When it comes to curling tools, there’s infinite choice and a staggering number of things to think about before you take the plunge and buy a new tool.
We’re here to break down and demystify a key feature to your curling tools: the barrel.
Want to buy a curling wand? Some come with a tapered barrel–thinner at the tip and wider at the base. These often come with a base in between 0.75-1.5 inches wide.
Curling irons can also have tapered barrels, but they are rare.
Tapered-barrelled curls and waves have a lot of variation in the curls which can look natural.
Uniform barrels are the ones that have the same width from base to tip. Curling wands and curling irons are common with a uniform barrel and sizes range from narrow to large.
Use a uniform barrel if you prefer to keep the curls the same size from start to finish!
COMMON BARREL DIAMETERS
A 3/4 inch barrel is great at creating that tight, spiral curl look. If you prefer your hair to be more curly than wavy, this is a good choice, especially if you have hair that’s hovering at or above shoulder-length.
You get a decent amount of curl that doesn’t end abruptly.
This size is good for any length and hair type–fine, medium or thick–and an ideal choice if you prefer bouncing from many types of curl styling.
Its versatile diameter is great for traditional full curls to looser styles that you can also recreate on larger-diameter barrelled curling tools. Simply style with a paddle brush to recreate a looser curled style.
Use the Cordless Curling Iron With Clip for bombshell curls. Start curling from the ends to the root, holding for a few seconds. Release gently, cradling curls to cool. Once you’ve styled all the sections, comb through and tousle your curls. Finish with hairspray!
Use the Cordless Curling Wand for loose waves, wrap sections around the barrel once or twice holding the hair around the wand for a few sections before releasing. If you have longer hair, wrap the same section again on the wand once or twice focusing on curling the ends.
BARRELS OVER AN INCH
Barrels over an inch are better for hair that’s longer than shoulder-length so that curls and waves don’t end abruptly.
Use a 1.5-inch barrel if your standby look is a blowout.
A 2-inch barrel is better suited for people with long, thick hair. Opt for this size if you prefer to wear your hair in loose S-shaped waves. It creates a natural wavy texture to hair and is great as a casual look.