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Waves and Spirals

 –  There are an endless number of ways that you can style curly and wavy hair from creating springy spiral curls to forming loose, subtle waves. If you want to make styling for spirals and waves as simple as possible, investing in a specialty curling iron is a smart choice. drugstore.com has an array of specialty spiral curling irons and wavers to help you get the gorgeous looks you're looking for.
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Spiral Curling Irons for Spiral Curls

Love the look of spiral curls? Spiral curling irons are specially designed to make creating picture perfect spiral shapes quick and easy. These curling irons look very similar to a traditional curling iron with a long barrel outfitted with a clamp or shell and a thumb lever. What makes spiral irons unique is the spiraling track around the barrel. By simply following the track as you wind your hair around the barrel, you'll create a perfectly uniform spiral. A small number of spiral irons are clip-less models. With these styling tools, you use your fingers to wrap your hair around the barrel from the root area or middle of each section downward.

Wavers and Crimping Irons for Tight Waves

If you love the look of tight waves, a waver or crimping iron is the ideal styling tool for your collection. These tools look and function very differently than traditional curling irons. Instead of a round barrel, crimping irons and wavers feature two paddles that have ridged surfaces. When you exert pressure on the handle, the paddles close tightly together around a section of hair. As you pull the waver down through your hair, the strands become gently bent by the ridges on the paddles. The finished result is perfectly regular waves.

Double and Triple Barrel Curling Irons for Beachy Waves

You can get that just-back-from-the-beach look of loose, flowing waves with the help of a double or triple barrel curling iron. As the name suggests, these curling irons have two or three barrels in a row instead of just one. The barrels run parallel to each other and may have a spring-loaded clamp or be clip-less. Spring double and triple barrel curling irons are very easy to use. You simply open the clamp and slide your hair between the barrel and the clip. Release the clamp and allow your hair to heat up for several seconds. Then, open the clamp and remove your hair. When using a clip-less double or triple barrel curling iron, you'll wrap your hair around the barrel, alternating in a figure eight or double figure eight formation to create the waves.

Protecting Your Hair from Damage

No matter which type of specialty waver or spiral iron you purchase, you'll need to take precautions to avoid damaging your hair with the heat of the styling tool. Use a hair care product with heat protective properties to reduce evaporation while you style. Set the styling tool on the lowest heat setting possible to ensure results in order to minimize heat exposure. If you will be using your styling tool daily, make sure that you use a daily rinse-away or leave-in conditioner and give yourself deep conditioning treatments regularly to avoid dryness.

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