Why You Should Replace Your Classic Curling Iron with a Double-Barrel One


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From face yoga (opens in new tab) to tastefully-applied glitter (opens in new tab), I picked up many a cool trick backstage at Fashion Week. But as far as day-to-day practicality goes, what really struck me was how easy it is to use a double-barrel curling iron—and why have I never tried one before? True life: I'm now obsessed with the cool-girl waves it yields.

The thing is, I'd always written it off as a "pro" tool because in my mind, two prongs = twice as much trouble. It had taken me long enough to master a normal curling iron, so why complicate things? But then I saw hairstylist Kevin Ryan wielding one backstage at Tibi Fall 2016 and I was FASCINATED as I watched him give each model the most natural-looking, rock 'n' roll-worthy bends I'd ever seen in a matter of minutes. All he did was wrap pieces of the hair—from the midshafts to the ends—around one or both of the barrels in a figure-eight motion at random, for 10 to 15 seconds.

Here's what it looks like in action (though for a slightly tighter ringlet look—to steal the more relaxed Tibi style you see above, opt for Kevin Ryan's randomness):

Ryan used R Session tools for the look, and the brand's double barrel Nalu Waver (it's discontinued and perpetually hunted down on eBay) is apparently the secret (opens in new tab) behind Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's endlessly sought-after, seemingly air-dried messy waves. So obviously I'm sold.

"It's hard for beginners to achieve a relaxed wave look with a standard curling iron as it can tread into sausage curl territory," explains editorial hairstylist Kat Zemtsova of why more women—and stylists—are doubling down. "Double-barrel curling irons are kind of the new way to 'wave' your hair as opposed to traditionally curling it." Her pro tip for the beginners? Use gloves!

I'm dying to get my paws on one of the last living Nalu Wavers, but I'll be using Remington's Wrap to Waves Styler in the meantime. It's only $25 and has practically all the same fixings.

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Remington Wrap to Waves Styler, $24.97; walmart.com (opens in new tab).

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.