Blow-Drying Vs. Flat-Ironing: Which Way Should You Straighten?

With the right tools and a little practice, you can get sleek, straight hair. But is flat-ironing a better bet than blow-drying?

A surefire way to smooth strands is with an at-home or professional blowout-but even this traditional method can backfire from time to time, leading to frizzy curls in a matter of minutes.

The key to a long-lasting blowout is using just the right amount of tension-a little tug goes a long way. The other critical element to getting a glossy finish is the right products, especially shampoo, conditioner and a smoothing gloss.

UPSIDE: Creates a natural, softer looks; easy to achieve volume.
DOWNSIDE: Hair may not stay straight, especially if it's exposed to water or humidity.

Straightening irons have become a must in many women's beauty arsenals because they smooth the hair and allow you to get it straight from the root down. A good flat iron allows you to pull the hair with just the right amount of tension to get super sleekness.

When flat irons were first introduced, most were made with metal plates, which can damage the hair. The latest technologies include ceramic and tourmaline plates to absorb moisture.

UPSIDE: Smooths hair so it lies flat.
DOWNSIDE: Can be damaging since high levels of heat penetrate the hair.

You be the judge: which straightening method do you prefer? Let us know which and why by leaving a comment below.