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The 10 best curling wands and curling tongs

The 10 best curling wands and curling tongs

Whether you prefer a super sleek look, subtle waves or dramatic curls, styling tools make all the difference. We’ve already shared our tips for finding the perfect straightener and now it is the turn of the curlers. With brands like ghd, Babyliss and T3, achieving salon-perfect waves and curls is incredibly easy with our pick of the best curling wands and curling tongs around.

Which curling wand or curling tong do you need?

There are so many different tools on the market to help you get gorgeous curls. Curling wands and curling tongs are the simplest, quickest and easiest tools to get gorgeous curls in mere minutes.

Even with curling wands there are a lot of different choices to pick from; different shapes and sizes give very different results. If you’re new to the world of styling wands, then there are 2 considerations you should consider first of all:

The Shape of the Barrel

Not all curling tongs are created equal. Different shaped barrels will each give a very different look to your curls.

  • Straight. This is the classic barrel shape and it gives a very classic curl that is even in shape and size from root to tip.
  • Tapered. A tapered wand will give a tighter curl close to the roots and looser at the ends, resulting in a very natural look.
  • Bubble. With bobbles or bubbles down the wand, these always look odd but the result is very relaxed, bohemian waves with some variation and texture to them.

The Size of the Barrel

Don’t get scared by all the numbers on curl wands; the barrel size is usually in millimeters and then

  • 6mm- 20mm.  These smaller, slimmer wands are sometimes known as chopstick curlers and give you super tight curls. They have been becoming more and more popular.
  • 20-32 mm. This is the size that gives the most standard, classic curl, great for a truly curly look or brushing out into a softer curl.
  • 32mm+. Big barrels will give a wide, soft curl that looks sophisticated and slightly retro, perfect for brushing out into a classic, shiny wave.

Curling tong or curling wand?

You’ll see curlers called everything from a wand, to an iron, a wand or a styler. Technically, a wand has no clamp, whilst an iron or tong has a clamp, however, both versions work in the same way; you wrap your hair around them in order to curl them. We’re talking about both of them here today.

Whether you use a wand or a tong is totally up to you; with a clamp, it can be easier to hold hair onto the heat to get an even heat distribution, but without can be easier and faster to curl your hair.

Once you’ve made up your mind what look you want for your wand, then it is the perfect time to get shopping.

The best curling wands & curling tongs

  1. ghd Curve Classic Curl Tong
  2. Babyliss Tight Curls Wand
  3. T3 Body Waver Styling Wand
  4. BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Curling Tong
  5. Diva Professional Styling Intelligent Digital Argan Wand
  6. Trevor Sorbie Keratin and Argan Curls and Waves Multi Styler
  7. BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong
  8. Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Boho Styler
  9. Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Large Conical Wand
  10. Cloud Nine Original Wand
  1. ghd Curve Classic Curl Tong
    £120.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    ghd Curve Classic Curl Tong

    ghd are one of the best hair styling brands on the market thanks to their range of ergonomically designed and high-quality straighteners and curling tongs.

    The ghd Curve Classic Curl Tong has a 26mm medium-sized barrel with a spring activated lever that makes it easy to grab and twist the hair round, and keep it in place for the perfect curl.

    If like us, you sometimes forget to switch off your curling tong, this is the perfect product for you as it automatically goes to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity.

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  2. Babyliss Tight Curls Wand
    £22.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Babyliss Tight Curls Wand

    If you love the corkscrew curl look, then you will love the Babyliss Tight Curls Wand. It has a tiny and ultra-slim ceramic coated barrel of 10mm, which makes it perfect for achieving super tight curls.

    It heats up really quickly, achieveing temperatures of 210 degrees celsius depending on how tight you want the curl to be. Its swivel cord also makes it incredibly easy to curl your hair without straining your arm and hands.

    In addition, it shuts off automatically after a short period of time when it’s not used, so no more dashing back to the house when you’ve forgotten to unplug it.

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  3. T3 Body Waver Styling Wand
    £125.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    T3 Body Waver Styling Wand

    If you like the look of loose waves rather than tight curls, then the T3 Body Waver Styling Wand is for you. It has a huge barrel, which creates the large bohemian-like beach waves, and gives incredible bounce and volume to the hair.

    Using a unique ring of ceramic heaters throughout the curling wand, which helps to distribute consistent heat throughout your hair as you curl it, the wand minimises damage to fine locks.

    Plus, it has a 3m long swivel cord, perfect for getting underneath your hair and curling it all the way around.

     

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  4. BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Curling Tong
    £43.33 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Curling Tong

    BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Curling Tong is perfect for those wanting ultimate control over their hair and struggle to keep it in place using traditional curling wands and tongs.

    With a clamp that helps your hold hair in place as you curl and 11 different temperature settings to choose from, as well as a cool tip and swivel cord, this curling tong from BaByliss PRO is all about maneuverability and control.

    With a classic curl size of 32mm, it is a brilliant option for anyone just starting to experiment with curlers.

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  5. Diva Professional Styling Intelligent Digital Argan Wand
    £49.99 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Diva Professional Styling Intelligent Digital Argan Wand

    If you’re not sure whether you want tightly wrapped curls or big and bouncy soft waves, then this curling tong from Diva Professional is the one for you.

    With a 45-22mm tapered barrel, the wand creates beautiful, soft curls. Either let them fall naturally or brush them out for a sleek retro wave.

    Whichever look you choose, it heats up quickly and helps to diffuse the heat evenly across your hair for perfect results every time.

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  6. Trevor Sorbie Keratin and Argan Curls and Waves Multi Styler
    £49.99 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Trevor Sorbie Keratin and Argan Curls and Waves Multi Styler

    If you like to change up your look on the regular, then look no further than this clever convertible styler from Trevor Sorbie.

    As well as all the features you would expect like a speedy heat time and a Keratin infused finish for added shine, it comes with 3 different styling attachments that you can switch up any time you like.

    There is a bobble attachment for beachy waves, a chopstick attachment for corkscrew curls and a medium size tapered attachment for everyday curling; everything you could need for gorgeous curls every day!

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  7. BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong
    £37.50 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    BaByliss PRO Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong

    If your hair is naturally quite dry and delicate, or you wear extensions or clip-ins, then you need a curler that can be used at the right temperature for your hair.

    This BaByliss Pro curler from the Dial-a-Heat range is an incredible option, with 25 different heat settings and an indicator that shows you when it is at the right temperature.

    That means it is simple to make sure nothing ever gets too hot for your delicate hair, without having to compromise on your style.

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  8. Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Boho Styler
    £29.95 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Boho Styler

    Everyone loves tousled, textured waves, especially in the summer months. Not only do they always look incredible, but they also work especially well on shorter hairstyles.

    The bobbled wand on the Electric Head Jog Gold Titanium Boho Styler makes it perfect for getting that beachy style, giving all your curls a random shape and direction that looks effortless.

    Just spritz on some curl spray, tong your hair and you’ll be good to go.

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  9. Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Large Conical Wand
    £50.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Large Conical Wand

    The Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Large Conical Wand is best for naturally shaped curls as it has a unique shape which gives a gorgeously loose wave.

    Like we’ve said before, a tapered wand helps give you a natural shape to your curls, with them moving from tighter to looser along the hair.

    Easy and quick to use, this Babyliss wand is great if you’re after natural looking curls.

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  10. Cloud Nine Original Wand
    £125.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Cloud Nine Original Wand

    The Cloud Nine Original Wand is the best all-rounder curling wand if you want a hair tool that does it all.

    With a mineral infused barrel that is ultra smooth for sleek curls, a range of temperature settings to suit your hair perfectly, Hibernation Mode to prevent any disasters from leaving it on and a clever plug that conceals a European plug inside so it is a breeze to travel with, it does everything you could hope for.

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