Post # 1
Throughout my life, I’ve purchased numerous hair-styling tools, but I’ve not yet tried one of these relatively new, no-clip-on-the-barrel, tapered styling wands.
I’ve used many different types of curling irons, hot rollers, straightening irons and other tools over the years, but I am wondering if these devices are easy to use without burning one’s fingers or singeing one’s hair.
I have naturally curly hair, so I’m actually looking for something to help provide more control, direction, and shape when I decide to wear my hair curly.
Please let me know if there is a particular brand or model that you really like. Thanks!
Post # 3
I have one I bought at Walmart on a whim, and I absolutely love it! The barrel is waved rather than like a normal barrel, clamp the waves make these awesome curls that I can’t imitate with any other curling iron (or my straightener). It was only like 20 bucks, I think. It has heat settings up to like 400 degrees maybe? And I’m not sure of the brand and Im sick on the couch, so I’m not going to go look, lol. But it has a pink handle and the wand is black, if that helps. 🙂
Post # 4
I love my styling wand! I have the Remmington one and think its great. It starts off slim and gets wider so you have the option of curl sizes. It also comes with a glove so you don’t burn your fingers.
I also have naturally curly hair so I usually blow dry it straight then curl it to get soft non-frizzy waves, but sometimes I just let it dry naturally and use it to make my curls more even. It took me a little while to get comfortable with it, the first few times I just played around with it when I had no where to go – sometimes it looked great and other times it looked like crap, but now that I know how to use it well, it always looks good. It also holds my curls really well – where other curling irons and hot rollers fell out within an hour or so.
Post # 5
Oooo, I want one of these too! My straightener really only makes small waves/spirals and I’d like something actually made for it. Gonna have to go to the store and check them out.
Post # 6
I love the curls I get from my curling wand, they look so much more natural (ie.not shirley temple).
I have the Sultra Bombshell 1″. It is amazing, but I am not sure if it is available to non professionals. If it is I think the retail price is somewhere around 120-130. Its expensive, but it has certain properties that make it less likely to damage your hair. It also comes with a glove (I think some of the ones at Target/Walmart/etc do not) and a glove is really important if you want to be able to get the ends of your hair curled without burning yourself.
Post # 7
I LOVE mine and use it as much as my regular flat iron.
I have naturally curly and thick hair that I blow dry, straighten and then wand for pretty waves/curls.
Post # 8
I have one that my brother bought me in 2011 for Christmas. I think it’s a Conair or a Remington, I’m not sure. It’s ceramic though. I don’t curl my hair often because my hair is very thick and it takes FOREVER, but the times I have use it to curl my hair (NYE, weddings, date night) it has turned out AWESOME! So much easier to use than a curling iron IMO and it creates these beautiful loose curls. I hate when I curl my hair and the curl are tight and shrink my hair length in half.
It took a time or two to practice getting used to doing it on myself though. The wand itself goes from wide to slim, so you have the option of curl shape. Also, the glove is great so you don’t burn your fingers. I won’t lie, sometimes I feel like Michael Jackson when I’m wearing it.. haha..
Post # 9
@AmyFarrahFowler: I have the same one. With naturally curly hair as well, and do the same thing with it.
my hair stylist used one on me for the wedding if you are interested in checking out results and she didn’t have to straighten my hair first either.
Post # 10
Thank you ALL so much for your helpful recommendations! I really appreciate them, especially the comments from those of you who have curly hair and blow it straight like I often do mine. Oh the work that we do with our hair, lol!
Thanks also for the recommendations about getting one that comes with a glove. I was trying to picture myself wrapping my hair around one of those things without burning my fingertips, haha.
And @frommisstomrs.: Thanks for responding even though your sick. I hope you feel better!
Post # 11
@Khalessi3: Your pictures are gorgeous! You hair turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I don’t think I would like one, because I hate the way the end of the lock of hair winds up being straight – unless you use the glove to press the end down against the barrel. I hate wearing gloves while doing hair. I prefer a regular clamp iron so that after I curl a lock, I can use the clamp to make the end curl.
I have a 1 inch “normal” curling iron and trust me, it works just the same if you keep the clamp closed and wrap a lock of hair around it, just like what you’d do with a wand.
Post # 13
@Brielle: thank you, the Remington pearlized curling wand I purchased from amazon came with a glove too. You definately need one as the wand gets up there!!
Post # 14
Yep, I have naturally curly hair as well and I LOVE my syling want.
The following picture is from my wedding rehearsal and it literally took me about 15 minutes to do this to my own hair (I was in a massive hurry or it would have turned out better):
Post # 15
Ok so I’m kind of in the expert category with curling irons lol. I have naturally curly hair and I decided a long time ago I didn’t want to straighten it everyday. So I’ve gotten really good at styling my hair. One of my favorite things to do is let my hair air dry (or diffuse it) and then use a curling iron on random pieces (more so the top layer) just to give it more polish and volume.
I have a wand, and it’s a ceramic one from Remington, that I like but the ceramic makes it more slippery somehow and the curls don’t hold as well. My favorite tool ever is my old school curling iron from like 2000 that curls like nobody’s business. I’ve been curling my hair around the outside of it for years (learned it as a performer before it was the cool thing to do) and it’s the best technique for my hair. Since I’ve been doing it for a long time, I don’t use a glove or anything, but most wands come with a glove.
I would say definitely give it a try, but maybe look for one that isn’t ceramic? I don’t know if they make them like that, but the ceramic wand does not hold near as well as my “regular” old curling iron.
Post # 16
@rachelmichelle: Beautiful! 🙂
@BlondeMissMolly: Thanks for the info! I have a ton of old curling irons in varying sizes. Unfortunately, I would have to find them somewhere among the myriad moving boxes still unpacked in my garage, lol.
I have been wondering how styling wands compare with those curling irons that have the spirals already on the barrel as well as a traditional curling iron, so I appreciate the insight — especially your comments about the ceramic surface.