Curly, voluminous hair is forever having a moment,but with an 80s comeback hitting the runways, curly hair is back in a big way.
Saying that, for those of us not blessed with natural Alanna Arrington-esque locks, perfectly curly hair can be pretty hard to achieve.
Never fear, the ELLE beauty team are here (as always) to help. From curling wands, to heated rollers and beyond, we've tested them all so you don't have to.
The Best Hair Rollers
Rollers have come a long way since those spongy little pink numbers. These heat up in just four seconds (pop them into the pod and it'll alert you once ready) and come in various sizes so you can create a range of different curls.
Impressive results, hence the price tag.
The Best Hair Curling Wands / Tongs
If you're not au fait with working a million noodle-esque rollers, or it all feels just a little too Coronation Street for your more modern curls, you need to get your hands on a tong.
The ELLE Favourite
The GHD Curve is a favourite in the ELLE Beauty Cupboard. This wand's tapered conical shape delivers loose easy waves, every time. Not a dodgy bridesmaid corkscrew curl in sight.
For Disco Curls
After several seasons making waves on the catwalk, 80s perm-style curls (Note: Not actual perms, like, just don't do it) have filtered down to the high street. This ultra-thin wand creates properly tight, disco curls. And let's be honest, the name is great.
The Complete Tool For All Your Curly Needs
With five heat settings and three interchangeable barrels, flitting between beachy waves and bouncy curls requires minimal effort. Genius.
Oh, and Blake Lively uses it. *Immediately adds to basket*
If You Like Options...
The width of the end compared to the base on this conical wand means you can really play around and experiment with shapes. For tighter curls use the tip, for bigger ones go for the base and for waves, wrap hair around from base to tip.
Either way, a tapered wand means you'll avoid that weird uniform corkscrew curl.
The Traditional Tool
If you prefer a more traditional tong with a clamp then these are up there with some of the best. The adjustable temperature dial means you can avoid heat frazzled curls and basically every backstage hair pro uses them, Kim K's go-to stylist Jen Atkin included.
For Natural Waves
It might look like a daunting mix between a garden fork and a crimping iron, but this triple pronged tool works a treat at delivering natural looking waves, rather than super tight curls.
For Massive Bouncy Volume
If it's big, bouncy, volume you're after, then this tong – with its 32mm thick barrel - is a good way to go. Plus, all Ghd stylers feature patented Trizone technology, which basically means the heat is always evenly spread all the way down the barrel, for reliably consistent curls.
The Best Curly Hair Styler For Lazy Girls
The lazy girl's dream curling tool – so quick, so easy.
Section off a small piece of hair (this is key as going too big could mean your hair getting stuck), place it in position and watch it disappear into the device (don't panic, that's supposed to happen).
Here, in the 'ceramic curl chamber', it'll be heated from all angles before releasing a curl. We found it to work best with sleek, straight hair or to tame coarse unruly hair into perfect curls.