Splurge: RSession Tools Nalu Waver
This fork-shaped iron curls two strands at once “so you can work through your entire head really fast,” says hairstylist Ted Gibson. The ceramic barrels are spaced 1⁄2 inch apart to create loose crimp-free spirals.
RSession Tools Nalu Waver, $180; rsessiontools.com.
Steal: Hot Tools 1-inch Professional Spring Iron
This tool is a universal stylist favorite, and it comes in eight sizes—one for every length. “The heat is consistent, so each curl turns out beautiful,” says N.Y.C. stylist Carla Gentry Osorio.
Hot Tools 1-inch Professional Spring Iron, $34; hottools.com for stores.Read MoreLess