Hi, I’m Antonella from Pro Contro.
Are you tired of the old look and want to give your hair some movement?
Jealous of your curly friend?
Well friends today I will present you the accessory that cannot be missing in the arsenal of every passionate of hairstyling that respects: the conical iron.
Surely you are thinking, « I am a landslide, I and technology don’t agree! » Well, dear friend, watch this video to see how easy it is to use a hair curler.
Some call it ringlet ring, but the official name is curling and you can’t go wrong.
Let’s go together to find out what it is, how to use it and which are the best ones currently on the market.
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How to use the hair curler? Tutorial
You will surely notice the video at the beginning of the guide. Well that video served not only to make you understand the ease of use of this tool but also as a tutorial for use.
In any case, I decided to write you the basic rules to follow to get curls from a beauty salon.
Many think that it is possible to directly apply the conical iron on the hair without any kind of preparation, unfortunately it is not so.
First it is important dry your hair completely, in this way damage is prevented.
In the case of straight hair it is also advisable to take the precaution of using a spray that can protect them from heat.
It is also essential to choose the right size of iron to prepare the ringlets. For a natural effect we tend to use an 18mm iron for example, for lighter effects we tend instead to go up millimeter.
It is important to keep in mind the type of style that you want to infuse the final hairstyle. This way you can decide how best to use the iron in question.
If you opt for a classic natural effect it is good to roll the hair on the iron turning it backwards and avoid thick locks.
It is important to turn the hair instead of iron. Then keep the iron with the warm part towards the floor and wrap the hair around it from the roots to the ends.
The hair must be kept under the effect of maximum heat for two or three seconds, be careful not to overdo it because otherwise you risk very bad burns.
Just as it is good practice to let them cool down after heating them without touching them directly with your hands. This way the effect is preserved and will last longer.
As a final step, it is good to use a finishing spray and place the tips with bare hands.
The final use of a brush in a light and delicate way will make the effect even more natural.
Note: If you have long hair, it is best to make the ringlets twice. In fact, the hair would heat up too much if it were to be rolled perfectly over its entire length.
Curling iron without heat
And if you prefer to curl your hair instead without using heat?
There are alternatives, very well illustrated in this interesting clio makeup article, which could be for you.
It is clear that the effect will be very far from what can be achieved with a professional curling iron, but sometimes it does not hurt to experiment with different techniques, I believe that we must be open and ready for everything to find our own personal style.
What types of curling irons are there?
The curling irons are not all the same, in fact there are various sizes to choose from depending on your needs and how often you intend to use this tool.
Depending on the style of curls we choose, it will be wiser to prefer one form over another, but let’s examine together the different types of hair curlers present on the market right now.
Cylindrical curling iron
The cylindrical hair curler is the most well-known and recognizable typology, in fact it is the one we directly imagine first when we hear the name of this instrument.
It is also said conical iron as often the iron is pointed at the end, so as to leave more space for imagination and creativity.
The curling occurs through the heating of the iron, which is chosen based on the type of hedgehog to be obtained.
From 13 to 19 mm: it is the classic narrow hedgehog, as we are used to in the permanent. Suitable for those whose hair is a little shorter.
From 20 to 25 mm: for those with hair up to their shoulders, it creates a natural and soft effect.
From 30 mm upwards: to have very wide and sinuous waves.
Conical curling iron
The conical curling tongs are very interesting, in fact they allow to realize the classic spiral shape, being larger on the inside and thinner towards the outside.
Multistyler curling iron
Multistyler curling irons allow instead to address different types of style precisely, without being bound to a specific one. For this reason they are very practical, as making a single purchase you will have plenty of hedgehogs to choose from.
On the handle it will be possible from time to time to apply the parts that most interest us so as to perfectly model the curls according to our needs, and to make even very very particular hairstyles.
In addition to conical and spiral irons, they are equipped with various accessories that can allow us to give free rein to our imagination.
But let’s go discover them together without losing too much talk.
The curling iron plate
The curling iron plate resembles in all respects a normal hair straightener, with the difference that instead of smoothing it creates aesthetically very beautiful undulations.
Automatic curling irons
The automatic hair curlers allow you to shape your hair without having to roll the strands from time to time by hand, very simple.
How does the hair curler work?
The hair curler uses heat to heat and shape hair, the basic operation is very simple to understand, but it is clear and obvious that there are peculiarities based on the model chosen that will slightly vary the final effect.
The classic mode heats the locks directly to very high temperatures that we are going to roll up around the iron.
This will give you the styling that we believe best.
The steam mode instead uses a small boiler to generate steam and give shape to the hair, a very delicate and innovative way to give our hair a blow without the risk of burning it!
It is therefore essential that the curling iron that we are going to choose will allow us to select as accurately and accurately as possible the degree of heat we intend to infuse into our hair, clearly avoiding exposing it to high temperatures that would risk damaging it unnecessarily and messing up even more our hairstyle, forcing us to extra work and a lot of lost time.
It is obvious that very smooth hair will require slightly higher temperatures and times than wavy hair, because in this case the device will have to do more work than infuse it with the desired shape.
The higher the price the more it will be possible to customize the temperature of our curling iron to your liking, the lower the price of our appliance and the less the choice.
It is clear that even mid-range curling irons do their job, sometimes even comparable to the top models, but the possibilities of choice will surely be diminished and if you find yourself with a very particular type of hair or with specific needs it may be more difficult to adapt it to your hair.
Best Curling irons 2019
1. BaByliss BAB2665SE Pro Mira Curl Steam, also works with steam
Here is an excellent automatic hair curler presented by BabyLiss, one of the most interesting companies in this field.
As we said in the introduction, the automatic curling irons only require a partial manual intervention as they autonomously suck the hair inside the device without having to keep them in place with the hands.
The mechanism is very easy to understand and once you have a curling iron in your hand, the use is extremely intuitive even though you can now be used to the more classic models with manual intervention.
The styling settings are varied, you can go according to your intention of hair styling from the small typical curly of the permanent to very wide curls, or alternatively create a simple and light wave effect.
It can work both in a « classic » way with heat and with steam.
Steam is a relatively futuristic technology in the world of curling irons, and takes inspiration from the operation of steam irons. In other words, there is a small boiler inside which to insert distilled water that will allow to act on the hair, preserving its nature and avoiding undesired effects.
The fundamental coating is ceramic, to prevent the hair from being damaged due to heat. In fact, let’s not forget that the hair and the scalp are extremely sensitive to high temperatures.
The selectable temperatures travel between 190 and 230 degrees Celsius, relatively high temperatures for those who intend to make occasional use of the curling iron or for those with very delicate hair that could suffer from strong thermal stress.
But there is a reason that this curling iron works at high temperatures, and it is the fact that it is designed to expose the hair to heat only for a short period of time. In this way the effect is almost instantaneous and the hair is not subjected to excessive thermal stress.
The functions of the Babyliss Steam are multiple and impressive, it is certainly among the curling iron cadillacs given its enormous versatility and its very avant-garde design.
It is possible to select the time that the lock will have to pass through the curling iron (remember that the automatic ones « suck » the hair into the hair on their own so a function of this kind is necessary to be able to control the final effect), the times to choose from are 8, 10 and 12 seconds.
Once the « pass » has been made, the Babyliss will emit a slight beep to warn us that it has done its job and you can therefore safely move on to the next lock.
The rotation can then be set either to the right or to the left, or directly select the automatic one that will see the Babyliss move dynamically between the two directions without privileging a specific one, so as to obtain a natural effect.
It is certainly a device with which one must take a little familiarity at the beginning to be able to grasp all the nuances and bend it to our will. I’m sure you will discover so many possibilities that seemed so far unknown to you if you had access only to cheap curling irons, which however effective do not have the possibility of customization as this model has.
There is also auto-off, very useful for safety and energy saving questions.
Fast heating allows the instrument to be brought to the optimum temperature for curling in a matter of seconds, making it immediately ready for use, convenient if you are in a hurry, for example.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with a case, this is a factor that leaves us a bit perplexed considering the caliber of this object.
The cable is 2.7m so great for any type of use.
This BaByliss BAB2665SE Pro Mira Curl Steam is the recommended product for those who really want to take care of their hair.
2. Imetec Beautiful My Pro Beach Waves, very easy to use
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- Plate to make tight or soft waves to give character to your look
- Unlock the double iron and rotate it thanks to the two side buttons and choose the desired effect: wide side for large waves soft and natural effect, narrow side for narrow and defined waves
The Bellissima Beach Waves is undoubtedly one of the best curling irons currently in circulation.
The specialty for which it is designed is thick natural waves rather than the small curls typical of curling irons of the most common use. The word « Waves » or « Waves » in the model name immediately shows the real intentions of this product.
It does not have the shape of an iron but a curling iron plate.
You can choose if you prefer softer waves or narrower waves by choosing between two modes.
The operation is very simple and basic, you select the surface that is right for us and place the lock that you intend to curl in the middle of the heated elements and leave it there the usual handful of seconds necessary for modeling the styling.
It is a tool that is also suitable for those who are not very familiar with curling irons and want professional results but without necessarily first becoming familiar with complicated devices.
This plate is ideal for those with medium or long hair, if you have relatively short hair, better to focus on other hair curlers.
The coating is in ceramic, a perfect material to guarantee the health of the hair even with a somewhat clumsy use of the product. This does not mean that you will not have to be careful not to burn your hair, but that it will be more difficult to « trouble » than if you were using a Chinese-made hair curler.
In fact, thermal stress is reduced to a minimum.
The choice of temperature is perhaps a bit limited and does not perfectly take into account all the possible situations, in fact it is not really suitable for very delicate and thin hair, given that the minimum selectable temperature is 160 degrees and the maximum 200.
Sometimes you also need higher temperatures if your hair is already very wavy and needs to be « tamed », 200 degrees may not be enough.
However it is an excellent plate and for a « regular » use on normal hair that does not have particular characteristics it is certainly the indicated product.
The heat is selected through a lever placed on the external side of the handle, very comfortable and without the possibility of being inadvertently positioned on an unwanted setting.
The Immetec Bellissima Beach Waves is equipped with the fast heating function, which allows it to be ready for use from the moment you decide to activate it in just 45 seconds, a nice convenience if for example you use it every morning before going at work to give your hair a general look.
There are LEDs to indicate the different preset temperature levels.
The lights flash while the device is warming up as they become fixed when it has reached the desired temperature.
The handle is treated with an anti-slip material, unlike other plates which, on the other hand, have prohibitive temperatures on the part where the hand rests to grip them. Certainly a fundamental advantage over some opponents.
Inside the box there is a very well made cover that will allow us to keep our Beautiful Beach Waves whenever we don’t need it, in complete peace and security because it will prevent the most delicate parts of the plate from being scratched.
Also important is the presence of a wholly 360 degree rotating cable, but only 1.80m long, which will make those who are used to longer cavities turn up their noses, but which we consider satisfactory after all.
Certainly a great product recommended for those who want a wave effect and have no particularly short hair.
3. Remington CI593 Pearl Wand – Conical Iron Pearl
Here is an economical and minimal tapered but extremely effective curling iron as we talk about Remington, which is one of the world leaders in hair care.
It is a model without excessive frills, even in this case, it allows you to make very beautiful and natural curls that last up to three days, unlike other plates or cheap treatments that have a clearly more limited duration.
The Remington Ci95 is extremely light and handy, for those who want a fast effect without having to pay attention to a thousand functions and distractions.
The quality of the iron is excellent and the results are great.
4. Remington S6500 Sleek & Curl, smooth and curl
Here is a very versatile plate that as well as curling can even at will even smooth the hair.
Excellent solution for those who can’t decide and prefer to opt for a different hairstyle according to the season and don’t want to buy two different instruments.
Some users on the network complain a bit about the excessive temperatures next to the handle, we tried to test it according to these directives and indeed it is true, it is a bit too hot in that area, but nothing unbearable.
It is an excellent travel plate since it is small and is suitable for those looking for an essential tool two in one without too many frills. Let’s not forget the extremely effective smoothing function.
It heats up in less than sixty seconds and is immediately ready to make practically perfect ringlets. It stops flashing when it is ready, unlike other similar plates that emit the characteristic beep.
A product that is certainly highly recommended.
5. Rowenta CF2112, economical for tight curls and short hair
Here is a curling iron to make the tightest curls, particularly recommended for those with short hair and likes to make beautiful curls.
The ringlets in fact unlike cheaper plates remain for a long time and there will be no need to repeat the curling operation every day.
It is necessary to roll the strands of hair one at a time around the iron and after a few seconds the curls will be ready.
A very interesting product but above all extremely economical for those who want to spend little but take home a product that does very well what it was designed for, without confusing it with too many useless features that would weigh on the price.
The coating is ceramic, so quality and excellent for protecting the hair.
Very light and with a beautiful design.
6. Ferro Elehot 5 in 1, the economical alternative
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- Ceramics & Tourmaline – It takes care of your hair thanks to the ceramic and tourmaline lining, which makes them more defined and soft, reducing heat damage. Negative ion technology makes the curls more defined and without static electricity
- 5 in 1 – Five irons of different diameters to create a look that is always different and versatile, based on different occasions. The 360 ° rotatable cable allows you to create the fold you want from different angles … in comfort
Here is a great product that stands out because of the relationship between quality and price. The Elehot is not a particularly noble brand, but we must not be misled because
It allows you to arrange the hair by curling it at any time and has 5-dimensional different irons to meet all the needs of the most varied curls.
It is able to warm up in no time, so it is excellent for « on the fly » interventions, for example in the morning before going out to go to university or at work there is the possibility of disciplining one’s hair by modeling its direction.
Equipped with very interesting accessories that hook with an ease that has incredible, and with equal ease detach from the device.
The irons of different sizes allow us to shape our hair in any way we wish, from the smallest and thickest curls to the slightly wavy curls, the styling in any case will be able to resist for several hours after application.
In any case, it is advisable to use a thermal protector on the hair before using it.
Absolutely recommended for those who want to take turns in the world of curling irons but do not want to spend a fortune on a device that does not know if it will actually use it consistently or only once in a while « to take off the whim ».
If you are already familiar with this kind of equipment, I recommend instead referring to some other product that might be a bit more challenging in this list.
There is nothing more precious than one’s own hair for a woman, since this part of the body has many fundamental aesthetic functions, including crossing one’s face to enhance its strengths (and in some cases alas defects) and launch important seductive signals.
In fact, behind a thick and well-kept hair there is often a charming woman capable of leaving her eyes dry.
The conical iron has represented a real cultural revolution in recent years.
Let’s not fool ourselves, in fact, long hair is a fundamental weapon of seduction for us women, and there is no heterosexual man in his right mind who can resist it.
Choosing a device to be used day after day on our hair to give it the shape and styling that we most desire is certainly a very delicate operation that certainly cannot be left to chance.
The hair curlers work at very high temperatures, so care must be taken not to rely on unknown brands or even worse Chinese and not compliant with European safety standards.
There is no joke in fact when you use such an object on hair, you risk burning it and damaging its structure, with heavy future consequences.
What is certain is that if you follow all the attentions of the case it is very difficult to make mistakes, just a little care and common sense to get an enviable result without any risk.
You feel like you’ve been to the hairdresser and your friends will all ask you what you used to be so beautiful.
The day I bought my first curling iron something inside me changed, the awareness finally came out to be the main architect of my aesthetic destiny and to be able to experience all the hairstyles I wanted on my own in the comfort of home. From the classic to the more whimsical and exuberant ones.
Those who are as passionate about hair styling as I know what I’m talking about, there is no greater emotion than trying new forms of look on one’s own hair and those of one’s friends willing to « sacrifice » themselves 😀
Well we finally arrived at the end of this long guide, as usual I hope to have been exhaustive and to have left no dissatisfied curiosity.
The world of hair curling irons is very vast and full of proposals that can at first glance leave a little dumbfounded and confused, especially if it is the first time you approach it. But as soon as you begin to get to know the temna better, everything becomes easier and less scary.
I leave you greeting each other with a hug and inviting you to take a look also at the other parts of the site, there are many useful guides in fact just waiting to be read.
your Antonella from Pro Contro.
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