There isn’t anything better than having a head full of bouncy, voluminous, hair-flip-worthy curls. But curling your hair can be a tricky job, especially when you don’t know what tool you should be using to get the wavy, soft or tight curls you want. To get the perfectly romantic hair style you love, do you use a curling iron, or a wand? Which type of curl will each tool produce? What’s the difference between ceramic curling and titanium curling? Let us break down the differences, tips, tricks, pros and cons, and tell you which one you should apply.
Curling Wand vs. Curling Iron
Curling wands are a little more modern and updated, they're the choice tool for creating effortless waves and fresh curls. Unlike traditional irons, they’re clampless and slightly easier to use. The wand heats up faster, and gives results much faster than the iron. In terms of external structure, there is no clip in a wand which makes curls without the clip mark that looks like a small indentation mark, but with an iron this mark appears in every strand. When it comes to smoothness, curls are lot smoother and shiny when done with the iron. However, a wand though gives gentle beachy curls, yet doesn't give that finish to the curls. Before you start to work on your hair, choosing the right tool is paramount. If you are going for a quick curling session, yet want long-lasting curls, and bother less about shine, then curling wand is the machine. While if you plan to go to some wedding or big party, where will need shiny curls with a great finish, then you could invest a little more time with the iron to get that look.
Ceramic Curling vs. Titanium Curling
Ceramic curling irons minimize frizz and static and reduce heat damage across all hair types. Titanium curling irons heat up quickly and help hair retain moisture, which is important because excessive heat styling can cause hair to become dry and brittle.
Ceramic is a type of non-metal material that conducts and disperses heat evenly and consistently. Some curlers have solid ceramic wands and others have a ceramic coating. It’s important to know the difference because the latter is much lower in quality. Curlers made with solid ceramic material are durable enough to last years of use.
The great thing about ceramic curlers is that the heat is produced and applied evenly, giving you uniform and lasting results. In addition, ceramic curlers are gentler on the hair compared to curlers with metal plates because of the controlled, even distribution of heat. A ceramic curling wand is perfect for users with damaged prone, damaged, delicate, or fine hair. The same thing goes for individuals with hard-to-manage tresses.
Titanium is a lightweight and durable metal alloy that’s used in a variety of applications. It is tough enough to withstand daily abuse and extreme temperatures that’s why this alloy is used in the building of aircraft. Curlers with titanium plates heat up faster than curlers with ceramic material because metal transfers heat the fastest. And it’s definitely more resilient than ceramic plates, which could withstand daily abuse and extended heat exposure. In addition, titanium iron is incredibly light. Ceramic material is heavier so generally, curlers made with this material are quite hefty.
Choosing the Best Tool for You
When it comes right down to it, which is the best curling tool for your hair type? If you want to create a polished, professional-looking finish then go for a product that comes with a built-in clip. Using a curler with a built-in clip could take some practice but really, the results will blow you away. Yes, you might get a crease here and there but practice makes perfect.
Also, consider the material of the curling iron. If your hair could stand a heat, get a curler that’s hot enough to reach the right temperature for longer-lasting curls. If the curling tool does not get hot enough, the hairstyle won’t last. Curlers made with titanium, for example, are perfect for those with thick, coarse hair. The material gets hot quickly, taming the tresses in no time at all. Ceramic could reach the same temperature as titanium but it does not get hot quickly. It will take about a minute or so.
Do note, however, that everyday styling leads to heat damage so choose a curling tool that’s designed to reduce dryness, brittleness, or dullness. In addition, use a gentle curler, one that gets hot enough but isn’t too damaging to the tresses. Giving your hair a rest from heat styling every week should also help in terms of keeping the hair healthy despite the frequent styling. Finally, never skip your heat protective products each time you style your hair.