Curling your hair is often easier in theory than practice. Whether you want beach waves or glamorous curls, without the right tools or plenty of practice, it’s easy to leave your hair frazzled, frizzier and limper than before.

The best curling tongs should be easy to use, eliminating any concerns about technique. Those looking for tighter ringlets should stick to narrower barrels, while bigger blow dry curls are created by wider wands.

Then you have to consider the pre-existing state of your hair. If you’re regularly styling, dying or bleaching your hair, the lower the temperature the better, as the odds are your hair is already slightly damaged.

However, higher temperatures will set curls in place for longer – a necessity for those with softer hair that’s determined to fall out of place.

From ringlets to waves, we were determined to find curling tongs that could leave us looking polished all day long. Here are our top picks.

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The verdict: Curling tongs

For ease of use and consistent results, we were really impressed by Balmain’s ceramic curling wand. However, for a more long-term solution to your hair woes, we would recommend the Dyson airwrap.

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