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…
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?