There are many different choices when it comes to choosing a curling wand. It’s hard to say which is the best curling wand since each one has different features at a different price. In this article we will be discussing some of the features you can look out for, then you can decide for yourself which one will be best suited for your needs. If you want to check out our recommend models, you can skip right onto thewhere we talk about two of the best ones you can currently get. Otherwise keep reading to find out exactly what you should consider before buying one.
It’s all about the heat
One of the first things you should look at when you are looking at these types of wands is the temperature they can reach. Some of the top models can reach heats of 450F. With this type of heat, you only need to hold each section of hair on the curling wand for a few sections to achieve a lasting curl. It can vary from hair type to hair type however. Someone with thicker hair will benefit from the higher temperature range as they will need that extra bit of heat to penetrate the thicker hair. If you have thinner hair then you don’t need to worry as much about this as it will be easier to curl your hair at a lower temperature.
For this reason it is also good to look out for a curling wand that has temperature controls. Most of the newer models these days have adjustable temperature dials or buttons. Since everyone is different, there isn’t really a set temperature what works best for everyone (as mentioned above), and the adjustable temperature helps you find the ideal temperature required to curl your hair. If it’s too hot you can end up burning the hair, and if it is too cold you will end up with sagging curls. So keep an eye out for this feature to get the best curls possible.
Startup times and ergonomics
The next thing you should think about is how long it takes to get fully heated from when it gets switched on. Some of the cheaper models can take over half a minute to get going, which isn’t ideal if you are in a rush to sort out your hair. This is to be expected on the cheaper models, so if you want a curling wand that heats up in a few seconds you will have to look at one of the more advanced models. When you are looking at the mid and top range units, most of them take only a few seconds to get fully heated which is great for those of us who need to get things done in a hurry. Most curling wands come with a lcd display on the front which tells you what the temperature of the unit currently is. Some units beep when they have reached their working temperature which is quite handy in case you forgot you have switched it on.
Something else you need to consider is the ergonomics of the unit. If you are new to using these types of wands it is obviously going to take you a while to get the hang of it so working with a comfortable product is a must. Even when you are experienced at curling your hair, it will still take a bit of time to do your hair, so a comfortable unit to work with is a must. Many are designed with ergonomics in mind, so look out for these types of features if you intend to use the unit quite a bit.
Yet another aspect you may not considered is the location of the buttons. Some of the buttons may stick out on the handle, and you could accidentally press them when you are using the unit. Others have buttons which are receded into the handle which is obviously better since you are less likely to touch them by mistake when curling your hair.
Considering how hot these units can get, there are definitely certain safety aspects of the unit you should try to look out for. One such feature is the safety cut off switch of the unit. I’m not sure if the units have to have these by law, but most of them have a 60 or 30 minute cut off switch if the unit has not been used in that period. Some of the best curling wand models have a programmable cut off timer so you can set how long it remains on for before switching itself off.
Other units have little plastic mounts on the bottom so you can leave them unattended without worrying about them burning your furniture or carpet.
The cord of the unit deserves some thought too. Most models nowadays come with a heat proof cord which won’t burn if it comes into contact with the curling barrel. Another good feature to look out for in the cord is the swivel design, which ensures that the cord doesn’t get caught in the way when you are trying to curl your hair. Some of the better models will have this feature to save you a bit of hassle.
If you haven’t used these units before, then we would recommend you try to get a curling iron that comes with a heat proof glove. You should use this glove the first few times you curl your hair as it will take one or two attempts before you become very comfortable with the curling motion.
Other features to look out for
Above are some of the more import aspects to consider, but there are a few other features you can always look out for. One such feature is the inclusion of interchangeable barrels. Most cheaper units are only one size, and you can’t go out and buy a different size barrel, you have to buy an entire new curler. On the other hand you get units that come with a variety of different barrel sizes, which gives you the freedom to play around with different style curls to find the best one that suits you. These tend to cost a little more though so perhaps a cheaper unit might be best to start out with to see if it will work for you. Remember that a thinner wand gives you smaller curls and the larger wands gives you waves.
If you travel to other countries, then you should look out for a dual voltage wand. This means it will work in other countries without a voltage converter of any kind. Some models have this feature which is a nice little bonus. Some wands also come with a little travel bag which allows you to keep all the bits and pieces together, and helps to keeps them protected when you are on the road.
This all depends on what you need it to do. These new style curling wands come in a range of prices from $20 to $150 so you will need to decide on a set of features that you require, then do some research and try to find one that fits in your budget. It is quite hard to point out what is best one, but there are definitely a few we could recommend.