You don’t have to be a celebrity or certified hair professional to create loose, long-lasting curls – you just need the right tool. The best curling irons for loose curls are, in general, larger in size, easy-to-use, and have a barrel that heats quickly without causing too much damage.
Keep in mind, not every curling iron or wand is right for loose curls — and the best choice for you will depend heavily on your hair type and length. If you have damage-prone or really thick hair, you might consider investing in a top-of-the-line, professional-quality curling iron that will protect your hair from damage and reduce styling time. If you want to create beachy waves on long hair, you might prefer a rotating iron that requires less effort. If you have short hair, a smaller barrel size (and wand) is often a better choice to give you the soft, cascading curls you’re after.
Either way, choosing the best curling iron for your hair without testing it first can be confusing. Below is a list of some of the best tools for loose waves that money can buy, including options for every hair type and budget, and for frequent flyers, too.