Whether you prefer a super sleek look, subtle waves or dramatic curls, styling tools make all the difference. We've already shared our tips for finding the perfect straightener and now it is the turn of the curlers. With brands like ghd, Babybliss, Sedu and T3, get salon-perfect waves and curls with our pick of the best curling wands around.
What Curler do you Need?
There are so many different tools on the market to help you get gorgeous curls, from hot rollers to stylers, but curling wands are still one of the simplest ways to get those spirals.
Even with curling wands there are a lot of different choices to pick from; different shapes and sizes give very different results. If you're new to the world of styling wands, then there are 2 considerations you should consider first of all:
The Shape of the Barrel
Not all curling tongs are created equal. Different shaped barrels will each give a very different look to your curls.
- Straight. This is the classic barrel shape and it gives a very classic curl that is even in shape and size from root to tip.
- Tapered. A tapered wand will give a tighter curl close to the roots and looser at the ends, resulting in a very natural look.
- Bubble. With bobbles or bubbles down the wand, these always look odd but the result is very relaxed, bohemian waves with some variation and texture to them.
The Size of the Barrel
Don't get scared by all the numbers on curl wands; the barrel size is usually in millimeters and then
- 6mm- 20mm. These smaller, slimmer wands are sometimes known as chopstick curlers and give you super tight curls. They have been becoming more and more popular.
- 20-32 mm. This is the size that gives the most standard, classic curl, great for a truly curly look or brushing out into a softer curl.
- 32mm+. Big barrels will give a wide, soft curl that looks sophisticated and slightly retro, perfect for brushing out into a classic, shiny wave.
Curling Tong or Wand?
You'll see curlers called everything from a wand, to an iron, a wand or a styler. Technically, a wand has no clamp, whilst an iron or tong has a clamp, however, both versions work in the same way; you wrap your hair around them in order to curl them. We're talking about both of them here today.
Whether you use a wand or a tong is totally up to you; with a clamp, it can be easier to hold hair onto the heat to get an even heat distribution, but without can be easier and faster to curl your hair.
Once you've made up your mind what look you want for your wand, then it is the perfect time to get shopping.
Our Top 10 Curling Wands & Tongs
1.Sedu Icon Interchangeable Curling IronBest for: Variety if Curling options Sedu are always one of our go-to brands for heat styling. You might think of them mainly for their classic straighteners but they also have an amazing choice of curling wands in the Sedu range. Available with three interchangeable barrels (1”- 1 ¼,” 1 ¼,” and 1”), the Sedu Icon Interchangeable Curling Iron creates endless curling capabilities, from tousled waves to elegant curls. Utilizing StyleShield™ technology, the iron maintains ultra-smooth locks by emitting consistent heat to combat frizz. As a result, the Sedu Icon Interchangeable Curling Iron simplifies – and speeds up – styling time.
2.Solia SuperHot Curling IronBest for: eliminating heat damage With custom temperature settings ranging from 310°F-450°F (154°C-232°C), Solia’s unique tourmaline ceramic barrels perfectly distribute heat to create smooth, soft, and defined curls Negative ion technology eliminates damage and frizz, while preserving moisture and shine. This curling iron is designed for all hair types – from fine, delicate locks to tough-to-tame coarse hair, and everything in between.
3.T3 Whirl InterchangebleBest for: Luxury Styling If you are on the lookout for a beautifully luxe curling wand, then T3 are the brand for you. Their Whirl Interchangeable Hair styler is not only beautiful, with its white and rose gold detailing, but also incredibly effective; the wand is a mix of Tourmaline and Ceramic, which helps to seal shine and hydration into the hair to minimize breakage.
4.T3 Whirl Convertible Curling IronBest for: Luxury Styling If you are on the lookout for a beautifully luxe curling wand, then T3 are the brand for you. Their Whirl Convertible Hair Styler is not only beautiful, with its white and rose gold detailing, but also incredibly effective; the wand is mix of Tourmaline and Ceramic, which helps to seal shine and hydration into the hair to minimize breakage. The added bonus is that you can then buy a variety of different wand attachments that just click on and off, making it a breeze to switch up your look.
5.Chi Air Texture Tourmaline CeramicBest for: Delicate hair Create waves and curls with this CHI Air Texture curling iron that features a Smooth Glide barrel with a nonstick coating. The tourmaline ceramic design evenly distributes heat and reduces frizz. Whichever look you choose, it heats up quickly and helps to diffuse the heat evenly across your hair for perfect results every time.
6.Trevor Sorbie Curl and DefineBest for: Versatility If you like to change up your look on the regular, then look no further than this clever styler from Trevor Sorbie. As well as all the features you would expect like a speedy heat time and a Keratin infused finish for added shine, it comes with 3 different styling attachments that you can switch up any time you like. Perfect for creating glamorous styles, the Trevor Sorbie Curl and Define Tongs allows you to create effortless curls with salon-worth results.
7.T3 Singlepass Curling WandBest for: reducing frizzy hair and creating shiny curls Perfect curls, every time. Enhanced with Digital T3 SinglePass® technology, the T3SinglePass Curling Wand is designed to create shiny polished curls in just one pass. A smart microchip continually monitors and adjusts power to minimize heat fluctuations and maintain consistent temperature. High-performance ceramic heaters ensure even heat, free of hot spots, for one-pass styling.
8.Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Boho StylerBest for: Beachy Waves Everyone loves tousled, textured waves; it always looks incredible, especially on shorter hair styles. The bobbled wand on this curler makes it perfect for getting that beach style, giving all your curls a random shape and direction that looks effortless. Just spritz on some curl spray, tong your hair and you'll be good to go.
9.Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Pencil WandBest for: Tight natural curls Achieve tight, natural-looking curls with the Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Pencil Wand, a gold-titanium coated curling wand that creates ringlet-style coils.
10.Trevor Sorbie Curl and Define WandBest for: An All Rounder If you're looking for a hard working all-rounder, then this one from Trevor Sorbie, this is a fabulous option. Perfect for creating glamorous styles, the Trevor Sorbie Curl and Define Wand allows you to create effortless curls with intense shine. Designed with a Keratin and Argan Oil-infused, conical barrel, the curling wand aids the most beautifully defined, glossy, frizz-free curls every time, and has a cool tip to protect fingers from heat during use. Programmed with variable temperature control, which offers you the utmost control dependent on your hair type or style of curl you wish to create.
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