The best hair tools are the ones that can deliver fast results and are convenient and functional. Ordinary curling irons fall into that category, with one exception: their cords can get all tangled up and in our way. But the best cordless curling irons are a hassle-free, wire-free alternative that gives you more styling freedom and the ability to move from place to place and take your new favorite hair accessory anywhere you roam.
Many cordless curling irons work by eliminating plugs (and sometimes even batteries) and instead rely on technological advancements, like butane gas cartridges that are approved for air travel. They reach their ideal temperature just as quickly as traditional curling irons and their manufacturers understand that, when it comes to curling wands, variety continues to be the spice of life. You can choose from different size hair barrels for tighter or looser curls and waves and if you prefer a battery-powered iron to one with a butane gas cartridge — well, there are plenty of those, too.
These six cordless curling irons vary in terms of their features and barrel sizes, but they all share one thing in common: they have been highly-rated by reviewers who love the hair styles they help them create.
1. A Curling Iron For Thick Hair With An Ultra-High Temperature
If you have thick hair that has trouble holding a curl with most irons, this cordless curling iron should do the trick: It heats up to 415 degrees Fahrenheit and features ceramic technology for less heat damage and static. This iron runs on a Thermacell butane cartridge and is perfect for travel (no adapter necessary). It's compact enough to pop right into your carry-on, but, unfortunately, you'll have to purchase a separate travel case for it.
2. A Rechargeable Curling Iron With Three Adjustable Temperatures
This sassy pink cordless curling iron runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, has a ceramic-plated barrel and can be heated to three adjustable temperatures: 280, 320, and 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a low battery indicator that warns you before you have a chance to lose one single curl or wave and can even be charged in your car.
3. An Iron With A Thermacell Butane Gas Cartridge That Heats Up Fast
The replaceable thermacell butane battery in this travel-friendly wireless curling iron lasts for months and reviewers say it heats up quickly and can curl an entire head of long hair in 10 minutes. Keep in mind that the barrel is 5/8 (which can seem small if you have thick hair).
4. A Two-In-One Curling Iron And Hair Straightener
If this curling iron looks like a flat iron — that's because it is. But it's actually a two-in-one tool, which creates curls, waves, and flips just as well as it straightens. This tourmaline-ceramic iron, which has crystal floating ion plates and anti-static technology, is rechargeable via USB and has a 60 minute auto shut-off. It also comes with a storage bag and charging cable, has a 30 day money back guarantee if you're not happy with your purchase, and is super lightweight and easy to pack.
5. A Volume & Shine Enhancing Cordless Iron With A Rechargeable Battery
Your styling options are unlimited with this cordless and wireless curling iron brush, which has a rechargeable battery and four silicone heating rings that help your hair hold a style for longer. Use it to create tight curls, loose waves, or bouncy straight hair with lift at the roots.
6. A Travel-Friendly Curling Iron With A Less Damaging Ceramic-Coated Barrel
As the name suggests, this cordless curling iron, which runs on thermacell butane gas cartridges, is approved safe for airline travel and you should have zero problems getting through security with it. It boasts a 3/4-inch ceramic-coated barrel (hurray for less heat damage) and 360-degree Fahrenheit heat.
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