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Hair curler wand

You can achieve beautiful beach waves, but it takes a high-quality hot tool and some elbow grease. To achieve the perfect look, you can use a curling Iron. Some even use a flatiron to curl their hair. However, a curling wand gives beautiful, versatile curls without looking too tame.

Are wands more effective than curling irons? “Most people would prefer a clampless wand when curling your hair at home. You wrap the hair around it,” Eugene Toye (Hairstylist at Rita Hazan salon in New York City) says. He explains that wands are more accessible than traditional curling irons, as “clamps can leave marks on the hair if not used properly.”

The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab tests all the top hair tools available and evaluates their ease of use and performance. We also try curling wands for their weight, barrel thickness, temperature, and cord thickness.

CHI Lava Curl Shot

CHI’s 1-inch curling wand is a novel twist. The handle of the 1-inch tool is angled to reach the back of your head. Testers also noted that the handle allows you to hold it upside down. It was the most powerful of all the wands that we tested. It created the desired look and didn’t pull hair. The wand also scored the highest in ergonomics and safety, with one tester stating that there is no learning curve, even for short hair, which can be challenging to curl using a wand. The excellent shot on the wand blows cool air onto hair, setting curls faster. One tester stated that it made curls look more natural, and didn’t worry about them cooling down before I did.

Conair INFINITI PRO Tourmaline ceramic curling wand

It was my first curling wand, and I still use it when traveling,” ex-Good Housekeeping editor. It’s affordable, so I don’t have to worry about it getting lost in my suitcase or left at the hotel. It does the job, and it’s straightforward. There are over 6,800 Amazon reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars. It also has a fast preheat time.

Cortex Professional 4-in-1 Pro Ceramic Clipless Curling Set

The wand comes in four interchangeable barrel styles and sizes. The medium and large barrels are great for beach waves and polished bouncy curls. The smaller barrels work best for natural curls. Although we haven’t tried it in our Beauty Lab, one editor has used it almost daily for over ten years.

Remington Pro 0.5-1″ Curling Wand

Although we have yet to test the pick in the Lab, over 14,000 Amazon reviews make this a popular choice. You can choose between a 1/2-inch or 1-1 1/2-inch graduated barrel for more defined curls. For looser waves, you can use the larger size. This affordable curling wand is loved by reviewers for its ability to “curl straight hair into submission.” Our editor says that the wand’s finish is exceptionally smooth. Because it has a tapered tip, you must keep your hair in place to prevent it from sliding off.

Hot Tools Professional 24K gold Tapered Curling Iron

This Hot Tools model is perfect for creating loose beach waves. It measures 3/4-inch to 1/4-inch. It can be used with any Hot Tools product for a natural look and curls that stay put. This is the lightest winner (0.73 pounds). The tool was small and easy to use. Expert evaluator: “It gave my natural-looking curls.”

Drybar The Wrap Party Styling Wand

This wand’s unique taper allows for natural curls. This one was the fastest in Lab tests, heating from 0 to 435oF within 60 seconds. It also received the highest expert score for its easy-to-use controls, clear display, and easy maneuverability.

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Curling Wand

This one-inch wand has an extra-long barrel of 16 inches. It is ideal for super-long hair, which tends to curl around on traditional-sized curling irons and wands. The quick heat-up was a massive plus for our Lab experts. They found the controls easy to use and the rod intuitive (even without looking at them). This wand is longer than average, so it takes some time to get used to.

Paul Mitchell Neuro Guide 1.25″ Styling Rod Curling Iron

This wand can be adjusted to a temperature of 160oF. It is perfect for damaged, fragile hair. A retractable comb attaches to the rod. This grips the hair and evenly places it on the barrel. The result is curls that are “nice and soft” right away. One tester said, “I wasn’t sure I would like the retractable comb, but I find it very helpful.” This iron was praised for its ability to create long-lasting curls and for being able to release hair without pulling or snagging. The digital display displays the hair type, temperature, and any temperature changes during styling. This was a big hit with testers.

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Bonnie J. Sung

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