Curling wands look like magical sticks of impossibility, but that’s not the case. They are actually amazing tools! If you get the right one it’s possible to curl really quickly while adding a plenty of body to your hair as well as smoothing it out (no more frizz)!
That being said, learning how to use them is somewhat of a learning curve, and it can take a little while to get the hang of it. Once you do though, you’ll be on your way to bouncy, beautiful waves.
The Best Iron For Your Hair Type
Just because something is supposed to be a good iron it doesn’t make it a good iron for YOU.
If you know what the texture of your hair is, you can pick an iron based on hair length and the style you want. Manufacturers are there to sell a product so it’s worth doing some research first.
Wand Or Iron? Which One Is For You?
Curling irons have been around for centuries, but wands are relatively new to the curling game. However, it doesn’t mean you should automatically go with a wand just because it’s newer. There are plenty of points to consider before you make a choice, and I go through a bunch of them here.
The Best Of Curling
Once you have been through some of the different quirks of curling hair and how different materials can affect your look, it may be time to examine some of the best options on the market. Remember what works best for your hair type matters more than pretty much anything else, so these are just my recommendations.
The Hot Tools Professional 1110 Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control comes as small as 3/8 of an inch, but it can also be purchased in 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch. All of them are good for short, medium and even longer hair, and they style without frying your locks.
The BabylissPro Miracurl Steamtech Curling Iron cuts down on the time it takes to curl while helping you to avoid putting too much heat on your hair. No matter how you look at it, that’s a huge improvement on other options. It heats up quickly and doesn’t try to fry your locks, and the steam option makes it even more gentle to your hair!
The Conair YOU CURL Curling Wand was one of the first curling wands on the market, and it is still one of the best to this day. It is inexpensive, has all the required features, and will still give you the bouncy curls most people really want. It’s a total win!
Wavers are very different from irons because they require a different approach in order to get the style you’re looking for. For that reason, they get their own category. The Bed Head Deep Waver gives the most consistent style without having to work forever so it stays.
The Remington CI95AC/2 Tstudio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand comes in two sizes and both have the stellar heat distribution you get from ceramic. The smaller size is perfect for getting the body you want out of thin hair.
The Hot Tools PINKTITANIUM Salon Titanium Curling Iron has a titanium body which is helpful when trying to get the right amount of heat on your hair. It also has the protective power that comes with titanium which locks in moisture. This makes it possible to get the curls you want AND have them stay all day without frizz popping out all over your style.
The Revlon Curl Collection Bubble Curling Wand provides distinctive locations to place the hair so you get the same kind of curl every time. Based on how far apart the bubbles are, the curls can get big enough to be considered chunky waves.
While you can get a whole lot of style with the Bed Head Orange Crush Styling Wand, the 1 inch size won’t give you tight curls. Longer, looser waves or curls with less bounce turn out really pretty though and totally wearable.