There are tons of curling irons on the market, but if you've experienced my type of luck, finding a good one is difficult.
Aside from the inevitable burn of a finger, many curlers leave hair looking blocky and square rather than smooth and flowy — not to mention, they take ages to heat up. And don't get me started on the amount of unnecessary accessories that come with the actual product.
Point is, each hair tool comes with lots of issues that are hard to avoid. Thankfully, I found a solution that has become one of my favorite all-time purchases: the Infiniti Pro by Conair.
This curling tool looks a little different from the rest and comes with a mild learning curve, but after some trial and error it's pretty simple.
You take a section of hair, fit it in the "jaw" area and close down. The Infiniti ceramic barrel automatically curls the hair around an internal heating element and in a matter of seconds, you'll hear three beeps signaling you to release your grip.
It only takes a few moments to create beautiful, perfect ringlets! I have medium-length hair, and can do my whole head in less than 10 minutes total (a huge time saver).
It's also foolproof, more or less: If you try to feed in too much hair, it will beep and stop curling. If you release your grip, the curl will unfurl regardless of whether it's beeped or not. And you'll only burn yourself if you bring the heating element directly up to your head but I haven't had any issue with this so far.
The curls look lovely if you leave them be after curling, but they also withstand a light combing that results in looser curls or waves. I find that mine continue to last overnight (although this will likely depend on hair type).
Those with dry locks may want to spritz on a little argan oil to protect hair, but I've never used a separate product beforehand and I haven't found any damage to my hair even with semi-frequent use (say, three to four times a week over three years).
I use the iron pretty much anytime I go out and I always look like I just stepped out of a salon. Well, close enough.
See below for a few more curling irons you may want to try!
This curling iron is the top seller at Dermstore and has a cult following across the internet. It may be on the higher price end, but it will last you forever.
This curling iron was the go-to tool for last year's Victoria Secret fashion show.
Don't fret if typical curling irons and wands seem intimidating; the Beachwaver curls the hair automatically, making it "the easiest tool in the world," according to Michael Angelo of New York City's Wonderland Beauty Parlor.
If you are looking for something a little more affordable, this curling iron from Conair has a 3/4-inch barrel and a 4-star rating on Amazon. It's also the retailer's top-selling curling iron.