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Titanium Vs. Tourmaline Flat Irons

by
author image Jeff Rogers
Jeff Rogers has edited and written since 1987 for the Associated Press, United Press International and six newspapers including "The Dallas Morning News," "The Washington Times" and "Dallas Times Herald." A Charlotte native who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism (news-editorial) from the University of South Carolina, Rogers has also worked as a technology analyst, sales executive and professional golf caddy.
Titanium Vs. Tourmaline Flat Irons
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Women have fought to straighten their curly hair for centuries, but the first patented flat iron is credited to Isaac K. Shero in 1909. Irons have been made with many different materials, most notably ceramic. More recently, manufacturers have begun using titanium, a metal, and tourmaline, a crystal, to help keep hair shiny and healthy as well as straight.

Heating

Both tourmaline and titanium flat irons heat quickly, but the titanium material heats more evenly, without cold spots. Titanium also retains the heat better, allowing for faster styling.

Shine

Tourmaline naturally produces negative ions when it is heated, and negative ions and far infrared rays are what helps hair look shiny without damage. Ceramic also produces negative ions, which is why titanium is often combined with ceramic.

Durability

Titanium is as strong as steel and doesn't corrode. Tourmaline is a gemstone and can wear faster than titanium. Both materials are normally ground down and infused into the flat iron plates, which is why most of the irons with the materials are marketed as nano-titanium or nano-tourmaline.

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Effectiveness

Tourmaline works fine to straighten most hair, but titanium is the choice for hard-to-straighten hair. Both work far better to keep hair straighter longer than ceramic or aluminum plates.

Cost

The cost varies by manufacturer, but adding tourmaline, titanium or both to a flat iron definitely makes the unit more expensive than ceramic irons. Many with either tourmaline or titanic retail from $70 up to $180, as of time of publication.

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