How is a curling wand different from a curling tong?

To get a beautiful and luscious curl, the two most famous tools are the curling iron/ tongs and curling wand. Both will give great curls, and thus beautiful looks, with the iron having a clasp in it, and the wand being the Clip-less iron. But since both are named different and designed quite a bit different, people seeking a curling machine often get confused when it comes to choosing between the two.


So, in this blog, we’re going to clear the air for all your curling doubts.


Traditional curling irons/tongs/ clamp irons are the most commonly used irons and most of us grew up using our mom’s iron for super-curly styles. Curling irons come in several sizes, each has its own benefits. Larger barrels give looser curls while smaller barrels give tight, spiral curls.


Curling wands come in a variety of sizes and shapes – tapered or reverse tapered being the most commonly used. A wand doesn’t have a clamp, like a traditional curling iron. The two most common ways to wrap hair around the wand barrel are to wrap it flat against the barrel or to let it twist naturally in your hand. Wrapping it flat against the barrel will create a more polished, uniform wave while twisting the hair will create a more natural-looking wave with extra texture.



Here are some of the points that will help you differentiate and understand both the tools better.


Barrel size: The barrel size of a curling tong is the same throughout. For instance, if the diameter of the tong’s barrel is 16mm at the start, it is the same at the end of the barrel too. While the barrel size of a curling wand is bigger at the start and reduces gradually until it reaches the end.


Barrel shape: The shape of a tong’s barrel is uniformly cylindrical. The shape is standard across the entire barrel. Whereas, the shape of a wand’s barrel is tapered towards the end. It gradually keeps getting narrower until the end.

Clasp: The curling tong has a clasp attached to it. This clasp is used to hold the curls when it is wrapped around the barrel. The curling wand doesn’t have a clasp attached to the barrel, to hold the hair in place like a tong.


Definition of curls: Curls are a lot shinier when done with a tong. However, a wand though gives gentle beachy curls, yet doesn’t give that finish to the curls. A wand is usually used when attending casual outing or parties when you want to flaunt your flirtatious waves. Otherwise, for well-defined curls, the tong is a better option. The curls a curling tong creates are a bit more polished and bouncy, while the curling wand creates more relaxed, natural waves.


Smoothness: When styled with a wand the curls come out even and smooth without the mark of the clip at the tip of the strand. Whereas when hair is styled with a tong there is a slight mark where the clip holds the hair.


Shape of the curls: You could get curls with rings that gradually get smaller at the end while using a wand. While styling with a curling iron/ tong can’t give varying ring sizes as their barrels are uniformly measured.


The way you hold the tool: You hold a curling iron differently than a curling wand. With a curling iron, the tip of the barrel should be facing upward, and with a curling wand, the tip of the barrel should be facing downward. Although this style of holding the product is not a hard and fast rule. But holding your styling tool in the correct manner does give you better results.

We hope this blog has by now helped you decide which is the next curling tool you need the most.


Happy Styling!

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