Post # 1
In all the curling iron vs clipless wand posts, the general consensus seems to be that the wands are better at holding a curl and preventing kinks. However, I’ve noticed in all the “after” photos, the curls tend to be very messy, especially at the ends. For example: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FOJXmCZPzj0/TlwPaXIWwhI/AAAAAAAAAho/pgsZGmUJIH4/s1600/DSC_02722.jpg. Or this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JeVbjJckXw
The look I am going for is more like: http://www.thesitsgirls.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Curled-hair.jpg or http://www.hairstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/barrel-curls-hairstyles2.jpg
Is this possible with the clipless/tapered wands? Which would you recommend? (Also trying to decide between a 3/4 and 1″ barrel for medium to long hair.) Thank you!
Post # 2
Corai: I am an owner of the Conair Curl Secret, and that would be my recommendation for near perfect, amazing curls 🙂 I was the gal that could not curl my hair to save my life with any curling device, and would have kinks galore.
I would check it out, even though it was not on your poll 🙂
Post # 3
I have the conair infinity you curl. And I have had no problem creating both types of curls with that one wand. It just depends on the heat setting, how long you hold the hair on the wand, whether you curl all in the same direction or alternate.
Post # 4
Neither. I like using my T2 flat iron. It gets more natural looking waves instead of curls.
Post # 5
I use a Proliss stying wand. It’s a godsend. Best tool, by far.
Post # 6
If you use one without a clamp, a glove is absolutely vital so you can hold the end to the wand and get that part curled too. The ones with the ends that stick straight out are because the ends didn’t touch the wand (probably because it’s too hot and there were no gloves). I’m going to guess that the 2nd “inspiration” picture you posted was made with a clamp style curling iron.
You can use one with a clamp to get the same kinds of curls as those without, you just have to maneouver it differently (start it at the top and “release it” bit by bit until the whole strand is wrapped and then hold it there for a few seconds).
Post # 7
I used the Babyliss PRO Porcelain Ceramic Tapered Barrel (tapered from 1″ to 1/2″) for years. It was AMAZING. The curls were pretty tight but if I combed my fingers through them a bit they would loosen up, but last for days. The current version is clampless but I haven’t tried it yet.
Post # 8
Interesting. So the comments favor the wands while the poll favors the clamp curlers. If it helps any, I grew up using the old-fashioned clamp (stainless steel?) irons so the ceramic ones don’t scare me. 🙂 (Also, I’ve used a straightener before, but the curling irons seem to give tighter curls.)
Post # 9
I prefer the look of wand curls and they stay muchh better for me, but I think a large barrel clamp curling iron was probably used for the pictures you posted.
Post # 10
Try hot rollers! I love them and they are the only way my hair will hold a curl!
Post # 11
Corai: I have the curl secret as well. It is AMAZING. It gives me perfect curls! Def check it out… it’s soooo easy.
Post # 12
Corai: I also swear by the curl secret by conair. So fast and easy and they all come out evenly.
Post # 13
Corai: What did you decide on? I love the curl look you’re going for; have you had any success so far?
Post # 14
If you want the second look- use big hot rollers and let them sit for a while. Then use a nice size barrel ( like 1 1/4 inch) to get the nice ends (if your hair is shorter, use 1 inch). You can use a wand and just make sure that you get the ends as close to the barrel as you can.
Post # 15
curl secret! amazing curls every time