The 13 Best Curling Wands for Every Type of Hair
Easy-to-use, quality wands at every price point and style.
The term "curling iron" can feel a bit outdated. Sure, everyone is entitled to their own personal tastes, but ever since the emergence of the modern, clampless curling wand, the iron has, admittedly, taken an old-school backseat.
I'll just come out and say it — wands are so much easier to use. Yes, there's a learning curve, just like there is for a traditional iron (raise your hand if you remember THAT horrendous first experience), but they'll never, ever leave you with a head full of crimpy, frayed ends and overwhelmed frustration when styling is over. Plus, most of them come with a handy heat-proof glove so you don't have to worry about burning yourself, either.
Most wands also have adjustable heat settings, too. The days of those pesky on-off switches are behind us, and we can now take a more active approach to control how much heat we actually use on our hair (thin hair needs less, while thick hair may need a bit more to make a curl). It may not summon a fluffy, white rabbit from a random man's tophat (let me know if you find one that does), but the curling wand is nothing short of magic. As long as you find the right one, that is.
Maybe you've already ventured into the world of wands and are looking for an all-time favorite. Or maybe you've finally decided to retire your mom's well-loved Conair and invest in a much-needed upgrade. Regardless of why you're here, you need to know that functionally, curling wands are simple. But when it comes to the array of options out there, your search could potentially get complicated. That's why we've curated this list; it addresses every shopping criteria, from hair type to budget to composition. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best curling wands on the market.
- Best Overall: InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand
- Best for Thick Hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Conicurl Iron
- Best for Fine Hair: Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold Curling Wand
- Best for Long Hair: GHD Curve Wand
- Best for Beach Waves: Alure Three Barrel Curling Iron Wand
- Best Cheap Option: Conair Double Ceramic Curling Wand
- Best Interchangeable Option: CHI Interchangeable Curling Wand
- Best for Waves: Drybar The Wrap Party Curling and Styling Wand
- Best Ceramic Option: Remington Ceramic Curling Wand
- Best Tapered Option: Hot Tools Professional Nano Ceramic Curling Iron
- Best Bubble Option: Bed Head Rock N’ Roller Curling Wand
- Best for Natural Hair: Herstyler Baby Curls Mini Curling Iron
- Best Splurge Option: T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand
Best Overall: InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand
I take back what I said about your mom's Conair iron. Perhaps you just need a new one. The InfinitiPRO is an ideal upgrade to a classic styling tool, and it's very affordable. "Chose this wand based on price and brand name,"a Walmart reviewer wrote. "Was not disappointed! Heats up quickly and easy to use." Due to its low price tag, there are really no frills attached. Just turn it on, wrap, release, and go.
Shop now: $20 (Originally $30) amazon.com
Best for Thick Hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Conicurl Iron
Reviewers with thick, coarse hair love this wand from BaBylissPRO. Its titanium metal that heats up to 450 degrees is perfect for penetrating and holding style in stubborn strands. Its tapered barrel doesn't make you choose between tight or loose curls — you can have both. "I have thick, coarse, textured hair that is super hard to curl," one customer claimed. "I tried a half dozen shortcuts using hot rollers, pin curls, and flat irons, but none of those products achieved the look I wanted." But the BaBylissPRO did. "It's very easy to use," the reviewer wrote. "The curls stayed for two days."
Shop now: $50; amazon.com
Best for Fine Hair: Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold Curling Wand
Though it may sometimes seem like it, it's not totally impossible to curl fine hair. The trick is to find the right curling wand, and this Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold Curling Wand seems to be it — at least according to hundreds of Amazon shoppers who've raved about how it's transformed their thin, fine hair into a full-bodied blowout. "I have very fine hair, and I love the body it gives it," wrote one reviewer. Anyone who's ever curled their fine locks knows very well that the waves usually disappears after just a few hours, but according to this shopper, the Hot Tools wand makes them "last all day." It has an adjustable heat setting that goes up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit (though we wouldn't suggest going higher than 310 on fine hair), and it actually doubles a curling iron, too.
Shop now: $35 (Originally $50); amazon.com
Best for Long Hair: GHD Curve Wand
This wand's medium-sized barrel is ideal for tackling a head of long hair in a reasonable amount of time. If you're not into wearing a protective glove, this one's ideal. It has a cool, protective tip for holding while you curl. It also has "ultra-zone technology" that creates consistent, homogeneous heat throughout the entire wand, which allows you to create waves in five to eight seconds. Goodbye, mid-styling arm cramps.
Shop now: $199, amazon.com
Best for Beach Waves: Alure Three Barrel Curling Iron Wand
We all want to achieve those fresh-from-the-beach waves, and thanks to the Alure Three Barrel Curling Wand, it's easier than ever. With its one-inch triple barrel design that covers more surface area than regular wands, the Alure quickly gives you the perfect beach-y waves — without having to hit the sand. This one's also great for most hair types, heats up in just 60 seconds, and fights frizz with its ceramic-coated barrels. Worth mentioning: It also doubles as a crimper if you're feeling nostalgic and want to rock the crinkled hair trend this season.
Shop now: $32; amazon.com
Best Cheap Option: Conair Double Ceramic Curling Wand
We don't all want to splurge on hot tools, and that's totally okay. If you're on the hunt for a simple, no-fuss pick that does the job well and won't break the bank, the tried-and-true Conair Double Ceramic Curling Wand is for you. It averages a 4.5-star rating, with praise ranging from "works great!" to "curls well." And really, that's all we want in a good curling wand, right? Right.
Shop now; $17; amazon.com
Best Interchangeable Option: CHI Interchangeable Curling Wand
If you're not able to commit to a single barrel thickness, we suggest going with an interchangeable option that offers ample playing room with your waves. Swap out the barrels based on your mood that day. Plus, this Chi wand takes just 30 second to heat up (beating out most that require double that amount of time), and won't leave frizzy or static-y because of its use of its tourmaline ceramic design that leaves hair shiny and smooth.
Shop now: $61; amazon.com
Best for Waves: Drybar The Wrap Party Curling and Styling Wand
This reverse-tapered wand will leave your hair looking wind-blown, in the best way. It's thick at the top and tapered at the bottom, which provides the volume at the root that everyone loves. "It worked for the beachy, casual, slightly undone look I was going for," one Nordstrom reviewer wrote. A special tip from Drybar: always hold the wand upside-down during use, and if you want super loose waves, hold your ends free from the barrel — don't wrap them.
Shop now: $165, nordstrom.com
Best Ceramic Option: Remington Ceramic Curling Wand
If you're worried about heat damage, elect a wand with a sturdy, ceramic barrel. This one is ceramic-coated for even heat distribution, and it's also infused with crushed pearls, which will make your curls shine bright. Of nearly 10,000 reviews on Amazon,almost 6,500 on this wand are positive. Customers say it's ideal for extending your style into second and third-day hair. "I am going on three days of sleeping on my curls and they still look great!" one wrote. Its adorable pinkness comes in either a tapered one-inch or 1.5-inch barrel.
Shop now: $25, amazon.com
Best Tapered Curling Wand: Hot Tools Professional Nano Ceramic Curling Iron
Some tapered wands are more dramatically shaped than others, and this one has a good middle-of-the-road design. The barrel's bottom, thickest portion is 1.25 inches and its top, thinnest area is .75. Many first-time wand owners have purchased this and praised it for its easy use. "I love that I can vary my look," one Amazon reviewer wrote. "I get tighter, more defined curls by curling and leaving as-is, I can run my fingers through for a slightly more relaxed look, comb through with a wide-tooth comb for beachy waves, or brush out for a loose, wavy look. It's easy to use and I learned quickly!" Bonus: it has a safety kickstand to protect your vanity or bathroom counter — a feature that, unfortunately, many wands don't include.
Shop now: $59, amazon.com
Best Bubble Curling Wand: Bed Head Rock N’ Roller Curling Wand
If you've never seen a bubble wand before, it might seem a little intimidating at first, but it's actually supposed to be the opposite. Its knotted texture acts as a placement template for your strands, ultimately keeping them from sliding off the barrel. The end result is effortless, tousled waves. "About five minutes tops to do my shoulder length, medium-fine hair," an Amazon reviewer wrote. "Love it."
Shop now: $25 (Originally $30), amazon.com
Best for Natural Hair: Herstyler Baby Curls Mini Curling Iron
If you already have curly hair, some mornings, you might just need help perking up a few sleepy ringlets. This super-tiny, half-inch curling wand will perfectly target your problem strands without disrupting that au naturel look you already have going. "This is every curly haired girl's wet dream," anAmazon reviewer wrote. "I use this product not only on my natural curls, but also to enhance them to keep that curly-fresh hairstyle all week long." Brush through new curls to blend them with the rest, and it's like they were awake the whole time.
This wand is also great for curling short hair — its small size doesn't get in its own way as you work through your mane, section by section.
Shop now: $25, amazon.com
Best Splurge: T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand
There's a good chance you've seen this rose gold-accented beauty floating around Instagram, and there's an even better chance you've gasped at its price. But here's our hot take: It's really really good, and 100 percent worth the splurge. The T3 Whirl Interchangeable Styling Wand includes a barrel style for every mood: a one-inch straight barrel, a 1.25 to .75-inch tapered barrel, and a 1.50-inch straight barrel. It also comes with a travel tote that conveniently fits and carries all of its pieces. No need to buy multiple wands when everything you need is right here.
Shop now: $250 (Originally $300), amazon.com
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