Product Review: Best Hair Curling Tools, Wands and Rollers

What's the best tool to curl your hair with? The ELLE team tried and tested hot and cold rollers, tongs and more...


Curly, voluminous hair is always having a moment, to be honest. And for those of us with limp, fine hair, it can be pretty hard to achieve.

The ELLE beauty team are here (as always) to help, though, as we've trialled the very best in heated curling technology. From curling wands, to heated rollers and beyond, we've tested them so you don't have to.

So, read on for your every curly hairstyle need:

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 O Ultimate Set - £169

Wands / Tongs

The ELLE Favourite

The GHD Curve is a favourite in the ELLE Beauty Cupboard. This wand's tapered conical shape delivers easy waves, every time.

GHD Curve - £120


For Disco Curls

After several seasons making waves on the catwalk, corkscrew curls (and subsequently the tools to achieve them) have filtered down to the high street. This ultra-thin wand creates properly tight, disco curls.

Lee Stafford Curling Wand - £15.99

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.


Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand - £199

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.

Babyliss Curling Wand Pro - £20

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 is a big plus point.

Hershesons Tourmaline professional waving tong - £98

For Really Loose Waves

For more laid-back, looser waves, give this oval shaped wand a whirl.

Diva Oval Wave Wand - £30.98

For Natural Waves

It might look pretty, umm, daunting, but this triple pronged tool is impressive at delivering natural looking waves.

Jose Eber black three-barrel waver - £129.99

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.

GHD Soft Curve Tong - £120


The Curl Secret For Lazy Girls

The lazy girls 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 in 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.

The Babyliss Curl Secret - £120


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