Remember to use the right barrel size according to your hair type. That means small brush for tighter curls and shorter hair, bigger brush for more voluminous curls and longer, thicker hair.
Understanding the Different Materials
Generally, curling iron brushes come in three different types of materials, ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. All of these materials are good heat conductors and have similarities, but they also have differences.
Ceramic holds heat well and usually distributes it fairly evenly, however, once ceramic is chipped or damaged, it reveals “hot spots” and these areas heat up to very high temperatures when switched on, therefore can damage hair.
Titanium, on the other hand, heats up faster than ceramic and delivers very even heat distribution. There won’t be cold spots or hot spots and you get better shine than ceramic. Titanium is a good long-term purchase as it doesn’t corrode at all. It’s a good bet if you have very thick, course and unmanageable hair because it’s very strong.
Tourmaline naturally produces negative ions, so this material is exceptionally good for taming frizz and flyaway. This material does heat to very high temperatures so isn’t the best material if you already have dry, brittle or chemically treated hair. However, if you have fine hair that isn’t damaged, you can use tourmaline curling iron brushes. Also bear in mind that tourmaline wears out faster than ceramic and titanium.
Whichever material you use, remember that even if your hair is in excellent condition, if you don’t take the right steps to protect your hair, you run the risk of damaging it. So always use a good heat protection spray and set the temperature according to your hair type (low for fine or damaged/chemically treated hair, higher for thicker hair and hair in good condition). There’s no need to use the top temperature for any hair type.