Hair Wand vs. Curling Iron: How are they Different?

Alyssa François | 24 April 2016

Read on to learn more about the differences between a hair wand and a curling iron.

Pop quiz: What do curling irons and hair wands have in common? If you answered that they both curl, you’ve guessed right. But they are actually two totally different hair tools, think of it as hair wand vs. curling iron, in that can allow you achieve a different type of curl or wave.  Which is pretty important stuff to consider, depending on what hairstyle you want to achieve. Who knew!? So the next time you’re wondering which tool to use to create those sultry ringlets or that wavy hairstyle, you’ll be a pro because we’ve got your back with these very important basics! Read on to discover more about the differences between a curling iron and a hair wand and when to use them on your hair:

Hair Wand and a Curling Iron: How are they Different?

What’s a Curling Iron and When To Use It?

hair wand to achieve ringlets
Achieve fun ringlet curls with a curling iron.

We love to use this genius hair product when it’s time to create a curly hairstyle in minutes (like when we sleep through our alarm clock and have to look fab in no time).  When it comes to hair wand vs. curling iron, in this case, the curling iron wins. Speed wins! The circumference of a curling iron is one uniform size from the top to the bottom of the barrel, and has a clasp (spring or Marcel handle). It holds hair in places and makes it easier to twirl it around the hair. While styling your hair with this genius metal appliance, should be positioned downward while the hair is secured between the clasp and the barrel. Depending on the size of the barrel, the curling iron will give you either a tight barrel or loose curl that’s defined and bouncy. For a tight spiral curl opt for using a skinny barrel iron, and for a looser curl or gently curled ends, opt for a large barrel iron.

Grab Your Curling Iron For: Sexy Ringlets

To Style: Spritz some of the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray throughout the hair. In small or big sections place hair between barrel and curl hair forward toward your face. Repeat this step all over your hair. Finish off with a hairspray like the Dove Style+ Care Extra Hold Hairspray to lock in this style.


What’s a Hair Wand and When to Use It?

hair wand vs. curling iron? Use the hair wand to achieve waves
Create sexy waves with a hair wand. In this case, hair wand vs. curling iron, the hair wand wins!

Unlike the curling iron, the hair wand (aka curling wand or clipless iron) usually increases gradually in size as you go down the diameter of the barrel. It’s offered in a conical or cylinder or reverse cone shape. The conical style is one size down the diameter similar to a curling iron. This clasp-less curling tool is designed with barrels made out of tourmaline, ceramic, or titanium, which help to hold your hair in place while styling, and can heat up to 450 degrees. When you want to achieve a natural looking wavy style, a hair wand is your go to. To achieve your favorite stylish and effortless looking hairstyles, like beach waves with the curling wand, it should be positioned upward or horizontally allowing you to use your other hand to wrap the hair manually around the barrel, with the use of the heat glove it usually comes with to protect your hands from burning. If you’re aiming to achieve a nice spiral curl opt for a cylinder barrel. For a curl that goes from wide to tight use a conical barrel, and for the opposite of this said curl, use the reverse cone shape.

People often favor using a curling wand over a curling iron (see it’s hair wand vs. curling iron again!) because of the tourmaline, ceramic and titanium plates it’s offered in. Tourmaline produces negative ion technology which adds moisture, and smooths the hair cuticle which helps cut down frizz. On the other hand, ceramic spreads heat evenly throughout the hair. Both produce shine and cuts down styling time— which means you’re curling your hair with less heat. Titanium plates help eliminate stickiness caused by your hair and styling products. There are also curling wands and irons that are made out of gold and titanium, they look pretty, and produce good heat, but they don’t do much for the overall health of your hair and don’t prevent frizz. Curling wands also have an adjustable temperature. In the past, curling irons were only made out of Teflon. Today, however, there are many curling irons on the market designed with these specialty plates, and technology, as well as the opportunity to adjust the temperatures. When you get down to it, the hair wand vs. curling iron debate really comes down to what type of look you want.

Grab Your Hair Wand For: Tousled Waves

To Style: After applying a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, curl hair in large sections. Let the hair cool to set then use your fingers to tousle and give it shape.


Looking for more information on a curling wand? Check out how to create these curling wand styles on your hair.