These Weird Curling Irons Make Adding Waves To Short Hair Effortless

by Deanna McCormack
Amazon / Bustle

To those who don’t have it, curling or adding waves to short hair probably seems like it would be quick and easy. The truth is, it’s not! Short hair has its own set of challenges that make waves and styling difficult. With the best hair wavers for short hair, however, the process can be as easy and low-maintenance as it should be.

If you have short hair you know that with a traditional iron, wand, or automatic curler it can be difficult to create enough bends to make short hair look full and textured. Also, curling iron curls often come out in tight spirals which can make your hair look shorter than it is. With a hair waver (which is essentially an improved version of the crimpers everyone had in the nineties) your hair will bend up to three times each time you clamp down without taking away any of your length in the process. Also, as a bonus, since larger sections of your hair are clamped between two plates instead of wrapped around one, hair wavers work quicker than a traditional iron and create less frizz and flyaways. They can even be used on curly hair to achieve looser waves without you having to straighten first.

No matter what length your hair is, waves can be a fun way to change up when it comes to day to day styling. To enhance your volume even further, use a salt spray at your roots while your hair is still wet and prep your hair with thermal protection cream so that it doesn't get damaged by the heat. Finish with a workable hairspray for hold and dry shampoo to enhance texture, grit, and volume.


A Ceramic Waver With Adjustable Plates For Different Sized Waves

Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go Adjustable Waver, $36, Amazon

No matter what length hair you have or what style waves you’re after (tousled, crimped, loose, or defined) the Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go Adjustable Waver has adjustable barrel plates that give more style flexibility than any other hair waver.


A High Heat Mini Waver That's Perfect For Travel

Conair MiniPRO Deep Wave Ceramic Styler, $15, Amazon

Travel-friendly and perfect for short hair the Conair MiniPRO Deep Wave Ceramic Styler has mini deep wave plates that heat up quickly so you can easily create tight waves and texture anywhere you are. Gentle on hair, the barrels are coated with ceramic to reduce hot spots and heat damage.


An Extra-Deep Hair Waver With Advanced Temperature Control

Hot Tools 2179 Deep Waver, $50, Amazon

For softer, frizz-free extra deep waves reach for the lightweight Hot Tools 2179 Deep Waver. It features pulse technology that controls the heat and maintains precise temperatures for uninterrupted, consistent styling. It’s multiple heat settings also make it an ideal choice for all hair types.


A Small Barrel Hair Waver With 30 Heat Settings

Revlon Salon Beach Waver 3/4", $23, Amazon

For defined, beach-y waves (even if your hair is short) the Revlon Salon Beach Waver with its ¾ inch deep groove barrels is a clear choice. It heats up to as high as 430 degrees Fahrenheit and has 30 heat settings which makes it easy to set your waves quickly and usable for all hair types. Bonus: this waver is thinner than others in the same category and the barrels lock together for easy storage and portability.


A Three Barrel Hair Waver With An LCD Display

Shinon Ceramic 3 Barrel Hair Waver, $30, Amazon

The Shinon ceramic three barrel hair waver features a classic three barrel design so you can easily create long-lasting, perm-like waves by simply pressing the hair gently between the barrels. The LCD display lets you easily monitor and control temperature while you style and the comfortable grip and 360-degree rotatable power cord make it easy to use.

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