These Curling Tongs Will Ensure Your Waves Don't Fall Flat

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Curling tongs hold a special place in our hearts. We love waves year-round, but there's something about using a tong that we especially love during the summer. From the tight '80s curls that Blake Lively is loving right now to looser waves that give you a carefree look, there are plenty of reasons to purchase some curling tongs.

Now, despite how brilliantly curls can change up your look, many don't invest in the tools because they're not sure how to use them. Trust us, it couldn't be easier.

Simply blow-dry your hair (you can let it air-dry, but you'll have a sleeker finish if you use a hair dryer), and divide your hair into small sections, curling individual pieces. To keep it looking effortless (like you were born that way), don't tong the ends; leave the last inch of each section out. Hairstylists do this on shoots all the time, as it makes the hair look less "done" and just that much cooler.

To start you off, we've hunted down seven of the hardest-working curling tongs out there right now. Whether that's because they heat up quickly (perfect for those in a rush) or because they're a little kinder on your purse, we've found the best curling tongs to suit every budget and hairstyle.

Best for Those Who Want an All-Rounder

Best curling tongs: GHD Curve Classic Curling Tong
Ghd Curve Classic Curling Tong $120

One of the easiest tools to use, and one that gives you incredible curls every time, the Ghd classic tongs are ideal for creating any kind of curl.

Best for Those in a Rush

Best curling tongs: Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Curl Styler
Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Curl Styler $34

These bad boys heat up to 210º but have a ceramic barrel to protect the hair. Important: They also have an automatic shutoff after 60 minutes.

Best for Those on a Budget

Best curling tongs: Tresemmé Defined Curls Curling Tong
Tresemmé Defined Curls Curling Tong $14

We wouldn't normally suggest spending so little on a hair product—particularly something that can damage your hair. However, these are great, heat up quickly and give good curls.

Best for Big Curls

Best curling tongs: Bosch Pro Salon Big Hair Curling Tong
Bosch Pro Salon Big Hair Curling Tong $44

This tool has nine temperature settings, and since thicker hair tends to need more heat to hold a curl, you're guaranteed to find the perfect temperature for you. Plus, it's ideal for those big, loose waves. Party season won't know what's hit it. 

Best for Soft, Loose Curls

Best curling tongs: GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong
Ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong $100

Loved your Ghd flatirons? Then you'll love the brand's curlers, too. The oblong barrel allows you to create more natural-looking, lived-in waves. 

Best for Volume

Best curling tongs: Toni & Guy Glamour Jumbo Tong
Toni & Guy Glamour Jumbo Tong $17

If you're looking for volume, this is the tong you're looking for. 

Best for Creating Different Looks

Best curling tongs: BaByliss Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong
BaByliss Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong $24

Handily, this tong comes with 25 temperature settings, which means you can control how tight you want your curls to be. 

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