Titanium (metal) and Ceramic are the most common kinds of material that hair straighteners’ plates are made from.
Both of them emit far-infrared heat, which dries hair from the inside out. They also generate negative ions to neutralize (or stabilize) dry hair.
But there are a few differences between them (like heating mechanism), and that could be the factors you decide which one to buy, let’s find out.
|Intense heat||Metal property – better|
|Heat recovery||Metal property – better|
|Easy to clean||Better|
|For hair type||Fine, fragile, easy to manage, wavy, curly||Thick, coarse hair, wavy, curly|
Ceramic Flat Iron
The first form of this material found dated back more than 27000 years ago. By properties of the material,non-erosive, heat conducted, it is ideal for making plates of flat irons.
- Ceramic plates are very smooth.
- Even heat distribution
- Can work for a lot of hair types
- Since your hair contains moisture, Ceramic plates may cause this evaporate and create hot stream through hair.
- Easily to break, crack if you accidentally drop them.
- Cheap ceramic flat iron have very thin layer of ceramic, which will be peeled after long time use. Avoid using this type of flat iron.
Ceramic flat irons are recommended for use at home. Ceramic plates are not just gentle on hair, but also the heat released from them.
Titanium Flat Iron
Basically, Titanium is a metal, so they are very strong and very durable.
Holding Titanium flat iron you feel it is a bit lighter than Ceramic models with the same size.
The Titanium plates conduct heat the best so that it will straighten hair quickly, but potentially cause hair damage. You should use a heat protection spray.
The research found out that frizz, damaged hair is overcharged with positive irons, the titanium plates once heated provide abundant negative ions, which will cure or neutralize those parts on hair, bring your hair to a better state.
With the same heat setting, say, 270F, your hair will receive more heat from Titanium flat ion than Ceramic ones.
If your hair is healthy (and it’s 3C or 4) and you do straightening daily, Titanium is for you.
One of the Titanium flat iron with a very high heat setting is Brazilian Heat After Dark, it suits to very curly hair, especially Africa American hair and can be used for permanent hair treatments like Brazilian keratin blowout.
- Less expensive
- Stable heating
- Durable – it is okay if you accidentally drop your hair straightener
- Not corrosive
- Heated more evenly because of faster thermal conductivity and more intense than Ceramic
- Provide ionic output – Metal produces negative ions which is good for hair
- Give hair the shiniest and most flat-look
- Metal doesn’t crack but it is scratched by metal
- The surface of Titanium plates is not smooth as Ceramic’s
- Easily to get build-up on its surface
Which one should I pick? It really depends on your hair types
If your hair is easy to straighten, pick the Ceramic, otherwise, the Titanium is a better choice for those with long, thick, stubborn hair.
You also may consider the comfort and ease of use.
Whether you use Titanium or Ceramic Flat irons, they definitely cause hair damage, the more you style, the more it becomes less natural, so make sure don’t use them daily. Let your hair take a rest before they are silky straight again.
See more about other types of hair straightening flat iron. Which one do you prefer please comment below!