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The list of “effortless” looks that are, in fact, quite difficult is criminally long. (Lookin’ at you, no-makeup makeup.) One that tops the charts? Beachy waves. For a style that’s supposed to naturally occur after swimming in the ocean, it sure does take a lot of skill and texturizing products to pull it off. To help un-complicate the process, we polled our sources and read up on reviews across the Internet to find the curling irons that beauty buffs swear by. Here are the best ones for every hair type.


Best for Stubbornly Straight Hair

Curling your hair to perfection only to find it perfectly straight no less than an hour later? The worst. For straight hair that just won’t quit, this super-hot tool is the ticket. Reviewers swear it keeps their unbendable locks intact for a full 12 hours—one even said it lasted from Saturday to Wednesday.

Drybar ($165)


Best for Fine Hair

For those with thin hair, it can be hard to get that curl without crossing into full ringlet territory. At nearly five stars, most reviewers commented that the thicker barrel on this tool delivered the soft wave they were craving.

GHD ($199)


Best For Straightening *and* Curling

Only have room for one tool? This two-in-one gadget works just as well for both straightening and curling, thanks to soft vibrations that help it glide through your hair without catching. No lumps, no bumps, no fuss.

Bio Ionic ($230)


Best for No-Fail Curls

They didn’t copyright the name “Beachwaver” for nothin’. This award-winning wand slowly rotates so even the extreme novice can get those covetable waves.

The Beachwaver Co. ($199)


Best for Different Types of Curls

It’s great for the barrel curl. But for those days when you want to try a faux blowout or tight ringlets, this all-in-one tool will help you nail those, too.

T3 ($270)


Best for Thick Hair

With its multiple heat settings and wide barrel, reviewers of all types swear by this iron. However, because of how incredibly hot it gets, those with thicker hair specifically noted its effectiveness. (May we suggest a protective glove?)

Hot Tools ($50)


Best for Volume

If your preferred version of beach waves is more Victoria's Secret Angel than post-ocean vibes, this oval wand—as opposed to the traditional circle—is perfect for giving larger-than-life bombshell waves.

Sultra ($130)

Bed Bath & Beyond

Best For A Budget

A consistent five-star winner for those who are stylin’ on a budget. Reviewers love its reliability and auto-turnoff capabilities.

Conair ($20)

Bed Bath & Beyond

Best For Protecting Against Heat

Two hundred and twenty-two reviewers on Bed Bath & Beyond swear by this cool straightening-curling hybrid. But the real kicker is the innovative woven ceramic plates that block your hair from actually touching the iron. It’s proven to prevent up to 92 percent of heat damage. The more you know.

Instyler ($115)


Best For Busy Mornings

Reviewers are obsessed with this tool that can dry and style hair in one swift motion, cutting morning routines down significantly.

Amika ($100)


Best for Beginners

Chances are you’d probably never pick this one out on your own. But with glowing five-star reviews, at-home stylists are obsessed with how easy this is, making it a no-brainer for beginners (especially since it’s under $20). You simply clamp it down on hair, hold for ten seconds and release for uniform waves.

Bed Head ($16)

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