If you’re confused about which curling iron to choose for your hair, then you’re not alone. Many women end up frustrated after they go out and buy one of the latest and greatest curling irons, only to find out at home that the iron doesn’t give their hair the look they were hoping for.
In order for you to get the beach wave style hair that you’ve seen on others, your curling iron must have the appropriate barrel size to match the curvature of your long, wavy curls. If you have extra-long hair or really sensitive hair, then you need to consider more than just the barrel size of the iron. Below we have listed some of the most popular curling irons for beach waves.
The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro Curling Iron
Weighing in at just 1 pound, and featuring perks such as digital temperature control, L+R control buttons, custom designed barrel, etc. this is the beach wave hair iron that you need if budget isn’t a concern. Even so, it barely costs more than the average mid-end hair iron, and the build quality as well as ergonomic design more than justify the slightly higher price tag of this beauty.
It has been featured on the Today Show 3 times, and has made appearances in popular publications such as Star Magazine, US Weekly, Teen Vogue, Allure, etc. The overall size is a mere 18.1” x 4.7” x 3.6”, and the clamp does not run for the full length of the 1.5” thick barrel, like in normal curling irons. Instead, it is a little shorter so that you’ll get those beautiful random sized beach-like curls which seem natural instead of perfectly even or artificial.
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Bed Head Deep Waver
This is a rather unique design, as it employs a clamshell like design which is normally found on hair straightening irons. However, the clamps are actually cleverly shaped so as to mold your hair into forming beautiful, natural curls which resemble long flowing waves. Just open up the arms, and start at the roots by clamping a small section of hair between the rounded ceramic tourmaline clasps.
The rheostat dial allows for precise heat control while the 30 second ultra-fast heat up time means that you’ll be ready to style your hair within seconds (literally). Maximum temperature is 400 F, but we recommend that you don’t go anywhere beyond 340 F, since anything higher would probably damage your hair.
The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1 Curling Iron
The Beachwaver S1 is like the little brother of the Beachwaver Pro (or the little sister, whichever you prefer). This is a powerful, ceramic rotating curling iron that allows you to quickly and easily style your hair by just pressing one single button. Well, actually that is a sliding button, which means that you can spin the rolling barrel in both clockwise as well as counter-clockwise mode.
As soon as the roller reaches the roots, open up the easy release clamp and slide out the ceramic roller. The rod is 5.5” long and can spin at 2 different speeds, while the digital temperature control allows you to select any temperature between 290 F to 410 F. We would have really liked a lower starting temperature, somewhere around 200 F, which is the safe temperature for thin or sensitive hair types.
Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 Curling Iron and Wand Set
If you happen to have some sort of salon experience or if you have always wanted that professional curling experience from the comfort of your home, then the Satin Wave can help you. It claims to be a salon grade hair curler which is partially true, but given the size and temperature range of this home use machine, it is not quite as big or hot as a salon grade machine.
Salon curlers are designed to take care of the most extreme hair types if needed, and are best handled by actual hair stylists. Nevertheless, this hair curling iron comes with a ceramic tourmaline barrel, a pair of heat protectant gloves, and 5 different operating modes. 5 interchangeable ceramic barrels are provided in the package, and it is dual-voltage which means that this iron is fully travel friendly and can assist you no matter which part of the world you’re in.
The interchangeable barrels come in sizes ranging from 0.3” to 1.25”, along with both clipped as well as clipless options. The rapid heat system gets this curling iron ready within seconds, and the auto shutoff has a 60-minute timer.
Choosing the Best Curling Iron for Beach Waves
Curling iron width ranges from 3/8” to 2”, and the barrel width determines how thick or thin your curls will be. For springy, tight curls, you’ll need a 3/8”, 1/2”, or 5/8” barrel (this barrel size is great for girls with straight hair, and works great for perm looks). For vintage curls or corkscrew curls, a 3/4” barrel width should be optimal (this barrel size is best for short to medium hair).
The 1” barrel size is the best options if you’re a curling iron novice, and it serves as a nice little sweet spot between large and small barrels. It will work with nearly any type of hair and almost any hair length. The 1” barrel can be used to create natural, tight curls, and these will then appear like flowing curls when you brush them out. For medium to long sized hair, a 1.25” barrel should do the trick. It will help you get slightly softer, looser curls, which will spread out in a uniform pattern.
If you want beach curls however, you need a 1.5” barrel width. This is the optimal choice for getting beach wave patterns on your curls. It works best on long hair, and can be managed with medium hair. But don’t try it on short hair. The curls will appear slightly messy, like those “Victoria’ Secret” curls. If you want a little shape and curve in the hair, but don’t want it to look curved (like a tousle), then get the massive 2” curling iron.
Always remember that different hair types have different heat tolerances, so you need to get a curling iron with adjustable heat settings. Finer hair needs temperatures below 175F, and 300-340F is the range that is recommended for people with regular, non-sensitive hair. You shouldn’t go beyond 400F in most cases, that temperature range can damage your hair and is suitable only for women with extra tough and thick hair, or for hair stylists who know what they are doing.
Ceramic and tourmaline irons are the best and are usually the safest choice. Chrome and gold are also okay, because they will heat well, but they don’t resist frizz and chrome barrels can cause spots in your hair. If you have really stubborn hair that refuses to curl, try a metal steam barrel (works by releasing steam).