Looking for the right curling iron can be overwhelming — there are literally hundreds you could choose from. You have to consider your hair type, the kind of curl you want, ease of use, price, material, and more just to find a product to style your hair.
First let’s talk size — because size actually does matter when it comes to styling your hair. Curling irons range to create tiny spirals or big, loose curls, a celebrity stylist at Marie Robinson Salon in New York, New York, told us via email that she prefers one-inch tools to achieve a beachy, undone look, and a 1.25-inch size for a softer, pulled out wave look. For tighter curls you should opt for a three-quarter-inch iron or smaller. If you’re unsure of what size you want, a one-inch curling iron is a safe bet for most hair types and lengths. Read more...More about Tech, Beauty, Hair, Mashable Shopping, and Consumer Tech
BEST FOR THE HAIR-CHALLENGEDBeachwaver S1
A self-rotating curling iron that creates waves with minimal effort.
BEST FOR A PROFESSIONAL LOOKHot Tools Professional Marcel Iron/Wand
Many professional hair stylists use Hot Tools as their go-to curling iron.
BEST FOR BEACHY WAVESRevlon Ball Wand
Like two devices in one, use this wand to create tight spirals and loose waves.
BEST FOR SHINY CURLST3 Whirl Trio Styling Wand
Includes three interchangeable barrels to create different looks.
BEST FOR THE LAZY STYLERCHI Air Spin N Curl
Style your hair with the push of a button — no skill required.
BEST FOR ERGONOMIC COMFORTPaul Mitchell Neuro Angle Rod Curling Iron
Bends to different angles to make styling more comfortable.
BEST FOR TEXTURED WAVESBed Head A Wave We Go Adjustable Waver
A moveable barrel helps create a variety of wave styles.
BEST FOR BIG CURLSghd Curve Soft Curling Iron
Creates voluminous locks with a soft curl, like you just got a blowout.
BEST FOR PROTECTING HAIRThe 3-Day Bender from Drybar
Create curls while preventing your hair from damage.
BEST FOR THICK HAIRBaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron
It reaches high temperatures and has a rotating barrel.
BEST FOR AFFORDABLE VERSATILITYRevlon 2-in-1 Barrel Wand
Get multiple styling options at a relatively low price.
BEST FOR TAMING FRIZZY HAIRInStyler MAX
The rotating barrel tames frizz while boosting shine and can double as a straightener.
MOST INNOVATIVE HAIR TOOLDyson Airwrap Complete
This tool uses hot air to wrap and style hair without damaging it.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCKInfinitiPro by Conair
At only $25, this curling iron is a decent competitor to some of the top dogs.
BEST FOR ENHANCING NATURALLY CURLY HAIRBed Head Curlipops skinny iron
This skinny wand adds texture and defines existing curls.
BEST FOR CURLING AND STRAIGHTENINGTyme Iron Pro
This all-in-one tool will have you creating tons of styles.