Professional Curling Irons, Wands & Wavers
As the name suggests, a curling iron is commonly used to add spirals or waves to sections of hair. However, this hot tool can also be used to straighten. There are several models to choose from, and ProStylingTools is a great place to start if you're looking for variety. With leading industry brands like Bio Ionic and BaBylissPRO, you can feel confident knowing you own a quality, professional tool.
A ceramic curling iron is the most common type. This material helps spread heat evenly, making it ideal for those with thin, fragile hair types that can’t withstand high temperatures. For the best results, choose a model with a full ceramic barrel versus just a coating.
If you’re short on time and wish to achieve long-lasting curls and waves in seconds, an infrared curling iron is a great choice. Infrared heat is known for boosting humidity resistance and shine, which helps keep your style intact.
Another excellent option for those in a hurry is a titanium curling iron. Its metallic attributes allow it to heat up quickly. It produces negative ions and helps smooth the hair cuticles, encouraging tangle-free styling and lustrous tresses.
Along with the material, size matters. A 1 or 2-inch curling iron or larger is better for those with longer hair or who desire looser waves, whereas a 1-inch curling iron or smaller is more suitable for shorter hairstyles or tighter ringlets. A curling wand is excellent for pulling off beachy tresses. Unlike a traditional curling iron, it lacks a clamp, resulting in looser, flatter curls.
Curling irons have come a long way over the years! There are more styles and sizes than ever, making it easier to pull off salon-worthy waves, curls, and effortlessly straightened styles. Browse our curling iron collection and determine which is best for you!
Curling irons come in various types and sizes, each designed to create different types of curls and waves. Here are some of the most common types of curling irons:
Classic Curling Iron: This is the most common type of curling iron, featuring a cylindrical or conical barrel. It's versatile and can create a variety of curl sizes, depending on the barrel diameter. Smaller barrels produce tighter curls, while larger ones create loose waves.
Clipless Curling Wand: Unlike the classic curling iron, the clipless wand doesn't have a clamp. It's a straight or slightly tapered rod that you wrap your hair around manually. This design creates more natural-looking curls and eliminates the possibility of creases from the clamp.
Bubble Wand: The bubble wand has a unique textured barrel with small "bumps" or "bubbles." When you wrap your hair around these bumps, it creates irregular, tousled curls.
Spiral Curling Iron: This iron has a long, spiral-shaped barrel. It's used by wrapping sections of hair around the spiral, creating tight, uniform spiral curls.
Marcel Curling Iron: The Marcel iron has a spring-loaded clamp that requires manual control to open and close. It's often used by professionals because of its versatility and precision, but it can be a bit trickier to use than other types.
Interchangeable Curling Wand: This is a versatile option that comes with interchangeable barrels of different sizes and shapes. It allows you to switch out the barrels to create various types of curls.
Reverse Curling Wand: Also known as an inverted wand, this type of wand is designed to create curls that start closer to the roots, giving a voluminous and lifted look.
Cone Wand: Similar to a classic curling wand, the cone wand is tapered, usually thicker at the base and thinner at the tip. This design creates more natural, tapered curls.
Triple Barrel Curling Iron: Also known as a waver, this tool has three barrels that create continuous "S"-shaped waves in the hair.
Automatic Curling Iron: This innovative tool curls your hair automatically. You feed a section of hair into the iron, and it wraps and curls the hair for you. It's great for those who struggle with manual curling techniques.
Remember, the type of curling iron you choose will depend on the type of curls you want to achieve and your personal preferences. Additionally, always use heat protection products before curling to minimize damage to your hair.