No joke: I own, like, 5 curling irons, almost all of them by Conair. I’m a bonafide Conair fangirl probably because the first curling iron I ever bought was a Conair. This was back in the 6th grade, when the only way to tell if it was hot enough was if the dot on the handle turned from red to black. Or was it the other way around? Anyways, it was old school and pretty sure it had only had 3 settings: weaksauce, medium and hot. I always ALWAYS set it on hot; still do.
I’ve accumulated my current collection not only because of work but also because I like having a variety of curling sizes at my disposal, thus maximizing the potential of my long hair. Or creating more opportunities to totally screw up and look like a hot mess. The latter has happened more than once.
The big Hollywood hair buzz phrase for the past few years it seems like is “beach waves.” The thing nobody likes to admit is that unless you actually have wavy or curly hair, natural beach waves will almost always elude you. You can thank your DNA for that one. And while I’m a born-and-bred local California girl through and through, no amount of surf and sand will give me those gorgeous, just-curled-enough-away-from-my-face texturized quasi-ringlets. So I have to do what everyone else does: work at it.
Every beauty magazine will instruct you to simply hold a normal curling iron vertically, clamp open (and away from hair) and wrap the hair - “wrapping” is key. No clamping. But what they don’t like to tell you is that it’s infinitely easier to do this on one side of your head than the other. Also, if you fail to angle said traditional curling iron JUST right, you’ll end up with half-kinked Taylor Swift curls, that are far from Swift perfect.
I recently nabbed the Conair You Curl: a tapered, clampless curling iron that heats up to 400 degrees, and out of all the irons I own, this may be the one to rule them all (cue LOTR theme music and me holding onto the curling iron with a look of Gollum-esque awe). Without the clamp, it’s easier to maneuver than a traditional curling iron, making angling less of a hassle. The only gripe I have is that it tends to be rather slippery when wrapping hair around, so try to keep a steady hand. Also, be cognizant of where your hands are to avoid singed fingertips. Beach waves, elude me no more.
Maxi dress, Target.