Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet. My name is Angela, and I have been working tirelessly on a “little” project I tasked myself with at the end of last year. It all began with my search to find a curling iron that would work for someone who has never been good with one (a.k.a. me), but it quickly snowballed into a whole lot of reviews and information about pros, cons, best practices and much more.
I’m an organized person, and the disorganized information I came across was enough to make my hair curl all on its own except it looked like I had stuck my finger in a light socket! I just had to get it all in order so I could understand it better. After that was done, it seemed silly to keep everything I’ve learned all to myself. The result is this website which I am so happy to bring to you.
Whether you are a pro with a curling iron or you’ve never used one before, the industry has changed quite a bit over the last few years, so there is plenty to keep up with. Irons go well beyond just single barrel beasts with clamps, and there are now a whole line of products like irons, wavers, wands, circular curlers, the list goes on. Take this journey with me, and you’ll be a pro by the time you’re ready to make a decision.
Want Your Locks In Style Without Reading A Novel of Reviews?
Not everyone has time to go in depth like I did, and that’s probably a good sign for you. You’re busy, and that’s how it should be. If you want some information without spending a load of time reading through all of my reviews, I made you a little cheat sheet so it’s easier.
Look through my best picks to get an idea of the features on every iron. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, you can follow the link to see the full review which will go through the benefits and the drawbacks of each iron.
The Curling Wand Advantage
If you have never used one before 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.
Now you know what the options are, here are a few more things to consider.
Basic Curling Iron Information
If you‘re interested in using products so your hairstyle stays with you all day after you’ve curled it, the information below helps you choose the best ones to use (and the safest!).
How to Get the Curls You Want for All Hair Lengths
No matter what length your hair is, there is something you can do to get curl or extra body into it. I’ll walk you through a lot of different options for curling every style.
Personally, I’m not a fan of curls that start halfway down the head. To me, it doesn’t look natural. These instructions will help you figure out how to get curls that start at the root and go all the way to the end of your hair.
Pick The Right Curling Iron To Get The Style You Want
Irons and wands come in all shapes and sizes, and you may need a certain type to get the style you’re after. If you know what you’re looking for, check out this list before you read the reviews and pick the best iron based on what you’re trying to achieve.
There are some products that swear they’re the best thing for your hair, but in reality they can cause frizz or worse, TOTALLY fried locks! If you do your best to stay away from these you’ll be doing your hair a huge favor.
What NOT to do with a Curling Wand
If you’re trying to get extra style with your iron, it’s easy to do the wrong thing and fry your whole head. Read through these tips and read the reviews so your hair stays healthy and strong.
Also use this guide to make sure you’re not putting too much heat on your hair. Locks that feel like straw will mean you won’t be able to curl at all, so be careful what setting you pick.
Skip the Straightener and Use a Curler to Get Your Curls
A new trend in hairstyles is to use a flat iron instead of a curling iron to make big, bouncy curls. While that’s possible it’s not always the best way to go, and it can actually take you longer when you’re trying to get your style in order. I walk you through all the reasons why it’s just better to use the right tool for the job.
Reviews For Sure
Hopefully, the curling iron reviews and the general information I’ve included in my website will set you on the right road so you can finally have the hairstyle you want without visiting a salon. It has helped me a ton in getting the right product that makes my look possible. Fingers crossed what you find here will make your search much faster and easier (which is my aim).
Happy curling guys and gals!
Your faithful curling fanatic, Angela