Although we often encourage letting your natural curls come out to play, it’s also more than okay to desire a sleek, straighter look from time to time. There are so many hot tools out there that cater to wavy hair, but for tighter curl types, it can be tough to find the right one to suit your mane’s needs. Coarse or thick curls may need a higher heat setting and a wider plate while longer coils may straighten easier with lengthier plates. If you’ve been on the hunt for the best flat iron for your 3C-4C curls, read on below for our top picks.
Best for Thick Curls: T3 SinglePass X 1.5 Wide Iron ($230.00)
If you have coarse 3C-4C curls and find that some plates don’t quite have what it takes to get the job done, this is the flat iron for you. The wider plates cover a larger surface area allowing you to straighten more hair in less time. It also has custom blend ceramic plates for smoother, shinier locks. Not to mention the five adjustable heat settings — perfect for pin straight styling.
Best for Long Curls: Revlon Pro Collection Copper Ceramic Extra Long Plates Flat Iron ($34.99)
This highly affordable option from Revlon is perfect for those with long, tight curls. It has a guide comb to help you achieve that silk press effect in record time. Its advanced copper and ceramic plates are also designed to cut damage in half. To further prevent damage, you’ll also want to invest in a good heat protectant.
Best for Straightening and Curling: HSI Professional Glider Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron ($47.95)
Nothing wrong with a little extra wave in our opinion. This top-rated flat iron from HSI Professional creates epic results on even the curliest of hair. The plates are designed with ceramic materials along with tourmaline crystals to create a silkier finish. If you like a sleek look with a touch of a beach wave, you’ll want this iron in your collection ASAP.
Best for Fine Curls BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron ($149.99)
BaByliss PRO’s ultra thin plates are perfect for fine 3C-4C curls. It heats up instantly and has heat settings that go up to 450 F. Although the thin plates make it a great option for finer coils, don’t be fooled. It works just as well on thicker curls due to its high heat setting and nano titanium technology.
Best Budget: Remington S5500 Anti-Static Flat Iron ($18.99)
For those who have 3C-4C curls and are on a budget, Remington’s S5500 is the option for you. Coming in at just $18.99, this straightener has strong ceramic plates and anti-static technology. It also has heat settings up to 410 F to aptly straighten the tightest of 4C coils.