(Closed) Curling Iron recommendations

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

the top brands are hot tools, babyliss, chi, and t3.  i actually just use a regular conair curling iron and it works fine for me.  but i loooove my hot tools straightening iron — i hear their curling iron is awesome as well!

Post # 4
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve also got the stick straight asian hair problem!  (Well, I’m hapa, but got the asian hair gene.)

I had the hardest time getting my hair to hold a curl with regular curling irons, but the best tool I’ve found is actually a modified flat iron.  My stylist actually recommended I check it out– she said it was great for home use, but just not really appropriate for the high volume of clients they do at the salon. 

It’s by Sexy Hair (yeah, the name is ridiculous) but it’s got slightly curved ceramic plates instead of flat ones, and there are ridges on the back of one of the plates to help comb your hair as you curl it.  I also like the adjustable temp settings since I need high heat to make my hair keep a curl. It heats up quickly and evenly, and is much easier to use than a curling iron.

You don’t use it like a regular iron– basically you have to put your hair in it, then turn the iron so that it’s perpendicular to your hair.  But then you just run the iron down your hair slowly, and the curl comes out great; bouncy and full, and stays in for hours.  It also helps if you put volumizing product in your hair before styling, and finish off with a light spritz of hairspray.

I got mine at a local beauty supply store for about $15; I wasn’t about to blow $100+ on an expensive tool, but this one is perfect for my weekend use (and it also makes smoothing hair a breeze!).  Maybe check out purebeauty or amazon to see if they carry it?

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Here is my curling iron tip: don’t use a curling iron the way they show you to.  Open it up and wrap the strand of hair directly around the barrel, then close it.  It makes a much better curl! Also, use two barrel sizes – different size curls makes it look more natural. 

Post # 6
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

I would maybe ask your hairdresser. Their curling irons, hair dryers and flat irons are so much better than what they sell in stores.

I purchased my flat iron from my hairdresser, sure they can do the same with a curling iron. Obviously they are more pricey… but last way longer then the Conairs… haha

Post # 7
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve had the best luck with a stylist using a Chi flat iron to make the curls….there was also a lot of product involved!

Post # 8
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just bought a new curling iron and I absolutely love it. I try to curl my hair all the time and even if I use a ton of product, the curls still end up practically straight by the end of the night. But this new one I just got is awesome. It’s by Jose Eber and comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s pricey, but i was able to get a decent deal by buying the straightener with it. About $100.

So with this curling iron, I don’t put ANY hairspray, mousse, gel, lotion into my hair and when I curl a section of my hair, i hold it there for like 30 seconds (i have thick asian hair) and then voila! It’s curled! Btw, I also used this curling iron on my 5 year old niece with stick straight hair and it curled nicely too.

I probably sound a bit like an infomercial, but look it up. I have never used a better curling iron in the many years I have been curling my hair. I bought it at a kiosk in the mall.

 Oh and a little bonus..Once you buy their product, you can call the Jose Eber kiosk at the mall and they will do your hair for free any time!

I went to the Woodfield Mall in the Chicago area, but it should be available anywhere.

Post # 9
35 posts

I have straight black hair too. A friend helped me curl my hair with a Ginalli Milano without any hair products, and it was still curly the next day. I loved it so much I bought one for myself. It is a bit hard to use because it doesn’t have the clip to grab your hair, but once you get the hang of it, it’s workable. You can youtube it to see what it’s like.

Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 1991

I’d recommend Karmin  

Post # 10
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I have Sultra the Bombshell and I LOVE it.  It’s about 100 bucks.  

I use a bumble and bumble gel, blow dry my hair and hold each wave around 5-8 seconds depending on the look I’m going for.  It comes with a glove.  It’s awesome.  


Hot Tools has NEVER worked for me.  I need the bigger guns.


Post # 11
2 posts

Karmin makes the best in my opinion! 

Post # 12
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Have you considered using a wand? My hair is naturally very straight and thin and I used one for my wedding day, I feel curls with a wand hold pretty good and add more volume VS a curling Iron. I use a Bed Head wand from Target on the photo below.20160305051423_IMG_3590[1]

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Post # 13
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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Post # 14
7577 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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