The Comparison – Flat Iron vs. Hot Comb

Straight hair and the straightening procedures have become immensely popular nowadays and it becomes trendy as well.

Featured Image of the Comparison Flat Iron Versus Hot Comb

Most of the girls around the world are now familiar with hair straighteners or flat iron but in the last few eras, a hair straightening tool named hot combs were very popular. So, is this tool still worth compared to the flat irons? Let’s see in details.

Flat Iron

Whichever you buy flat iron or hot comb price will be a big concern. You need to know whether you are getting the value of the price or not. In the case of the flat iron, it will cost you more money than a hot comb. But you also have to keep in mind that flat iron is easier to use and anyone can use it without much experience. If you spend on a good quality iron it will save lots of your time and you will be able to create varieties of styles with it.

Hot Comb

Hot combs are available with very low price comparing flat irons. The average price of flat iron is in $50-$100, where you can get a good quality hot comb with $10-$30.  However, price is not always an issue as inappropriate use of this tool can damage your hair and causes hair loss as well.


Flat Iron

When it comes about the experience, you do not really need any much of it to use a flat iron. Almost anyone can use it. With a little care, there will not be any possibilities to burn yourself. Unlike other hot styling tools, you do not have to be skilled to use a flat iron. If you use the flat iron after preparing your hair correctly or in the right way, there is the least possibility of getting the hair burnt.

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Hot Comb

Hot comb can be the cause of scalp burns and trauma if you cannot use it properly. Besides, if you like to straighten or style your wig, never go for hot combs. Use flat iron instead.

Advanced Technologies

Flat Iron

Nowadays flat irons have advanced technologies. There are several types of flat iron, for example, ceramic flat iron, tourmaline flat iron, titanium flat iron, etc. you can choose according to your need. Flat irons also have a heat setting which is essential if you do not want to damage your hair. Because all types of hair do not need the same temperature to straighten them up. For example, fine or natural hair need the medium temperature to straight, on the other hand, curly and thick hair needs a higher temperature to straighten. If you try high heat on your fine hair it will get damaged. Besides, there are some advanced technologies named infrared, ionic, etc. which can give you better straightening experience and keep your hair safer. Now you know why heat settings and advanced technologies are important.

Hot Comb

Hot combs are an old and professional-level tool. But the new electric hot combs with new technologies are easy to use at home.

Conair Hype HairUltra-Hot Hot Comb

You can find now the hot combs with a heat-resistant handle, fast heat up, variable heat settings, 24k old plated comb (which heats your hair very safely), high-quality steel. If you want to switch from your regular comb to electric hot comb, the Conair Hype HairUltra-Hot Hot Comb can a great choice.

Types of Two Tools

Flat Iron

There are various types of flat iron on the market. They come in different shapes and sizes. If you have long hair you are going to need a large-sized flat iron. The small one will take so much of your time to straighten the hair. On the other hand, if you have short hair there are small/mini flat irons which are suitable for short hair.

Babylisspro Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron

You can try BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron. This is one of our favorite mini hair straighteners for short hair. Besides the main types of flat irons are Titanium flat iron, tourmaline flat iron, ceramic flat iron, professional flat iron, ionic flat iron, wet to dry flat iron.

Hot Comb

There are only two types of hot comb:

  1. pressing comb (where the comb is heated directly)
  2. electrically heated comb.

The electric hot combs are a new addition and have the latest technology and features.

Types of hair

Flat Iron

In the current market, you will find flat irons almost for every kind of hairs. As hair experts, we have seen that hair varies from person to person. Similarly, the same flat iron is not suitable for everyone. There are different kinds of flat iron which suit different particular hair type. In a short, if you have frizzy and damaged hair, Tourmaline or Ceramic Tourmaline flat irons are suggested for you. If you have thick and curly hair, Titanium or Nano Titanium flat iron with Infrared technology will be suitable for you.

Hot Comb

Where flat irons can be used on almost all type of hair, a hot comb is only for African-American hair or thick or coarse hair. Hot combs are suited for the hairs which are hard to manage and straighten.

The Results

Hair straighteners or flat irons will give you sleek and straight hair whenever you want. You can create different types of styles with it even if make curls too. There are so many techniques you can apply with flat iron which can give you a different style every day. If you do not know by now, you can also curl your hair using your straightener. It is super easy and causes almost no time. If you prepare the hair with the right products and procedures before using a hair straightener, you will get shiny and healthy-looking sleek hair which everyone desires.

Where hot combs or alternatively known as the pressing comb is good for separating the tight curls, and straightening the coarser hairs. It is also great for distributing the heat at the root of your hairs to have a better smooth finish.

Electric Hot Combs
Andis High Heat Press Comb & Kentucky Maid SPKM222 Medium Weight Double Press Comb

If your hair is too thick and hard to manage, this tool is then for you. However, you can now have the electric hot comb like Andis High Heat Press Comb or Kentucky Maid SPKM222 Medium weight Double Press Comb which will give you less worry as it has heat control and some advanced features.


Reader Interactions


  1. Hello there,

    This is a very well-researched and well put together an article with just the right amount of information. Nothing more and nothing less! Very clean and easy to read! I enjoyed reading it thoroughly.

    However, while going through it, I noticed that you haven’t said much about the pressing hot combs. I would like to know more.

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Thank you and best of luck.

    • Dear Sonal,

      First of all, thank you very much for your praise and lovely words. We are overwhelmed with your response.

      Secondly, as the pressing hot comb is a very old concept, we didn’t discuss it in detail and bore our readers.

      We hope this would help.

      Have a good day.

  2. Hi, I am a big fan of your blog. From its design to the way you put your writings, everything is so neat and attractive. I wonder how you guys always come up with some really amazing ideas with some really useful information.

    Just applaudable!

    But being a natural haired girl myself, I just can’t agree with the fact that hot combs are best for African-American hair or natural hair. I have tried a hot comb once with the hope of straightening my hair and turn them into silky tresses. But to my sheer disappointment, it burned by hair so badly that I had to wear a scarf for the next couple of months.

    • Dear Selina,

      Thank you very much for your kind, inspiring words. We appreciate our readers’ feedback.

      Secondly, we are sorry to hear about your experience. We hope that your tresses have come back to their normal self.


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