If you’re like me and a lot of other gals, you use your curling iron A LOT to give your look and your confidence a boost. Some of us like tight, springy curls and others wear California girl waves like a boss.
Picking the right tool for your hair type and your patience level is super important. What works for your friend with long, thick hair might not be best for your shorter, thinner hair.
Let’s look at how to choose the best curling iron for beginners and hair magic mavens, and review some of my top product picks for creating a look all your friends will crave.
Features To Look For and Things To Consider
1. Temperature Settings
One of the things I look for in a curling iron is what temperature settings are available and how fast it reaches temperature. Being able to set the temp for my hair type or the curl I want is really important, and I don’t want to wait 15 minutes for my curler to heat up.
2. Ergonomic Design and Ease of Use
Another important factor is how easy the settings are to change. Being able to adjust the temperature or reset the hardware on the device with just my thumb as I’m using it is a huge plus. Curling hair can already be a bit of a pain. Easy to use products get high ratings from me!
3. Barrel Type
Picking a barrel that won’t cause damage to hair as it heats is a must when choosing your next curling iron. Ceramic and tourmaline barrels are the best possible for your hair, as they close your hair shaft instead of opening it like metal barrels will do. Ceramic is an “ok” material, but you want to watch the coating as it can wear off over time.
4. Curling Iron Size
Consider the length of your hair, too. Different sized curling irons create different sized curls. If you’ve got super short hair, even a 3/4″ barrel may be too large to give you anything but a surf-worthy wave that sticks straight up from your scalp. That’s not a good look for anyone.
Now that we’ve armed ourselves with some shopping tips, let’s check out a few of the easiest curling irons to use. These tools have a range of price points and unique features. Remember the tips above when you’re considering which one might be your new best friend.
The CHI Spin N Curl curling iron has a unique design that is super easy to use. Hair is drawn in to the curling chamber, heated to the perfect temperature and unwound into smooth, shiny curls.
The heat selections are preset to work best with either fine, medium, or coarse hair. All you have to do is pick which setting best fits your hair type and the curler does the rest. The 1″ barrel will give tighter curls with higher temperatures.
The digital temperature display is super easy to read. Adjust the heat with a touch of the buttons located within thumb’s reach on the handle of the device.
With CHI’s Spin n Curl tool, you can even choose which way the curl curves, so your look is customized to you. Easily curl toward your face for a saucy vintage look for date night. Wind curls in the opposite direction for all day waves that take you from office meetings to girls’ night out.
If you’re having trouble getting your curls just right with a traditional curling iron or are prone to burning yourself, this could be a great tool for you.
Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time! The digital temperature display offers easily adjustable temperature settings and a selection of preset temperature settings for each hair texture, creating a customizable styling experience while avoiding unnecessary heat damage. Ceramic heat technology produces far infrared heat while the conditioning benefits of negative ions results in shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair. Curling hair has never been so effortless with the CHI Spin n Curl!