Styling iron showdown

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Heat styling is a hot topic for us at BeautySA. ‘Are the plates too hot’, ‘should they be used on wet hair’, ‘how often can I use my flatiron’ are typical questions we’ve had to answer recently. But the most important advice we can give you is to never use an inferior product. Below we’ve listed our favourite stylers at the moment…

Styling iron showdown: GlamPalm Standard Magic

GlamPalm Standard Magic Hair Styler, R1,899

custom ceramic plates with Healing Stone tech
rapid heating and heat recovery
adjustable temperature settings (150 – 200 degrees)
3-metre swivel cord
heat resistant cap
automatic shut off
sectioning clips

We love: the Healing Stone technology that actually heals your hair as it styles. The negative ions emitted from the plates smooth the cuticle layer, minimising keratin damage. Oh, and it also has this pretty nifty vibrate function – it’s a great reminder if you’ve kept the plates on your strands for too long!

Styling iron showdown: BaByliss Sublim' Touch 2-in-1

BaByliss Sublim’ Touch 2-in-1

temperature regulator with LED screen (130 – 200 degrees)
flat and curved plates
ceramic-coated Sublim’ touch plates
locking system for plates
automatic switch off
swivel cord

We love: the curling top plates that make it just as easy to curl as it is to straighten your locks. Simply turn the styler 180 degrees upwards and slowly glide it over the length of your hair.

Styling iron showdown: Toni&Guy Professional Straightner

Toni&Guy Professional Straightener

temperature control and lock with LED screen (80 – 230 degrees)
ceramic tourmaline floating plates
auto shut off
3-metre swivel cord

We love: the super fast speed with which the styler heats up. You can literally watch the temperature rise in less than 60 seconds on the sleek and stylishly designed LED screen.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Fouzia Damon

    Toni&Guy Professional Straightener

    This hair straighter is phenomenal I love it.
    With other hair straighters i have to keep going over my hair but not with my Toni&Guy works perfet from the first stoke.

    1 year ago •

  1. Jodi Solomon

    I own a GlamPalm…I simply love this flatiron it is remarkable. My husband bought this as a gift to me for my 30th birthday and I can honestly say that I will never ever go back to using another flat iron. The fact that the plates don’t pull your ends as you glide it through your hair because the plates have springs in them that moves and curves with your hair. This flat iron has healing treatment in the plates itself that makes your hair look so much healthier. The more you use it the better your hair looks over time. Not to mention the time it takes to flat iron your hair takes half the time it would normally take because both plates heats up therefore just one glide per section works like a charm. The GlamPalm is truely the best flatiron for me. Love love love it:)

    1 year ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hey Jodi, Thanks so much for weighing in! I’m definitely going to give the GlamPalm a go – Aléz, BSA

      1 year ago •

  1. Suvina Sewnath

    I own a Toni & Guy, it’s affordable and really good….

    2 years ago •

  1. Carmen Lenell Pillay

    I still love my Ghd!!
    Has been faithful to me for 7 years now :-)

    4 years ago •

  1. Zama Omuhle

    I don’t mind using any straightener because I have a weave on. Otherwise my hair doesn’t meet with the heat.

    4 years ago •

  1. Zakiyyah Jogi

    I currently have a GHD and it’s great, but Toni & Guy hair straighteners are quite good too… perfect and affordable.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    The Glam Palm is the best! It is the love of my life. Ladies you’ll have to get it. It works wonders

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I have a GHD eclipse and I love it!

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    I’ve never head of the Glam Palm? But I will try & get a ghd or fhi.

    6 years ago •

  1. Grove

    I would recommend any Toni&Guy products as they are excellent! I have a T&G hairdryer which is more than 4 yrs old but still works like a charm. I have a revlon straightener at the moment but i know I will eventually get a T&G straightening iron.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    I very rarely straighten my hair – the effect is lovely, but with my thick long hair it takes hours!! (About the only time i yearn for thin wispy locks, LOL).

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I like the toni&guy professional straighter

    7 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I need that Toni & Guy Professional Straightener in my life. my hair stylist used it on my hair and the results were lovely. I need to get my own.

    7 years ago •

  1. G

    Thank you so much for the Toni&Guy I won!! I love it. It has a temp control feature, the long cord which swivels, and it heats up in no time at all!! My hair was definitely easier to handle the next day and far softer than it is with my regular hairdryer. I don’t know how I ever managed without this!! The buttons are a little close to where you would normally hold the iron, so it has a convenient keylock feature!! Love this!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    The lengths we go to stay looking fabulous

    7 years ago •

  1. zaitoon86

    I recently bought myself a Glampalm. I was previously using GHD. Best decision I’ve made with regard to my hair, ever! It doesn’t pull, leaves my hair glossy and it actually has 11 heat settings, including a ‘clinic’ setting for use with certain treatments. I love, love, love it. I will never go back to GHD.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    How is the corioliss? Its sold at carlton?

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I Lurve the idea o the Healing Stone technology that actually heals your hair as it styles…. Where can I get one of these…

    7 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Toni & Guy is quite a nice straightener, I have used it before. Works well.

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    The BabyBliss with the curved plates will work just fine for me

    7 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    I’m surprised there’s no GHD on your list, buy I guess its good to know what else is out there.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Where are the prices for the Baby-liss and the Toni & Guy?

    7 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    Glam Palm? Heasl hair? we all need one of these ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. beautilicious

    wow sounds impressive. never thought that babyliss would have a cool feature like that. what about the colossal and cloud 9 range??

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    What? No ghd? I refuse to use anything else. I’m a brand snob ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Vibrating function? That sounds cool.

    7 years ago •

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