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A modern-day Medusa: Which curling iron is best for your look?
by Katie |  Apr 26, 2013

When you are looking to wear some waves or rock some ringlets, your go-to tool is most likely a curling iron. This tool is equally indispensable to girls with curls, waves or stick-straight strands, because it can be used to add volume, curl definition or a beachy bend. How did Taylor Swift get those perfect ringlets? How do the Kardashian sisters rock those sexy waves? It's all about the iron, baby.

The type of curling iron you need depends on a lot of things - sometimes it depends on the length of your hair, sometimes texture matters, and other times it's what look you're going for. That said, you might need all of these types of irons to achieve all the prettiest curls and waves. Now's the time to 'iron' out all the details of your curling tool know-how. 

Classic curls
Think: Jessica Alba
Medium-sized ringlets give a classic, romantic and girly look to your ensemble - perfectly paired with a sweet sun dress and pearls, but equally stunning if you're pulling your hair up half-way or adding some twists along your hairline. 

To achieve these curls, you'll want a curling iron with a medium-sized barrel, like the bio ionic® stylewinder® 1.25" rotating styling iron. This width is great for short to medium-length hair. If your hair extends more than a few inches past your shoulders, you'll want a barrel that is at least 1.5 inches for these classic curls. 

Winding waves
Think: Kim Kardashian
Those full, sumptuous waves are practically a Kardashian trademark by now, but they're also the signature of other gorgeous ladies like the Victoria's Secret models. How to do these bouncing curls? Again, it's all about the barrel size. The longer your hair is, the larger the barrel should be to get those waves. If your hair is as long as Kim's, opt for an iron that's at least 1.75 inches in diameter.

However, you can also use a straightener to get the look. How? It's all in the wrist. With a straightener like the thairapy 365 red infrared glass flat iron, quickly slide the hot plates over thick strands of your hair, twisting backwards as you go. The more dramatically you twist your wrist, the tighter the curls will be. Make large sweeping motions - throw those elbows! - with the iron to get those big waves that are full of body. 

Kinky ringlets
Think: Taylor Swift
Oh Taylor, how we loved your curls! Although the country crooner is now rocking straight strands almost all of the time, you can copy her old-school kinks with a tiny curling iron. Look for one that is smaller than one inch in diameter, like the thairapy 365 thairacurl digital curling iron. If your hair is wavy or straight, use lots of hairspray and wrap 1/2- or 1-inch strands of hair around the iron until your entire head is complete. Spray the curls and let them cool completely before gently loosening them with your fingers.

This tool is also great for adding definition to already-kinky curls, or remedying a certain patch of bedhead if you showered the night before. 

Waif-like waves
Think: Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw was known for her wild curls, but SJP rocks the slightly bent waves in real life. To get this look, you'll want a double-barrel curling iron, like the r session nalu waver. Weave large sections of hair - think 3- to 4-inch sections - around both of these .75-inch barrels and shake out with your fingers before they have cooled to get this loose, beachy look. This works on all lengths of hair, but ladies with naturally tight curls may want to save this look for the last few days of a blowout. 

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