I am really hard on my hair and love styling it all kinds of ways. I have been curling my hair more often as well and wasn't happy with the results I was getting using my standard metal Conair curling iron or hot rollers so I decided it was high time I look into getting a new one. Let the research begin. The first thing I thought about was what I was trying to accomplish. #1 I need to limit the heat damage, #2 I needed a different size barrel that would work in a variety of ways, #3 I need smooth, long lasting curls, #4 I need a quality iron that has adjustable temperatures, heats up quickly, and is easy to use. 


I had been using a metal curling iron all these years, though I did not curl my hair every day or even every week or month. (when you have naturally curly hair, getting it straight is the ultimate accomplishment, trust me it's a big deal and funny enough nobody ever comments on how straight I can get my hair each day haha....) I realized that if I was going to do more curls I needed something that would not cook my hair. 

While researching I learned that inexpensive metal or chrome curling irons burn your hair and also have inconsistent hot spots throughout the barrel which creates a less than stellar curl and also increases your chances of burning off strands. Ouch! 

I was also considering getting the Hot Tools gold iron because this is what a lot of professionals use and is the most popular of the high end irons. I do believe these irons are mostly safe for your strands, even though they are still metal which makes them not as safe as say, ceramic or tourmaline. I read that the teflon that protects your hair on the gold iron will eventually wear off exposing the metal which is really not ideal. Not sure how long it takes to wear off though, could be a very very long time since a lot of stylists keep theirs for years.

Then there is the ceramic or tourmaline iron which is safest and easiest for your hair with even heat distribution, smooth styling, and its also lightweight. The winner is.....


Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium/Ceramic 1 1/4 inch curling iron.  I have used their flat iron for about 2 years now and am very happy with it so when I read about this beauty it really won me over. 
  • Nano titanium ceramic barrels for even heating and snag-free styling
  • 50 heat settings- up to 450F
  • Turbo heat button instantly boosts heat
  • 8 foot tangle free, rotating cord
  • Available in 4 different barrel sizes: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, 1 1/2 inch


The titanium and ceramic barrel creates a smooth surface and even heat distribution so that hair does not snag and curls are frizz free and last longer. 

When thinking about what size to get I recommend getting the 1 1/4 as it is most versatile. Simply turn the heat setting down/or curl for less time to get a looser curl or wave effect. More heat equals tighter curls. Currently, I have the setting at between 28 and 35 on the dial and I have never had to use the turbo heat boost on it. It gets hot quickly and curls consistently. It's very smooth and I feel MUCH more comfortable using it than I did with my metal one. If you want to have a couple of different sizes then go for the 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inch irons for max versatility. 


The Heat:

Heat protection is necessary no matter how safe your iron is, it is still heat on your hair. I alternate between the Beauty Protector spray and Its a 10 Miracle Leave in Treatment with Keratin. Both smell amazing and work beautifully, the reason I alternate every so often is because I don't want my hair to get used to one certain product as it can become less effective, this does happen, and also I pay close attention to the condition of my hair and the weather- will I need a little more straightening power? Then I use the Its a 10 w/Keratin.  I also love to use either DermOrganic Argan Oil leave in treatment or Pureology Anti-Split Blowdry Cream for added conditioning and protection. Once again, alternate your products at least seasonally to give your hair what it needs.   

What curling iron do you use and what do you think about it? Let readers know in the comments below! All opinions and experiences are so helpful when searching for the best curling iron and heat protection products! 


  1. Thanks for the review! I've been lazy about replacing mine b/c I didn't want to do the research so this helped immensely.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

    1. You're so welcome! Glad I can help.

  2. Love this post. I always have a problem with finding the right heat styling appliance. Now I know what to look for. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I use my Hot Tools all the time and I've never had any issue.. My hair isn't colored to that may be another reason too.. thanks for the review on all these!

    1. Thanks for the info. Hope! Hot Tools is very popular and well known. Glad to hear you have had no issues. how often would you say you curl your hair?

  4. The Shielo Leave in Protection spray works the best - it saves my dry ends from drying out or damaging by the heat. I am drying or curling them almost every day and this Shielo Spray is not allowing any damage to happen to my hair :)

  5. The Shielo Leave in Protection spray works the best - it saves my dry ends from drying out or damaging by the heat. I am drying or curling them almost every day and this Shielo Spray is not allowing any damage to happen to my hair :)


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