Your Definitive Guide To Picking The Right Curling Iron Size
Whether you’re a veteran with a curling iron or you just break out a barrel on Saturday nights, the myriad of sizes can leave anyone confused. Click through to see which iron to use for loose waves, springy spirals, and more!
If you want to look like you just dropped by your local blow dry bar, but can’t work a round brush to save your life, this is the iron for you. Best for those with longer locks, the 2-inch barrel iron gives hair a subtle bend towards the end that mimics a blowout. We love the Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron ($35).
A 1 ½-inch iron creates a loose, voluminous curl. To achieve a beach-y texture, trade your traditional iron for a wand, like the Sultra Bombshell 1 ½-Inch Rod Curling Iron ($130).
One of the most popular irons, the 1-¼-inch iron can produce a tight or loose wave. For a tighter curl that will last longer, set the hair after curling with hairspray and let it cool before brushing through it.
The 1-inch iron, like the Drybary 3-Day Bender 1” Barrel Curling Iron ($125), is universally flattering and a great option for your first curler. The ideal size for medium and shorter styles, it also creates a great soft curl on long hair when brushed through.
If you’re looking for corkscrew curls or vintage-style updos, the ¾ inch iron will be your go-to. To mimic Seyfried’s symmetrical style, curl all of your hair in the same direction, either towards or away from your face.