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

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.


Comparison table

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 Wikipedia, 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 Hair Straightener

Ceramic flat irons are recommended for use at home


Ceramic plates are not just gentle on hair, but also the heat released from them. Our recommendations for the 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 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


Our recommendations for the 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. Its 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 remember the level and need to spend a bit of time with it for the 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 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.


Here are some of the best-selling hair straightening irons in 2021.


See more about other types of hair straightening flat iron. Which one do you prefer please comment below!

6 comments Add yours
  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?

  2. I was given BaBylissPRO Nano this straightener as a birthday gift in January by the 3rd week this straightener would not heat up. I have been a BaByliss user since I was 16 and never had any issues. So when I experienced the misfortune I opted to call BaByliss for assistance in a replacement. I was told by the customer representative that I would be paying for shipping and handling both ways to send the straightener and for the replacement. I was so upset to hear this since I have developed a brand loyalty to them and be treated this way. I then opted to go back to Ulta to just replace the straightener that has a 4 year limited warranty. I now have a new BaByliss but do to customer service experience my loyalty to this brand has been tarnished and find myself thinking “I wonder what other straightners might be better than what I currently purchased?

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Susana it’s good to know that you replaced your straightener: https://www.hotstylingtoolguide.com/four-signs-that-tell-your-hair-straightener-has-reached-its-expiry-date/
      A lots of things to consider to be better, durability, heat distribution and consistant heat and we can’t scientifically evaluate these factors (only the manufacturer they know and test the producct before release). Rather users’ experience will often determine which one is better, you can opt to other brands such as ghd platinum+ black styler.

  3. I would change out the link for the Solia flat iron. The product at that link is no longer for a flat iron, but either an earphone or an electric razor. Some companies will change out the product name/image to something completely different to keep the high ratings (so the flat iron got good ratings, but now it makes it look like the razor/ear phone has good ones, though the reviews all say “straightener”…). Solia has their own amazon page instead of the JOVERS one you originally linked to.

    1. Christine says:

      I just removed the link. Thank a lot for letting me know.

  4. I have fine, thick hair, that’s fairly straight already when air or blow dried. I’m wondering which straightener material would be best to curl my hair? Or would a curler in one of these materials be better?

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