Looking for luscious locks and perfect curls this holiday season? Look no further – Reviews.com dug deep into what makes a successful curling iron and what to avoid. After talking to beauty mavens, stylists, doctors and research professors, and then testing out 15 on their own hair, here are some of their top tips.
Finding frizz-less curls
It may sound a bit of oxymoron, but it is possible! Even though your curling iron uses heat, which causes frizzy damage, finding the right temperature settings and materials can keep your hair split-end-free.
Heat: In terms of temperature, lower is better. Cranking up the heat can make for better curls, but it will also cause more damage in the form of frizz and split ends. According to Dr. Trefor Evans, Director of Research at TRI Princeton, you should “start at a low temperature, then work up to the minimum possible heat setting it takes to achieve a curl.”
Metal: Stylists have different opinions on their go-to irons and what’s best for your hair, but there was most agree that ceramic is a solid choice. Ceramic is known to heat more evenly than any other metal. Still, other metals and materials work well too and can be safe for hair such as ceramic, titanium, and gold-plated.
What else makes a great curling iron?
- Buttons and setting features that are intuitive to use when you need them and out of the way when you don’t.
- A cord that doesn’t get in the way or force you to curl too close to the outlet.
- Safety features that are comforting and convenient to use.
- The ability to produce shiny, frizz-less waves or curls in one pass.
- A clamp that’s not too tight (hello, creases) and not too loose (ugh, slippage).
Wait there’s more – Styling Tips:
- Never curl wet hair. This should be obvious but in case it’s not, it’s incredibly damaging to your hair. Additionally, irons are advertised as “wet/dry” are usually not safe to use on wet hair either; in fact, many of them specify “don’t use on wet hair.”
- Always use a thermal protectant and let it dry before you apply any heat.
- Use a good conditioner. Heating your hair is damaging it, and while that damage cannot be undone, a good conditioner can at least smooth it over and keep it looking healthy.
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