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Master Effortless Waves With These Must-Try Curlers and Styling Wands

Say hello to shiny, healthy, perfect curls in an instant.

Nothing beats a good hair day, and we are jumping on the latest haircare trend to sweep social media and embracing big effortless curls this season. 

Big bouncy ’90s curls or tight perm-like ringlets, we can’t get enough of the curl resurgence we are seeing across our FYPs and on the trending pages of Instagram. 

If you’re not sure how to achieve the curls you’re after, here are some tips to nail them: 

  • Make sure to prime your hair using heat protectant spray to reduce damage thanks to the heat of the curler. 
  • ensure to use the right barrel size for whatever style of curl you are going for. The smaller the barrel the tighter the curl and vice versa. 
  • Spritz your hair with some hairspray before you even start curling, this adds grip to hold curls longer (and is particularly important if you have clean hair). 
  • Consider the angle at which you hold your tool as this affects the curls. Hold it horizontally for added volume or vertically for more laid-back waves. 
  • Shake out your curls once they’ve cooled and set! This loosens them up and avoids clumpy curls. 
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Achieve these voluminous ’70s style curls by using a large barrel to curl and then pin to set until it cools. (Instagram /@beberexha

For those of us who aren’t blessed with natural curls, you may be searching to find your new favourite curler that can deliver those picture-perfect waves – and if that’s the case then look no further. 

Read on to find our top picks for hair curlers to achieve any kind of curl you may be after – from mermaid waves to bombshell blowouts, we have you covered…

2024’s top 3 hair curlers

  1. Shark FlexStyle™ Air Styling & Drying System, $399 (usually $499) at Shark
  2. Mermade Hair Waver PRO 32mm hair styler, $109 at Mermade Hair
  3. Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi-Styler Long, $794 (usually $899) at Dyson

The best hair curlers to achieve effortless waves in 2024

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Shark FlexStyle™ Air Styling & Drying System

$499 at Shark

With six attachments, what can’t this multi-tasking hair tool do? For voluminous curls, try the Shark FlexStyle™, which can deliver both bouncy curls and effortless waves depending on your desired style. Use the Auto-Wrap barrels for a tighter style, or go for the Oval Brush attachment for a looser effect.

Key features: 

  • Can work for any hair type 
  • Four temperature and three airflow settings
  • Two-year warranty

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Mermade Hair Waver PRO 32mm hair styler

$109 at Mermade Hair

Nail those big beachy waves with this handy tool that will cut your curling time in half. Just clamp down and release to reveal instant waves!

Key features: 

  • Creates boho waves 
  • Triple barrel design 
  • Easy to use for beginners 

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Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi-Styler Long

$794 (usually $899) at Dyson

It’s impossible to talk curlers without mentioning the iconic Dyson Airwrap. This nifty product will set you back almost $900 except the hype speaks for itself when it comes to quality. Coming with varying attachments, this handy tool will take you from wet hair to bouncy big curls in no time with minimal damage. 

Key features: 

  • Available in designs for short to medium and long hair length 
  • Comes with travel case 
  • Can receive complimentary personalisation

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CLOUD NINE The Curling Wand

$249 at THE ICONIC

With a 25mm barrel, this curling wand will give you quality all-around curls. Made with exclusive Kinder Styling Technology that infuses minerals into the ceramic barrel and variable temp control to ensure shiny, healthy hair results. 

Key features: 

  • Temperature ranges from 125°C to 175°C
  • 360° swivel cord for ease
  • Ceramic barrel infused with moisture-locking minerals 

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VS Sassoon Air Style Brilliance

$135.96 (usually $169.95) at Myer

If you’re looking for an affordable dupe for the Airwrap then this VS Sassoon option offers glamorous air styling without the price tag. A seven-in-one product that curls, straightens, dries and smooths. 

Key features: 

  • Two heat settings
  • Ionic conditioning and ceramic-coated plates
  • Three-year warranty

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ghd Curve Thin Curling Wand

$210 (usually $280) at ghd

Achieve those tight, perm-like curls without the commitment with this ultra-thin curing wand from ghd which will add texture and dimension to tight defined curls. Results will last for up to 24 and thanks to the longer barrel length you can get it done quicker. 

Key features: 

  • Ideal for creating tight ringlets and curls, along with redefining natural curls
  • PTC heater technology that monitors heat every 20 seconds
  • Two-year warranty

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Silver Bullet Fastlane Titanium Curling Iron

$99.95 at Adore Beauty

The perfect curler to try out for beginners, it’s easy to use and affordable, not to mention quick to heat while maintaining moisture in the hair thanks to the titanium barrel. 

Key features: 

  • Variable heat settings from 80°C to 220°C
  • Titanium barrel that heats quickly and effectively
  • 24-month warranty

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VS Sassoon Unbound Cordless Hair Curler

$143.20 (usually $179) at Myer

Curl anytime, any place with this cordless, on-the-go curler. This easy-to-use styler is perfect for travelling and is also great for beginners or people who struggling with regular curling. 

Key features: 

  • Cord-free design
  • Great for travel 
  • LCD control 

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What are the easiest hair curlers to use?

If you’re a beginner when it comes to curling your hair, go for a hair curler that’s streamlined and simple in its design and function. A traditional curling iron is straightforward to use, without any high-tech attachments that can cause a little confusion for a complete novice. 

What should I put on my hair before curling it?

Always prime your hair with a dedicated hair primer before heat styling to avoid any damage. Bonus? Most hair primers also help to keep your hair looking sleek, smooth and frizz-free, and your style should also hold for longer.

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