What size curling iron do you use for loose curls?

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We will answer these questions and review some tools to help you achieve your look.

What kinds of curling irons give you loose curls?

Most people feel comfortable with regular curling irons since they have been around the longest.

Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron

  • 25 heat settings up to 400°F
  • 30-second heat-up
  • Turbo Heat feature; increases the temperature up to 36°F
  • Patented non-slip grip handle
  • Extra-long cool tip
  • Auto-Off feature
  • Dual voltage
  • NOT Ionic

HOT TOOLS Professional Nano Ceramic Curling Iron

Hot Tools Professional Nano Ceramic Curling Iron/Wand, 1 inch

  • Voltage: 110V.
  • Heat-resistant glove includeda
  • 8ft. swivel cord
  • one-year warranty.
  • Rheostat control dial variable heat settings up to 450°F
  • Gets Hot and Stays Hot
  • Extra-long cool tip and thumb grip
  • Separate on/off with power indicator light
  • Foldaway safety stand helps to protect countertops
  • Not Dual Voltage

HOT TOOLS Professional 24K Gold Marcel Iron/Wand

Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold Marcel Curling Iron/Wand, 1-1/2 inch

  • Distributes heat evenly for consistency and long-lasting results
  • Touch Guard™ protector for easier handling close to neck and face
  • Control dial with variable heat settings 280 -430 °F
  • Soft handle for a comfortable grip
  • Separate On/Off switch with “On” indicator light lets you see at a glance.
  • 8ft swivel cord

Why would I choose a marcel handle curling iron?

Marcel irons don’t have a spring clamp, like traditional curling irons and only require one hand to use them.

Marcel curling irons take some time getting used to it. But marcel irons are the easiest curling irons for the one-handed curling method you can find.

3 Curling Irons for loose curl Compared






1 & 1.51, 1.25 & 1.51 & 1.5



heat setting

25 heat settingscontrol dialcontrol dial

max temp

up to 400°Fup to 450°Fup to 430°F
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Dual voltage


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Curling wands are clamp-free so they are easier to use than a curling iron but require both hands to use.

top 3 curling wand for loose curl


Bed Head

ghd Curve

L'ange Hair LUSTRÉ 

1.51"-0.9" tapered1 & 1.25
heat setting
no adjustmentno adjustment170ºF to 450 ºF
max temp
400°F365℉up to 450°F
--heat resistant glove
cool tip
Dual voltage
360 swivel cord
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3 barrel wavers are very simple to use. Insert hair and clamp down. Much like crimping your hair or using the Voloom volumizing iron. No need to wind the hair around the barrel or rotate it.

Revlon 3 Barrel Jumbo Ceramic Hair Waver

REVLON 3Barrel Ceramic Jumbo Hair Waver, Black

  • Unique, Extra Wide Middle Barrel for the Deepest, Smoothest Waves
  • 420 degrees Fahrenheit High Heat for Fast Styling and Optimal Results
  • 3 Tourmaline Ceramic Jumbo Waver Barrels for faster results
  • Locking Ring / Storage Loop
  • Tangle Free Swivel Cord.
  • Heat settings: Fine, Thin Hair level 1 to 6. Wavy to Medium Hair: Heat level 7 to 14. Thick Hair: Heat levels 15 to 22. Coarse, Hard to Style Hair: Heat level 23 to 30

Although it takes some practice using a 2-in-1 straightener, it can give you very nice loose curls. It is not easier but it is more versatile if you don’t want to have too many hair tools in your drawer.

KIPOZI Hair Straightener, 2 in 1 Straightener and Curling iron

Flat Iron/Hair Straighter and Hair Curler in onea

  • Nano Titanium floating plates never pull your hair
  • Twist adjustment prevents accidental temperature changes
  • safety lock design
  • 30-second heat-up
  • 4 Heat settings with LCD Screen for accurate temperature control
  • PTC smart temperature ensures a constant temperature
  • Auto shutoff after 60 minutes
  • 360-degree swivel cord (8ft)
  • Dual Voltage
  • Comes with: Comb, glove, 2 clips, and pouch

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Curling Iron Techniques for getting loose curls

  • Always make sure to use hairspray or other hair styling products for hold.
  • Style your hair in the direction you want it to fall.
  • Make sure your curling iron/wand is hot enough
  • Twist curls with your finger and let them cool.
  • Use a hard bristle brush to soften the curl pattern.
  • If you want to keep definition, your fingers to separate and soften curls
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For loose curls determine how big you want the result will be, then go with a curling iron that is slightly smaller. Thick and long hair use a smaller barrel. Thin, fine hair and shorter hair can use a larger barrel.

Don’t forget there are easier options to get loose curls other than the standard curling iron like a curling wand or beach wavers (3 barrel waver).

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