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7 Best Curling Wand – Top Picks and Reviews for 2017

Everywhere you look these days you see them: those loose, bouncy curls are perfect for a casual day out or hitting the town with your girls at the end of the week. But finding a curling wand that is worth the investment and gets the best results is trickier than you’d think.

With all the options out there it can be hard to sort through the shiny packaging and find the real deal.

Below we’ve done our best to do the heavy lifting for you- bringing reviews on the seven best 2017 curling wands available, so you don’t have to do all that pesky research yourself.

Top Pick: Bio Ionic Long Barrel Styler

Bio Ionic boasts of using nano ionic minerals in this unique styling wand to hydrate and condition your hair while you style it. The negative ions emitted “break down water clusters deep into the hair” maximizing hydration even through the heat.

One customer explained their experience with the Bio Ionic as helping them overcome a hair obstacle that has plagued many women for centuries: taming stubbornly thick hair. Another problem that women often run into is curling irons that are to short to accommodate really long hair.

You twist and turn only to find that all of your hair doesn’t entirely fit on the iron’s hot surface.  This then doubles your prep time as you have to use the wand twice on just one section of hair. The Bio Ionic addressed this issue with its extra long barrel enabling a beautiful curling effect that lasts for days. Another fabulous feature is the finger grip at the end of the wand that allows you to comfortably maneuver the styler with both hands while avoiding burn risks. For those of us with too much on our mind, there’s an hour shut off timer (

Another fabulous feature is the finger grip at the end of the wand that allows you to comfortably maneuver the styler with both hands while avoiding burn risks.

For those of us with too much on our mind, there’s an hour shut off timer, and for the uncoordinated (guilty) a 9-foot swivel cord to prevent tangling.

The only catch is it runs around $140, which is a pretty little chunk for sure, but those who’ve paid the price say they’d pay it again in a heartbeat.

2nd Pick: RUSK Engineering Curl Freak Professional

Well that’s a mouthful, but we’re not concerned about words right now; we’re concerned with hair. And the Rusk Curling Machine embodies a more recent device development in the styling community.

First of all, it looks nothing like your typical curling iron or wand, but more like a pair of tongs with a rounded head at the front. At the tip – in what Rusk calls the “ceramic curling chamber” – curls are effortlessly formed.

And when I say effortless, I mean you don’t even have to twist your wrist. All you have to do is place a section of your hair into the chamber, and the machine does the rest- drawing it in and curling it at the same time.

The chamber heats from all directions, meaning your curls get a comprehensive shape that lasts longer. While there are many great reviews, a few customers with finer hair do mention that it was harder to get the results they were hoping for.

They admitted it did curl their hair, but the curls were irregular or hard to manage, so this device might be best for thicker hair. You can find it for around $105.

3rd Pick: Xtava Black Magic Curl Machine

With a futuristic LCD digital display, the Xtava Black Magic Curl Machine certainly has the edgiest appearance of all the options. This device is similar to Rusk’s machine, but is a good $20 cheaper, and seems to have just as many fans.

The Xtava Curl Machine also easily draws your hair in to create perfect curls and has a setting for you to easily choose which direction you’d like the curls to fall- left or right.

You can also choose the temperature between 370 degrees and 410 degrees, which is good news for those with fine hair (who’ll need the cooler setting) or those with thick hair (who’ll need a little more heat to work their hair into submission!) On top of all this, Xtava also anticipates another huge issue that many of us run into: travel accommodation.

How many times have you hurriedly finished that last curl so you can run out the door of your hotel, but find your wand is too hot to pack?

With the Black Magic Curl Machine, Xtava throws in a heat resistant travel case, so you can quickly pack it up and still catch that flight.

4th Pick: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Miracurl Steamtech Prof

Ever made waffles in one of those fancy waffle makers before? If you have, you know the key to creating a golden waffle and a darkened inedible one is knowing when to take it out of the waffle iron. Your hair is similar (except that the side effects of a burnt waffle are much easier to hide), which is why the waffle maker inventors were wise to add an indicator to let you know exactly when the waffle is done. In the same way, the creators of the BaBylissPRO understand the importance of timing, especially when it comes to hair. Knowing when to release your hair from the curl machine is vital to the perfection of the curl. Because of this, their device has a signal to let you know when it’s time to release the newly born curl into the world. It also has a steam feature that sets the curl for extended shape, and tames any frizzies that are trying to stay wild. BaByliss Miracurl is do so well that someone started making a counterfeit version, so make sure you buy from a trusted source! You’ll find it for around $150 and in a vibrant blue hue. BaByliss also seeks to assist their customers by posting step-by-step tutorials for getting just the type of curl you desire; whether it’s a subtle curl, spiral curl, alternating curl, or a good ol retro chic look.

5th Pick: Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 Curling Iron and Wand Set

Lets face it, just because we love curls doesn’t mean we always want the same type of curl. Different occasions: different curls. That’s where the Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 curling iron and wand set may come in handy. (Not to mention girl’s night when your friends come over to get ready and everyone has a different type of styling device they prefer) It’s just like your dad’s drill but for hair: one machine with several different attachments.

The Satin Wave has three different sizes of curling iron barrels, and two different sizes of curling wand barrels, adding up to a total of 5 attachments with just one easy to adjust base.

If you’re the type that doesn’t like to waste space, this wand also helps prevent bathroom clutter: instead of 5 different devices and cords to wrap and store, there’s only one.

Clean and straightforward, some people like routine and predictability, but for those who like to mix things up on a daily basis, the Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 might be just the thing. And the best part is, it’s only around $75!

6th Pick: Remington CI9538 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand

Okay okay, we’ve got some great options here. But what if you just need a trusty wand without the big price tag? In that case, the Remington Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand might be the right option. This wand’s low price of only $25 might make you stop and debate

Reaching a temperature of 410 degrees, you’ll get professional quality curls, and Remington also includes a heat-resistant glove for your protection as you style.

If saving time is a priority, you may also appreciate that the Remington Pearl Digital heats in only 30 seconds, cutting your prep time down significantly. If you’re looking for a customer-approved economical option, this is a great one.

7th Pick: Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand

Still too much for you? There’s one more and it’s the lowest price you’ll find on this list. At around $18, the time-tested brand of Conair has the rest beat when it comes to price. This ceramic curling wand comes in a chic red color, and five temperature settings to support every type of hair. One downside of other wands with digital screens is you often have to reset your desired temperature every time you turn it on, but the

This ceramic curling wand comes in a chic red color, and five temperature settings to support every type of hair.

One downside of other wands with digital screens is you often have to reset your desired temperature every time you turn it on, but the Infinit Pro  simply remains on the last setting you had it on. Once you find the temp that works for you, it’s ready to go at that setting every time you plug it in. The

The Infinit Pro also comes with suggested temperatures depending on your hair type, so you can have an idea of what temperature to try first. For instance, the lowest setting is suggested for delicate or fine hair, and the highest setting manages that stubbornly thick hair.

Conair also offers tips for creating tight or loose curls, depending on the look you’re going for: for tight curls, select smaller sections of your hair and wrap it tightly around the wand. For loose curls divide your hair into larger portions, and release it a little sooner. For one current trend of curl, stop winding your hair just a little before the end of the wand so the last portion is a bit straighter than the top of the section. Even at this price,

For one current trend of curl, stop winding your hair just a little before the end of the wand so the last portion is a bit straighter than the top of the section. Even at this great price, Conair offers a limited five-year warranty with this wand, enabling you to join the curl crowd without breaking the bank.

All of these devices had good overall ratings, and customers had helpful things to say from their personal experience with the items. Some reviewers even posted pictures of their results. Overall the “curling machines” seemed to take a bit of practice and following the prescribed instructions from the manufacturer, while the wands are pretty simple, self-explanatory and easiest to use.

Overall the “curling machines” seemed to take a bit of practice and following the prescribed instructions from the manufacturer, while the wands are pretty simple, self-explanatory and easiest to use.

From extreme versatility, to the old faithful wands that are tried and true, it all depends on your preferences for your style process, and the results you want in your curls. We all have different types of hair, and finding the right products and tools to work with can be a challenge, not to mention finding something useful for a decent price.

It can take hours to browse online, read reviews, scour ingredients, and gather the information needed to make a good decision before you buy, so we try to cut that time down for you with these reviews. Now it’s your turn to post some pictures- if not on a review, at least on social media. Call up the girls, put on the music, pull out your favorite curling iron or wand, and get ready for that next night out- with curls on!

Now it’s your turn to post some pictures- if not on a review, at least on social media. Call up the girls, put on the music, pull out your favorite curling iron or wand, and get ready for that next night out- with curls on!

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