Hairstylists to Oscar winners and Grammy nominees unzip their pro kits and recommend the flat irons they rely on for work, including affordable options.

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Sure, blow dryers are useful for drying your hair and can get your strands relatively straight. However, working with a round brush and blow dryer to create a salon-worthy blowout at home isn"t the easiest task. You have to get the right technique down, which can take weeks to master. Blow dryers are also clunky, heavy and can become cumbersome to hold for extended periods. That"s where flat irons come into play. Hair straighteners offer versatility — with just one device, you can straighten, create beach- and S-waves and curl your hair. This also means that you can save money and space when traveling.

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Flat irons also may be the secret to frizz-free, sleek straight and glossy hair due to ionization. According to Stefan Bertin, a London-based hairstylist, the process helps close the hair cuticle, giving it a sheen. However, he noted that "there"s no real substantial, scientific evidence of that, but I feel like there is a difference."

Flat irons are readily available at a variety of Shopping reader favorite retailers, ranging from Walmart and Amazon to Sephora and Target. They’re also available at Best Buy, Ulta, Dermstore and Bed Bath & Beyond. Hair straighteners, like the 1-inch Remington iron, can cost as little as $18 at Amazon, while a top-of-the-line model like the Dyson Corrale can cost nearly $500. Popular flat iron brands range from Conair and Rusk to Sedu and NuMe.

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We spoke with seven celebrity hairstylists who work with everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Octavia Spencer to find out everything you need to know before buying a flat iron in 2021.