How to Curl Your Hair with a Tapered Curling Wand

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/26/22

If the curling iron is used for defined curls, hair rollers for voluminous curls, and the hair curling wand is used for different sizes of curls. 

For hair-obsessed people, curling wands, the ones with the tapered barrel, in particular, can be confusing and intimidating to use. 

So, if you’re having trouble using the curling wand, this article demonstrates a brief guide on how to curl your hair with a tapered curling wand. So, listen up if loose waves are your thing!

Steps on How to Curl With a Tapered Curling Wand

Prep your hair.

Always start with dry hair and apply some heat protection before curling. Dry hair is easier to style and heat protectants shield your hair from heat damage.

Styling wet is unsafe anyway. You run the risk of burning your hair, and worst-case, electrocution!

Pick the best barrel type for your hair type.

The tapered curling wand is best for long and short hair. It is recommended you stick with smaller barrels if you have shorter hair and the bigger barrel for longer hair. 

Frankly, the texture of the wand does not really matter as it looks great at any hair length as long as each section can get a full rotation of the barrel. 


You should start at the root of the hair and wrap the wand towards the end, holding the hair into place at least with a gloved hand.

You can achieve the best results by wrapping the section of hair from the base of the wand to the end while holding it in the direction in which your hair flows.

Curling hair is most effective when the wand is held upside down. Also, you must consider hair texture to achieve your desired curls and when choosing the barrel.  

These are a few tricks you can try for getting curls of different styles and sizes:

Curl your hair away from your face except for the hair right in front of the ear and below the temple. This creates the illusion of fullness and texture without looking too messy. This is also a great style for fine hair!

Let your curls set.

Set your curls if you want them to stay longer. Keep your hands off your curls just after curling. If you have a problem getting your curls to hold, you might need a hairspray with a firm hold.


Curling with the tapered wand is very easy – it’s the same premise as curling with the traditional curling iron. The only difference is the type of barrel used!

Keep your wand in tiptop shape by cleaning it once a week when it is turned off. Cleaning your curling wand is vital not only to extend its longevity but also to keep the wand in perfect condition. 

If you want to know the difference between tapered vs straight curling wand, read this article!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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