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Guide to Curling Irons

Curling Iron : What is it?

Curling Irons

Curling irons use heat and pressure to create curls and waves in one’s hair. They usually consist of a heating barrel and a handle. They are used by pressing hair around the barrel and allowing the heat to set the curls. The handle usually contains the power switch and temperature controls to prevent overheating and scorching the hair. Most curling irons are powered by batteries or AC power.

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Types of Curling Irons

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Kinds of Curling Irons include the following:

Chrome-plated curling irons

  • Chrome-plated curling irons are the least expensive and are ideal for occasional use.
  • They usually have rough surfaces, which may cause uneven heating and hair damage.
  • They also take longer to heat up and cool down, and tend to overheat when left on for long periods.


Gold-plated curling irons

  • Gold-plated curling irons have a smoother surface that allows more even heating.
  • They heat up and cool down faster than chrome-plated irons and do not overheat as easily.
  • They are preferred by most professional stylists and are ideal for everyday use.


Ceramic-plated curling irons


  • Ceramic-plated curling irons have fewer hot spots to reduce the risk of overheating.
  • They use infrared and ionic heating to help seal in moisture and create a smooth, shiny finish.
  • They are recommended for color-treated hair because they help preserve hair color.

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Choosing Curling Irons (Buying tips)

Barrel size: Choose a curling iron with a small barrel to create finer curls, and a larger barrel for wide curls and waves. Look for one with multiple attachments that allow you to change barrel sizes according to your preference.

Heat settings:
Look for a curling iron with several temperature settings. Choose a curling iron with higher heat settings if you have thick, coarse hair to better penetrate each strand. Finer hair snaps more easily and should be curled at lower temperatures.

Safety features: Choose a curling iron with an automatic shutoff feature to keep it from scorching the hair when it overheats. Look for one with an indicator light to alert you when the heat reaches unsafe levels.

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