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 –  A curling iron can create everything from tight curls to loose waves. To get the perfect look from a curling iron, you need to select a model that is geared toward your desired style. The barrel size of curling irons determines how tight the curl appears. A curling iron with a 1-inch barrel is best for styling short and medium-length hair. You'll find many 1-inch models here at drugstore.com.
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Styling Short Hair with a 1-Inch Barrel Curling Iron

Short hair is typically defined as any style cut above the shoulders. When you wrap short hair around a curling iron with a 1-inch barrel, it will only coil around the barrel a few times. As a result, this type of curling iron is best for producing loose, soft waves in shorter styles. For a tighter curl, select a curling iron with a barrel under 1-inch in length to style your hair.

Styling Medium-Length Hair with a 1-Inch Barrel Curling Iron

Medium-length hair is any style that falls from the shoulders to the collarbones. At this length, hair will curl around the barrel of a 1-inch curling iron multiple times, creating tighter, ringlet curls. If you prefer a looser, wavier look, select a curling iron with a barrel between 1-1/4 inches and 1-1/2 inches in size.

Finding the Right 1-Inch Barrel Curling Iron

Once you're certain that a 1-inch barrel curling iron is the ideal styling tool to create your desired style, you're ready to begin comparing models. To find the best model for your needs, consider the condition of your hair, your skill with styling and what problems you face when you use thermal styling tools on your hair. If you have difficulty using a curling iron, selecting a model with a clamp will help to make styling simpler. Delicate hair that is prone to breakage may benefit from a clamp-less curling iron, which puts less tension on the strands during styling. You can help to reduce the likelihood of frizz developing when you curl your hair by choosing a curling iron made out of tourmaline or ceramic materials. While these curling irons may be more expensive, they produce charged particles called ions that help to neutralize frizz and enhance shine.

Tips for Best Results with Your 1-Inch Curling Iron

To get the most out of your new 1-inch curling iron, you'll need to follow some simple tips. Use a hair care product with thermal protective properties, such as a spray or serum, prior to styling with your curling iron. This will protect your hair from the heat of the styling tool to minimize damage. To further guard against heat-related stress, put the curling iron on the lowest heat setting possible. If you have fine hair, you can typically use a low or medium setting, while a medium to medium-high setting is usually sufficient for curling coarser hair. After you have completed your styling routine, spritz with hairspray to set your style and help it to last all day.

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