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Which Curling Iron is best?

Which Curling Iron is best?  There are so many kinds to choose from and which one is best for you.  The type of metal has a direct effect on your hair.  The density and texture of your hair will help you decide what’s best for you.  This goes for flattening irons as well.


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Ceramic Irons are great because the surface of the iron has a constant temperature.   It heats evenly so you don’t get any cool spots that can cause ripples in the hair. The ceramic surface locks in moisture to prevent fizz and static.  This leaves your hair nice and smooth.  This iron is best for thin, fine hair because the hair slides over the iron and won’t cause damage.

Tourmaline Curling Irons are also great for most hair types.  The tourmaline generates negative ions that counteract the positive ions of dry hair to smooth the cuticle of the hair.  The negative ions also break down the water molecules making them smaller so that your hair dries faster and leaves your hair smoother.

If you have thick coarse hair a Titanium Curling Iron is the choice for you. Titanium heats up faster and has a higher heat tolerance.  It leaves thick, curly hair smooth and shiny in less time.  The speed is great but you really have to be careful because it can burn and damage the hair.

The Gold irons are great because they stay hot for a long time.  They are plated with gold and usually have a dial from 1 to 10.  Hot Tools is the brand we love to use in the salon.  It’s nice because you can start at a low number and lower the risk of hurting your hair.  If you’re not getting the results you want you can always raise the number.  It’s best to start at 3 or 4 if you have fine hair.  Only the coarsest, resistant hair can use the setting 8 to 10.  Fine hair very possibly could burn right off at higher temperature settings.

Which Curling Iron is Best?

Which Curling Iron is best?  What size? What kind? There are so many choices!  Hot Tools is our favorite brand that we’ve used in the salon and for all of our weddings.  They last through hours of on time and never give up.

I like them because the have a temperature dial.  You can choose 1 through 10.  10 is super hot.  It’s always best to start low and work your way up.  These curling irons get so hot that you can actually burn your hair off!

I like the 1 1/4 inch barrel.  This is the iron I use the most for curls and the curls for my up dos. This size is so versatile.  If you only want one iron, this is it.  The size of the curl depends on how much hair is in your section, how long you leave your hair in, and what number setting it’s on.  You can even straighten your hair by pulling your section though the iron and not twisting it. You can even twist the hair around the iron like the wand.  You just don’t use the clamp.

Most retail curling irons have a spring that clamps down on the hair.  Marcel Irons do not have a spring so the hair slides through easier for different styling techniques.  It’s harder to learn because you need to keep pressure on the clamp to keep it closed.  It’s so worth it to learn how to use the Marcel though.   I always say practice with the iron off so you don’t burn yourself.

The Wand is a great curling iron.  It’s a cone shape without a clamp to hold the hair.  You can change the size of the curl by how much hair you take in a section.  Start winding your hair at the wide part and spiral your hair down to the pointed tip.  You hold the smallest amount of hair in your fingertips so you don’t burn yourself.  Some irons come with a glove to protect your fingers from the heat. The curl is very different from the traditional curling irons. You get more of a beachy wave look.  Smaller sections will give you bouncy, spirally curls.

There are so many options for irons.   Practice does make perfect, so be patient and give them a try!