Curling Irons – Choosing a Barrel Size

Wow! There are a lot of choices in the world of hair appliances, especially with curling irons. Sometimes it can be really difficult to choose which one is right for you. All you want to do is create some nice, frizz-free curls. Maybe you’re going out? Will your iron create long, loose curls? Maybe you want to use a curling iron every day to flip the ends of your bob…. which curling iron will give you the look you want?
Hot Tools 3/4With plenty of different barrel sizes available, you are certain to get lots and lots of curls, but the barrel width you choose really depends on your hair length and the type of curl you want to create. Based on the information we found, we have created a handy little guide to help you choose the curl creating iron that is best for you:
3/8 inch barrel: Great for short hair. It creates soft, tight curls, bangs and wisps. Think tendrils.
5/8 inch barrel: Creates smooth, tight curls, on medium length hair. Fantastic for flips.
3/4 inch barrel: Great for all hair lengths, produces medium size curls and waves. The universal size, good for anyone.
1 inch barrel: Creates full curls and waves and root lift. Great on most hair types for creating that long, loose celeb look.
1-1/4 inch barrel: Suggested for large, loose curls, waves and root lift. Think of the volume you can get at the roots.
1-1/2 inch barrel: Best for longer hair, large loose curls, waves and root lift. The biggest, baddest curls ever.
2 inch barrel: Perfect for creating the ultimate loose curls and waves on long hair.
Spring curling iron or Marcel curling iron, you will absolutely love the curls and waves you can create with all of the different sizes. Now you just need to pick one….or two!Need help deciding? Visit our Curling Iron section to see the large assortment we have available, in every size you can imagine, or check out our Best Curling Irons section to see our best-sellers. 
Already have a favorite curling iron? This quick video will show you how to create the curls of your dreams!


  2 comments for “Curling Irons – Choosing a Barrel Size

  1. Amy
    August 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thank you so much for this it was so helpful. Thank you again!

  2. Michelle
    September 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve used many different curling iron brands and neither worked for me as good as my Karmin Salon Pro Clipless Tourmaline Curling Iron it is awesome and leaves my hair really soft and shiny with long lasting curls I love it!

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