Probably one of the first hair styling tools you ever owned was a curling iron. In fact, if you went to high school in the early nineties, a curling iron was essential in order to create those sky high bangs that were so popular. Do you remember how you choose what curling iron you should use back then? Probably not, but I would bet that you didn’t choose your curling iron based on how good it would be for your hair. In fact, it hasn’t been until recently that hair styling tools have actually benefited hair. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a curling iron, because they have come along way since you first started using them.
If you are thinking about getting a curling iron, don’t make the mistake that they are only good for curling your bangs up to great heights. Curling irons are useful for so much more than that. If you have always wanted wavy, sexy curls, then a curling iron is the perfect tool for you. Or maybe it’s tight, spiral curls you’re looking for? A curling iron is also the tool of choice for you.
Be sure when you are looking for a curling iron to choose the barrel width that’s right for the style you want to achieve. Because curling irons come in a wide variety of barrel sizes, from ¾” up to 2” barrels. If you are looking for tight curls, choose the smaller curling iron barrel size. But if loose waves are your thing, you’ll want the larger barrel. It’s important to note that if you have short hair, you should not choose large barrel sizes, they are only useful on longer hair. Shorter hair does better with smaller barrel sizes as they are easier to negotiate on short hair. If you have medium length hair and want to have some versatility when you style, you may want to consider a 1” barrel size because they are the most versatile and you can create quite a bit of style with this size.
Another consideration when you are choosing a curling iron is the material of the barrel. Look for a ceramic curling iron because ceramic is an excellent material choice. Ceramic is known for conducting heat evenly and quickly so you do not need to worry about any hot spots developing on your iron which will burn your hair. Ceramic also smoothes your hair as it styles, so your hair will not look frizzy or over treated.
Other features to look for in a curling iron include ionic technology which actually locks in natural moisture and oils to make hair look healthier than before. Silver technology is also a great feature, because the silver kills bacteria and germs that may be in your hair or on your styling tool so that your hair can stay as healthy as possible.
Curling irons have come along way since your early styling days, so take the time to research a quality hair styling tool before you make the investment.
Do you crave the tight curls that Sarah Jessica Parker has? Or maybe you’ve always had your eye on Cindy Crawford’s waves? It seems that no matter what you have, you want something else when it comes to your hair. Fortunately there are a whole host of tools available to help you achieve the look that you crave.
When it comes to curls, you don’t have to relegate yourself to flipping through magazines longing for beautiful fullness. Now, you can have those curves that you crave even if you were born with bone straight hair. The key to luscious curls is the right curling iron.
So you’re ready to make the investment in a curling iron, you get your wallet out ready to make the purchase and then something stops you. What is it? The incredible range of curling iron barrel sizes has you completely overwhelmed and confused. How do you decide which barrel size is right for you?
Do you want tight ringlet curls? Or maybe it’s loose sexy waves? Maybe you just want to tame your own naturally wavy hair and give it shape? Or just turn under or flip out the ends of your hair? It can be extremely overwhelming to choose the curling iron that you will create the style that you want. So once you decide what look you are trying to achieve with your curling iron, you can narrow down the barrel size that you’re looking for.
Curling irons come in a wide range of sizes from as small as 3/8” to large barrels that are 2” in diameter and everywhere in between. Each barrel size has its purpose but that doesn’t mean that each of them will work for you and your hair.
If you have short hair, or are looking to create very tight spirals, or curl wisps and tendrils, you will want a smaller barreled curling iron. Something around 3/8” is a good choice for you.
A curling iron anywhere between ¾” and 1” is a good choice for medium to long hair lengths if you are looking for something to flip out your hair, or curl ends in. This size of iron will also create beautiful curls for almost any hair type.
Curling irons that are 1-1/4” to 1- ½” are the best irons if you’re looking for loose sexy curls. These irons are perfect for long hair and will create a great deal of lift and waves. The largest barrel available is the 2” size which is the ultimate iron for extra large waves on long hair.
It may be difficult to narrow down which size of curling iron you really need. If you can’t decide on just one size, why not go for two? It is absolutely impossible to create the same style with a 3/8” size barrel as with a 2” barrel. So if you’re hoping to achieve those two very different styles, you should splurge on two separate curling irons so you aren’t disappointed with the results. After all, a well equipped hair styling tool box, means beautiful hair for you!
Many women get stuck in a curl rut when it comes to styling their hair since they only own one hair curling iron. By adding a second curling iron into your hair care toolkit you can create so many more styles than with just one curling iron. Try adding a curling iron with a very small barrel, this will give you the ability to make lots of small tight curls in your hair for a totally different appearance than you usually have. This can be a much better alternative to a new look than buying a whole new wardrobe and a much more versatile one as well.
If you have short hair and are in need of an interesting hairdo for a special occasion, maybe you should consider pin curls. These small tight curls were extremely popular in the 1920s and 30s and make a great short sassy style for the modern woman. Plus these curls are relatively easy to create with a small-barreled ionic curling iron. The smaller the curl the tighter the curls you will have and so keep proper tension on your hair when you are wrapping it around the curling iron barrel. This is one look that is easy to create with your curling iron and can make your short hair very sexy for a great night out.
For small tight curls in your hair curling iron barrels can come in a size as small as three-eights of an inch. These very small barrels create very tight curls in your hair, which can be left hanging or even used to create a gorgeous updo. Wrap small sections of hair around the barrel and hold for five seconds. Spray the curls with a small amount of spritz and then do not touch them until they dry. These small tight curls can be a step out of the ordinary for many women who usually stick with the average barrel size curling iron.
Many times I hear women ask what size of barrel they should get on their curling iron, as they get confused as to which is the best one. Really there is no best one for most hair, it is a matter of what do you want to do with your curling iron. Larger barrels on a curling iron will yield more of a wavy appearance in the hair. While the smaller barrels give the hair tighter curls. If you know you want really loose or really tight curls then you will want these barrel types. A good middle of the road barrel would be a 1 inch curling iron if you only want to own one and you need it to be slightly versatile.
Many women just head into the drugstore and buy a generic sized curling iron and very few realize that you can get a curling iron in various sizes which will enable you to make different sized curls in your hair. For the most part a 1 inch curling iron is a great overall size for the average hairstyle and for most heads of hair. If you have very short and thin hair, or just want really small tight curls, then you may want to consider the smaller barrel sizes. For thicker hair or for looser wavier type curls you will want to consider a barrel of one and half inches or larger.
Like it or not everyone is born with either straight or curly hair, and of course it seems every woman wants the one she was not born with. This is only natural to want a look that is not what you are used to and luckily there are some great styling products and tools to go from one extreme to another with absolute ease and without damaging your hair if done correctly.
For those with naturally curly or wavy hair there is hair straightening irons to smooth out those locks and give you sleek luxurious tresses. There are many professional hair straighteners available to get even the curliest hair straight and smooth without damaging your hair. Though it is very important to make sure you get truly professional hair irons as the cheap drugstore brands will dry out and damage your hair increase the frizz factor.
For those with straight hair they cannot seem to do anything with but leave it laying limp and boring on their head there is all sorts of curling irons in many sizes. By varying the size of the barrel you can do anything from large waves to many tight curls all by simply applying just a little heat to your locks.
Every celebrity you see right now is sporting long loose curls of hair from Beyonce to Halle Barry. The red carpet is full of these sexy curls, and you can get them yourself with a simple 1 inch curling iron. With just a little practice to learn how your hair responds to the heat you can use the curling iron to create these loose curls from in your hair. Since you do not want really tight curls getting this look is really quick and easy since the iron will not need to be applied to the hair nearly as long.