We all know that getting perfect curls and waves from a basic curling iron is not easy: arm fatigue sets in quickly, the angles can be awkward, placing hair perfectly between the hot center and clip is tricky to pull off without burning your fingers, and if you crimp it for too long, you can singe your hair right off.
So we're super excited about this new kind of curling iron that aims to solve all of those problems.
The new high-tech curling iron and wand hybrid from Hot Tools may look unusual, but its L-shape makes it easy to hold the iron and curl your hair while also keeping your arms out of the way. The CurlBar also makes it super easy to create beachy waves with less arm strain. The gizmo also has a built-in timer, which lets you know when your curl is ready, and a digital display, which shows you the temperature of the barrel.
Unlike other hair tools, you don't have to raise your arms super high to use it, and you can create big curls, soft waves, beachy waves, or subtle texture with it. Since you'll need to hold your wrapped hair around the barrel, you do have to be careful about avoiding the hot center-just like you would with a wand. But it comes with a heat-resistant glove if you want to be extra safe.
It seems that both hairstylists and amateurs alike love it. "This curling iron is the best one I have ever had," one reviewer wrote on Amazon. "It is much easier to curl from the root which I didn't really know how to do before. It has a timer, which keeps my curling time consistent and therefore gives me an even look overall. It is so easy to use."
Ready to avoid tired arms and sore shoulders every time you style your hair? Grab your heat protectant spray and set your iron to about 12 seconds for loose, casual curls. You can purchase 1-inch and 1 1/4-inch CurlBar irons on Amazon.
(h/t Refinery 29)
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