed in and your hair will stay healthy and shine.
The ceramic plates of a flat iron maintain an even temperature all of the time and diffuse the heat better. This eliminates the hot spots that can cause damage and breakage to the delicate hair strands. Because the gentle far-infrared heat penetrates deeper into the hair, your hair is usually straightened in one smooth pass. This eliminates the damage that a non-ceramic flat iron can cause due to the multiple passes needed. If you already use a flat iron, you know that flat irons can get very hot. Most ceramic flat iron models available in the marketplace have adjustable temperature settings so you can practice to see what temperature setting works best for your particular type of hair and the style you are wanting to achieve.
In shopping for ceramic flat irons know up front that you will be paying more than the local drug store or discount stores charge for flat irons that are not made with ceramic. So, if you want to avoid irreparable damage to your hair, the extra cost is well worth the protection you will be providing your hair as well as the time you will save in the process.