If you haven’t tried curling your hair with your straighteners then it’s time you did, not only can you create a range of different curls, but compact packing has never been easier when you’re travelling and need to cut down on what you’re taking.
Here we run through the pick of the best straighteners that curl your hair.
Below is our pick of the best straighteners to curl your hair with, with different price ranges and different brands to choose from, as well as some simple tips on how to curl your hair with straighteners.
Which straightener will you be using to curl your hair with from now on?
Best straighteners that curl your hair
- ghd V Classic hair styler
- BaByliss Diamond 235 Hair Straightener
- Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ceramic Hair Straightener
- Toni & Guy Limited Edition Fluid Metal Styler
- Nicky Clarke DesiRED straightener
- ghd Platinum Styler
- Cloud Nine Original Iron hair straightener
- Remington Rose Pearl Ceramic Straightener
- L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod straightener
- How to curl your hair with straighteners
ghd V Classic hair styler
The Classic hair styler from ghd is the reason we began using straighteners to curl our hair, so we couldn’t leave this out of the list.
The highly professional tool ensures our hair is straightened to perfection, curled beautifully and adds waves we could only dream of getting at the beach.
Yes, we know ghd’s are expensive hair tools, but when you factor in cost per use and the fact that you’ll have it for so many years, it’s definitely worth the investment.
The BaByliss Diamond Straightener leaves you with diamond-shiny locks. The Diamond Radiance system is designed to leave your hair smooth, healthy and silky soft.
This straightener is great for curling your locks because of the plates on the straightener are longer – these are perfect for styling larger section of the hair, which is ideal for those with thicker hair. The straighteners have curved edges which stops kinks from occurring when you curl and helps create a smooth curl or wave.
Plus it has active ionic conditioners, this helps ensure your hair is smooth and not at all frizzy, perfect if you want smooth curls and waves, rather than resembling Winnie from Hocus Pocus.
The Karmin Salon Pro is perfect for both professional use as well as at home, with features such as flash quick heating, a tangle-free swivel cord and temperature settings for all hair types.
Styling your hair is virtually effortless and results are smooth, silky and shiny hair.
This versatile styling iron goes beyond straightening as the floating plates feature curved, anti-slip edges to create smooth, seamless curls and waves while preventing damage to your hair.
The Karmin Salon Pro Straightener not only looks the part, sleek design with shiny solid black ceramic plates, but it also acts the part too. It helps to create flawless hairstyles with minimum fuss.
Thankfully you can still get your hands on this Limited Edition styler from Toni & Guy because it’s a great straightener for curling your hair too. Just one glide through your hair and the 25mm floating plates won’t snag your hair as you move the styler through the length of the hair.
The iridescent titanium plates not only look pretty, but they’re designed with great technology too. They’re designed to enhance shine and smooth the hair follicles as you shine, they heat up in seconds and heat up to a maximum temperature of 230C.
Nicky Clarke’s best-selling range, DesiRED was given an update with ceramic black pearl, for a smoother finish, as well as Moroccan oil, for added shine.
The black pearl helps the tool glide through your hair, so there’s no snagging and smooth styling. Plus tourmaline, Moroccan oil and nano silver will leave your hair looking glossy and sleek.
The smooth, curved edges and long plates mean the DesiRED straightener is great for adding curls and waves in the hair, as well as super-straight locks.
The Platinum styler from ghd is the most expensive straightener offered by the brand, and although the shape put us off at first, this is in fact a great tool for adding curls and waves to your hair too.
The styler has a wishbone hinge design that means that the plates align perfectly, creating a smooth controlled finish. There’s no chance of the plates sliding vertically against each other, so you won’t suffer from snapping of the hair and you’ll get a super smooth look.
Not only that, but the tri-technology in the plates allows for kinder styling of the hair too. They might be expensive, but they’re definitely worth every penny. Plus, we all know how long ghd products actually last, permitted you look after them.
Cloud Nine often comes up as a great alternative for ghd styling products, and admittedly we think they’re just as good. With the Cloud Nine original iron you can not only achieve gorgeously sleek and smooth locks, but bouncy curls and waves too.
The iron is designed with floating plates, so they won’t snag your hair as you style it. Plus you can also control the temperature on these irons too, which is ideal if you don’t have particularly thick hair, as the highest temperature will only leave it looking and feeling frazzled.
The Cloud Nine irons have a secret ingredient that gives your hair added shine, plus the mineral-infused design helps control the heat across the plates so you’re left with a professional finish. Look like you’ve stepped out of the hair salon every time you use this tool.
The brand new straighteners from Remington have certainly caught our eye, simply because they look so pretty. The Rose Pearl Ceramic Straightener thankfully has the high quality too.
They heat up to a range of temperatures so you can choose the best one for your own hair, the plates are ceramic to minimise damage to your locks, plus they’re made with real pearl so that they glide through your hair without snagging. Perfect for straightening but even better for when you’re curling your hair with them because you spend so much time twisting the straightener as you curl.
L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod straightener
The L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod straightener certainly has a salon-quality design, we definitely see this sitting in hairdressers rather than our own dressing table. The design of the tool combines pro-keratin technology which promotes strong hair, and steam to leave your hair smooth. Not only that it helps to protect it from heat and the damage this typically does to the hair.
The straightener plate is wider than most of the other straighteners mentioned above, so it’s perfect for those with thicker or longer locks.
The plates on this straightener are flexible, which ensures it's easy to twist around your hair to make curls and waves too.
How to curl your hair with straighteners
Brush through your hair to ensure there are no knots or tangles. Then section off the hair so you can work on smaller pieces at a time.
If you want a tighter curl then use smaller sections of hair, while larger sections will create a looser wave.
Take one piece of hair at a time, and the straightener near the top of the head, a couple of inches away from the roots. Clamp the hair between the styler and then twist it around your hair, coming down the hair as you move the straightener around.
You only need to hold the straightener lightly on your locks, there’s no need to really clamp down tightly as it’s the heat and the styling technique that creates the curl, not the pressure you exert.
Repeat this all through your hair, if you want more textured curls twist the hair in opposite directions, however if you want a more uniform curl twist the straightener in the same direction as you move through your hair.
If you want defined curls leave your hair as it is, but if you want a looser wave use your fingers to brush through it for a more relaxed finish.
Don’t forget a spritz of your favourite hair spray to help keep the curls in place.
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