Hair Care: How To Use a Curling Iron Like a Pro
Follow these 9 expert hair care tips so you can achieve perfect curls every time you style
Curling tip 3: Know the material you are working withCurling irons come in different material types and knowing which each does can help you achieve a better curl.
Starting from the safest for your hair to the least safe:
Ceramic and tourmaline irons: These are the first choice of professionals because they are the healthiest for your hair. Ceramic irons disperse heat through your hair more evenly while tourmaline "releases negative ions that close the cuticle down and lock in moisture," says Moticka, which controls frizz. For a non-professional iron that won't break the bank, readers love Conair 1-1/4" Hydro Silk Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron, $9.99.
Gold and titanium irons: These are good conductors of heat, but won't protect against frizz. Try BaByliss PRO GT Gold Titanium Spring Curling Iron, $59.95.
Chrome irons: These are by far the most generic and can be purchased at any drugstore for a low price, but they don't always heat up evenly, don't protect against frizz, and can also snag fragile hair. Readers like the Conair Instant Heat 1" Curling Iron, $11.99.
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