The hot tools bubble wand is a good option for anyone looking to get into a different style of curling. This type of device is a modification of the more traditional curling iron or clipless curling iron that we’re all used to using. It may seem a little strange, and perhaps even unnecessary, but I was pleasantly surprised by the styles this device can achieve. It’s actually different than what you’d get out of a traditional iron, and some people may even prefer it.
Here is some general information on this type of device, as well as a review of one available product.
Ease of Use
Despite looking more complex, this device isn’t substantially more difficult to use than a regular conical or tapered iron. You just wrap it according to the style you want, and hold it for however long you need to achieve a good curl. you essentially use it the same way you would your current curling iron, you just have to pay a little more attention to where you place your hair.
Unwinding the hair is what takes a little more finesse. It doesn’t just slip away from the device the way it would with a regular iron. You have to give it a bit of a shake to release, or you have to unwind it. Either way works, and isn’t too much trouble. But some people may find it annoying.
Personally, I actually like that it traps the hair a little bit. This prevents your from dealing with that annoying moment when you’re wrapping your hair and it slides down the barrel.
For the most part, with this device you get a looser curl that’s more of a wavy spiral than the coils you get from a traditional iron.
In terms of versatility, you can get a few different looks from this device. Depending on the style you want, you can wrap hair between each sphere, around each sphere, or do a mix of both. Wrapping the hair between each sphere will get you the closest to a traditional curl. Wrapping hair around the spheres gets you a wavier look, since each coil is wider. If you just wrap the hair freely and hit both the crevices and the spheres, you end up with a more natural looking, loose curl.
Hair Type Recommendations
I think this style of device works for a number of hair types. I like it for fine hair in particular though, since I think it’s good for adding a little more volume. The curls it produces tend to be pretty wide, and you can get even more space between each turn depending on how you wrap it.
While hair type is less of an issue, I do think that hair length is a little more restrictive. I like this device better for longer hair. On medium to short lengths, the style looks like waves more than curls. This is because the curls are wider to begin with, so you’re not getting a lot of coils in each section of hair. If you have shorter hair and want tighter curls, I would recommend a traditional iron over this device. However, if you do want natural looking waves for that hair length, then this device is good.
Bubble Wand Hair Curler: Hot Tools
- Ceramic Barrel
- 450 Degrees Fahrenheit Max Temperature
- Swivel Cord
- Cool Tip
I like this device as a solid option with a mid-range price point. The ceramic barrel should help keep heat even, which is particularly important for this type of device. You’ll be using specific sections for styling, so you want the assurance that each portion of the barrel is the same temperature.
And while ceramic is not ideal for all hair types, this device does have a wide range of temperatures. At a low temperature, it’s a great option for fine textured hair. At a higher temperature, it should still be effective for coarser textures.
Unfortunately, on last glance, this device is no longer available on the Hot Tools website, although I recommend checking back to see if they’ve updated their stock. With that in mind, here are some alternative options that have similar features.
Parwin Pro 5 in 1 Curling Set
This one is actually a set, although it does include a bubble wand attachment. The barrel is ceramic, however it also has additional tourmaline, which should help give a smooth style. It has a high maximum temperature of 450 degree Fahrenheit, so overall, it’s a comparable set.
Revlon Curling Ball Wand
This is another tourmaline ceramic option, although it only heats to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. While that is a lower temperature, I think 420 degrees would still be suitable for all hair types. Going much hotter than that can damage even coarse, stubborn hair.
Using one of these devices may seem a little disorienting at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll probably love it just as much, if not more than your regular wand.
This device produces a different type of curl than the usual ones. If you’re interested in trying one, I encourage you to pursue that. The hot tools bubble wand is a good place to start, however there are plenty of viable options out there.