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Find out how to tell what size curling iron you have. If you’ve forgotten and need some help figuring it out, check out this guide.
With these tools it’s easy to forget what they’re exact measurements are. The information isn’t usually listed on the device, so if you don’t have the box, you’re out of luck.
There are plenty of reasons to know the size of your curling iron or wand as well. Maybe you want a new one, and want to use the old one as a size reference. Or maybe you want to compare it to a larger or smaller option, to see if it’s worth trying out.
There’s also the case of tapered barrels as well, with different widths throughout. With these, you may want to know the size difference between the bottom and the top of the barrel.
Whatever your reason, there’s one simple way to determine the width: measure it.
Using A Measuring Tape
For this, all you have to do is take out a measuring tape, and circle it around the device. This will tell you exactly how wide the barrel is.
If you’re not familiar with a measuring tape, using one is simple. Here are the basic steps:
- Wrap the start of the tape (where it says one inch) around the barrel. Hold the tape in place with your hand.
- Then take the start of the tape, (it’s usually covered in metal), and wrap it tight to the barrel. You want to create a loop around the barrel, so it’s okay if the tape overlaps. Think of it as trying to curl the tape.
- With the tape tight around the barrel, identify the spot where the start of the tape overlaps. Whatever number is there is the width of the barrel.
If you’re not one for written directions, here’s a short video tutorial on how to use measuring tape. Although the video is about measuring bodies, specifically, the same concepts apply.
If you don’t have a measuring tape, don’t panic. There is another option.
You can look up the exact model you own online, and see what the size is listed at. Online retailers will have all the information you need, listed along with the product.
Of course, there are a few flaws to this method. One, you may not know what the exact model of your device is. Two, the device may not be in production anymore. And three, the brand may offer multiple size options for the same device.
So if you can, it’s better to just measure it yourself. However, if you can find the exact model, the manufacturer will provide the most accurate information.