Why try a Wand?
Getting a curling wand for fine hair is generally considered to be a good choice, because they can help limit the amount of damage your hair has to undergo.
This hair texture is prone to breaking, which doesn’t go well with most styling tools. With a standard iron, your either sliding your hair between two plates, or sliding it around a barrel and through clip. In both cases, there are plenty of ways for your hair to get snagged and break.
There’s also the issue of volume. Volume is hard won for most people with this hair texture. After all the trouble of drying your hair carefully, you don’t want to lose volume by clamping your hair down too much. A wand can help prevent you from flattening your hair too much as you style.
Of course, with a gentle hand and some practice, most devices work well with fine-textured hair. You certainly don’t have to go change up your routine if it works for you. However, if you want to try something new, here are some suggestions for buying a curling wand.
Features to Look For
When you’re shopping, make sure you look at these features for every option:
Temperature is extremely important when styling fine hair. It has less layers than coarse hair, so it’s more prone to drying out and suffering heat damage. Even if you have thick hair, (Meaning you have a large amount of hair, it’s just fine-textured), you don’t want something too hot. Pay attention to the max temperature of a product, since that will tell you what sort of temperature range you’ll be working with. You’ll also want a lot of temperature presets or choices. This will allow you to start out low and slowly make the device hotter until you reach a temperature that allows your curls to hold.
Fine hair needs moisture to keep it from looking too dry and brittle, especially if you’re using a heated styling tool. In order to achieve the best style, you’re going to want to choose materials like Ceramic and Tourmaline. Ceramic promotes even heating to keep your hair from getting burnt in one place. It can also help minimize the amount of passes you’ll need on one section of hair, since the whole section should get the same level of heat at once. And tourmaline produces negative ions, which can help your hair lock in moisture.
Other buzzwords to look for with the barrel materials, are ionization, and infrared. Both of these indicate that the device is meant to keep your hair from losing too much of its natural moisture.
Regardless of what device you purchase, with fine hair, your hair routine is the key to good styling. Make sure you keep up with conditioning your hair, but try choose a light weight product, as fine hair can easily get weighed down.
Before you style, always dry your hair and apply a heat protectant spray. Fine hair is beautiful, but very delicate. You never want to use a heated styling tool like a wand or iron without having first dried your hair. (As much as you can, try to dry your hair without using heat. This means you can air-dry it, or use your blow dryer on a low setting.) You can also consider using a volumizing spray or mousse to keep your style from looking flat. (Read the directions on the bottle for the volumizing product you use, as some may need to be applied at a particular point when styling.)
After you style, be sure to invest in a good dry shampoo. People with fine hair can be prone to getting a greasy scalp quickly. If the top of your perfect, spiral curls are looking limp and overly shiny half-way through the day, apply a good dry shampoo and give the hair near your scalp a tussle. You should go back to looking just as fresh and lively as you did earlier in the day.
Here is the wand curler for fine hair that I thought would work best based on it’s features, price point, and reviews.
- Conical barrel is 1-1.5 inches in length.
- Max temperature of 410 degrees Fahrenheit
- Ceramic Tourmaline Barrel
- LCD temperature display
- 22 Heat settings
- 96 inch 360 degree swivel cord
- 60 minute auto shut-off
- Heat resistant glove
This device has a few things that are great for fine hair as well as some features that will work for everyone.
For safety and ease of use, the 60 minute auto-shut off and extra long cord are great. You won’t have to worry about leaving the device on all day. You’ll also have an easy time picking out a good outlet since the cord is so long.
The sheer amount of temperature options is also great. With 22 settings, you should easily be able to find one that will get a curl to hold without burning or causing damage.
The barrel coating is another highlight. Tourmaline and ceramic are a good combination for keeping hair healthy.
This device has plenty of good reviews, and plenty of features that make it ideal for fine hair. I like that the temperature settings as well as the materials can help you protect your hair from damage. Even the max temperature is low for what I’ve seen with most of these devices. I would definitely give this one serious consideration over some of the other options, especially since it comes at a reasonable price.
One thing to be aware of while shopping: the barrel is tapered. Tapered barrels do give you a lot of choices for how to curl, but they won’t give you those perfectly uniform spirals that a cylindrical barrel will.
- This device comes with multiple barrel sizes on the listing. The specifications are almost identical for each, so feel free to choose according to your preference.
If the Xtava isn’t right for you, consider this other suggestion.
This device is another with a wide temperature range, and a tourmaline ceramic coated barrel. I would’ve recommended this device as a top pick, if not for the fact that the barrel isn’t uniform. There are strips on the side that are made of heat resistant silicon. While I don’t think these would impact styling too much, my concern was that fine hair might get caught up on these sections. Still, I think it is worth mentioning because of the good reviews, and other features.
A delicate hair texture doesn’t mean you have to avoid heated styling altogether. It just means you need to be smart about it.
Consider a device that has plenty of options for a safe temperature, and is made of good materials. Also, be sure to stick to a hair care routine in order to keep your hair moisturized and healthy. With a little extra attention to detail, you should be able to find a curling wand for fine hair that’s effective for you.