Are curling irons safe for your hair?
Curling iron considerations.
Select the best-sized curling iron for you based on hair length and the desired amount of curl. Generally, the shorter your hair, the smaller the curling iron you should use. Select a curling iron that's the right size for your hand, with a comfort grip, in order to easily curl or wave your hair, especially if you have a lot of hair. A curling iron or curling wand set with adjustable temperature settings can be changed based on a specific hair type. Set it for 300–340 degrees for normal hair, or as low as 175 degrees for fine, thin hair. Temperatures as high as 400 degrees can damage hair and should be used only by professional stylers.
Types of styling wands.
Types of hair curlers.
Two devices used for curling hair are the curling iron and the curler wand. Generally, a curling iron, which clamps hair, creates tighter curls and more polished ringlets. A curling iron can be easier to control but can also crease or kink your hair. Wand curling creates more natural waves and polished ringlets, won't crease your hair, and allows you to get closer to your roots.
Ceramic and tourmaline curling irons maintain a consistent temperature throughout the barrel. They release negative ions to smooth the hair's cuticle, eliminate frizz, and make hair appear smooth and shiny. Titanium barrels, which also have negative ions, are good for coarse, hard-to-heat, or unmanageable hair. Chrome barrels, though cheaper, can have hair-damaging hot spots.