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With summer in full swing, there’s nothing we love more than wavy, tousled locks to get us beach-ready. Whether you’re rocking long mermaid tresses or working that lob, grabbing a curling iron and adding some waves to your style can help boost volume and add texture for that effortless summer look. But – let’s be honest – while we love a good beachy wave, we’re not quite looking to cash out on a $300 curling iron. Luckily, the drugstore is filled with some awesome dupes for higher-end curling tools. So today we’re rounding up our budget-friendly favorites to help you get those perfect summer tresses!
Hair wands are not only super easy to use, but they can help you achieve several different styles with just one tool (score!). Conair’s original Infiniti You Curl has five varying heat settings for different types of hair and helps limit heat-related damage for different hair textures. Its tourmaline-coated barrel helps keep frizz at bay for shiny, soft and flowing curls. Its 0.5 to 1 inch tapered barrel can produce a multitude of curls from Taylor Swift (circa. 2007) curls to effortless beach waves. If you’re new to curling with a wand, invest in a heat-protective glove to avoid any nasty burns!
(Conair Infiniti You Curl 400°F Tourmaline Ceramic Wand, available on Amazon)
Remington’s T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Wand features a ceramic barrel infused with real pearl for unbelievably shiny curls that last all day. Available in 2 barrel sizes, o.5 – 1 inch and 1 – 1.5 inches, we suggest opting for the larger barrel for loose, cascading waves this summer. Take large sections (about 1-1.5 inches) of hair and curl away from the face in layers starting for the back of your head for perfectly crafted waves. Make sure to prep hair with a heat protectant before curling and to set your gorgeous curls with hairspray before heading out the door.
(Remington T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Professional Curling Wand , available on Amazon)
A must have for hair pros, Hot Tools Gold curling irons are they key to celeb-status curls. Fitted with a cool tip for scorch-free fingers, this curling iron is great for adding curls, waves or even just volume and texture to your tresses. Its variable heat settings allow you to customize your temperature for optimal results without excess damage to your locks. Use as a regular curling iron by pulling hair through the power spring clamp and wrapping upwards, or as a wand by curling large sections of hair around the barrel and clamp for a softer look.
(Hot Tools Gold 1.25″ Curling Iron, $46.99, Walgreens.com)
Perfect for those of you rocking lob-length (or shorter) styles this summer, Revlon’s 3/4 inch curling iron is the ultimate tool to help add volume and texture to your tresses. Curling short hair can be tricky (not to mention tedious) without the right tool. Luckily, Revlon’s 3/4 inch barrel is the perfect size for those tousled, bed-head curls. Its triple-baked ceramic tourmaline barrel helps keep curls smooth and soft while preventing excess damage. To add extra volume, try using a pre-styling texturizing spray on damp hair, dry quickly with a blowdryer, and curl small, random sections in opposite directions. Make sure to run your fingers through the curls (after they cool) for an ultra-messy and super cool style.
(Revlon Perfect Heat 3/4″ Hair Curling Iron, $12.97, Walmart.com)
Since the 90s are totally making a comeback, what better way to update your ‘do than with a modern take on crimped hair? Trade in those kinky, zig-zag tresses for deep, defined waves with Bed Head’s Deep Waver. For a super simple textured ponytail, brush out hair thoroughly (make sure there are no knots!) and start waving hair about three inches from the root. Once your hair is fully waved and cooled, pull hair up into a high pony tail and secure with a hair tie. Pull out a few strands to frame the face for an extra laid-back look and spray lightly with a flexible hold hairspray to secure those waves in place.
(Bed Head Waver Artist Deep Waver, available on Amazon)