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How to Curl Hair With a Wand


Curling your hair is a great way to add variety to your everyday look. However, a lot of people avoid curling their hair because of the amount of time it takes as well as the possibility that the curl will have fallen out by the end of the day. Curling Wands have solutions to both of these problems.

An example of hair curled with a curling wand. Photo Source: Shanna11

An example of hair curled with a curling wand. Photo Source: Shanna11

Curling Wands vs. Curling Irons

So what's the difference between a curling wand and a curling iron? Curling wand's are straight wand-shaped heating rods that you can manually wrap strands of hair around, while curling irons have clasps that allow you to clasp the ends of a strand of hair and then turn the iron until the hair is wrapped around it.

From my experience, curling wands preserve the curl better, cause less damage and get the job done faster. The clasp on curling irons pulls and breaks strands and the uniform size of the barrel only creates large, loose curls.

Curling irons can provide gorgeous curls if you wrap your hair evenly around the thicker base of the barrel to the thinner top, or you can choose small tight curls or larger curls by wrapping your hair just around the top or the base, respectively.

Curling Demonstration

Great Curling Wands

How to Curl With a Curling Wand

Start with clean, dry hair. If your hair is unusually frizzy, it's a good idea to straighten your hair first before trying to curl it, or else you might have a ton of annoying fly-away's.

  1. Separate your hair into six parts. First, divide your hair evenly into top and bottom layers. Then divide those layers into three parts each: the back of your head, and the two sides. Use a ponytail holder and clips to make six small ponytails.
  2. Clip all three of the top layers to the top of your head and clip the two bottom side layers to the top as well. You should only have the lower back of the head section loose. Take out any clips or ponytail holders.
  3. It's a good idea to spray your hair with a heat protection curling spray that helps hold the curl. I use the Studio Line Hot Hot Curl Spray with smells great and comes in a pink bottle. Divide out a small section of hair and spray it lightly.
  4. Wrap each sprayed section around the base of the curling wand, keeping the wand base close to the roots of the section of hair. Continue wrapping tightly or loosely (based on the curl you want) until you are holding just the tips of the section of hair.
  5. Hold for 10-12 seconds or longer if you used a thicker section of hair. Be careful not to burn the tips of your fingers. Many curling wands come with little gloves that will fit just over the tips of your fingers. I don't use mine because it's made out of a fabric that introduces static electricity to my hair.
  6. Let go of the tips of the hair and pull the wand out from the wrapped section. Hold the curl in your palm close to the side of your head until the section cools. Voila! A perfect curl!
  7. Do the top section in the back next and then do the bottom side sections before moving onto the top side sections.
  8. When you're done, check the back sections to make sure you didn't miss any hair or need to re-curl a stubborn section.

You can brush your fingers through the curls and even brush it vigorously with a brush, but within a few minutes, your hair will likely return to the jumble of cute curls it was before.

Estimated Time Length: 25 minutes

As you continue curling, you will become faster. My hair, which is long and thick takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on what size curls I want. Longer if I want very small, tight curls, and much shorter if I just want loose, wavy hair.


laura on September 09, 2012:

Yep, curling wands are way better, although I saw somewhere that you can simply unscrew the clip of your curling iron and use it as a wand. But oh well, I saw that after buying the karmin clipless, lol. I don't regret it though, it makes the best curls and waves ever!

curlingexpert123 on July 18, 2012:

i am a proffesional hairdresser and i strongly recommend the curling wand ! it is quick and easy and can stay in for days on end . The curling iron (tongs) are very slow and not very long lasting curls maybe 2-3 hours and that's with fine hair !

s. thompson

Estephanie selvas on June 29, 2012:

I don't own won yet but I'm going to buy one

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on June 21, 2012:

Nice to you see you Shanna11. It is hard for me to read this morning. Yet knowing your dedication and integrity a vote it does receive and a share. I think my nieces will gain something from this. Thanks for sharing and helping me to be a favorite uncle ha,ha - smile

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2012:

I have heard about the effectiveness of curling wands, good info here

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 21, 2012:


Thanks for publishing this very helpful article. I'm letting my hair grow long again. It looks as though in two or three years, I'll be able to follow your advice.

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on May 30, 2012:

I bought a curling wand a while ago but have not got round to using it yet, however if I can make my hair look anywhere as good as yours in that pic, it's got to be worth a try. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips. :)

melissa07 on May 22, 2012:

Thanks for sharing! I have a curling wand and I prefer it to a clip curling iron, it's a Karmin Salon Pro Clipless and it's really gentle with my hair so I get soft and shiny curls :)

Monique Brown on May 22, 2012:

I prefer the curling iron, because for me is easier to use and I can make different sizes of curls and waves. I use the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Clipless Curling Iron and it makes pretty and long lasting curls and waves, i luv it :D

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on May 21, 2012:

I've never heard of a curling wand, but I am definitely going to be trying them out. I use curling irons, but I hate the way it damages hair. A curling wand may be just the trick. Great hub!

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on May 21, 2012:

Beautiful hair and curls - thanks for the advice.