Battle of the Curling Wands

Battle of the Curling Wands |

I have long hair and a lot of it, so I’ve been on the hunt for hair tools that can give me lasting curls for as long as I can remember.

The past year or so I’ve spent trying out different curling wands from T3, Nume, Sarah Potempa, and Sultra (as you may have seen on snapchat: irinabond), so I thought a comparison post would be something hair-obsessed Bond Girls might find useful.

Of course your haircut and hair type is a factor in how long your curls will last too.  Trimming off a little extra can really help with the weight of the strands.  And holding the curl in your hand for a few seconds so it cools down and “sets” is super key (that’s where the gloves come in handy).

Now onto my mini reviews…


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Battle of the Curling Wands |

Battle of the Curling Wands |



NuMe was my first delve into curling wands.  They are internet-famous for having so many interchangeable options, it’s crazy!  Plus, they offer deep discounts with promo codes pretty regularly, so they’re a great option for the budget-conscious.  Don’t pay full price!  See the 3 codes below.

Although I have a few sets from them, my fave is the NuMe Titan 3 (the chrome silver barrels).  The barrels are titanium-infused and come in 19mm, 25mm, and 32mm sizes, specifically built for hair that has difficulty holding a curl.  This set is what gave me hope that I could keep a curl with the right tool and technique.

I have a video using the NuMe Titan 3 here.

The NuMe wand has different temperature options for different hair textures.  It comes with a black glove, which I highly recommend using since there’s no clamp and no heat-resistant tip.  You’ll also want to hold the curl in your hand before releasing (and your hair is usually HOT straight out of the barrel).

I usually use the middle 25mm barrel for my everyday look.

You can get the Titan 3 set right now for $89 until 4/1/16 with code GIMME (plus a free styling comb and free shipping).

Battle of the Curling Wands |

Battle of the Curling Wands |

How To // Glamorous Long-Lasting Curls |


I also have the Lustrum 5-in-One, which is one of the most versatile interchangeable sets I’ve ever seen.  You can get anything from tight pincurls to beachy mermaid waves to super-loose bouncy volume.  If you’re a traveling hair professional, I can see how this could be an incredible set for you.  It comes with roll-up storage as well as the black NuMe glove.

For this set (and any other tool or set), you can get $40 off until 4/1/16 with code TAKEOFF40 (plus free shipping, and sometimes they throw in a free argan oil).

Battle of the Curling Wands |

Battle of the Curling Wands |

If you just want to get one classic NuMe wand for $29 (killer deal) and a free argan oil, you can use code LOOSECURLS until 4/1/16.


T3 Whirl Convertible Styling Wand with Interchangeable Tapered Barrel

The T3 Whirl Convertible is my personal favorite.  If I somehow lost all my hair tools, this is the curling wand I would likely repurchase.  Although I do love and use my other wands, the T3 is my favorite because it combines form and function in one product.  It not only does a fabulous job with my hair, but it also looks gorgeous on my countertop with the white and rose gold, ha!

The T3 wand has a combo tourmaline and ceramic barrel for consistent heating.  There’s 5 adjustable heat settings for any hair type and a 1-hour auto shut-off feature.  The 9-foot swivel doesn’t tangle or twist.

It comes with a black T3 glove, and there’s an option to purchase additional interchangeable barrels (or as a set of 3).  Perfect for a minimalist and/or design aficionado.  A little pricey, but worth it in my opinion.

Battle of the Curling Wands |

Battle of the Curling Wands |


Sultra The Bombshell 1-inch Rod Curling Iron

I’ve been a fan of Sultra since I bought their Seductress hair straightener a few years back (throwback blog post here).  I got to try their Bombshell curling rod at the end of last year, and not surprisingly it’s a winner as well.

Sultra’s curling wand has a ceramic barrel for consistent heating.  The 1-inch round barrel makes those bigger loose waves, thus the name “Bombshell.”  It comes with a pink glove and a roll-up iron pad that you can use for setting the wand down during use.  It also has an internal auto shut-off and a 9-foot swivel cord.

In case you’re wondering, mine is the older version with the flat tip, and the new version has a rounded tip.

Battle of the Curling Wands |

Battle of the Curling Wands |


Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

This is the curling wand I use when I’m feeling tired and don’t want to do too much thinking.  The self-rotating feature makes it easier to curl my hair and pretty quickly too.  My arms don’t hurt when I use this wand, and my little sister was amazed at that too.  There’s a temperature control option (in both Fahrenheit and Celsius) and a slower and faster speed option; I started with the slower speed, because the rotating made me nervous, but now I’m comfortable with the faster setting.

The Beachwaver S1 isn’t interchangeable, but I like this wand size anyway.  I don’t think this curler came with a glove, but I usually use one of my other ones with it when I release the hot curl and hold it for a few seconds to set.

The price is pretty decent at $129, and you can even pick it up on your Target run.  And it was the official tool of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this past December!

I made a video with the Beachwaver S1, in case you want to see it in action.

Battle of the Curling Wands |

How To // Victoria's Secret Hair with the Beachwaver S1 |


Hope you found my comparison useful!  I’d recommend any of these wands (or sets), but I hope my insight can help you if you’re looking to just get one.


Have you tried any of these curling wands?  Any others you’d recommend?




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