READ THIS Before Buying an Clipless Iron..

So you want to buy a Clipless Conical Curling Tong Iron Curler Wand….

Going through the brands and deciding which one is the right one for you can be a bit frustrating, and getting sucked into PR/Marketing gimmicks is kinda like falling into a giant pile of …..

So, I have devised this Guide to help assist you on your journey…

Things to consider
Clipless Irons aren’t for everyone and if you’re a beginner, you might want to go for a Traditional Spring Curling  Iron. But clipless curlers aren’t hard to use, but it takes some time getting used to. If you’re a seasoned pro at curling irons, You might want to look at Marcel Irons.

In addition, if you already own a straighter/flat iron you can use that to curl hair,  but you’re limited to one or two types of curls.

Barrel Size
Length of your hair OR the type of curls you want, should determine the barrel size you buy.

1. Length of hair
Longer Hair – Bigger Size Barrel
Shorter Hair- Smaller Size Barrel

2. Type of desired curl
Tight ringlets- Smaller Barrel (anything smaller than 25mm or 1 inch)
Soft Curls- Medium sized Barrel (25mm or 1 inch)
Loose Waves- Bigger Barrel ( anything bigger than 25mm)

* Sidenote: Apparently, using a clipless iron advance users are able to change the size of the curl, by adjusting the tension/temperature/ how to hold the hair against the curler... meh 

How often you would use it?  How much you are willing to spend?
If you’re not going to use it as often an el cheapo iron will be fine. If you’re going to be using it often then you might want to invest a bit more in Ceramic/Tourmaline irons.  Cheaper irons are coated in Ceramic/Tourmaline so as you use it the coating will eventually wear away.

Price/Budget
When it comes to the beauty industry you don’t always get what you pay for. It’s really hard to tell if you’re paying for the product or the brand. If you look closely at the specifications, expensive doesn’t always mean ‘best’.  Try to choose one that suits your usage.

Temperature
Everyone’s hair is different which means that some types of hair and withstand more heat without getting damaged when compared to others. Finding an iron with an adjustable heat setting is favorable.

Thick/Coarse Hair: most of the time would be hard to curl, so you probably will use a higher heat setting.
Fine/Thin Hair: High heat will damage your hair, so using it on the lowest heat will be ideal.

 

Barrel Material
From a consumer perspective, I’m not entirely sold on the importance of the material (I’m sure that salon professionals may tell me other wise). In my opinion, I don’t believe that there is not enough of solid and scientific evidence to support the claims of  ionic technology, etc.

Titanium heats up evenly and quickly. Supposedly creates negative ions** which is good for the hair. It’s in the mid-to-high price range.

Ceramic/ Tourmaline are the most expensive on the market and claims to be the ‘healthiest’ way to curl your hair*. It is the most recommended by salon professionals. It supposedly creates negative ions**, which seals the cuticle of the hair and makes it look more shiny. Recommended for people who use their iron more regularly.

Others Materials include Metal, Chrome and Gold which are cheaper and do not produce ‘negative ions’. These types of irons are not evident on the Australian Market of clipless irons, so I’m not going to go into them.

*however if you do you’re using heat on your hair on a daily basis, it will damage it. Regardless of what these companies tell you. Common sense bro. 

** from my research ‘ion’ technology used in hair care are based around blow dryers not curlers. The arguments are based around water molecules on hair have positive ions. Ionic hair dryers creates negative ions to cancel out the positive ions which is supposedly better for your hair.  I have not found any scientific evidence to support these claims. (Take from it what you will, personally I’m still unconvinced.)

Bottom line: Which ever material that you choose, make sure that the barrel is not just Coated’ in the material, because that coating will wear away with use and give you an inferior product.

Brands
Clipless Irons are relatively new to the Australian Market, So there are only a handful of products available.

Here are the few that I’ve found and I’ve summed up the specifications in the table below…
(…..yeah I know.. I’m awesome..)

VS Sasson Curl Magic

Remington Tribal Tong

Modiva Professional Curling Iron

Wahl Cutek Ceramic Conical Tong

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Conical Curling Iron

Muk Curl Stick

Cloud 9 Wand

RRP (AUD)

$49.95

$53.95

$89.95

$89.95

$89.95
$94.95 (wide)

$99.95

$270

Availability

Leading Electrical Retailers.

Leading Electrical Retailers

Online Only

Online (I think)

Salons, Other Retailers and Online

Salons, Other Retailers and Online

Salons and Online

Adjustable Heat

x

Material

Ceramic Coated

Titanium Coated

100% Tourmaline

Ionic Ceramic

Tourmaline Coated
Titanium- Tourmaline (Wide)

Titanium

Ceramic Coated

Maximum Heat

140-200°C

140-200°C

210°C

120-200°C

110-200 °C

130-210°C

125- 175°C

Warranty

3 years

2 years

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 Year with optional extended warranty

2 years

Available Sizes

One Size

13- 25mm

One Size

n/a

Three Sizes

13mm
25mm
32mm

One Size

22-32mm

Two Sizes
13-25mm (Reg)

19-32mm (wide)

Changeable Barrels
9-19mm
19-25mm
25-25mm

One Size

 n/a- 35mm

Barrel Shape

Conical

Conical

Rod

Conical

Conical

Conical/Rod

Conical

Comes With Glove

x

Salon Quality

x

x

Extras

LCD digital display

Auto Shut off

Comes in pink or purple

Automatic worldwide voltage

Auto Shut off

Free shipping in Australia

3m Cord

Cool Tip

Auto off safety

Regular Size  comes in Pink

Cool Tip

Auto Off

Heat Mat

2.7m Cord

Changeable barrels

Looks sexy

Heat Guard Case

Auto Off Safety

ID Chip

So yep.. That’s it. I hope it was helpful to you!

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!!

Let me know in the comments below if this was helpful to you and I would be interested in which clipless iron you decided to buy !!

CAUTION MINI RANT: Beauty Industry Marketing Bullsh*t 

I personally found it really difficult to find any ‘real’ information about the actual product and it was a complete disaster trying to navigate the bullsh*t. All the websites and so called ‘product information’ were just regurgitating sales pitches and throwing around buzz words . In addition, making claims such as ‘Rare Korean Rock Mineral’ and ‘Ionic Technology‘, and backing it up with technical nonsense pseudo-scientific jargon instead of solid, empirical, scientific evidence is really just a scam.

And it makes me think ..How dumb do these companies think we are ?

I don’t mean to sound so cynical (and in some rare cases expensive sometimes can mean better).

But really  “Korean rock mineral coating” ‘??!  B*tch Please…

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6 thoughts on “READ THIS Before Buying an Clipless Iron..

  1. Excellent and honest review. At last I found what I’m looking for. I don’t know how they manage to sell their bulsh*t and get away with it.

  2. Thanks so much.. it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with Googling products and locating (supposedly genuine) reviews of products, but it took me nearly two fruitless, frustrating days before I found this blog – and the first genuinely useful and impartial information I was looking for. (Who knew the curling wand world is so full of mis- and disinformation and paid advertising masquerading as unbiased reviews or ‘best products’ lists?!)

    So this piece is very much appreciated.. it doesn’t hurt that you write so well either.

    Thank you!

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