Best curling wands: 7 buys for creating soft, wavy or textured curls

These best curling wands will whizz you back to the '70s with a bang! Need help creating a fabulous new ‘do’? Here’s our pick of the best models around right now

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If you’re looking around for the best curling wand, it can be hard to know what features to look for and how much to spend. To help you on your way to achieving the perfect hairstyle, we’ve selected the best models available to buy, with something for every budget.

The latest curling wands offer everything from basic designs that simply heat and curl, to those that straighten and dry hair, too. 

These top seven curling wands include a state-of-the-art Dyson model with digital motor as well as salon-style wands that can help you create a professional finish. Take a look at the extra information at the end of this article too, for more advice on how to buy the best.

Find more product recommendations on our health and beauty page. 

WHAT ARE THE BEST CURLING WANDS?

We think the Dyson Airwrap Styler Volume + Shape is definitely worth checking out. It may be high priced but most buyers agree it’s a great investment as the results are fantastic.

Read on to find out more about these models as well as the rest of our top seven.

THE BEST CURLING WANDS TO BUY RIGHT NOW

Best curling wand you can buy: DYSON AIRWRAP STYLER VOLUME + SHAPE

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1. DYSON AIRWRAP STYLER VOLUME + SHAPE

Best curling wand you can buy: a fantastic all-in-one design that uses air to attract and wrap your hair

Specifications
Colour: Nickel and fuchsia
Reasons to buy
+Powerful dryer+Easy to use+Intelligent heat control+Creates impressive volume and curls+Makes hair fuller and more shiny+Works without awkward winding mechanisms
Reasons to avoid
-Mega price tag-Some say it takes a while to get used to it

Good old Dyson does it again with their AirWrap Styler. It may blow the budget but most buyers rave about how easy it is to use and how effective it is in creating their perfect style. It comes with two 30mm Airwrap barrels, a soft smoothing brush, round volumising brush, pre-styling dryer, filter cleaning brush, non-slip mat and storage case so you can take it away on overnight stays and holidays.

Dyson digital motor
The V9 motor spins at up to 110,000rpm so the Coanda effect attracts hair to the barrel then wraps it for you. No need for awkward clamping, gloves to protect hands from heat or any winding movements that can be tricky to master.

Styles and dries
With this design the Dyson Airwrap combines powerful airflow with controlled heat, so you can dry and style your hair at the same time! It works on towel dried damp hair and doesn’t use harsh heat, so your hair won’t suffer any damage.

Multi function
Use this model to create voluminous curls and waves or go for a smooth blow-dry finish – the choice is yours.

Shop more hair stylers at John Lewis & Partners

Best budget curling wand: AICOOK HOT AIR STYLER BRUSH

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2. AICOOK HOT AIR STYLER BRUSH

Best budget curling wand: for seven functions in one, this design is a great price and looks good, too

Specifications
Colour: Pearlescent pink
Reasons to buy
+Curls, straightens and dries+Can also add volume to lank locks+Has two temperatures and speeds+Everything! Thanks to the seven heads it handles curling, drying, straightening and combing+Works on all hair types and lengths
Reasons to avoid
-Some users say it’s too big to use easily-Others complain it’s quite heavy

One of the best things about the design of the Aicook Hot Air Styler Brush is that it has a special release button, where the bristles on the brush go inside the curling wand so hair simply slides off – no more getting tangled up! Said to be great for long, unruly locks, this brush uses hot air to create your style so it protects your locks to some degree. The choice of seven attachments makes it really versatile too, so you should never need to buy another model.

7-in-1
A multifunction curling wand, this design comes with seven heads, allowing you to create salon-style looks for less. It curls, dries, straightens and combs and can be used on long, short and medium length hair.

Ceramic coating
The coating on the air brush will glide through hair easily, so no more tangles, friction and frustrations that can lead to hair damage and breakage.

Ion technology
Negative ions are said to make hair tangle-free, as well as smoother and shinier.

Best curling wand for all hair lengths: HOMITT ELLESYE CURLING WAND

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3. HOMITT ELLESYE CURLING WAND

Best curling wand for all hair lengths: these tapered tongs are ideal if you've short hair, long hair or medium length hair

Specifications
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+It comes with a protective glove to prevent hands and fingers getting burnt+Heats up quickly so great when you’re in a hurry+Has a high-end look+Buyers say it curls long hair in as little as 15 minutes+Creates a lovely shine+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-There’s only one setting-You can’t tell how hot it is

This 25mm-32mm tapered curling wand allows you to create all sorts of different curls on different hair lengths, so no need for any extra gadgets or appliances. The constant temperature of 210ºC heats hair evenly to keep your style in place for longer while the ceramic plated tongs are easy to use, ideal for those who are new to curling wands. Advanced heating technology also heats the wand up in just 60 seconds while the 360 degree swivel cord prevents tangling and getting in a mess.

Tourmaline ceramic plate
The Ellesye hair curling wand is made from a PTC and aluminium barrel with a ceramic coating, so it keeps a constant temperature that helps protect hair from heat damage.

Fast heat-up
Perfect when you’re in a rush first thing in the morning or need to create a salon style quickly after work, this one heats up in just 60 seconds.

Versatile curling
This single tapered wand is perfect for long, medium and short hair.

Best curling wand for temperature choice: REMINGTON CI606 CURL REVOLUTION AUTOMATIC CURLING WAND

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4. REMINGTON CI606 CURL REVOLUTION AUTOMATIC CURLING WAND

Best curling wand for temperature choice: with five temperature settings, this model heats up in just 15 seconds

Specifications
Colour: Pink
Reasons to buy
+Super-fast heat-up+Good choice of temperatures to suit all hair types+Automatic shut-off+Gives lasting curls without too much effort+Prevents frizz and sorts out flyaway hair+Prevents hair damage thanks to variable heat settings
Reasons to avoid
-Quite a basic model for the price-Nothing too fancy in terms of features-No attachments

This no-frills curling wand from Remington is pretty basic but if you just want something that does a good job of curling, then this is the one for you. Buyers say their curls last a long time without having to spend hours at the mirror while those who complain of frizzy locks also rate it for taming their unruly style.

Lasting curls
If you need something that will take you from morning to evening without having to fuss around with your hair in the work loos after hours, this curling wand is perfect as curls are said to last all day long. It’s also easy to use as you won’t need to wrap your hair around the wand – just place hair through the barrel, press the switch and the wand automatically rotates itself.

Variable temperatures
Heating up in just 15 seconds, this one’s a speedy little number and with five heat options, it’s ideal for all hair types including fine, flyaway and frizzy.

Heat protection
Thanks to a four-layer protective coating on the curling wand, your hair is protected from heat damage while the anti-static barrel deals with frizz and fly-away locks.

Best luxury curling wand: ALFA ITALIA TROPEA INTERCHAGEABLE PRO STYLING WAND

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5. ALFA ITALIA TROPEA INTERCHAGEABLE PRO STYLING WAND

Best luxury curling wand: this curling wand comes with a selection of different heads

Specifications
Colour: Black and rose gold
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Digital heat control+Automatic switch off+Allows you to precisely control the heat+Protects hands with a heat-resistant glove+Lets you move around the room with ease thanks to its long swivel cord
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey so a big investment unless you use it a few times per week

A fantastic multi-tasker, this curling wand has three titanium barrels that clip into one base so it’s easy to use and it’s compact too, so you can take it with you on your holidays. The controlled heat up to 232ºC is swiftly delivered and evenly distributed through the three curlers. The 25mm curler is the most popular curl size for classic styles as well as volume and bounce. The 25mm-19mm option is ideal for curls that are tighter at the bottom and looser on top for a more natural look, while the 19mm curler is perfect for a textured look.

Titanium barrels
Often used by professional stylists, this material gives you better heat conductivity and a smooth surface for silky, shiny curls.

MCH heater
This emits infra-red heat to instantly get into the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside out. This in turn heats hair evenly and in half the time of conventional heat.

Lightweight design
Ideal when you’re taking your time to create the perfect going out style. Titanium also has the highest strength to weight ratio of any material used in professional styling tools.

Shop this curling wand at the Alfa Italia site

BABYLISS BAB2585U GAS CURLING TONG & BRUSH

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6. BABYLISS BAB2585U GAS CURLING TONG & BRUSH

Best cordless curling wand: a cordless curling wand ideal for holidays and travelling

Specifications
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+A well priced model+Cordless design makes it ideal for popping in a bag for work or travel+Lightweight and easy to use+Does the basics well+Allows you to curl and style hair on the go+Adds volume as well as curls
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing fancy feature-wise-Only one temperature setting

Great for camping, holidays or even taking to work, this Babyliss gas curling tong and brush has a maximum temperature of 190ºC so it’s kind to your hair without compromising on performance. It doesn’t need cables or wires to function and is ceramic coated for an even distribution of heat. It also comes with a brush sleeve for root volume and adding shape.

Ceramic coating
The brush barrel is ceramic coated, which is said to enhance shine and protect your hair from heat damage.

Fast heat-up
Reach the maximum temperature of 200ºC in just 72 seconds, ideal if you’re in a hurry.

Release button
A handy curl release button stops hair becoming tangled up in the brush.

Best curling wand for long-lasting curls: HERSHESONS TOURMALINE PROFESSIONAL CURLING TONG

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7. HERSHESONS TOURMALINE PROFESSIONAL CURLING TONG

Best curling wand for long-lasting curls: keep your style in place for longer with this design

Specifications
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Automatic shut-off+Quick 60-second heat-up+Digital display+Creates perfect beachy waves+Or a soft and sleeker look+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive for basic features

This Hershesons model comes with a ceramic tourmaline barrel that has negative ions to seal hair’s cuticles, which in turn locks in moisture and keeps your curled style in place for longer. The digital temperature display is easy to read and is adjustable from 130ºC to 230ºC so it doesn’t overheat and damage hair with prolonged use. It comes with a heat resistant mat to protect furniture and automatically switches itself off after 60 minutes without use.

Lightweight design
As it comes with its own little bag and heat resistant mat, this is definitely a curling wand for when you’re on the move. Ideal for holidays, travelling or taking to work.

Automatic shut-off
For peace of mind, it comes with an automatic shut-off feature so that if you leave the house and can’t remember if you turned it off, don’t worry as it will switch off after an hour.

Digital display
Easy to read and easy to use, this model comes with a smart digital display.

HOW TO BUY THE BEST CURLING WAND

Wand material
Choosing the perfect curling wand can be daunting as there are so many models to choose from. Some decisions will be based on your hair type and length and if in doubt, you can always ask your hair stylist to recommend some brands or designs for you. Ceramic coated barrels are the most popular as they heat up quickly and conduct heat evenly, creating curls that should last from one wash to the next. Tourmaline on the other hand is made from tourmaline mineral and this emits negative ions that are said to help deal with frizzy locks and fine, flyaway hair. Titanium is often used by the professionals as it’s lightweight and reaches higher temperatures.

Barrel size
Curling wands and brushes come in a variety of different barrel sizes so choose the one that best suits your hair type, texture and length. A small barrel is best for short or fine hair and ideal for creating tight curls and adding definition. Medium barrels are great for all-round use and work on most hairstyles. Longer barrels are easier to work with on long hair as well as creating loose waves and a bouncy, beachy look.

Heat settings
Heat is used to hold curls so you do need a high heat setting but you also don’t want to damage your hair with overheating, so make sure you use a lower setting if your hair is already damaged or if it’s thin and flyaway. Always apply a heat protector spray before you use the curling wand, for best results.

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