If you’re fed up going to the hairdresser’s to achieve curly hair or you would love to know how to style your hair at home then this short guide on best hair curlers is especially for you. I was also once a hair curling novice and didn’t know how to properly style my hair using hair curlers. I used to use a hair dryer and a variety of different curling brushes to try and coax my wavy hair into pretty, bouncy curls. That was until I discovered the newest hair curler technology and now I can curl my hair super-quick and I look like I’ve just stepped out of a salon! Mainly I rely on Amazon.co.uk when it comes to buying hair curlers and that’s because I trust the judgement of other people who leave reviews, of course, there are some reviews which aren’t genuine but generally you get a very good impression of how well a styling product will perform and you can always return your item if it doesn’t work for you.
#1 Best hair curlers for beginners: the hair curler wand
All you have to do is start with dry hair (it can be used in between washes too). I would advise using a heat protecting spray so you don’t cause any unwanted damage to your hair. Then, divide your hair into sections, plug in your wand and wait for it to heat up (depending on what you buy it should take up to 1 minute to reach optimum heat). If your hair is fine or damaged, use a low heat setting, for thick and healthy hair you can go higher.
When you’re ready put on a heat protecting glove (the wand gets very hot you don’t want to burn your fingers) and wrap round the first section of hair from root to tip. Hold it on for just a few seconds (best to check the instructions of your wand of choice) and release. You should have a beautifully shaped curl, repeat all over the head.
For long hair choose a long barrel, thick hair, a thicker barrel and short hair only needs a slim barrel. My favourite is the Cloud Nine The Original Wand Hair Curler which I bought on Amazon.co.uk, it’s not cheap though, but it’s highly rated with 27 reviews and a total of 4.4 out of 5 stars. It has 3 heat settings, a tapered barrel (which means it’s good for different length hair) and a long, swivel cord so you won’t get tangled up. It also has the auto shut-off feature plus it comes with a safety glove and mat – very useful, and it gives a glossy, sleek looking curl for every hair type – I’d thoroughly recommend the extra financial outlay!
#2 Hair curler iron
The second product which is good for beginners is the hair curler iron. This product is different to a wand in that it clamps the curl tightly against a barrel so you do have to be careful not to keep it on for too long as you wouldn’t want to burn your hair. As with the wand, start with freshly washed and dried hair.
Use a good heat protecting spray and section out hair. Then heat up your iron which should take up to a minute or one and a half minutes depending on model. Then you simply open the clamp piece up using the lever and wind your hair round the base. Next, clamp shut and hold for a few seconds before releasing the curl.
You do have to be careful not to burn your fingers but it is safer than the wand when it comes to this hazard! The best one for beginners has to be the Babyliss Glamour Waves Curling Tong which you can find on Amazon.co.uk for just under £20. It has 557 customer reviews with 224 reviewers rating it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s not good for small curls as it’s designed for big glamorous waves but it does work so don’t buy it if you have short hair. It also has 4 temperature settings so it’s great for all hair types, from fine and dry hair to thick, coarse hair. I love these because there’s absolutely no frizz and my hair looks like I’ve just come from the hairdresser’s.
#3 Hair curler machine
I also really highly rate the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl which is a good product but it is very expensive at £122.90 on Amazon.co.uk so it’s not for the faint hearted. It works completely differently to the other products mentioned here, you need to fill the chamber with a section of hair, close it tight an then it curls the hair in seconds.
The good thing about this curler is it’s suitable for both short and long styles. It looks complicated but it isn’t you just need patience. I can assure you it creates big, bouncy and generous looking curls and they last for ages. Out of 357 reviews, it rates 4.3 out of 5 stars and with 256 customers ranking it 5 out of 5, it’s a winning hair styler, albeit a very expensive one!
#4 Hair straightener and curler
Finally, my must-have hair curler for beginners has to be the MHD Pro Hot Air Brush Dual Voltage Hair Straighteners which act as a straightener, curler and brush – who could want more? They are also extremely good value on Amazon.co.uk and they do so much, you don’t really need anything else. You have to use these on dry hair first (as you do with all of these types of tools) but they work so fast that they take no time at all to style. These heat up and there are actually 21 (yes I said 21) different digital temperature settings so you could go right up to 200 Deg C if you have very strong hair.
With ceramic and tourmaline plates they deliver shine and sleekness and get rid of frizz in minutes. Even if you have short hair you’ll love these although they won’t curl your hair they will straighten it. To use it as a curling brush simply switch it on, section out your hair and wrap hair round the brush barrel, hold for a couple of seconds and relase. For straightening simply open the clamping mechanism and close over a section of hair at the root, then let the straighteners glide through.
I can’t be wrong either, out of 43 reviwes this one scores 4.8 out of 5 stars so if I had to buy just one of the three products mentioned here, this is the one I would choose!