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Top 10 best hair curling wand in UK 2021
Which curling wand or curling tong do you need?
There are so many different tools on the market to help you get gorgeous curls. Curling wands and curling tongs are the simplest, quickest, and easiest tools to get gorgeous curls in mere minutes.
Even with curling wands, there are a lot of different choices to pick from; different shapes and sizes give very different results. If you’re new to the world of styling wands, then there are 2 considerations you should consider first of all:
The Shape of the Barrel
Not all curling tongs are created equal. Different-shaped barrels will each give a very different look to your curls.
- Straight. This is the classic barrel shape and it gives a very classic curl that is even in shape and size from root to tip.
- Tapered. A tapered wand will give a tighter curl close to the roots and looser at the ends, resulting in a very natural look.
- Bubble. With bobbles or bubbles down the wand, these always look odd but the result is very relaxed, bohemian waves with some variation and texture to them.
The Size of the Barrel
Don’t get scared by all the numbers on curl wands; the barrel size is usually in millimeters and then
- 6mm- 20mm. These smaller, slimmer wands are sometimes known as chopstick curlers and give you super tight curls. They have been becoming more and more popular.
- 20-32 mm. This is the size that gives the most standard, classic curl, great for a truly curly look or brushed out into a softer curl.
- 32mm+. Big barrels will give a wide, soft curl that looks sophisticated and slightly retro, perfect for brushing out into a classic, shiny wave.
1. GHD Classic Original IV Hair Straightener, Black Ceramic Flat Iron, Professional Hair Styler
The GHD Original IV Styler is what we have on our dressing table – and we’ve been using ours for years and years. To straighten and curl our hair! So much so that they’re probably due an update in terms of looks, but they’ve never failed when it comes to straightening and curling our hair. Truly an investment.
What we loved when testing
We use this straightener to straighten and curl our hair, daily. Not only is it is slim and nice to hold, but it has a long swivel cable for easy use and a one button operation. While it is admittedly annoying that you can’t change their temperature, the temperature they heat to, 185ºC, should be fine for tackling all hair types – even thick, unruly hair like mine! The plates and barrel are both super smooth to make curling hair this job easy, and so that you don’t have to tug your hair through the styler. Your hair will glide through this straightener like spreadable butter on toast. Another thing we love? They heat SO fast! Depending on your hair type your style should last for days, too I have pretty knotty hair that hates being styled, and even for me, curls stay in for a good few hours!
The important stuff
This hair straightener has a 30-minute sleep mode – if you accidentally leave them switched on they will turn themselves off. It has a 2.7-meter cable and it comes with a three-pin plug.
2. Remington Ci96W1 Silk Curling Wand: The best curling wand for fine hair
When a product claims to achieve salon-worthy results at home for under £50, it’s difficult not to be a tad cynical. Remington’s range, however, really can create waves and curls that could have been styled by a pro – well, with a little effort on your part anyway – and the keratin and almond oil-infused ceramic plates help to eliminate frizz and give an all-day shine.
Despite the Remington Keratin Protect’s budget price, it has one of the broadest temperature ranges on the market. Starting at 150°C and reaching up to 220°C, it’s possible to get just the right temperature for a wide range of hair types and conditions, and you won’t have to worry about causing any unnecessary heat damage to your hair. Plus, the digital display comes with a heat lock function so you can’t accidentally change it while styling. With a 30-second heat-up time, 60-minute automatic shut off and worldwide voltage compatibility, the Remington Silk is a great styling tool for everyday use – for a low price.
3. CHOPSTICK STYLER CHUNKY Curling Wand Iron
Best curling wand for A corkscrew curl
If you’re craving fluffy, corkscrew curls, this one’s a winner. It heats up incredibly quickly and the skinny, rectangular barrel curls each section of hair in mere seconds. So the process isn’t as time-consuming as I thought it would be.
The 80s perm vibes are strong, so if you fancy channeling your inner Baby from Dirty Dancing, be sure to pick this one up…
Temperature: It heats up to 200°C, so will curl hair fast. Plus, there’s a cool tip to make styling burn-free.
Staying power: There was a slight drop in bounce at the roots after a day, but these curls will stay big and bouncy till your next hair wash.
4. Hot tools Professional 32mm Extra Long 24K Gold Salon Curling Iron
The Hot Tools Professional is a go-to curling iron for professional hairstylists. Both Le and Bree Rhodes, founder and hairstylist for Just Hair Services in New York, use Hot Tools on their clients.
“For industry types, this is good to get that perfect wave allowing you to place bends exactly where you want without having to stress your wrists,” Le said. While the Hot Tools Marcel Iron is typically used among professionals, you don’t have to be a pro to use it. Though some Amazon reviewers do suggest watching tutorials before using the iron as there is a learning curve.
The rotating mechanism of the iron allows you to create twists and curls without getting tangled up in the cord or experiencing any awkward positions with your arms. The Marcel handle is easier to access than traditional clamps because it runs the entire length of the iron’s grip. The handle is also detachable so the tool can be used both traditionally and as a wand.
This iron has a 24 karat gold barrel, which remains hot for longer and can sustain high, constant heat without being damaged. This will make the curling iron last longer than those made with ceramic or titanium.
5. Toni & Guy Deep Barrel Hair Waver
A Tourmaline Waver for Body and Definition Without the Frizz
This triple barrelled waver from Toni & Guy lets you channel your inner Hollywood golden era goddess, thanks to its ultra-deep plates that give loose, tousled waves. A top pick for those who wish to achieve a refined, glamourous look, this tourmaline curler gives hair body and definition without the frizz.
Be aware that at 200 ºC, this waver gets very hot! While the high temperature ensures hair will stay fixed in place, if you have weak or damaged hair you may want to proceed with caution.
6. Double Ceramic 1″ Curling Iron
Though we haven’t tested this pick in the Lab, you can’t beat the price of this 1-inch classic curling iron (currently less than $10!). Despite its eye-popping bargain price, is racking up the five-star ratings on Amazon. It’s barebones, but for the price, it’s a solid choice — just ask the 4,300+ five-star reviewers who say it works great on fine and thick hair alike.
7. BaByliss Ceramic Curling Wand Pro
BaByliss is one of the leading brands when it comes to hair products and accessories.
They are known for producing some of the best quick items on the market, so we know you won’t be disappointed with this one. If you have thick hair that you want to be curled, look no further.
This Curling iron model features an incredibly versatile wand that will provide you with lovely, natural-looking, curls or waves. It heats up relatively quickly, so you can get started in good time.
Plus, there are five heat settings to choose from, which means you are sure to find the perfect one for the style that you want.
The barrel is extra-long for those who have long hair and still want curls, and it also features a handle that is comfortable to hold to prevent fatigue.
The wrap control technology holds the hair in place gently for perfect curl formation, and the whole thing is very easy to set up and use, so you shouldn’t have any issues with it.
The Not So Good
Some customers have noted that it is much better suited to long hair than short hair.
This model of curling wand comes at a very low and reasonable price, so you should not have any trouble fitting it into your budget.
Plus, it comes from a brand that you know you can trust, which is always a bonus.
While it is better suited to long hair, that doesn’t detract from the fact that this is the best wand on the market for thick hair, and you will definitely find it a very beneficial model. It’s a great piece of kit at an excellent price.
8. Helen of Troy BH313 BH CurliPops 1 in. Curling Wand
For those who don’t want to shell out the big bucks, this budget-friendly option can’t be beaten. The best-seller—a favorite of Byrdie Commerce Editorial Director Jessica Mahgerefteh—boasts tourmaline ceramic technology to enhance shine and disperses heat evenly across the one-inch barrel. Bonus points for the cool tip and included heat protective glove that helps prevent burns.
9. GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand – Hair Curling Wand
Let’s start with looks – as, with all GHD products on the market, it’s a desirable-looking bit of kit and feels well built in the hand, and proves easy to use. The design has been expertly thought out with a great built-in stand and cool tip (a glove is included too) but best of all is the tapered 28mm – 23mm barrel that allows you to create so many different styles from voluminous curls to beachy waves.
The GHD wand heats up to 185 degrees, which we love, as this is the optimum temperature for styling, without heat damage – their tri-zone technology also works brilliantly, even distributing the heat across the barrel. Other features to love include universal voltage, auto sleep after 30 minutes without use, and a long cord.
10. Dyson Airwrap Complete Hair Styler
More than just a curling tong, which is great if your bedroom is packed to the brim with a whole host of styling products.
This clever little gadget can wave, curl, smooth and dry, which really does make the ‘complete styler’ name understandable. You can even style and dry at the same time. We have all done it, after all – you go to straighten or curl part of your hair to realize it hasn’t quite been dried thoroughly, so you have to swap your gadget again and it is a never-ending to-and-fro.
It will also cut down on the time you spend styling, not just because it can do two things at once, but also because it is incredibly good at doing all of the jobs. It is designed to style your hair from damp, so it is all done in half the time.
The need for extreme heat is also long gone. Sensors measure the air temperature over 40 times every second, cleverly adjusting the levels to protect your hair. It maintains this heat too. When it comes to the drying side of things, it uses Dyson v9 digital motor technology, so there is no denying its power levels.
You also get some handy attachments, our favorite being the smoothing brush. It harnesses the Coanda effect to attract hair to the surface of the brush, propelling air along every strand, to mimic a stylist’s blow-dry technique. This can turn frizzy, unruly hair into sleek, smooth hair in seconds.
The curler also attracts your hair, so you don’t have to wrap it manually. This doesn’t only save your effort but also takes away some of the danger. It may cost at least 5x the price of many of the other curlers we have reviewed, but hey – it is pretty magical.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HAIR CURLER FOR YOU
When choosing the correct hair curler for you, you need to consider the type of curl you want, your own hair type and length, your budget, and whether you’ll be curling regularly or for red carpet events only.
Cupomaple hopefully the above reviews will help you choose a product that suits your budget and haircut. It’s time for you to have an upgrade. When curling your hair, it’s best to choose an instrument that is specifically designed for your desired hairstyle and texture.