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How to Choose the Right Curling Iron

If you want to curl all your hair, or if you are wondering how to choose a right curling iron for your hair, here are some information that will help you choose which one you need to go for it.

Most girls with straight hair would love to have a head full of curls. From these years, women have been changing from their flat-irons and opting for a right curling iron to make the most beautiful natural curly hair.

Curling iron can create waves or curls in the hair, there are many different types of curling irons in the world. It can be varied by shape of barrel, platings, material, and other features. Spiral/spring curling iron and marcel curling iron are 2 different curling irons varied by barrel shapes. Spiral/spring curling iron is the most popular for daily life, because it's not very expensive and more user-friendly than other models. Marcel curling iron is designed for professional hairstylist, because the maneuver is tricky for common users.

The technology on barrel is the first and most important feature for a curling iron, the most popular ones are teflon, ceramic, tourmaline, metal and titanium. Teflon helps distribute heat evenly throughout the barrel to eliminate frizz and create soft, bouncing curls. Ceramic ionic technology eliminates frizz, creates silky shiny hair instantly. Tourmaline infused into the plates delivers negative ions to neutralize the hair's positive charge and create calm smooth, shiny hair strands.

There several other curling iron features: steam curling iron will help lock the curls in place, important for those with hard-to-curl hair; steam is also less damaging than dry heat, cordless curling iron is handy for traveling or touch-ups just about anywhere. Some cordless curling irons are rechargeable, similar to a cordless phone.


Before choose curling iron, you need to analyze your hair type, length and what style you want. Cause different curling irons create different looks. For example, if you have fine/thin hair, you should choose a small barrell curling iron; if your hair is thick, you should need a curling iron with higher heat setting; if your hair is short, you should buy a smaller curling iron; if you want large curls, you should need a large barreled curling iron.

Temperature Setting

Temperature setting is the first important factor should be considered for hair. A good quality curling iron should have about 30 different temperature settings, and some models allow the user to set the exact temperature. Usually, thicker hair needs a higher temperature setting than thin hair. High temperature can work perfectly on thick hair, but will damage thin hair easily.

For bleached/fragile/damaged/thin/fine hair, you should choose a curling iron with the temperature seeting below 180 degrees; and for normal hair, just choose a curling iron with the temperature setting between 180 - 190 degrees; for coarse/thick/ethnic hair, you should choose a curling iron with the temperature setting between 190 - 210 degrees.

Your Hair Types

Your hair type is the second factor determines the curling iron you choosing. A curling iron can't work perfectly on any hair type, it only works better on it's centain hair type. Generally speaking, a smaller curling iron works best on thin/flat hair, because it can provide more curls and last them for a long time; A larger barrel curling iron can hold the style easily for thicker hair, because it can hold the larger curl much more easier than smaller one. If your hair is bleached/damaged/fragile/thin/fine, you should choose a curling iron with 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch; If your hair is normal, I mean not too thin and not too thick, and not easily be damaged, 1 to 2 inch curling irons are recommended; If your hair is coarse and thick, you should choose 1 1/4 to 2 inch curling irons.

Your Hair Length

The length of hair is another important factor for choosing a right curling iron. With different size, curling iron can effects different results on different hair length. If you have short hair, just choose the curling iron with 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch; If you have medium hair (not below your shoulder), curling iron with 1 to 1 1/2 inch is the best; If you have long hair (below shoulder), 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 inch curling iron is recommended.

Curly Hairstyle You Want

The size of barrel is also depends on what type of curl style you want. Because different curling irons will provide different type of curl, the bigger the barrel the looser the curl. If you want large curls that you will need a large barreled curling iron. If you want small spirals you will want to use a smaller curling iron. The iron can also be effectively used to make a number of different size curls in the same strand of hair. Curls can add an alluring bounce or subtle glamour to your hair:

  • 3/4 inch curling iron. usually can be used for spiral curls, short hair, proms and weddings.
  • 1 inch curling iron. Well known as the inbetween curling iron, between 3/4 inch and 1 1/4 inch. This kind of curling iron can be used for both formal and causal styles, depending on how much you curl your hair.
  • 1 1/4 inch curling iron. It creates loose curls/waves, great for a really casual look, or the beachy curl look.
  • 1 1/2 inch curling iron. It can get the best result for long hair to make really loose waves.

The smaller (1/2, 5/8 inches) and bigger (2 inch, 2 1/2 inch) curling irons are not be used widely in daily life. Because the smaller ones curl your hair looks like poof, and the bigger ones are heavy and create bumps rather than curls.


Curling Iron Brands

For brands, BaByliss, CHI, HAI, Conair, T3, Hot Tools and Wigo are recommended, as their professional grade. They can give you long lasting and bouncy curls.



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