It’s hard to know what to look for when shopping for hair products or tools unless you have your stylist along with you. And with all the contradicting information about which is best, it’s hard to know what’s true or not! After being in the industry about 25 years, I've had my share of experience with styling tools, and seen what lasts and what doesn't. I've learned that as technology improves, so do our tools, so investing in the right one will be totally worth it. Daniel Naumovski help us make the right decision: First, lets break down what words are commonly affiliated with styling tools (both curling and flat irons) Ceramic: I remember when tools started to become ceramic. It was a step up from simply being “ceramic plated”. Ceramic irons produce even heat, as opposed to a pulsating heat, that should maintain a steady temperature well. It’s gentler on the hair than traditional metal plated irons. Tourmaline, or Tourmaline Ceramic: Having a tool with tourmaline in it almost always means it will heat up rather quickly. It’s a mineral that produces negative ions when heated up, and leads to a smoother cuticle in the end. Chrome: Chrome is probably the most popular metal of choice for creating styling tools before ceramic. It’s quite hot, almost cooks the hair, and does not produce even heat. In general, it should be avoided. Titanium: Titanium is lightweight, heats up quickly, and maintains an even heat throughout the use of the tool. It’s found mostly in high end irons. Gold: A lot of Hot Tools irons are gold-plated (typically 24K), which means they get hot and stay hot. They also typically have a heat dial which allows you to control the temperature (very important feature) so you don’t do excessive damage to the hair. So if you are shopping for a new tool, look for descriptions using words like “ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium”. These will be high quality, produce steady heat (so you don’t get the weird wavy look on flat ironed hair) and should be rather durable. My favorite flat iron of all time is the Kadori 1” (both 1" and 1.25" Max styler are great). After spending money on 4 Chi flat irons for my business, and watching them all fall apart, I finally invested in a Kadori and have been happy ever since. Although Chi is probably the most popular flat iron out there, it is not the best. If you own a Chi and are happy with it, keep using it! If it breaks, instead of replacing it with another Chi, look into purchasing a Kadori. My favorite curling irons are the 2-in-1 kadori curling irons, I'm still using the curling irons I received in beauty school . They heat up quickly, have not chipped at all, and are absolutely essential for any bride or bridesmaid! As far as inexpensive tools go, I can’t recommend based on experience. The only “cheaper” iron I've used is the Hot Tools 1 inch flat iron, and I was fairly impressed with the capabilities. But It doesn't come close to kadori!
Do you use curling irons or rods (also known as clip-less curling irons) on your waves or curls? It seems sort of ironic, but these simple heat tools can be a great addition to your hair care routine. They can be helpful for dressy and casual looks, or simply just something a little different every so often. Curling irons and rods can help in enhancing natural curl patterns as well. Which Tool is Right for You? Both curling rods and irons are available in a variety of options including titanium and tourmaline. Titanium is a favorite with stylists as they prove to be very durable, corrosion resistant and perform extremely well for all hair types. Tourmaline, sometimes blended with ceramic, allows a larger flow of negative ions, which results in extra shine and protection to the hair. Both technologies are in the Kadori curling wands as they evenly distribute heat each time it is applied to the hair.In deciding what is right for you, first make up your mind about what you want from your tool? Do you need to just “fix” a few curls or ends here and there, or do you want a head full of tighter or looser curls? For the most part, if you have medium to longer curls or waves, you can easily use a curling rod. These tools have become more popular over just the past few years since they help make longer locks curly, wavier or simply add more volume. Almost all What is the right Curler for You?? curling rods and irons these days heat up quickly and have a variety of heat settings.Keep these heat settings in mind when using the tools:
- Type 330F-360F (Waves): Low to medium heat. The shorter your hair the more control over the tool you will need.
- Type 390F-420F (Curls): Medium to high heat.
- Type 450F (Kinks): High heat.
- Using a curling rod can take some getting used to, but is easily learned. Simply start with dry hair and wrap it around the rod/barrel. The ends of your hair will wrap around last so there is less damage and fewer split ends with the rod.
- If you have thinner hair, the rod is also beneficial in that there is never any creasing or marks left behind as there is no “clamp.”
- If you’re looking for volume, the rods tend to be better at getting closer to the roots.Rods are available in a variety of sizes. Curling irons offer excellent precision control and are great for beginners.
- The clamp maintains a firm hold on hair for easy styling. They are generally available in a great variety of sizes (usually from 3/8” to 2+”) and heat up quickly and easily.