Best Curling Irons

Best Curling Iron for Fine Hair: Our Top 2 Picks

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Fine Hair Basics

Fine hair can be pretty fickle. It will dry out easily with styling, and yet it can get greasy and weighed down with products. This is a pretty frustrating combo that can leave you with flat, dull hair by the end of the day.

If that sounds like your battle, you may need to pay more attention to your hair texture. With fine hair, you can run a strand between your fingers, and not notice it at all. This is because your hair is composed of less layers.

While this wispy texture can leave you with beautiful, delicate strands, it also makes your hair more vulnerable to damage, so you need to treat your hair carefully.

Styling Advice for Fine Hair

When styling fine hair, you want to focus on devices and routines that aren’t going to dry out your hair. You’ll still need to use heat protectants to keep your hair moisturized and healthy, but the goal is to avoid having to put heavy conditioners in your hair after you style it.

With fine hair, protecting it from heat damage is the key to maintaining a good style, without having to weigh your hair down.

Part of that responsibility falls on you, the user. With fine hair, you don’t need to test the upper range of your devices heat. The usual recommended temperature is around  300 degrees Fahrenheit. And you should always avoid styling your hair with high heat devices when wet. To ensure that your hair doesn’t start to dry out and get frizzy, use a heat protectant, and keep up with a good conditioner routine.

The rest of the responsibility of keeping your hair healthy falls on the tools you use.

Features to Look For

When purchasing a heated styling device, there are a few features that you should look for if you have fine hair.

Ionization

This sounds like a useless buzzword, but there’s some actual science to back it up. Ionization basically means that the materials in the flat iron release negative ions.  By reacting with the mostly positive ions in your hair, as well as the products that you put on your hair, the negative ions can help lock in moisture. This is key for fine hair, since it can be prone to drying out.

Tourmaline

This material is essentially a ground up gemstone that is mixed in with whatever coating goes over the heated element on your styling tool. The reason tourmaline is so popular, is because of the previous feature: ionization. Tourmaline releases negative ions better than any other flat iron material, which can help keep your hair moisturized while styling.

Ceramic

The key benefit of ceramic, is that it distributes heat more evenly than other materials, which can lead to less damage. Using ceramic, you wont have super heated portions of your hair. You’ll also avoid having portions that don’t get enough heat, and require multiple passes. The drawback is that ceramic plates aren’t as durable. They can chip after lots of use, so look out for wear, and use it carefully.

Infrared

This feature is not as common, but is still good for fine hair. Infrared devices apply heat not only from the outside of hair, but from the inside as well.  Doing so preserves moisture in you hair and causes less damage over time, which is good if you need the device for repeated styling. It can also cut down on styling time, which means less heat exposure.

Best Curling Irons for Fine Hair

Anjou Curling Iron

Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Curling Wand

 

Features:

  • Ceramic Tourmaline Barrel
  • 360 degree swivel cord.
  • LCD temperature display.
  • 98 inch cable.
  • Fast heat up.
  • 8″ Barrel
  • Heats up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit.

Accessories:

  • Heat Resistant Glove
  • 2 Curl Clips

Review:

I recommend this curling iron mainly because of the material: the tourmaline ceramic barrel is perfect for styling fine hair. The tourmaline will help lock in moisture, and the ceramic will keep barrel heated evenly. I also like the the max temperature is fairly low. With fine hair, anything too far over 400 degrees is very damaging.

Another good aspect of this iron is that it would work well for long hair, regardless of texture. The barrel is over eight inches (some of that is taken up by the lever at the bottom, but overall it’s still a lot of surface area), which would obviously benefit anyone whose long hair requires a lot of room. The longer barrel would also work for anyone with thick, fine textured hair. When there’s a lot of it, even fine hair can be stubborn, so having a larger heated area would be more efficient.

Final thoughts:

This curling iron has with stood over a thousand reviews, the majority of which are positive. I like it for fine hair, because of the tourmaline ceramic barrel, and the low max temperature, however it has features that can appeal to any hair type or texture. I also like it for long hair, because the 360 swivel cord, and the longer barrel make it easier.

Buyer’s Notes:

  • The manufacturer offers 3 different barrel widths.
  • This brand sells a titanium counterpart in a different color, so pay attention when ordering.

Parwin Pro Curling Iron

Parwin Pro Curling Iron

 

Features:

  •  Ceramic Tourmaline Barrel
  • 60 minute auto-shut off.
  • 360 degree swivel cord.
  • LCD temperature display.
  • 98 inch cable.
  • Fast heat up.
  • 6″ Barrel
  • 450 degrees Fahrenheit max Temperature

Accessories:

  • Heat resistant glove
  • Carrying pouch.

Review:

As with the previous option, I recommend this curling iron for fine hair based on the materials. Like the first one, the tourmaline ceramic coating should help lock in moisture, and promote even heating.

This iron has a shorter barrel, at just over six inches including the part that’s taken up by the lever. While this may not be as appealing for people with long hair, it works great with short and medium length hair. It also still has a long, 360 degree swivel cord, which makes it easier to maneuver and use.

My only complaint is that it does get hot at 450 degrees, and it uses a dial on the side to set the temperature. While using it, make sure you’re careful with the temperature dial and don’t accidentally bump it too high while you’re using it.

Final Thoughts:

While I don’t prefer this option over the previous one, I still think it’s excellent. In fact, it might be better for anyone with short-to-medium hair.

It has some features that I general don’t enjoy, like the temperature wheel, but there are some other features, like the auto-shut off and fast heat up, that help make up for that.

Overall, the good majority of it’s reviews are positive, and it has the features that matter for fine hair.

Buyers Notes:

  • Comes in standard and professional versions. (The professional version is supposed to be fast heating, and more durable.)
  • Three available barrel widths.

Closing

Fine hair is lush and pretty, but it’s delicate too. Regardless of whether your fine hair is thick or thin, you’re going to need to take good care of it. Be willing to give it some extra attention, and look for products that will condition without being too heavy or greasy.

When styling, stick to low/ mid-range temperatures so that you don’t damage your hair. As fine hair is more susceptible to damage, make sure you’re using a heat protectant, and don’t over-work your hair.

When shopping for styling tools, focus on features and materials that will help your hair maintain moisture. Ceramic and tourmaline are good materials for the heat elements. Also look for buzzwords like ionization and infrared. These can help keep your hair healthy even while styling.

With fine hair, you don’t have to be afraid of applying heat when styling. Just make sure you’re putting your hair’s health above the styling, and you’ll be on your way to perfect, salon looks.

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