From the sock bun trick to sleeping with braids, there are a ton of ways to curl your hair. But, there’s still nothing like a great hot curling tool. If you’re looking to buy something new but aren’t sure where to begin, check out our guide on curling tools to find the one that’s right for you.
Option #1 – Small Barrel Curling Iron
A small barrel curling iron is usually about 3/4 to 1 inch in thickness. The size of the barrel will tell you not only the size of the curl, but also the type of curl you can create. With a small barrel curling iron, for example, you can create tight curls or spiral waves. For tight ringlets, try a 3/4 inch curling iron.
Option #2 – Big Barrel Curling Iron
A medium to thick curling iron of 1 1/4 inches and up will help you create big curls or loose waves. A curling iron that’s about an inch and a half in thickness to 2 inches will give your hair more body and volume, but less wave. With a medium to big barrel curling iron, you can easily loosen up the curls by running your fingers through it once you’ve finished curling. For even more volume, turn your hair upside down and loosen up the curls that way, then finish with hair spray.
Option #3 – Hair Wand
A hair wand is a great hot tool for creating sexy, beachy waves. They’re especially great if you’re new to using a curling iron and still struggle with getting the dreaded “crimp” on the ends of hair. When using a hair wand, start by wrapping your hair around the hot wand. Hair wands, like curling irons, also come in varying barrel sizes from small to thick and even graduated barrels that are thicker near the shaft and become thinner toward the end. Think about the type of wave you’d like to create and then pick your wand from there! You may also consider buying a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the wand’s high heat barrel.
Option #4 – Hot Rollers
Hot rollers are still one of the best no muss, no fuss hair tools. Just heat up, pop them in and they do all the work for you while you apply your makeup. Most hot rollers come in a variety of sizes; just like with a curling iron, you’ll want to use a thicker roller to create volume and the smaller ones for tighter curls. If you purchase a set of hot rollers with a variety of sizes, use the bigger ones to create volume at the crown of your head.
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