Good hair doesn’t come easy.
There’s always some level of finessing required to make good hair days a regular thing. Whether you’re fighting frizz with a hair dryer, searching for heatless methods or nourishing strands with bond repairing haircare, keeping our crowning glory gleaming can feel like a full-time all of its own.
If you’re in the market for soft and sumptuous undulations in your hair, there’s one tool your kit bag simply can’t be without: a good curling wand.
Also known as a curling iron or tongs, they’re the device you need in your armoury to create the perfect wave, whether you’re hankering for beachy boho waves or dream of rolling Hollywood waves, made iconic by red carpet attendees.
There are plenty of devices on the market, but determining which is best can be challenging. That’s where we come in.
We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of the finest curling tongs to spend your money on. These machines are certified to impart the wonderful waves and curvaceous twirls that you’ve been dreaming of. Kinks? They’re a thing of the past.
Best curling wands at a glance
Best for time-pressed curlers - ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand, £139, ghd
Best for multi-use - Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners, £399.99, John Lewis
Best for 360 style - Beachwaver B1 Rotating Curling Iron, £99, Beachwaver
Best for bargain buy - BaByliss Curling Wand Pro, £35.89, Amazon
Best for heat-damage protection - Bio:Ionic NanoIonic MX 3-in-One Styling Iron, £119, Cult Beauty
Best for tight and long-lasting curls - Chopstick Cheeky Styler, £34.99, lookfantastic
Best for A-list waves - T3 BodyWaver, £125, lookfantastic
From BaByliss to Dyson, these are the best curling tongs in the game,
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ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand
Best for: time-pressed curlers
This classic 38 - 26mm oval barrel-shaped wand creates long-lasting curls in seconds. The curling tong has a protective cool tip at its end, which enables you to hold your finger against it while you wrap hair, and there’s a built-in safety stand to allow it to cool down once you’re finished using it. And, on the rare occasions you forget to switch it off (we’ve all been there), sleep mode activates after 30 minutes of no use.
There’s enough cord length to help you manoeuver around your whole head, leaving no section untouched.
With a seriously speedy heat up time, you can have your whole head of hair curled in T-10 minutes. What could be better?
Buy now £139.00, ghd
Dyson Corrale Hair Straighteners
Best for: multi-use
While it may be a splurge, here is a double-whammy that works wonders as a straightener and a curler for both smooth and sleek, and curly and textured. With three precise heat settings - 165°C, 185°C, and 210°C - there’s a temperature for each and every hair type, and with the Corrale’s flexing copper plates, more hair is swept up by the straightener, meaning less heat and less damage.
Buy now £399.99, John Lewis
Beachwaver Malibu Sunrise B1 UK Rotating Curling Iron
Best for: 360 style
Curling tongs may give you a look that's total glamour, but often the machine itself is not. Stand back and make way for Beachwaver, a set of tools in bold and beautiful colours that's made to turn heads. The curling irons come in cute colourways, from a pink to purple ombre, pink glitter handles, rose print and leopard print.
This tong not only offers three heat settings (top temp of 210 degrees) and a swivel cord that stretches eight feet, but with the flick of a switch, the barrel rotates too, making it even easier to create the hair of your dreams.
Buy now £119.00, Beachwaver
BaByliss Curling Wand Pro
Best for: bargain buy
Don’t be deterred by its purse-friendly price tag for this bargain-friendly curler is a seriously wonderful waver. The BaByliss Curling Wand Pro heats up to 210°C in just 30 seconds and comes clamp-free to allow for extra flowy tousles.
With a 25mm barrel, that at its thinnest point is just 13mm, the size and bounce of your curls can be decided on by you. Beach bum waves, here you come!
Buy now £35.89, Amazon
Bio:Ionic NanoIonic MX 3-in-One Styling Iron
Best for: heat-damage protection
Bio:Ionic’s wand is a new breed unto itself. Its makers have crafted something they refer to as ‘moisturising heat’, which means that the wand’s heat works at smoothing and restoring moisture to the hair follicle thanks to its Nanolonic MX complex, which to you and I, is a patented mixture of minerals imparted by the tong as it curls.
Not only can it curl, straighten and wave, but it is also changing the tress-taming game. Plus, it’s so cute! Sign us up.
Buy now £119.00, Cult Beauty
Chopstick Cheeky Styler
Best for: tight and long-lasting curls
Featuring a titanium barrel and a millennial pink handle, the Chopstick Styler is a go-to for corkscrew curls. With its 10mm barrel, it’s the only one of its kind to promise to sweat-proof the mermaid curls it helps you to twirl.
Buy now £34.99, lookfantastic
Best for: A-list waves
Not only does the BodyWaver look slick in its white and rose gold design, but the 45mm barrel is also perfect for creating big and bouncing curls - the sort you see on a Hollywood red carpet. Boasting a five temperature scale to help with different hair textures, the BodyWaver will leave your hair sumptuously curvaceous.
Buy now £125.00, lookfantastic
Dyson Airwrap Styler Volume+Shape
Been waiting for a sign to treat yourself to the holy Airwrap? Consider this exactly that.
The Dyson Airwrap is miracle product with various attachment to help you create the bouncy style of your dreams. The round voluminsing brush will get your well on your way to a bombshell blow out, while the two different sized barrels allow you to seamlessly switch between waves and curls.
There’s a reason why you’ll have notice all over social media, magazine covers and everything in between, this famed styling tool is one of the best for replacing damp, limp locks with salon-worthy style.
Utilising its specially engineered barrel, it promises to create voluminous curls or waves on all kinds of hair. Buy at your own risk: once you’ve converted, you’ll struggle to go back.
Buy now £658.00, Amazon
Shark Beauty FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System
Hot on the heels of its Dyson competitor, Shark Beauty has unveiled the FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System with interchangeable accessories so with just one tool, you can curl, straighten, volumise, smooth and define locks.
Saving you space and fuss, you can use it as a hair dryer and with just a twist, it becomes the styler, all while ensuring it is protecting strands from heat damage. There’s a paddle brush with smoothing bristles for poker-straight tresses, an oval brush to amp up the bounce and multiple curling accessories depending on the wave you are trying to achieve.
Buy now £299.99, Shark Beauty