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The Best Hair Curlers and How to Use Them

By Carly Cochrane - 2 years ago | Updated
best hair curlers and how to use them

From loose curls to boho-chic waves, corkscrews and ringlets; hair curlers are the ultimate styling tool that help you switch up your look as and when you like. Fishing out the best wands and tongs can be difficult though, especially when there are so many on the market to choose from.

Here at Cosmetify, we know that you want your locks to look salon-perfect rather than poodle so we’ve done all of the hard grafting for you (it's our pleasure). Not only have we pulled together a complete line-up of the best hair curlers, from classics to pioneers, but we’ve also answered all of your pressing curl-related FAQs. It’s time to turn up the heat, as we show you exactly how to achieve salon-worthy styles from the comfort of your own home.

ghd Curve Thin Wand Black

ghd Curve Thin Wand

£142.00 £149.00 (5% off)

It’s only right that we kickstart our line-up with the OGs. The Curve Thin Wand from ghd is an all-star, giving you ringlets in a matter of minutes. The wand is expertly crafted for tight, bouncy curls that last all day, even when brushed out. Warming up to an optimal temperature of 185°C, plus wrapped in advanced ceramic coating, this curler always delivers on the good hair day promise.

BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial A Heat Tong 13mm

BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial A Heat Tong

£23.40 £28.00 (17% off)

For a traditional curling tong, look towards the BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial A Heat Tong. Its epic design is loved by beauty fans across the globe, and for good reason! The mid-size barrel creates soft, smooth, defined curls, whilst the ceramic smooths and prevents frizz. The result? Salon-fresh waves that last.

Bio:Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron 1" Barrel

Bio:Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron

£107.00 £119.00 (11% off)

Introducing, the Bio:Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron, AKA, the most innovative styling tool we’ve ever laid eyes on. This uber cool curling wand is a game-changer when it comes to styling your hair. Boasting a self-winding barrel, you can achieve loose, natural waves without having to put in any of the groundwork. Better still, a mineral coating helps you curl faster.

BaByliss PRO Dial A Heat Conical Wand 25mm

BaByliss PRO Dial A Heat Conical Wand

£29.25 £45.00 (35% off)

If you love a tight, corkscrew curl then the BaByliss PRO Dial A Heat Conical Wand is set to be your new hair hero. With the wand being long, slim and cone-shaped, you are able wrap your hair into small, neat ringlets that are full of bounce.

Wahl Pro Shine Curling Tong 16mm Black

Wahl Pro Shine Curling Tong

£34.20 £44.00 (23% off)

Whether you like soft waves, tight spirals or glam curls, this tong from Wahl packs the ability to create all styles thanks to its variety of barrels. Take your pick from 13mm-32mm sizes and style locks to suit your mood, outfit or occasion; the ceramic-coated and keratin-infused barrel ensures a shiny, silky, professional finish each and every time.

Beauty Works Jumbo Waver Gold

Beauty Works Jumbo Waver

£55.00 £70.00 (22% off)

Okay, so it’s not quite a curling wand but it will give you the tousled beach-babe waves that you long for. The Beauty Works Jumbo Waver is the ultimate heat styling tool, specially created to give your hair a boho-chic makeover. The innovative design of the barrel helps to create small, defined waves that look good on any hair length and texture.

Beauty Works X Molly Mae Curl Kit

Beauty Works X Molly Mae Curl Kit

£70.00 £90.00 (23% off)

As well as being a Love Island favourite, Molly-Mae is best known for her stunning hair looks. Since coming out of the villa, she has teamed up with the one and only Beauty Works to create her very own curl kit. Featuring a pro-grade curling tong, ten pin curl clips, an oval paddle hair brush, carry case and protective glove, this is a hair collection you do not want to miss!

Beauty Works X Molly Mae Curl Kit Volume 2

Beauty Works X Molly Mae Curl Kit Volume 2

£72.99 £95.00 (24% off)

So good, she did it twice! After the success of the first Curl Kit, Molly Mae has blessed us with another collection of professional hair tools. The Curl Kit Volume 2 is your fast-pass to soft, loose and salon-fresh waves as it packs a longer length curling wand. The kit also includes an extra-large paddle brush, a pin tail comb, ten clips, a heat mat and carry case. What more could you need? Achieving show-stopping styles has never been easier!

So, you’ve found your new, go-to hair curler (how could you not with that stellar line-up?). Now it’s time to put it into practice. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we answer your most frequently asked questions so that you can achieve salon-grade styles from the comfort of your own home.

How do you use a hair curling wand?

How you curl your hair will depend on your hair length and texture. Generally speaking, the most successful way to curl your hair is to tackle it in sections.

Start by freshly washing and drying hair, brushing it through to make sure it is free from tangles. Choose your heat settings: coarse hair will usually need a higher heat setting whilst fine hair should use a lower setting to avoid damage.

Once selected, section your hair off so you can evenly and precisely curl all of your hair. Thicker hair types may require more sections. Select a strand of hair (around an inch wide) and wrap it around the barrel of the curling wand. The want should be held vertically to the side of your head. Hold the hair around the barrel for around three to five seconds (depending on your hair thickness) before gently releasing.

Continue all over and mist lightly with hair spray.

Is it safe to use hair curlers?

As long as you are smart and savvy about how use the appliance, then yes. As with any electrical appliance, always check that you have properly allowed the device to cool down on a safe surface after use and ensure that it is completely switched off.

When using the curler, try to wear protective gloves to prevent yourself from burning your skin. You can in some instances cause heat damage to your hair if the appliance is used too regularly or held in place for too long. Always make sure that your hair is in a healthy enough condition before using any heated styling appliance.

Can you curl long hair with a wand?

Absolutely! Longer hair styles will just require a little more time and patience when styling, but curls can look really fabulous on longer, thicker hair types.

The process remains the same: you will still need to section off the hair while styling, but you may need to hold the curler in place for a little longer depending on if your hair is also thick. It is also worth looking at longer, thicker barrels as these curlers allow for more hair to be styled at one time.

Are straighteners better than hair curling wands?

In terms of versatility, yes. A lot of people are able to both curl and straighten their hair using traditional straighteners, making it a better '2-in-1' product. Curlers, however, only offer the ability to curl hair and add a bit of volume.

If you're looking for a tool that offers multiple styles, then a straightener is definitely the better option. However, if you're after for a more specific type of curl that can be tailored to different levels (e.g. corkscrew curls, beachy waves, large curls) then curlers with interchangeable barrels are the way to go.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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