If you want to draw attention to yourself, there’s nothing more effective than having wavy hair. 42% of men see wavy-haired women as sexy, 37% see them as adventurous. But what if your hair is naturally straight, or if it isn’t the type to draw the eye?
This is where the curling irons come in handy! With a bit of heat and technique, you can transform pin-straight hair into attractive, beachy waves. But with so many of them on the market, it can be difficult to find out which particular curling irons give your hair that beautiful wavy look that you want.
That’s why we’ve written this guide. We’ve picked out a selection of curling irons from those available on the market and tested them to find the best curling iron for beach waves. We’ve also written up a primer about how to get those waves, and how to keep them long-lasting.
Read on to find out which products can give you perfect beach waves.
Table Of Contents
- Comparison Table of Curling Iron for Beach Waves
- Our Top Ten Best Curling Irons For Beach Waves
- The Beachwaver Co. S1.25 Dual Voltage
- Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver Generation II
- Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver For Beachy Waves
- HOT TOOLS Professional 24k Gold Extra-Long Barrel Curling Iron/Wand
- Alure Three-Barrel Curling Iron Wand
- BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron
- Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go Adjustable Waver For Multiple Styles
- Xtava 5-In-1 Professional Curling Iron And Wand Set
- Remington Pro ½”-1” Pearl Ceramic Conical Curling Wand
- INFINITIPRO By Conair Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron
- A Buyer’s Guide To Curling Irons
- A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Dreamy Beachy Waves
- Things To Avoid While Curling
- How To Make Your Waves Last
Comparison Table of Curling Iron for Beach Waves
|The Beachwaver Co. S1.25||up to 410°F||Dual voltage||1.25"|
|Bed Head Waver Generation II||up to 400°F||Auto shut off||1"|
|Bed Head Artist Deep Waver||up to 400°F||Auto shut off||1"|
|HOT TOOLS Professional Wand||up to 430°F||Long Lasting||1.25"|
|Alure Curling Iron Wand||up to 410°F||Dual voltage||1"|
|BaBylissPRO Spring Curling Iron||up to 450°F||Instant heat||1.25"|
|Bed Head Adjustable Waver||up to 400°F||Adjustable||N/A|
|Xtava Curling Iron & Wand||up to 410°F||Dual voltage||1.25"|
|Remington Pro Curling Wand||up to 410°F||Auto shut off||1"|
|INFINITIPRO By Conair Iron||up to 400°F||Auto shut off||1.5"|
Our Top Ten Best Curling Irons For Beach Waves
After an extensive round of selection and testing, we’ve weighed multiple factors, found that the ten curling irons on this list are the best at creating beach waves.
The Beachwaver is a curling iron designed by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, who’s styled the hair of Camila Cabello, Lea Michele, Chrissy Teigen, and so many more famous women. The Beachwaver is Sarah’s solution to a bunch of headaches about hairdressing, and it’s a good curling iron as well.
At first glance, it looks like a typical clip iron. It comes in white or black, with just three buttons to provide power and temperature control. There are another two buttons right beneath the barrel that serve for the Beachwaver’s main feature: the rotating barrel. It’s powered by an 8-foot cord on a swivel mount.
The barrel is ceramic, with an insulated cap to help in handling. Heat capacity is excellent, with a range between 290 F (143 C) and 410 F (210 C). The + and – buttons just above the power button control temperature, and there’s a digital temperature display just above them. It can even switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, so you can use your preferred scale.
Where it differs from most other curling irons is the rotating barrel. Press the large circular button to rotate to the left or to the right to wind your hair around the barrel. This saves you the time and hassle of wrapping your hair around manually, and it also saves you from getting burned; you can’t scorch your hand if you’re nowhere near a hot barrel. Right above the direction buttons is the home button which returns the barrel to its typical orientation.
It’s also available in 1-inch and 3/4-inch versions, all of which are the same price. We’ve linked the 1-1/4-inch barrel above, as it gives you the best waves, but you can use it for other styles if you like. The name doesn’t limit it to one style.
An obvious downside is the expense; it’s the most expensive item on this list, being three times as expensive as most of the others. You’ll have to make sure there’s room in your budget for the Beachwaver if you really want it. It can also take some time to get used to how the automatic rotation works, especially finding the right angle that wraps your hair around the barrel. But those are the Beachwaver’s only true downsides.
Yes, it’s expensive. But you get what you pay for, and there’s no beating the convenience and competence of the Beachwaver. That’s why it makes it on our list as one of the best curling irons for beach waves.
Sometimes you just need to bring out a specialist tool. If you’re looking specifically for loose, beachy waves, then there are curling irons specialized in creating that look, and the Wave Artist is one of the best examples on the market.
It doesn’t look like your typical curling iron, and that’s for good reason: it’s a waver, specifically made to do waves. It’s still got the same parts, just arranged a little differently. The pearl-white plates are the barrels, and they come together by pressing the two halves of the body together. This whole arrangement is fed by a 6-foot power cord.
The barrels are made of tourmaline-coated ceramic precisely to counter frizz and deliver evenly distributed heat. Heat capacity is up to 400 F (204 C), adjustable with a dial on the lower half of the Wave Artist. Heat-up time is only 30 seconds, and there’s an automatic shutdown after 60 minutes.
The Wave Artist also has good travel capability. The travel lock on the lower half keeps the two halves together so that it takes less space. It’s also dual voltage, so you’ll just need a plug adapter to use it anywhere you go.
Its best feature is that it’s specifically designed for making waves. It’ll do them faster than a typical curling iron, and it’s easier to use; you just have to press your hair between the plates instead of wrapping it around a barrel. It’s even cheap enough that you can get it as a second curling iron and keep it specifically doing beach waves, while you use a more typical curling iron for tighter styles.
That same feature is also its main weakness. It can’t do anything beyond a wave. This isn’t that much of a downside for our purposes, but it will be a pain if you want to try other styles. This isn’t a ‘daily driver’ curling iron unless you’re firmly resolved that you’re only ever doing waves.
But for this list? There’s no better specialist tool than the Wave Artist. Its name is well-earned, and no other tool does waves like it can.
A tool so good, we listed it here twice. Now, normally an older version would be obsolete when the updated version hits the market, but the Wave Artist isn’t one of those things. The older, Generation I version still works as well as the newer one.
It looks much like its newer version with a hinged, two-part body with two heating plates where the barrels would be on a more typical curling iron. There are three nicely simple control switches: one on top to lock the two halves together, and on the lower half, the power switch and the temperature dial. There’s also a heat indicator light right above the travel lock switch. You get the same 6-foot power cord as on the newer version.
The plates are tourmaline ceramic, capped by black plastic at the ends for easier handling. Heat capacity maxes out at 400 F (204 C), adjusted by a dial near the power switch. Heat-up time is the same 30 seconds. In all, using the older version is just the same as the newer one.
What the new version has that this older one doesn’t is the automatic shutdown and dual voltage capability. This means you’ll need a voltage transformer if you want to take it outside of a 110V country, making it a bit less convenient than the newer version for traveling. The lack of an automatic shutdown means you’ll have to manually turn it off once you’re done; you can’t just leave it and trust it to turn off.
Beyond those, it’s got the same advantages as the new version. It’ll do waves, it’ll do them faster and easier than you would with a curling iron. It’s cheap enough to work as a second device.
And it’s also got the same weaknesses of being a specialist tool. Just like the new version, this won’t be your daily driver unless you aren’t doing any tight curls. The automatic shutdown also means it’s a bit of a fire hazard, so you have to be sure you’ve turned it off before you can leave it alone.
When you can’t find the newer version, the older Generation I Wave Artist works just as well. It loses out in only a few areas while still being as good as its newer version where it counts.
Yes, that is real gold, on a serious hairstyling tool. No, it’s not pointless indulgence, the gold actually serves a purpose. Hot Tools doesn’t mess around with its products; there’s a reason a lot of professional hairdressers prefer Hot Tools products.
It’s a clip iron, gold and black in appearance. The black handle is extremely ergonomic; it fits nicely in your hand, it’s rubberized for easier grip, and it’s even padded for comfort. Don’t underestimate those factors when you’re spending half an hour with this at head height.
It features a gold-plated barrel which has a lot of advantages over a ceramic one: it heats up faster, it’s got more capacity for heat, and it heats up more evenly. If you’ve got thick hair, gold is just the thing. Thanks to the gold, heat capacity is excellent: 280 F to 430 F, selected by a dial on the grip. It takes only 30 seconds to reach working temperature.
You also have a wide range of choices for barrel selection. There are seven available barrels to choose from: 1/3 inch, 1/2 inch, 2/3 inch, 1 inch, 1-1/4 inch, 1-1/2 inch, and even a chunky 2-inch barrel. No matter what your preference, there is a gold barrel for you. For those who need a little extra barrel space, the 1-inch, 1-1/4-inch, and 1-1/2-inch barrels all come in extra-long versions.
Yet even this golden iron has its weaknesses. The main one is the heat capacity; if you’re used to ceramic irons, you’ll want to get used to the gold-plated barrel and how it heats up. Also, unlike most other curling irons we’ve listed here, there is no coating on the barrel, so there’s nothing to help with frizz; you’ll have to find another solution to frizzy hair.
If you need a ton of heat capacity delivered by a professional tool, the Hot Tools 24K Gold is the curling iron for you. It comes especially recommended for women with thick hair.
Continuing on the theme of specialist tools, here’s a hair waver not from Bed Head. Waves are a popular style, and the Alure Three Barrel is one of the better models of waver available on the market.
It’s a pink waver with the typical three-barrel structure common to wavers, with a non-slip black grip and a temperature display between the grip and the barrels. Its cord is 7 feet long on a swivel mount, and overall it weighs a little over one pound.
All three ceramic barrels are 1 inch wide with insulated tips and are coated with tourmaline to combat frizz. Heat control is excellent, maxing out at 410 F (210 C), so it’s still usable even if you have thick hair. Temperature is controlled by two buttons just below the LED temperature screen. It reaches working temperature in just 60 seconds. Overall, you’ve got quite a good range of temperature no matter the hair type.
If you want to take it with you, good news: the Three Barrel is dual voltage. Just be sure to have an adapter handy in case of plug issues.
Since it’s a waver, it’s tailor-made for our purposes. It does beach waves, and it’ll give you waves faster and easier than a typical curling iron. Just open up the barrels, move the Alure Three Barrel into place with your hair between the barrels, and press down. Once that stretch is done, just move the waver down that same section to do the rest.
The main downside is that it can’t do anything beyond waves. This isn’t a downside as far as this list is concerned, but if you’re looking for something that can do waves besides other styles, then you may want to look elsewhere. More relevantly, it lacks an automatic shutdown feature, so you’ll have to remember to turn it off yourself or risk it turning into a fire hazard.
But for making waves, the Alure Three Barrel is an excellent and competent device, and easily ranks among the best curling irons for beach waves.
It isn’t all about wavers. More typical single-barrel irons have their place on this list, and when you want a good one, it’s hard to beat the BaByliss Nano Titanium.
It’s a clip iron with a gray barrel and a blue grip. That grip is interesting because it’s just as long as the barrel itself. That gives your hand a bit more room to work with, and you can move it around in ways you can’t do with an iron with a shorter grip.
The barrel is made of titanium and ceramic, combining the best virtues of both materials. You get high heat capacity, durability, and evenness of heat. It’s also protected by BaByliss’s proprietary Sol Gel coating. It works like a tourmaline coating: it counteracts frizz, it keeps your hair smooth, and it grips the hair better.
For heat, your maximum temperature is 450 F (232 C), and you’ve got 50 settings. Heat is controlled by a dial on the side. You can also push that dial as a button to instantly heat the barrel to your selected temperature; quite convenient if you’re pressed for time. And as you’d expect, the tip is insulated for easy handling. It’s a bit bigger than usual for insulated tips, but we still recommend using a heat-resistant glove.
The Nano Titanium comes in four barrel sizes: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1-1/4 inch, and 1-1/2 inch. Of these four, the 1-inch and 1-1/2-inch barrels go for a little cheaper than the other two sizes. Since you’re making waves, tightness is not so much of a concern, but it depends on what else you’re using the Nano Titanium for.
There are still some concerns, even on such a good device. The on/off switch is in an awkward place, as it’s just on the right spot for your hand to slide on and turn off the iron. There also isn’t an automatic shutdown, so it’s more of a fire hazard than other irons, and you’ll need to take care to keep it from eating up electricity.
If you want a curling iron that’s all about waves, there are better choices. But if you’re looking for a curling iron that can do it all, you can do a lot worse than the BaByliss Nano Titanium.
Here is the third waver from Bed Head on this list. The A-Wave-We-Go is an adjustable waver, giving you more styling options than your usual three-barrel waver.
The A-Wave-We-Go is a typical waver silhouette, going with Bed Head’s preference to hinge further back on the body instead of moving just the barrels. On top is a temperature display, while the control buttons are on the inside. You’ve got a power button, temperature control buttons, and it’s powered by a 6-foot tangle-free swiveling cord.
On the business end, its barrels and plates are typical tourmaline ceramic. Heat capacity ranges between 250 F to 400 F (121 C to 204 C), in six distinct settings. The real star of the show here is the middle barrel. It’s adjustable with a dial on the tip, which lets you vary what sort of wave you get. Would you like tighter waves? Or a looser, tousled look? Variations on the theme? You can do them all. Plus, it’s dual-voltage, so you can take it anywhere.
Yet nothing’s perfect, and the A-Wave-We-Go still has its problems. The adjustable barrel means it can do more styles than the average waver, but it’s still a waver, and you won’t be doing any ringlets or tight curls with the A-Wave-We-Go.
It’s also got a few ergonomic problems. One is that there’s no travel lock, and it’s open by default; unless you make up your own solution to hold it closed, it will be bulky. Another is the lack of any stand, which means you can’t put it down safely. Coupled with it being open by default, it can be top-heavy and it tends to fall over.
But at the end of the day, when you want to expand your repertoire and explore different styles of waves, Bed Head’s A-Wave-We-Go is your best option.
Sometimes you want a tool that can do it all. That’s why curling irons with interchangeable barrels exist, and when you want an interchangeable iron that does waves well, there’s nothing better than the Xtava 5 in 1.
Since it’s an interchangeable curling iron, the grip and barrels are separate. They’re all black, and the grip is powered by an 8-foot-long cord on a 360-degree swivel mount. The grip has three buttons for you to play with: + and – for temperature settings and the power button.
As the name indicates, you’ve got five barrels available. Three are standard clamp barrels: 1-1/4 inch, 1 inch, and 3/4 inch. The other two are tapering clipless barrels: one from 1-inch to 3/4 inch, the other from 3/4 inch to 1/3 inch. Overall, they’re standard, being tourmaline-coated ceramic. Each barrel fits into the locking ring on the business end of the grip, and you twist that ring to lock or unlock. Where they differ from most other barrels is that they’re hot the whole length; they don’t have an insulated tip.
Heat capacity is quite good, with 9 temperature settings ranging from 250 F to 410 F (121 C to 210 C). It’s got an automatic shutdown that kills the device after 60 minutes of inactivity. It also comes with a few nice extras: a heat-resistant glove and a traveling bag. Since it’s also dual voltage, the Xtava is a good traveler; all you need is a plug adapter in case of a different class of socket, and you can use it anywhere in the world.
The Xtava’s main downside is the lack of a cool tip. This changes the game by a fair bit; even with the heat-resistant glove, it still gets dicey to handle. This also means it takes an experienced user to use effectively since the business end is a lot more difficult to deal with. This is not a device for novices.
But if you’re confident that you can handle the Xtava 5 in 1 and its barrels, then it’ll serve you well as a versatile tool that can give you a lot of different style options.
If you want perfect waves, then a wand without a clamp will always be better than a clip iron. Since they don’t have the clip, they don’t hold your hair as tight, and you get a more natural look. No product exemplifies this theory more than this excellent example from Remington.
On its face, it’s a typical curling wand. The body is black, while the barrel and buttons are pink. You’ve got a power button and two temperature control buttons which show you the exact temperature. The power cord is rather short, at only 5.7 feet.
The barrel is ceramic, tapering from 1 inch at the base to 1/2 inch at the tip. The tip is insulated, of course. The infused pearl works the same way as a tourmaline coating on other curling irons, counteracting frizz and protecting your hair from damage.
You’ve got 10 heat settings available, maxing out at 410 F (210 C). It gets to working temperature in 30 seconds, and the automatic shutdown cuts in at 60 minutes of inactivity; all standard. It also comes with a heat-resistant glove. You’ll need it, since the insulated tip is on the smaller end, especially with the taper, and your hands are more likely to come into contact with the barrel since you don’t have a clamp to hold your hair.
You’ll need to get used to the method of curling your hair around the barrel without a clamp to help it hold your hair in place. The short cord is also a problem. 6 feet is already short enough for curling irons; losing any more length hinders your flexibility, as you’ll need to be that much closer to an outlet to effectively use the Remington.
But if you want a good, solid device that’s perfect for beginners then the Remington Pearl Ceramic might be your best curling wand for beach waves.
Last on our list is a clip iron from a very notable brand in the industry. Infinitipro is Conair’s label for hair care, and this curling iron is one of many excellent products from their lineup.
It’s your typical clip iron, with the clamp running the full length of the barrel. It’s a notably strong clamp, more than usual for its type; you won’t need to fear the clamp letting go of your hair. There are two buttons in front: the power button and a circular temperature control button split in half to increase or decrease. Above those two is an LED temperature display.
As the name shows, the barrel is ceramic, coated in tourmaline. There are five heat settings available: 285 F (indicated as ‘Power’ on the display) 310 F, 330 F, 360 F, and 400 F (140 C, 154 C, 165 C, 182 C, and 204 C). Whichever temperature you choose, the Nano Tourmaline gets there in thirty seconds. When necessary, the automatic shutdown triggers at 60 minutes of no activity. The expected insulated tip is ribbed, instead of a more solid texture.
It also comes with a heat shield that slips over the barrel. The idea behind it is that when you’re done, you slip the heat shield over the barrel, thus reducing the chance of accidental contact with a hot barrel while it’s cooling down.
It’s available in four different barrel sizes: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1-1/4 inch, and 1-1/2 inch. The one we’ve linked above is the 1-1/2 inch, as that works best for looser waves, but there’s not much of a price difference between any of these.
The main downside is that it runs a bit hot, even on the lowest settings, so fine-haired users may wish to exercise caution when picking this up. Plus, the temperature control buttons are awkwardly placed; it’s too easy to grip them too hard the wrong way and end up accidentally changing temperature.
But these faults don’t take away from the Nano Tourmaline’s performance. It’s an inexpensive, easy-to-use curling iron, and we recommend it for beginners still learning how to use a curling iron.
A Buyer’s Guide To Curling Irons
Now that you’ve seen the top ten curling irons you’ve picked, we’d also like to explain how we chose these ten. What should you look for in the best beach wave curler? What factors matter most, and how do they affect performance? We’ll examine all of those in this section.
Curling Iron Design
There are several main design types you’ll see. While there are a few more beyond these, these three are the most common that you’ll encounter, and some others are a bit more difficult to use.
Clip Irons: These are the standard curling iron, with a barrel that’s the same diameter throughout and a clamp to help keep your hair in place. This means that they make tighter, more defined ringlets.
Curling Wands: Their main difference is that they don’t have the clamp. Most wands also have barrels that taper to a smaller diameter at the end. This means that they make looser, more natural curls, leaning more to the wavy side of things.
Wavers: These are larger than typical curling irons, as they usually have three barrels. As their name indicates, they’re all about making waves, but their construction also forbids them from making any other style beyond that.
Barrel Material And Coating
What’s the barrel made of? This determines how well it delivers heat to your hair, as well as a few other factors.
Ceramic barrels are the most common you’ll find. It’s good as a material for most hair curling purposes because it heats up evenly and quickly, and it’s also cheap. Its main downside is that it’s not durable; handle your ceramic irons with care. Most ceramic barrels these days are coated in tourmaline, which keeps the barrel smooth and counteracts frizzy hair.
Titanium barrels are a lot more durable than ceramic barrels and thus have a longer overall service life and can provide more heat than ceramic. However, they don’t heat up quite as evenly.
Gold barrels are all about heat. They can reach higher temperatures than ceramic, and they heat up faster and spread that heat a lot more evenly. This makes gold an excellent material for thick or coarse hair, which needs more heat to work than thinner, finer hair.
Heat capacity is the big thing here, since it’s how a curling iron works. The ideal temperature range will depend on your hair type. Thin, fine hair requires less heat than thick, coarse hair. If you’ve got thin hair, going over 310 F (154 C) risks damage; but those with thick hair should look for something that can reach up to 400 F (204 C) and beyond. The more heat settings there are over a variety of ranges, the better, as this lets you have options and thus find the right setting to style your hair with.
There’s also the matter of heating time. This is related to barrel material because some materials get to working temperature faster. Faster heating time is better, as that’s less time spent waiting.
How wide is the barrel? This affects performance in two different ways. First is time: if you’ve got long hair, a larger barrel may be better for you, as you’ll take less time to curl your hair. If you’ve got shorter hair, this is less of a concern.
But as you can guess, barrel size also affects your style because larger barrels make larger and looser curls. Tighter curls are only possible with smaller barrels. Since we’re looking mostly at waves, this is less of a concern; you can go for larger barrels for their looser waves. You’ll have to balance your desired style with the time you want to invest in making it.
We’re asking two questions here.
First, how bulky is it? You’ve only got so much space in your luggage, and a bulky curling iron will take up that much more room. If it’s too large, it might not be worth it to bring your curling iron along; too small, and you’ll be a long time curling.
Second, is it dual voltage? The US is a 120V country, but a lot of the world runs on 220V-240V. You’ll want a dual-voltage device if you want to use your curling iron in a 240V country. If your iron of choice is 120V only, you’ll need a voltage transformer.
Ease Of Use
This covers a lot of ground, some of which we’ve already seen. How heavy is it? How comfortable is it to hold? How’s the balance? You’ll be holding that thing up at head level for a good bit of time, so your arm will get tired.
Other questions to consider are: How quickly does it heat up? Does it hold that heat throughout your curling session, and if so, how even is the heat? The bottom line here is, you shouldn’t be fighting with your equipment to make it work. The less time you spend worrying about it, the better.
A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Dreamy Beachy Waves
So now that you’ve got your curling iron and you know what’s gone into it, time to put it into action. But it’s not as simple as just putting your hair around the barrel. Read on to find out how to get your waves with no more hassle!
Step 1: Ready Your Tools
It might seem obvious, but you need to get your tools ready before you can start the curling process. Make sure you’ve got them all out: curling iron, hair clips, heat-resistant gloves. And when it’s near time, warm up your curling iron. You want it to be at working temperature when you sit down and get started, instead of waiting another minute for it to be ready.
Step 2: Prepare Your Hair
Ensure that your hair is clean before you curl. More importantly, ensure that it’s dry. Never curl wet hair. Blow-dry it to make sure, and don’t forget to brush it through to get rid of tangles.
Consider keeping your hair unwashed for a day or two. Your natural oils will give hair a bit more texture and grip, which makes your waves last longer. Either way, make sure your hair is clean.
And don’t forget to use heat protectant! Hair curlers operate at temperatures high enough to boil water. Always protect your hair from that intense heat; scorched hair does not look good on anyone.
Step 3: Pre-Spray Your Hair
Beach waves are named that way because they’re the waves you get after a good swim at the beach. Of course, not everyone lives close to a beach or can go to one every time they want the wavy look. Thankfully, there are a few products you can use to mimic the effect. Get yourself a sea salt spray and use a light mist onto your hair to add texture and volume.
Step 4: Section Your Hair
This is where our hair clips come in handy. Part your hair into sections about 1 inch long or so; but be careful not section off too much, since you want to be sure that each hair touches the curling iron and gets heated correctly. After this, it’s finally going to be time to start curling your hair.
Step 5: Get Curling!
Make sure your curling iron is warmed up to heating temperature. Then it’s time to get your hair around the curling iron. The process depends on what sort you’ve chosen. If it’s a clip iron, secure one end of your hair with the clamp, then wind your hair around the barrel. If it’s a wand, it’s the same thing, only without the clamp. Wavers have it the easiest; just put your hair between the barrels and press. Keep the hair there for about 5 to 10 seconds before you move on to the next section.
Step 6: Shake Out Your Curls
No matter what type of curling iron you use, your hair will always look a bit tightly curled when it’s fresh from the iron. They’ll loosen out naturally as time passes; to help this along, give your hair a bit of a shake. You can also finger-comb them or carefully apply your brush to loosen them out a bit. You can even sleep on them overnight for a messy, natural look.
Step 7: Apply Hairspray
Long-lasting curls need hairspray to properly set, so bring out the hairspray. We particularly recommend texturizing spray because it gives your hair extra texture and hold without weighing your hair down too much.
Things To Avoid While Curling
We’ve got a good set of instructions in the previous sections, but there’s also the other side of the coin to consider. Your style is affected by the things you do wrong as the things you do right! Here are some things that you shouldn’t do for various reasons.
Mind Your Heat
Always monitor how hot your iron is; you don’t want to take it to your hair before it’s reached working temperature. That’s why temperature indicators exist in all their forms; so always let your iron build up to working temperature before you apply it to your hair. On the other side of the coin, don’t overheat your iron, and especially don’t apply maximum heat straightaway. Start low and build up heat to keep your hair safe.
Never Curl Wet Hair
While you can debate if you should leave your hair unwashed, the one thing you absolutely cannot do is curl your hair while it’s still wet. Wet hair means water in the strands. When water is suddenly heated and turned into a gas, it evaporates with some force. Right in your hair. While curling dry hair also damages it a little, it’s not nearly as bad as the damage inflicted by rapidly heated water. Ladies, don’t curl wet hair; it’s not worth the damage. Make sure your hair is completely dry before you warm up your curling iron.
Don’t Skip Heat Protectant
Yes, we mentioned this above. It bears repeating anyway. As we just mentioned, heat damages your hair. Even if it’s only by a little. Don’t take the chance; keep your hair well-protected with heat protectant. Plus, they also counter frizz, smoothen out your hair, and give it a little extra shine.
Don’t Skip Heat-Resistant Gloves
It’s not just your hair that’s at risk from your curling iron, it’s also your hands. A curling iron generally has an insulated tip to let you handle the working end without being burned, but you should also have at least one heat-resistant glove to avoid accidental scorches. With that said, it’s always better to have two. There’s no such thing as too safe.
Don’t Curl In The Same Direction
Keeping your curls going in the same direction gives you a more polished and flowy look. While this might be useful for some styles, it usually isn’t the thing for waves. Instead, curl your hair in alternating directions. This gives you a more natural look.
How To Make Your Waves Last
Now that we’ve covered how to curl and what not to do, here are a few tips to keep your hair nice and curly, instead of it going flat too soon.
- Curl from the root: The ends of your hair are weaker than the roots, so while it might be easier to grip them first, it’ll also weaken them a bit more. Start from the root instead.
- Use shampoo and conditioner: Keep your hair healthy and nourished! Weak hair is a lot more prone to damage and won’t hold a curl as well. That means good shampoo and conditioner are essential.
- Let the curls set: Remember, heat makes your hair more pliable. Don’t let it fall after you take your hair from the iron; either keep it supported in your hand or pin it onto your head. Also, don’t go immediately for your brush once you’re done curling. Let your curls set first. Wait until your hair has cooled off before you brush it out.
- You can never have enough clips: You probably already have plenty of hair clips. If you don’t, get more. You can never have too many hair clips, and they’ll help you out a lot with styling. Pin a section in place once you’re done curling, that’ll help it keep its shape without.
- Use hairspray: Not all hairspray is the same! We’ve moved on from the dark days of the 80s when hairspray turned your hair into a solid rock. There are more types of hairspray around, some of which you can brush through, and most of them offer a lot more flexibility. You need that extra hold to make sure your hair stays wavy!
With the right tools, you can perfect beach waves without going through all the hassle. Even if it’s just waves, there are so many potential styles to choose from. With our top ten curling irons and our handy guides, you’ve got all the tools you need to look gorgeous.
The Beachwaver may be expensive, but it’s the best on the market. Or maybe you prefer Bed Head’s A-Wave-We-Go and its adjustable waves? With that said, newcomers should try out the Infinitipro Nano Tourmaline since it’s very user-friendly.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our comprehensive guide covering the best curling iron for beach waves. Remember that you don’t need a beach to get that perfect summer look. As long as you’ve got the best curling iron for beachy waves, you have all you need to look your very best!