The curling iron has long been a hair care tool staple. It was one of the first hot tools we use as we are growing up. Unfortunately, we have all had those awkward learning moments of trying to figure out how to navigate a curling iron to get that perfect look. While hopefully, those days are behind you, it can be a tricky skill to master.  


Size does matter when you are picking the perfect curling iron for you. Depending on the size of the barrel, it might create tiny spirals or bigger loose curls. We talked with Rene Fris, a celebrity stylist at Salon SCK in New York City, and he prefers to use one-inch curling irons to help create a beautiful beachy look. However, Fris recommends if you want tighter curls, you might want to choose a curling iron is three-quarters of an inch. The safest bet, Rene Fris says, is to select a one-inch curling iron because that works best with the most types of hair types and lengths.  


If you have shorter hair, you might find it harder to work with some of the more innovative curlers. Those types of curlers will need more length because you won’t be able to bring it as close to your scalp. And if you do have shorter hair, consider buying some heat-resistant gloves as well, because trying to hold the shorter pieces close to the hot barrel could end up in you getting burned.  


As you start your curling iron search, you might also notice that some curling irons have different shapes. Some are the classic round barrel curling irons, while others have different shapes to help you create a different texture and look. If you want to achieve classic curls or loose waves, you should opt for a straight, round barrel.  





There are many different ways to curl your hair, but Rene Fris recommends that you go with the classic curl. First, use a styling cream that can help hold the curl without weighing down your look. Next, wrap your hair flat against the barrel. There should be no spaces between the hair and the barrel. Try to make it look like a ribbon.  


Curl your hair for about 15 to 2- seconds, so it sets, but doesn’t cause heat damage. Release the curl into your palm, and let it settle there for a few seconds to allow for the classic curl to come out.  




BESTOPE 1.25-Inch Curling Iron 



Made with a ceramic barrel, this 1.25 inch curling iron can help you get defined natural, soft beach waves, or loose curls. It helps to spread the heat evenly across the barrel to reduce hair damage but still create a curl that stays in place for hours.  


The Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Iron Set 


 If you want something that can give you a wide range of curl types, then this iron set is for you. It comes with a barrel as small as .3 inches and as big as 1.25 inches, and with a heat resistant glove included. What set the Xtava barrels apart is it does not have a cool tip, which helps to maximize the curling surface area.  


Bed Head Curlipops Spiral Curling Wand 



With a heating capacity of up to 400° F, the Bed Head curling iron can help you create springy spirals with big volume. The one-inch barrel helps you to create a unique look that you can’t get from other curling irons.  





This curling iron might take some getting used to, but it makes curling your hair painless. Simply put your hair and then a curl comes out. You can create tight, medium, or loose curls with two different heat levels. It uses tangle free technology, so your hair comes out looking great every time.  

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