Whether you have hair like corkscrews, a natural wave, a slight kink or just a bit of frizz, hair straighteners are the go-to gadget to sort out a bad hair day. It was the ‘Rachel from Friends do’ that kicked it all off in the 90’s when everyone wanted that super straight look without a hair out of place.
The hair straightener has thankfully evolved from a bulky piece of smoking equipment that led to frazzled hair and burnt ears (or was that just me?) to a multipurpose tool that can curl, straighten and tame the frizz in seconds.
A lot of ladies opt for the natural look while they’re traveling but if your hair is anything like mine (an unruly mass of curls) you will need a little help to make your locks look luscious.
Editor’s Note: Some items written about below are either predominantly found in the UK or the US markets. Where possible, we have provided links to similar products in the other market.
GHD Mini Hair Straightener
The ever reliable GHD’s will always be at the top of the list.They aren’t cheap but they are brilliant at keeping your hair smooth and giving you the best possible chance of a Good Hair Day. They now come with a rounded edge which makes it easier to curl or wave your hair by simply twirling it through from root to tip. If you’ve got particularly long or thick hair I’d make space for the slightly bigger, full-size model to make styling quick and easy.
Babyliss Pro Cordless Straightener
This cordless straightener is both budget friendly and travel friendly as it is powered by gas and is a great compact size. They heat up to 215 degrees Celsius (419 degrees Fahrenheit) and are perfect for when you don’t have power sockets or for hair touch-ups on the go. These are especially recommended for festivals and camping.
>> Amazon UK: Buy the BaByliss 2581BU Pro Cordless Straightener and the Gas Refill Cartridges
>> Amazon US: Try the dual-voltage, corded BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium – Blue – 1/2″ plate Mini & Travel Straightening Iron instead
Remmington Mini Handbag Straightener
These tiny straighteners are an absolute bargain and they’re perfect for anyone with short or fine hair. If you’re looking for a tiny package then these are a great option but don’t expect perfect results for thick or curly hair. I travelled with these for over a year and used them to keep my fringe and the front of my hair in check.
>> Amazon UK: Buy the Remington S2880ZBA My Mini Handbag Hair Straightener
>> Amazon US: Try the 6-inch Remington S2900 Ceramic Pearl Mini Hair Straightener instead
Andrew Collinge Cordless Salon Shine Straightener
These rechargeable straighteners may be a little chunkier than the other cordless options but they are well worth it for the extra heat and shiny results. They heat up to 230 degrees Celsius (446 degrees Fahrenheit) in 30 seconds and cleverly switch themselves off so there’s no chance you will accidentally pack them while they’re still on. The higher temperature means they are ideal for thicker hair and will definitely tame the humidity fizz.
>> Amazon UK: Buy the Andrew Collinge 230 Cordless Salon Shine Straightener
Revlon Perfect Heat Travel-Pro Mini Straightener
Coming in at about 1/3 the size of a normal hair straightener, this tiny device is perfect for travelers looking to save space and weight (our motto around here). The only unfortunate part is that this little straightener is best used for touch-ups, ends, and bits and pieces. If you have an entire head of thick, curly hair — you’ll be there for ages!
>> Amazon US: Buy the Revlon Perfect Heat Travel-Pro Mini Straightener
Turboion Baby Croc Mini Travel Flat Iron
Featuring a 5/8 inch flat iron surface, the Turboion Baby Croc is small enough for travel, but strong (and hot) enough for styling hair. Not only is this device dual-voltage, it also comes with a heat proof carrying case to ensure bad things don’t happen inside your backpack when you’re running straight out the door.
>> Amazon US: Buy the Turboion Baby Croc Professional Dual Voltage Mini Travel Flat Iron, 5/8 Inch
Tips for Travel with Straighteners
Not everyone needs a straightener, but if a straightener is your luxury item of choice, and one that helps you keep your travel style and to feel girly again, then you should definitely invest in something that suits your personal needs. Girls with extremely frizzy and/or curly hair may not benefit enough from the tiny flat irons. Girls that just need some smoothing out will love the half-size models that take up virtually no space in a backpack or suitcase.
Always carry a heat-proof pouch for your hair straighteners and curling irons when you travel just to be sure no residual heat does damage to your nearby clothes and packed accessories.