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Bring your hair to life and give it more volume with curls and waves. In order to keep your curls and waves in place for hours, you will need the help of good hairstyling products and tools like a topnotch curling wand. Curling irons and curling wands are very similar; however, wands don’t have clips and they are preferred by those who’d like more natural-looking waves.
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To help you decide on the best curling wand to buy, here’s a buying guide and a list of the most recommended products.
Most curling wands have either conical barrels or straight ones. The more conventional barrel shape is the straight one and it ensures the uniformity of your curls. Conical barrels, on the other hand are for those looking for a more versatile tool. You can get smaller ringlets at the narrow end and larger curls or waves at the wider end. A few curling wand makers also offer curling wand sets with multiple interchangeable barrels but take note that these usually cost more.
The size of your barrel will depend on the hairstyle you prefer. For larger waves, choose bigger barrels and for small, tight curls, opt for the smaller barrels. Barrel length should also be considered. If you have short hair, you can use short to medium size barrels which are often less than 8 inches. Those with longer hair, however, will need longer barrels. At least 8 inches is a good estimate.
Top quality barrels care made of either ceramic, tourmaline or titanium. Ceramic is the material traditionally used for most curling wands and irons as it distributes heat evenly but does not damage the hair. Newer models combine ceramic with tourmaline since tourmaline produces shinier hair and combats frizz. Some of the latest wands, though, use titanium since it heats up quickly to high temperatures and spreads it evenly across the barrel, ideal for thicker hair.
To make sure you don’t accidentally fry your hair, especially if you’re a beginner, it’s best to choose a wand with adjustable temperature settings. Start with a lower heat setting and then gradually increase the heat to lock in the style of your hair. The automatic shut off function is another essential safety feature. This ensures that the wand automatically shuts off after a period of inactivity to avoid overheating. Heat-proof gloves to protect your hand are also a welcome accessory.
About 32mm in width wand will produce loose but polished-looking curls, the heating up to 185°C to get the results without damaging your strands.
Bear in mind that looser waves have a tendency to drop out much faster than tighter curls - it's a matter of fact and not the wand's or your fault. You may need more hairspray after you've done the styling.
Any quality wand that goes from 28mm to 23mm will result in looser voluminous curls at the top of your hair, and also tighter, defined curls toward the strand ends.
A barrel with a ceramic coating will ensure that your hair stays smooth and frizz-free. Waves will look clean and defined after curling, but you can also go for a disheveled finish by running your fingers through the lengths and giving strands a hit with texture spray.
Go for a wand with uneven-shaped barrel, for example wider in the middle and thinner at the top and bottom. It will give a lovely soft wave to the hair. The wider middle will produce a soft curl for your mid-lengths have and the ends will pull in a little tighter.
Get a wand about 36mm wide for a bouncy blow-dry look DIY style. Instead of giving hair a curl, fat wands simply give a soft 'S' bend to the sections. After you finish styling, your hair will look fuller with a thickness through the mid-lengths and ends. Being so loose, this style won't hold as long as other dos created with higher temperatures and thinner wands. You WILL look gorgeous, though!
For this sexy and girlish curl, the wand to use is as thin as possible, preferably with a rectangular barrel. The quick heating and the skinny wand will give you an amazing 80s look which will last till you next wash your hair. Enough for a crazy night out or a high school reunion.
You guessed it, for this curl you'll need a textured barrel wand. It will create a super-cool wave throughout your hair. A textured wand will give your strands a combination of both tight and loose curls, which ensures your hairdo looks amazingly natural overall.
Consider getting a wand with several barrels in a set. These come with 3-7 barrels, depending on the model. The versatility will save you the money as you won't have to buy several different wands. You'll be able to choose the barrel you need for the target curls, attach it and start styling.
Find the best curling wand for your needs with our 2018 curling wand reviews guide.
The Bombshell 1.5 Inch Curling Rod from Sultra has a 1.5 inch wide barrel built of ceramic. It can be used on wet or dry hair and it has a swivel cord which is highly convenient as it’s easier for you to move around. This small, lightweight wand takes only a few minutes to finish styling all your hair and the curls hold their form all day.
Another superior curling tool is the Remington T Studio SILK Ceramic Slim Styling Wand. This wand has a tapered ceramic barrel that’s ½ inch in diameter on one end and widens to 1 inch on the other end to give you any type of curl or wave you fancy. It heats up in next to no time and it’s also easy to operate and maneuver.
The NuMe Lustrum 5-in-1 interchangeable curling wand features 5 100% tourmaline ceramic barrels. You will get lasting hairstyles with the NuMe tourmaline ceramic barrels with far infrared heat technology. It emits negative ions to combat hair frizz and also adds shine each time you use it. The 5-in-1 tool includes the 19mm, 25mm, 32mm, 25mm Cone, and Pearl barrels and the base. What you'll also get is a heat-resistant styling glove and a convenient travel case. Read more details in our NuMe Lustrum review.
The Hot Tools Curly-Q Curling Wand has a conical barrel which uses ceramic technology. You can choose from various barrel sizes: the smallest is 1/2 inch and the largest is 1 ¼ inches. The short heat up time from this wand lets you style your hair quickly. The settings allow you to adjust the temperature for more control, and in addition to that, this wand has an extremely handy safety feature, the stay cool tip.
From a brand with a reputation for first class hair care tools, the Conair You Curl Curling Wand is one product that has been around for several years. The combination of ceramic and tourmaline in this barrel results in longer lasting, glossy curls. The wand heats up quickly and it’s ready for use in just 30 seconds. The heat settings can also be adjusted, to go as high as 400 degrees.
A favorite for curl-loving ladies as well is the T3 SinglePass Whirl Professional Styling Wand. The cone-shaped barrel which is 1 1.4 inch in diameter at the widest end utilizes ceramic and tourmaline for optimal results. The heat settings are one of the highest, up to 450 degrees so you’re assured it heats more quickly than most wands and produces curls that retain their form for hours. It also features a cooling tip and convenient swivel cord.
The Bed Head Bh318 Curli Pops Tourmaline Ceramic Tapered Curling Iron makes use of ceramic tourmaline technology for increased shine and frizz-free curls. Its conical barrel is one inch wide at the broadest end, perfect for ladies with short and medium textured hair. The heat setting of 410 degrees also means quicker heat up and lesser styling time. It comes with a detachable rubber tip as well to protect your fingers from the heat.
With the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand, you really do get a Good Hair Day. The tapered barrel starts at 23 mm and widens to 28mm so it’s excellent for both short and long hair. It’s also made of ceramic material and set at the exact temperature of 185 degrees Celsius, enough to curl the hair but not damage it. Aside from that, there’s a safety function adjusts the wand to sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity, plus the swivel cord makes it easy to use.
Well-known for their top of the line hair care tools, Babyliss has another bestseller in their Babyliss Curling Wand Pro. The ceramic conical barrel measures 13 mm up to 25 mm and comes with a stay cool tip for safety. This wand needs only 30 seconds to reach the right temperature, and it has five heat settings to choose from. The barrel is also of an above average length, suitable for long or thick hair.
If you’re looking for a curling wand with interchangeable barrels, the HSI Professional Curling Iron Set is a good choice. The barrels are made of ceramic infused with tourmaline and the barrel sizes vary from ¾ inch, to 1, 1 ½ and 1 ¾ inches. Another advantage of this wand is the ergonomic anti-slip handle for a comfortable hold and to avoid accidents. The temperature settings can also be adjusted.
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