Best Tools for Making Flips, Waves, and Curls

Back in the day, my grandma used to curl her hair by wrapping sections around tin cans and shellacking it with hairspray. Oh, how times have changed. Not only do we have actual curling irons that make the process that much easier, but they do more than simply curl hair—they create everything from spirals to beach waves to bouncy, Hollywood siren-style 'dos. Depending on which look you're going for, there's a unique curling tool out there designed to achieve it.
Curled Bangs: Hot Tools Professional Marcel Curling Iron
Variety: Remington TStudio Ceramic Pearl Curling Wand
Variety: Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers
Wavy: Revlon Ceramic 3-Barrel Jumbo Weaver
Wavy: Tigi Bedhead Deep Waver
Bouncy: T3 SinglePass Twirl Curling Iron
Bouncy: Cricket Friction Free Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron
Easy-to-Create Curls: Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron
Flipped Ends: Conair Infiniti Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler
Spirals: Conair Ceramic Instant Heat 3/4" Spiral Styler
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Curled Bangs: Hot Tools Professional Marcel Curling Iron

Awarded the “Best of Beauty” designation by both Allure and InStyle, this curling iron is surprisingly inexpensive, given its high ratings. It comes in seven barrel sizes, but those who want to curl their bangs specifically should opt for the 3/8-inch setting.

Hot Tools Professional Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron
Brand: Hot Tools
Price: $46 $38
Store: Folica
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Variety: Remington TStudio Ceramic Pearl Curling Wand

Look, Ma—no barrel! Instead, simply wrap your locks around the styling wand (don’t forget to put on the protective styling glove first) and let the magic happen. The wand creates bigger and bolder curls, slightly wavy strands, and everything in between.

Variety: Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers

Consumers on Amazon.com give this affordable roller set high marks for its quick warm-up time and ease of use. Its use of negative ion technology offers heat protection while locking in style and shine. The set includes rollers in several sizes, which makes a multitude of styles possible.

Wavy: Revlon Ceramic 3-Barrel Jumbo Weaver

If you live a stick-straight hair reality but dream of waves, Revlon uses three barrels to make that dream come true. Reviews say that it creates a more natural look than what curling tools with smaller barrels tend to produce.

Wavy: Tigi Bedhead Deep Waver

As is the case with the aforementioned Revlon, this tool doesn’t work best for tight curls or crimped hair. But if you want subtle and sweet "S" curls, Bedhead’s waver might be right up your makeup alley.

Bouncy: T3 SinglePass Twirl Curling Iron

For waves that are more spectacular than subtle, the T3 Twirl utilizes tourmaline ceramic technology to produce a voluptuous head of curls that’ll hopefully turn more than a few heads.

Bouncy: Cricket Friction Free Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron

This curling iron has earned numerous great reviews on Folica.com; consumers seem to love the volume and sculpted curls that it provides. The 1 1/4" barrel is perfect for making big bouncy ringlets, though getting crimp-free curls may require some practice.

Easy-to-Create Curls: Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

This smooth-barrel curling iron gets raves from users on Folica.com—and a 4 1/2-star rating! Its lack of a barrel and its inclusion of a heat-resistant glove make the process easy for even the most clueless of curlers.

Flipped Ends: Conair Infiniti Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler

Finally, a tool that saves time in the morning by combining blow-drying with brushing. It also facilitates curling the ends of your strands after running the heated brush through them. Its 4-star rating on Amazon suggests that it works quite well indeed.

Spirals: Conair Ceramic Instant Heat 3/4" Spiral Styler

Forget Hollywood starlet hair or beachy waves—sometimes you want a cascade of tight curls framing your face. According to Amazon customers, the Conair model does just that—and what’s more, the tight curls don’t lose their shape immediately. ($15.08, Amazon)

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