Curling Iron vs Curling Wand
You may have seen that we have featured wands and tongs and are wondering what the difference is.
- Curling Iron – Usually has a clasp, which keeps your hair in place around the barrel whilst the heat gets to work. This creates a more polished, defined curl in the form of ringlets. Hold it with the cord facing down.
- Curling Wand – There is no clasp, and these are usually for anyone who prefers a beachy, natural wave to their hair. Hold with the cord facing up.
- What about chopstick stylers? – These are a form of wand, but due to their skinny, long barrel size, they are for creating tight curls where you wrap your hair around several times. So they give the definition of an iron, but without the clasp.
The size of the barrel on your curlers dictates the curl style of your hair. ⅜” is seen as the tightest, which is usually reserved for chopstick stylers which leave you with tight, springy curls. Barrels that are 1.5 – 2” give looser, bouncy waves.
Think about the size of curl you are most likely to want before you take the jump and buy a curling tong or wand. If you like to change it up a bit, buying two stylers or getting a product where the barrels are interchangeable is a great option.
You also need to think about how long your hair is and cater how long the barrel is to this. Some are more appropriate to shorter hair than longer styles and may struggle to accommodate the latter.
Heat Up Time
This information is as simple as it sounds – the time it takes for the appliance to heat up to the maximum possible temperature. It isn’t a massive issue to look out for, but you may like to keep it low if you like not to have to wait around for your products to heat up.
Depending on your hairstyle, you may require temperatures above a certain point to style your hair. Generally, thicker and frizzy hair needs hotter plate temperatures whereas these temperatures may be too much for fine hair, causing damage.
To get an exact measure of temperature, a device with a digital display is a great option. These do tend to be at the higher end of the market, though. You may also wish to purchase a model which can regulate the temperature well along the length of the wand or tong, so no damage is caused to your hair.
The vast majority of heat stylers are now ceramic, which gives much better protection to your hair. There are some more advanced materials currently being used, however, such as tourmaline and titanium.
As your curler will be in contact with your hair for long durations to hold the style, it is best to get a material which will keep heat damage to a minimum.