The 7 Best Curling Irons and Wands to Try ASAP
If you’ve ever used a curling iron, you’re probably aware that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to finding the right barrel (or wand) for your hair. Because if you want to create Meghan Markle-worthy waves or Blake Lively-level curls, you'll need to ditch that $15 iron you've had since 2007 and upgrade to a tool that's perfectly designed for your hair needs.
That’s why I went ahead and scouted the seven best curling irons money can buy (don't worry; there are some budget-friendly options, too), all of which are well-equipped to give you the hair of your dreams. Shop them all, below, and get twirling.
If You Want a Futuristic Curl:
DYSON AIRWRAP SMOOTH + CONTROL STYLER
Dyson’s latest beauty launch, the Airwrap, is a game-changing iron that blow-drys, curls, and straightens your hair all in one. Unlike traditional heat tools, this heatless wand styles your hair with air, using something called the Coanda effect (a phenomenon used in actual aircrafts). Air flows out of six slots on the barrel to lift and wrap your hair around the ceramic plates. Although it takes a few tries to get used to, the end product—shiny, bouncy curls in half the time—is undeniably cool.
If You Want Options:
T3 WHIRL TRIO INTERCHANGEABLE STYLING WAND SET
One tool + three barrel options = endless hairstyles. This interchangeable set comes with 1.5 inch, 1.25 inch, 1 inch, and a 0.75 (it's tapered!) wands for a super-customizable look. The wands heat up to 410 degrees (with five heat settings to choose from) and also have internal temperature regulation to prevent over- or under-heating.
If You Want The Best Value:
BED HEAD CURLIPOPS TAPERED CURLING WAND
Forget everything you thought you knew about curling irons, because this clamp-free design will convert you to styling wands for good. The best part about this tool is its tapered barrel, which allows you to create looser curls towards your roots and tighter curls on your ends. And that price tag doesn’t hurt, either.
If You Want Minimal Effort:
THE BEACHWAVER CO. BEACHWAVER PRO 1.25 CURLING IRON
Just stick a section of hair in the tiny clamp at the base of the wand, push a button, and watch as the iron slowly twirls your hair up (or down—don't freak) to automatically curl it without you needing to move more than your thumb. Bonus: If you forget it turn it off, it automatically shuts off in 30 minutes (which, been there).
If You're Worried About Heat Damage:
GHD CURVE 1 INCH CLASSIC CURL IRON
The wide barrel on this iron contains something called tri-zone technology—a method that allows the iron to evenly heat your hair to a max of 365 degrees without frying it. The result is long-lasting, shiny curls that are anything but damaged.
If You Want a Comfier Process:
HOT TOOLS PROFESSIONAL 1.25 INCH CURL BAR
If you hate curling your hair because your arms kill when you do it, try out this L-shaped styler. Its angled design takes the strain off your wrist, shoulder, and elbow, so you can get a gorgeous head of curls without feeling like you need a break. Oh, and don't worry: It also comes with a heat-resistant glove so you won't burn your hand while you're getting used to the design.
If You Want an Iron and a Wand:
HARRY JOSH PRO TOOLS 2-IN-1 CERAMIC MARCEL CURLING IRON 1 INCH
Not only can you use this marcel iron with the handle, but you can also slide the clamp off and use it as a wand, wrapping sections of your hair around it for a tighter curl. Bonus: Its nano-ceramic and tourmaline barrel heats up in 50 seconds and ranges from 190 to 380 degrees, making it safe enough to use on any hair type.