Curling wands are especially popular today because of the beach waves being in style. Whether they are small tight spirals, medium bouncy curls, or long natural waves; wands achieve all of the above without leaving the clamp mark. There is a wide variety including straight barrel (like a regular curling iron minus the clamp), bubble, cone-shaped small to large, or reverse: large to small barrel. They range from ½” - 1 ½” barrel size.
Most of the wands do come with a heat resistant glove because of having to wind the hair around the hot barrel with your fingers. As for the temperature, many have the option to go past 350-400f. Mine is on 250 and has more than enough heat to create the curls. I recommend staying that temperature or lower if you have thin hair and only going higher if you have thicker coarse hair. I bought a ¾” – 1 ½” Hot Shots wand from Helen of Troy after seeing great reviews, it gets hot immediately and am pleased with the results. Remington brand also has some awesome reviews.
I have a few tips that I learned, just by using mine:
1. The more practice, the less burning your fingers. After doing my hair just once, I stopped needing to use the glove because I got the hang of the curling.
2. The bigger the curl, the more hair you use; the smaller the curl, the less hair you wrap at a time.
3. Hold the wand up flat (the way it looks when set on the counter), if you are wanting to use the entire barrel, otherwise it will slide.
Also, don’t forget to use your favorite thermal protection spray before curling! What wands have you tried? What is your favorite?