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Curling Iron Types - Spring, Marcel & Clip Less Wand

Curling irons create curls or waves in the hair using heat. There are three different types of curling irons on the market, spring, marcel and clip less. One is geared towards the salon professional and the other two are easily used by the average person.

Curling Iron Types

  • Spring Curling Iron: These are the most popular and inexpensive curling irons and usually purchased by non-professionals. They are the most user friendly of all the three types. There is a small spring that automatically closes the clamp on the barrel and then you manually open the clamp using a convenient thumb lever. Very easy to use and creates beautiful curls!

Spring Curling Iron

  • Marcel Curling Iron: Very popular among professionals but difficult to use without experience. They require you to open and close the clamp with the use of several fingers. Also, the handle spins so you can rotate the curling iron without the use of both hands. This makes it the perfect tool for the salon atmosphere.

Marcel Curling Irons

  • Clipless Wand Curling Iron: Instead of a clamp, the user manually wraps each hair strand around the heated barrel. They are very easy to use and give great results. Also, most come with a heat resistant glove to help protect your hands from burns.
Clipless Wand Curling Iron
Finding the Right Curl

The type of curling iron used does have an impact on your curls but rather the barrel type and size determines the end results. A large barrel from 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" gives large loose curls and a smaller barrel from 5/8" to 1" create small tight curls try a smaller barrel.