The 8 Best Curling Irons for Every Hair Type

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If you do a quick scroll on Instagram, odds are you’ll notice that hair is getting bigger, bouncier, and more bodacious. Blame the Dyson Airwrap if you want, but facts are facts: it’s time to pack up your flat iron and invest in a curling wand.

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    Best for Tight Curls

    Double Ceramic 3/4-Inch Curling Iron Conair

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    Best for Easy Mermaid Waves

    Three Barrel Curling Iron Wand Alure

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  • 3

    Best for Beach Waves

    Curve Classic Wave Wand ghd

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  • 4

    Best for ’90s Blowouts

    Pro Artist 24K Gold Curling Iron Hot Tools

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    Best for All Hair Textures

    Express Ion Unclipped 3-In-1 Curling Iron Paul Mitchell

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These days, you can find curling irons that do so much more than just leave you with Shirley Temple-esque ringlets. You can find tools specifically meant to give you beachy waves, or large-barreled irons that are basically a ’90s blowout without the need for a round brush. If curling irons intimidate you, you’re not alone. Fortunately, we’ve enlisted the help of Justine Marjan–whose A-list clients include Khloe Kardashian and Nicola Peltz, to name just a couple–to answer all your curling iron questions. Here, find the 8 best curling irons for every hair type.

1

Best for Tight Curls

Conair

Double Ceramic 3/4-Inch Curling Iron

Heat settings 30
Max heat 400°F
Weight 0.6 lbs.

2

Best for Easy Mermaid Waves

Alure

Three Barrel Curling Iron Wand

Heat settings N/A
Max heat 410°F
Weight 1 lbs.

3

Best for Beach Waves

ghd

Curve Classic Wave Wand

Heat settings 1
Max heat 365°F
Weight 0.9 lbs.

4

Best for ’90s Blowouts

Hot Tools

Pro Artist 24K Gold Curling Iron

Heat settings 7
Max heat 430°F
Weight 0.2 lbs.

5

Best for All Hair Textures

Paul Mitchell

Express Ion Unclipped 3-In-1 Curling Iron

Heat settings N/A
Max heat 410°F
Weight 2.4 lbs.

6

Best for Damaged Hair

T3

Curl ID 1.25-inch Smart Curling Iron

Heat settings 9
Max heat 410°F
Weight 0.89 lbs.

7

Best for Tiny Curls

BaBylissPRO

Nano Titanium Super-Slim Curling Wand

Heat settings 5
Max heat 430°F
Weight 1.23 lbs.

8

Best for Heat Control

Revlon

Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron

Heat settings 30
Max heat 400°F
Weight 0.39 lbs.

Justine Marjan is a celebrity hair stylist and Ghd brand ambassador. Her clients include Khloe Kardashian and Ashley Graham.

Is titanium or ceramic better for curling irons?

The two most common materials used to create curling irons are ceramic and titanium. “Personally, I like ceramic curling irons better, as it heats up slowly and steadily and offers a very consistent and gentle heat distribution,” says Marjan.

What are the different types of curling irons?

From wands, traditional clamp-style irons, and specialty waving irons, there are so many variations on this hot tool. “Ghd has a variety of curling irons and wands in different shapes and sizes depending on your desired end result,” says Marjan. This includes irons with various barrel sizes. Pro tip: the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl.

What’s the best way to use a curling iron?

It’s all about the technique. “I love wrapping the hair around the iron and twisting the hair loosely once with each rotation for a really beautiful bouncy wavy curl,” says Marjan. But be careful to prep beforehand. “Make sure hair is thoroughly brushed through so there are no tangles before going in with any tools!”

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