The different styles of curling irons available these days are plentiful! We tested a few and put together some curling iron basics. Welcome to your Sally Beauty Curling Iron 101 lesson.
Mostly, what we are looking at to get a certain style of curl is:
- SHAPE OF BARREL
- SIZE OF BARREL
- MATERIAL IRON IS MADE OF
- TYPE OF HANDLE
As a ground rule, the smaller the barrel, the smaller the curl. As you work your way up in size, the larger the curl. We played with these three to test out the curl factor.
The results were pretty much what we expected! The very large barrel was more of a smoothing, slight wave (left), the medium barrel gave a soft, flowy curl (center) and the very tiny barrel created a tight, screw curl when pulled out straight down (right).
Just like in our Blow Dryer 101 post, what the curling iron is made of will affect the heat level, amount of smoothing and alleviate damage to hair.
Curling Irons will be constructed of a combination of the following materials :
- Teflon – ensures that hair slides around the iron smoothly and product isn’t as likely to build up on the barrel.
- Ceramic – gentle, even heat which helps to minimize dryness and breakage from heat styling.
- Tourmaline – finely ground precious gem oozing with negative ions which help to smooth and defrizz hair.
- Metals (i.e., gold, aluminum) – used for curling iron barrels due to their heat conducive qualities.
- Titanium – notoriously strong but lightweight metal, perfect for hand tools of many descriptions.
With the three we tried, our favorite was the CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron (center curl above). The curls came out beautifully and we loved the digital temperature read out.
Browse the full selection of curling irons available at your local Sally Beauty Supply or in our online shop!