Curling Wands 101: Which Curling Wand Works For You?

Curls Decoded

With so many options regarding curling wands, it is pretty hard to know the difference between the best curling wand and the not so best. From tight ringlets to loose beach waves, each wand gives you the ability to achieve different curls using different techniques and sizes. Knowing how to use them, barrel sizes, what material is ideal, and what wand is the best, you are sure to be on the road to creating your picture-perfect Pinterest curl!

How to Use a Curling Wand

Step 1.

Start with dry hair - air dry or blow dried is okay, dirty hair is preferable so that the hair can hold the curl better

Step 2.

Pick your heat setting- Try to start at the lowest temperature if the curls aren't forming increase the temperature. Tip: Coarser hair usually requires a higher temperature vs. fine hair, also be sure to use a heat protectant!

Step 3.

Section your hair into four sections using hair clips. Tip: Be sure your sections are roughly equal
  • One in the front
  • Then one in the back
  • One on each side of your head

Step 4.

Curl your hair with the wand facing down, always wrap from the root down

Step 5.

Start at the back, each side, and lastly the front

Knowing your Barrel Sizes

Having to choose the right size barrel for your hair depends on two things: the length of your hair and how curly you want your hair to be. Sizes range from ⅜’ inches to 2 inches; each size produces a different curl. The shorter the hair, the smaller the barrel size. Also, the smaller the barrel size, the curlier your hair will be!

Ultra small - small barrel 0.5’-0.75 inches

This size curling wand barrel is ideal for shorter hair. It is also used for vintage hairstyles and retro pin curl hairstyles.

Small barrel 0.75’-1 inches

If you’re looking to achieve tight spiral curls, with medium to long hair, this size curling wand is ideal for you. If you are looking to add definition to your already curly hair, this barrel size on your curling wand is ideal.

Medium Barrel 1-1.75 inches

For the effortless wavy look, the medium sized barrel is recommended. You can create casual, beach-inspired waves. The larger the barrel, the looser the curls. This barrel is also an excellent option for long hair for time's sake, although it can be used on medium length hair as well.

Large Barrel 2 inches

For the tousled look, the large barrel is a great size. Unlike the medium barrel, this barrel only works for longer length hair. The 2” barrel gives a rounded texture to the ends, vs. creating actual curls. The 2” wand barrel is suitable for girls with straight hair looking for a little-undefined curl.

Knowing The Shape of your Wand

Knowing the shape of your curling wand and the different effects it has on the curl achieved is the next step in choosing your wand. This will depend on personal preference and what curls you like best.

Cone shaped wand

With a thin upper and thick lower end, cone-shaped wands are versatile and create curls of various shapes and sizes. The smaller end can be used for a tighter curl, while the larger side can create fuller, larger curls. This wand also creates a natural curl pattern that is not as uniform.

Bubble Shaped Wand

Also known as the “beach wave wand with training wheels.” The ball-like pattern guides the hair between the creases to give an even perfect wave.

Straight Wand

To create uniform, equal sized curls, the straight wand is your go-to. This wand is ideal for naturally straight hair looking to achieve beach waves, and it can be used to curl inward and outward.

Spiral barrel wand

With the raised spiral or ribbon ridges this curling wand guides your hair into a spiral shape. It ensures that your hair is evenly wound and evenly heated, with the easy to follow path.

Knowing the Material of your Wand

Deciding on the right material of your curling wand is the last thing to consider. Some materials are gentler on hair than others, and it is essential to know your options.

Ceramic and Tourmaline curling wand

Ceramic wands are the most popular and one of the safest material. They maintain a consistent temperature which creates smoothing properties that eliminate frizz and makes the hair appear smooth and shiny.

Titanium curling wand

Titanium curling wands are good for coarse or thicker hair textures. To protect against heat damage, they seal in natural oils and moisture. Lastly, they have negative ions that eliminate frizz.

What Wand Should you Choose?

When it comes down to your curling wand size, shape, and material matter. Different curlers do different things, and it’s a lot to navigate for sure. No matter what kind of curl you’re looking for, there is a curling wand for you! I’ve searched and gathered up some of the best curling wands for pretty much anyone.

Conair: You big waves

Conair You Big Waves barrel goes from 1-¾’ to 1’, with an interchangeable barrel, which goes from 1 ¼” to ¾.” Some key features include:
  • Tourmaline Ceramic material to ensure frizz free hair
  • Heats up in 30 seconds
  • 400 degrees F for instant results
  • Interchangeable barrels
  • Ability to create tight ringlets to beach waves

Remington Pro ½-1” Curling wand with Pearl Ceramic Technology

The barrel tapers down from 1” to ½” which allows you to achieve versatile curls. It has a super smooth finish with less frizz. People love this curling wand! The barrel tapers down from one inch to a half inch to give you versatile curls. It heats up to 410 degrees and uses ceramic pearl technology for a super smooth finish. Key Features:
  • Creates medium curls
  • With Pearl ceramic technology
  • 410 degrees F
  • 30-second heat up

Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling wand and wand set

This five in one set gives you all the options when trying out what is best for you! This wand has had five different barrel sizes so you can have all sizes on hand. Key Features:
  • 5 in 1
  • Ceramic material

Hot Tools Bubble Curling Wand

This is a lightweight curler perfect for beginners and experienced curlers all the same! Key Features:
  • Ceramic barrel
  • Ideal for all hair types
  • Lightweight

Curlipop 1”Tourmaline Ceramic Wand

Leaves your hair with great shine and body! Creates curls full of texture and volume with loose curls. Key Features:

ELA Curling Iron and Wand Set

This set comes with two tapered barrels and a spiral with ceramic technology to guarantee shiny, smooth curls. Key Features:
  • Interchangeable
  • 60 minute shut off
  • Ceramic material to ensure

What Wand Will you Be Trying?

Now that you know all about wands making the decision should be a bit easier when choosing yours! There are so many options on the market it is hard not to find that perfect wand for you! I’d love to hear about your experience with any of the wands listed above or your absolute favorite wand! Happy hair day are coming your way!
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