The Art of the Curl
The Best Curling Iron PicksFor Curly Curls
Our pick: Revlon Perfect Heat Ceramic 3/4-inch curling iron, $14.99 (shown)
Why: With 30 heat settings and needing only 60 seconds to warm up, this tiny iron helps shape tight curls on even the shortest hair.For Spectacular Spirals
Our pick: Conair Instant Heat Spiral Styler, $14.99
Why: Creates corkscrew spirals effortlessly on short or long hair. In addition to 25 heat settings, it features a Turbo Heat button to lock in curls.To Make Waves
Our pick: Ceramic Tools 1-1/4-inch Professional Curling Iron, $35.95
Why: Sexy, soft waves are a snap with this ion-emitting, frizz-eliminating ceramic barrel iron featuring 25 heat settings.For Big Bounce
Our pick: Remington 2-inch Protect and Shine Triple Protection Curling Iron, $14.99
Why: Teflon coating over a ceramic barrel helps prevent hair breakage. With 30 heat settings and a light that indicates when the iron is ready, this jumbo workhorse easily creates subtle waves.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal magazine, November 2005.