Titanium VS Ceramic Which Type of Hair Straightener Should I Choose?

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titanium, ceramic flat irons seem look the same, but how do they actually work on your hair

The most popular hair straighteners are the ones that their plates are made with Titanium (metal) and Ceramic. Both of them emit far-infrared heat, which dries hair from the inside out. They also generate the negative ions. But there are a few differences between them, and that could be the factors you decide which one to buy, let’s find out.

titanium, ceramic flat irons seem look the same, but how do they actually work on your hair

Factors Ceramic Titanium
Intense heat Metal property – better
Heat recovery Metal property – better
Heat distribution Better
Easy to clean Better
Ionic generation Better
For hair type Fine, fragile, easy to manage, wavy, curly Thick, coarse hair, wavy, curly

Ceramic Flat Iron

According to Wikipeadia, A ceramic is an inorganic, nonmetallic[a] solid material comprising metal, nonmetal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds. 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 plates are not just gentle on hair, but also the heat realeased from them. Our recommendations for best ceramic flat irons:

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 conducts heat the best so that it will straighten hair quickly, but potentially cause hair damage. You should use heat protection spray.

Research found out that frizz, damaged hair is over charged 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 better state.

With the same heat setting, say, 270F, your hair will receive more heat from Titanium flat ion than Ceremic ones.

One of the Titanium flat iron with 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 thermal conductivity and faster and intensed than Ceramic
  • Provide ionic output – Metal produces negative ions which is good for hair


  • 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

Our recommendations for best Titanium flat irons:
1.5″ BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium

Titanium plate flat iron

BaBylissPRO Nano is Amazon’s top selling Titanium hair straighteners. It has a four star rating with more than 1,700+ reviews

You can hold this tool for an hour without feeling they put some weight on your hand. It slim design makes it really simple for users to perform hair straightening. It can quickly set to the heating you dial. There are 50 levels, but not indicating the temperature that is a drawback. So have to rememer the level and need to spend a bit time with it for first time to figure out the ideal heat setting.

Which one should I pick? It really depends on your hair types

If your hair is easy to straighten, pick the Ceramic, otherwise, the Tianium 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 type of hair straightening flat iron. Which one do you prefer please comment below!

Updated on 07/15/2018  by

1 Comment

  1. Gwendolyn says

    So I think the thermal conductivity and ability to recover heat after sliding hair are factors make titanium different from ceramic. But while titanium produces irons the ceramic causes less damage to the hair. I know no hot tools are good for hair but the one cause less damage should be better. In this case which one?

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