There was a time when tools for curls were all called rollers or curlers, and some were bobby pins–for pin curls. Prior to these modern curl makers, women had rags. During the 60s and into the 70s, the curlers de rigeur were juice cans and toilet paper roll holders. And, without heat styling tools, whatever form of curling tool was used had to be slept on–or with–sure to produce a less than ideal sleep. Then came blow dryers–and from this came round bristle brushes that were used in conjunction with the wind and the heat of the blow dryers to produce curls, with a variety of diameters of round brushes for different sized curls.
The Next Big Thing
The big thing of the late 80s and on into the 90s was, oddly, the crimping iron. In looking back, it seems strange that a tool to crimp hair preceded one to straighten it, but it did. It is a burgeoning opinion among many circles that the crimping iron has not yet seen its demise, so watch for news. For a lot of aspiring YouTubers, the next big thing is their biggest goal, with a myriad of video “hacks” that seem to mostly be variations of the rag-tied curls of yore. You’ll find video tutorials on curling effects using (no kidding,) baby wipes, tampons, paper bags, shoelaces, socks and aluminum foil. Enough said on this–now onto the current legitimate curling methods.
It’s a no-brainer that the type of curls you’ll get depend on the size/diameter of curling tool you use. The larger the barrel, the looser your curls will be and vice versa. Another significant factor in determining your final results has to do with the length of your locks. What follows is a breakdown of results you might expect from different wand sizes, from smallish to bigger. Note that there are
A few reasons why the curling wand is replacing the curling iron:
- They’re easier to use–on a huge level
- Without clamps and clips, they’re quicker, and don’t leave telltale marks on your hair voluminous
- It offers a better method of producing voluminous curls.
- You get curls with more shine.
- They are less damaging to the hair shaft, strands and roots.
- They can come closer to the scalp.
- Because they’re clipless, you have a lot more dexterity in styling maneuvers–and none of those telltale marks that clips tend to leave behind.
From One to One and One Half
Basically, the 1” barrel is the go-to tool for short, medium–chin length hair down to the collarbones, producing a tight curl with dramatic appeal. Moving on upward to the 1.25” wand barrel, which tends to be a favorite of them all. This ideal size ensures uniformity of perfect curls–does best when angled vertically to the face. It’s where to start out. The 1.5” barrel is where those luxurious beachy waves begin to take place. For the softest, most touchable looking tresses.
Wands With Style Options
The best curling wands are those which offer a variety of sizes of barrels, which means you don’t have to purchase an arsenal of Fort Knox proportion in order to rock a bunch of trendy curls without having to resort to tampons, ugh!