They don’t call it the magic wand for nothing!
Contrary to popular belief, using a curling wand isn’t as hard as some people make it out to be. Blame it on years of pre-conditioning: that great looks only came to those with expert YouTube-level skill, or a lot of moolah. And no shade on the curling iron (giving us countless good hair days since the 1900s, woop-woop), but there’s also something about a clamp-free tool that appeals to a lot of us twirl-and-go gals.
If you want more natural-looking, beachier waves, then using a curling wand is imperative. The absence of a clamp makes hair form around the barrel more seamlessly. And although you can’t exactly tug and manipulate a wand with the same precision as a clamped iron, the hair also achieves a more natural twist around it, and achieves that defined S-formed spiral that’s a trademark of sexy waves and loose curls.—EUNICE LUCERO
Scroll on to learn how to wield this “magic wand” like a pro:
Tutorial: Using a Curling Wand
Blow-dry clean and prepped hair.
Section off your hair.
Clip hair up.
To curl, twirl 1 to 1.5″-wide sections of hair around the wand and hold for a few seconds. Wear the included glove if you’re not used to holding a heated barrel just yet! Release by gently sliding the wand out from under.
Go in different directions.
Curl your remaining sections.
Finish with hairspray.
*Tutorial photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography
Inspired? Learn how to create the following hairstyles below using a curling wand:
You know that feeling when you get a new hairstyling tool and you can’t wait to try out different hairstyles with it? Let’s talk about the curling wand for a moment: This tool can create a number of gorgeous curly and wavy hairstyles, and although it looks like a complicated curling iron, once you get the hang of it, styling your hair is pretty easy. Here are some simple and stylish looks you can create by using a curling wand.—ALYSSA FRANÇOIS
Looks You Can Create By Using a Curling Wand
1. Mermaid Waves
Get beach-inspired waves no matter the season with the help of your wand. To create this style using your curling wand, prep your hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, then use a blowdryer to create volume at the crown of your hair. Take a section of hair close to your face, tilt your curling wand facing down and wrap your section around the wand while leaving the ends out. Continue this throughout the rest of your head and spritz with Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.
2. Curly Pony
Gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. Take a section of your hair from your ponytail, then wrap it around your wand. Hold hair in place for a few seconds and then release. Continue to curl the rest of your ponytail, then brush through to create effortless-looking curls.
3. Side-Swept Waves
Fun, flirty styles like side-swept waves can be created on second- or third-day hair. To give your hair a refreshed look, spray with a dry shampoo like Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo. Add your heat protectant, then use your wand to create loose waves throughout your hair. Pin your hair to the side to create your side-swept style and finish with a shine spray like Catwalk by TIGI Camera Ready Shine Spray.
Looking for more curling inspiration? Check out our roundup on the season’s hottest curly looks.