Curls are a beautiful but funny thing. If you were born with them, I'm willing to bet that at some point in your life you've wished they would disappear entirely. Meanwhile, those who came into the world with straight locks are prone to spending precious time and money on curling irons and digital perms. But, whether you've got 'em or you don't, using the right curling iron for big curls will create a smoother, bouncier set of spirals.
The best curling irons for creating big curls all have one thing in common: a large barrel. If you like your curls to be a little tighter and more shapely, opt for a 1 ¼ inch barrel. For slightly looser — but still big — curls, try an iron with a 1 ½ inch barrel. And, if you want your curl size to taper a bit, which creates a very natural look, you'll need to use a cone-shaped wand. Lack the hands of an expert stylist, but want curls that are very uniform in size? A bubble curling wand can do just that!
Whichever sub-genre of big curls you like best, these six curling irons for big curls, backed by an army of positive reviewers, can you help create a style you'll love.
1. This Durable Titanium & Ceramic Curling Iron Available With Either A 1 ¼ Inch Or 1 ½ Inch Barrel
The high concentration of titanium and ceramic in the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron make its barrel heat evenly, lay smooth against the hair, and remain resistant to damage from product buildup and frequent use. One reviewer says: "My hairstylist specifically recommended this curling iron and is the same one she uses in her salon. It heats up quickly and does not snag my hair."
And, it's available in both a 1 ¼ inch barrel, for tighter curls, or a 1 ½ inch barrel, for a more tousled style.
2. This Bubble Curling Wand For More Uniform Curls
The Hot Tools Professional Bubble Curling Iron is a true winner when it comes to easily creating even curls. This superstar tool has garnered over 5,100 glowing reviews on Amazon. One reviewer reported that this wand "makes beautiful natural curls" and that she uses it to match and multiply her own curls.
And, this curling wand comes with a heat-proof glove to protect you from burning your hands while you're perfecting your 'do.
3. This Interchangeable Curling Iron And Wand Set For Any Size Curls
If you like options (and who doesn't?), then you'll love this set. The xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 Curling Iron and Wand Set includes five barrels to create curls of any size ranging from tightest to the biggest and bounciest, at 1 ¼ inches, and a protective glove for use with the wands. One satisfied reviewer says: "It's so easy to use, and I get the beautiful curling/waving, long lasting curls every time!"
4. Give Your Wrist A Break With This Automatic Curler
This highly-rated automatic hair curler is designed with a patented spinner that claims to prevent your hair from getting tangled while styling. And, it's really easy to use. Simply section out one or two inches of hair, place the sectioned-off hair behind the prongs, and press the switch and the curler will wrap your hair around the barrel in the direction of your choice. The curler also beeps to let you know it's time to release your hair.
5. This Quick-Heating Curling Iron With 25 Heat Settings
The Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron features 25 different heat settings, so you can choose to create more or less shapely curls. And, it's hot enough to begin styling your hair after just 30 seconds. One reviewer notes that this is a tool that lasts, saying " I first purchased this product about 15 years ago and I finally need to replace it."
6. This Tapered Curling Wand For Natural-Looking Curls
The tapered barrel on this Remington curling wand creates more natural-looking curls, because every curl you make will be just a little bit different from the last. If you've never used a wand before, it takes some getting used to, but one newbie reviewer says: "The key is to gently push your hair down as you wind your hair around the wand."
This curling wand also includes a heat-resistant glove to protect you from burning your fingers while you wrap your hair around the barrel.
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