Today I purchased my first curling iron, though it wasn’t as simple of a task as it may seem. I did some research ahead of time, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I came up with — I had no idea there were so many options when it came to curling irons (and don’t even get me started on curling wands)! But, after sifting through several beauty websites, hair-care blogs, and how-to videos, I learned that there are three main factors to consider when buying a curling iron:
1. The type of curling iron, or the material the iron is made of
Curling irons come in all makes and models, so it’s important to pick the right one for your hair type. From my research, I discovered that there are five different types of curling irons, though ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium are among the most popular. I also came across this helpful blog post (written by an actual hair-care professional) which breaks down the different types of curling irons and describes the properties and benefits of each.
2. Barrel size
The size of the curling iron that you purchase is another important factor to consider, as it depends on the length of your hair as well as the type of curls that you are wanting to achieve. As I discovered, curling irons range anywhere from 2″ to 3/8″ in size, and each produces a totally different type of curl. Rule of thumb: the longer the hair, the bigger the curling iron. For someone like me who has shoulder-length hair, a 1 to 1 1/4″ barrel size is recommended.
3. Adjustable heat settings
Finally, almost every resource that I came across strongly recommended purchasing a curling iron with adjustable heat settings, for the amount of heat that you should apply to your hair depends on your hair type. For someone like me who has fine hair, a low-heat setting is recommended — ideally below 200 degrees.
With these three factors in mind (as well as a fourth factor — price), I did some research on the best brands of curling irons to buy. After a short trip to Walmart, this is the curling iron that I ended up purchasing:
So, now I own a curling iron. The next step is figuring out what to do with it…