Beachy waves are great and all, but sometimes you just want a tightly coiled curl. Maybe you're rocking a more vintage look or just want to go out on the town Shirley Temple style — either way, you'll need one of the best curling irons for tight curls.
You probably already know that the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl. But there are a couple other things to look out for when you're searching for the right iron.
For starters, a smooth barrel can help fight breakage and snags. Most gold-barrel irons are extra smooth, so your hair will glide through the iron without catching or tearing. And if you're really concerned with snagging hair, you should opt for a wand. The no-clamp style keeps your hair completely free from accidental pulling and tearing.
And whatever hair tool you use, tight curls require a little more maneuvering than a simple wave. After you wrap your hair around the wand, hold it horizontally to keep your curls the tightest. Since you'll be waving your wand around your head a bit more than usual, sometimes a smaller or ergonomically designed iron makes those tight curls a little easier on your arms.