How To: Use a Clipless Curling Wand

I was very thankful to have yesterday off for Veteran's Day and naturally the most thankful for those who have served and continue to. I reflected more on Sunday (11-11) and spent yesterday visiting blogs and creating posts. I threw in some laundry on a rainy Monday. And I played around with my hair--read on:

So yesterday, I shared all about clipless curling wands, and today I'm going to show you how to use them. Regardless of the type you purchase (straight, tapered, inverted) the method is the same. With a little practice, you'll be enjoying curls and waves in no time!

Basic Wave Method:
  • Spray heat protectant into hair, plug in curling wand, and adjust heat.
  • Make sure hair is free of tangles. Choose a section of hair about an inch wide.
  • Put on heat protective glove on the hand that is not holding the wand (if desired). 

  • Point the tip of the wand towards the floor, and the cord should be pointed towards the ceiling.
  • For the basic wave method, start around the ears. For more volume/curls, start at the root.

  • Put the wand under your section. This will have the waves going away from your face.

  • Wrap the section around the wand, and there should be part of the barrel showing through.
  • Hold for about 10 seconds. Repeat all over hair.
  • To make waves look even more natural, try alternating the size of the sections and how you wave them, meaning some pieces will start off with the wand on top of hair, and others with the hair on top of the wand.
Types of Wands:

1 inch tapered wand
1.5 inch tapered clipless wand
1 in inverted (small at top, larger curls at bottom)

1 inch straight wand

Basic Curls Method:
  • Similar to above except hair is wrapped close together on the wand. 

Volume Method:
  • For waves or curls with volume at the roots, start curling hair at the root.

1.5 wand

 1 inch Jose Eber Straight Curling Clipless Wand

Behind the scenes! Charlie Brown is over me taking pics.

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Questions about Curling Wands or how to use? Let me know, below!

Check out my video on how to use a curling wand:


  1. i need a new curling iron, period! i have a super old one with a clip, but would like to try a wand! great tips!


  2. This is a great tutorial. I can't believe how these wands are popping up everywhere. I want one, just not sure which one yet.

    I tagged you in my post, make sure you take a look! Love,
    Shauna xoxoxo

  3. looks lovely! i'd love to try that although my hair is naturally curly but maybe a curling wand would make the curls more defined. i'll try it :) xx


  4. Ohhh! I need one :) + your gorg hair, please!

  5. Now I know what I was doing incorrectly with my wand, thanks for the great tutorial! Your hair looks amazing

  6. Hey dear!
    Thank you so much for following my blog, that means a lot to me :)
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    Really nice post by the way, you look great with these curls ;)
    Have a nice day!

  7. this culma is must have :)

  8. Thanks for these tips - these curling irons have always intimidated me!

    Pearls & Paws

  9. Belated Happy Vet's Day, although I don't know if the word Happy is appropriate:P
    And TY again for sharing this. It'll help if I do get a wand:)

  10. This is so useful! Thanks for the step by step instructions with the pictures. Your hair looks gorgeous in the end :)

  11. Your hair looks great! Thanks for sharing these tips. What a wonderful tutorial. :)

  12. i have a clip-less one too! i love it. i feel like its healthier for my hair haha even though it probably isn't. cute pup :)


  13. Im so happy you posted this, turns out ive been using the wand the wrong way (tip towards my head not the floor). No wonder I didn't like the results! I'll be curling my hair tomorrow!

    xo Rach

  14. I've been wanting to try one of these as I am still using a regular curling iron to make curls. But, I've wondered how well it would work with thick, coarse hair???

  15. Don't burn your fingers!

  16. the tips are great but I cant get over how darn cute little Charlie Brown is!

  17. your hair looks so natural and amazing! and awh, what a cutie :)

  18. it gives a really nice loose look

  19. Another great tutorial! I need to invest in a wand, for sure. :)


  20. So many cool ways to use it! Your dog is so adorable!

  21. I love doing my hair like this :), you look perfect!
    Thank you so much for the anniversary comment!

  22. I want one! Looks stunning :) xx


  23. your hair looks great. I took the day off yesterday to spend the day with hubby since he a vet.

  24. I always wonderd on how these things were working, thanks for sharing!!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  25. You have the prettiest hair ever! I wish mine would hold a curl like that, but no matter what I do it's always stick straight again in an hour =/.

  26. Charlie is such a good photog! And I love all your variations on curls. I really need to curl my hair more often since I have the tool to do it.

  27. My hair is too short right now, but I've been wondering how to do this.

  28. P.S Loved your post over at Vanisha's blog :)

  29. Loving your posts lately - this is another one I am curious about and thanks for sending me the link on the BB cream!

  30. thanks for sharing the tips. i'm not that good at using a curling iron, but hoping to get better. your hair looks great!

  31. Awesome, it really does give a different curl effect. I think I need one!

  32. Thank you for posting this girlie, I've been dying of curiosity every time I see one! I wish I had more time and patience to do my hair like yours, gorgeous!

  33. Your hair looks so pretty!
    I use my flat iron to curl my hair, but it might be nice to have an actual curler.
    Chic on the Cheap

  34. The curling wand is my goto!! Love it.

  35. I really love Charlie Brown and love his name even more!

  36. i LOVE my curling wand! makes curling so easy :)

  37. This is a good post! Love how you explain everything with photos! Thanks for stopping by and leaving the lovely comment!

    I'm your newest follower.

  38. that's the cutest dog i've ever seen, period! thanks for the curling tips!

  39. i bought one for my 10yr daughter, NOT realizing it didnt have the clip....she didnt want to return it but we havent tried it again. I was not real sure how to do it...but this makes perfect sense! thanks so much, not sure why I didnt figure that out on my own.

  40. Thanks for tutorial! I know what I was doing wrong now! <3

  41. You have one of the most adorable dogs I've ever seen!

  42. I have long fine hair and the Sultra Bombshell works great! Usually my curls come undone within hours because my hair's so straight but they last up 3 DAYS with the Sultra!

  43. Thank you so much for this tips Elle, I really like this article n the step by step curling you give here.

    [wanna be beautiful]

  44. This really was helpful, thanks. :)

  45. Do you know where to find heat resistant gloves for small or xsmall hands? The ones that came with my clipless iron are way too big and the tips of the fingers get wrapped up when I try to wrap/curl hair around barrel... ARGH!!

  46. Okay, I know this is WAY delayed, but you seriously just made my life so much easier. I just bought a clipless curling iron, and it's sitting under my sink because I had no freaking idea what to do! Thank you SO much, girl.


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