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When it comes to being able to single one single curling tool out among all the rest, it’s impossible–just as impossible as it would be to try to say there is one particular size and type of curl that looks best on everyone. Won’t happen, nope, not possible. By learning about the different types of curls that can be created, along with an understanding of how they can be created, each of us can finally figure out not one–but many different types of curls we want in our hairstyle mastery arsenal. Between the different types of irons, the sizes and shapes, there’s a lot to process. Hopefully, this will help decipher some of it in terms that make it all more within reach.
Clip vs Clipless
Whether clip-style or clipless-style wands are better is a matter of opinion, but as purchases of the clipless variety continue to outnumber more and more of the clip wands, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Clipless is easier and more versatile. The absence of a clip also allows for even more variety of wand shapes. Going clipless enables all of the beachy and romantic waves that start at the top or midway and move out to the ends, or leave the ends uncurled. Both provide adequate heating and greater style options come from the ones with different heat settings. With a clip, you have to pay more attention to what you’re doing and the angle, than with a clipless wand. One beneficial aspect to a clamp is that it heats the hair from both sides–the barrel and the clamp.
Conical wands have been trending for the past few years. They heat up quickly and evenly, and they also offer a greater range of options regarding creating curls and waves of different sizes. Wearing gloves is even more important when using a conical, clipless iron than it is when using a clip barrel. Ultimately, some people love the cone shaped wands, and some would never depart from their barrels.
Barrel-style, clipless curlers are great, but remember with any style of curling iron, the larger in diameter you go, the more difficult it will be to use properly. There are some great curling irons that come with a variety of barrel sizes, which makes styling a breeze.
The Everyday, Easy Way to Waves
For creating the best waves, begin at the top or halfway point of each section you’re curling and wrap outward, either including the ends or leaving them uncurled. By starting midway, your hair will reveal a bit more curl, as the heat hits that hair more directly.
- ,74”: Generally, any wand under .74” is going to give you tight curls. Great for spiral curling. With some cuts, you can’t use anything larger. The length of time you apply the heat will affect your curl volume.
- .98”: This is the size to use on shorter bobs, for medium curls and more natural looking curls and waves–and curling left out strands to finish. It’s the universal go-to size for all hair lengths and types. If you only had one wand, it should be this size.
- 1.25”: Looser, luxurious curls and waves. Not tight, but curly enough. Stick with Tourmaline, Ceramic or Titanium for best lasting curl performance.
This is where some hot styles begin to rock. These are wonderful for new pro-looking effects, for medium to longer styles, and those gorgeous natural beachy waves–and the coveted mermaid spirals. Awesome curls can be had, with either an ascending or descending barrel.
For the Envelope-Pushing Hair Fashionista
A pearl curling iron is a wild way to rock a style like nothing else. A crazy shape that crafts some distinctively crazy curls. These are of all of them, the most natural looking curly hairstyle-producers ever. You get amazingly unpredictable curl patterns that mimic true natural curls. Perfect for every hair type and length. This is the one shape wand to own, if you want to turn heads when you enter the room.