Whether or not you have them naturally, waves are fun, trendy, and — with the right iron — a simple way to change up your everyday look or get glam for a special event. Narrowing down the best curling irons for waves, however, isn’t as easy. If you're in the market for a new curling iron, the ideal choice for you will depend on your hair type, length, and thickness, as well as the style you want to create.
To start, let's talk specifics. Tousled, beachy waves are probably the most popular look at the moment, but depending on your preference, you may want something else — or maybe you just enjoy switching things up from time to time. But to achieve those sought-after, "effortless" beachy waves, an automatic iron, deep waver, or a one-inch curling iron is going to be your best bet. For bigger, looser waves, you're going to want a larger barrel or wand (over one-inch). No matter what type of wave you want to create, remember that your hair should always be completely dry before you touch it with an iron. You can prep hair while it's damp with a heat protection spray, but layering on any other products, especially those with alcohol, will do more harm then good once the heat from the tool touches it.
Now that you have a general idea of the size and type of hair tool you should be using, it's time to consider the other features. So check out these seven top-rated curling irons, below — from lightweight wands to super easy deep wavers, there's something for everyone on this list.