I saw this curl thing in a magazine a month or so ago and decided that I would try it as soon as I could get my hands on it. It looked weird, but also potentially great.
In case you are new, there is a difference between a traditional clamp/spring curling iron and a curling wand. A clamp curling iron has a clamp on it that you open and close with the use of your thumb in order to hold the hair against the barrel. It’s much easier to use than a wand, and gives you uniform, even curls.
A curling wand does not have a clamp, therefore you must use your opposite hand to wrap and hold the hair around the tool. Curling wands give you undone waves, require a bit more practice, but can be very fast to use once you master it! You can watch a tutorial of me using a curling iron with a clamp here, and using a curling wand here!
Personally, I always default to using a curling iron with a clamp because it’s much easier for my heavily layered hair. The clamp holds everything in place, and I know exactly the look I’m going get when I’m finished using the iron.
My biggest complaint with the curling wand was how hard it was to work on the right side of my head. It was a little awkward to hold and I would burn my forearm or fingers from time to time.
As soon as I saw the Curlbar by Hot Tools, I knew this would help solve the problem. It allows you to hold the iron at a much more natural angle, so you can get curling wand waves without the wrist pain!
The results speak for themselves:
Watch this tutorial to learn all about this crazy new tool, how it works for me, and learn a few tips along the way! I’m using the 1 1/4 inch Curlbar, but they also have a 1 inch if you prefer a smaller iron.
My tank can be found here and I would recommend sizing up!