This $25 Curling Wand makes Perfect Waves

Over the years I’ve tried several different types of curling wands and irons, everything from the most expensive wand on the market to one I picked up from Duane Reade.

A little over a month ago I purchased the Xtava It Curl Curling Wand from Amazon, along with several other curling wands to test out. This wand by far has exceeded my expectations. What initially drew me to this iron is the barrel. The tapered wand ranges from 0.75″-1.25″, giving you the ability to test out different size curls in your hair.

Quick Overview

  • Oval shaped  wand with 0.75″-1.25″ ionic ceramic tourmaline barrel
  • 200F to 410F, 22 heat settings for different hair types
  • Cool tip, LCD display, 60-minute auto shut off, 8’10” swivel cord
  • Comes with storage pouch and heat styling glove

Xtava It Curl Curling Wand from Amazon Curling wand makes perfect waves
Xtava It Curl Curling Wand from Amazon Curling wand makes perfect waves

In Depth

Tapered Barrel 

the 0.75-1.25″ ceramic curling wand gives you the ability to change the size of curls you’d like to have in your hair. The wand also comes with a hair clip, heat-resistant glove and travel case.

Temperature Control

The wand has 22 heating temperatures, ranging between 200 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Please do not curl your hair at 410 degrees. You risk burning your hair. The highest I use on my hair is 385 and that’s still extremely hot for a curling wand. I’d recommend keeping the temperature around 365 degree Fahrenheit, but test it before using. For those with thin hair, start at a lower temperature and work your way up! 

Auto Shut Off

As a busy woman and mom, auto shut off is something I like in my curling wands. This wand has a 60 minute automatic shut off function, along with an 8 foot cord! 

Valuable Tips for Creating Long-Lasting Curls

Create Tension

When creating long lasting curls, highly recommend using more tension in your curls. When you wrap your hair around the barrel, make it a tight curl.

Setting the Curl

Let the curl set before touching or brushing out the curl. This allows for the heat to evenly distribute all over the curl. If you hair tends to fall, try using a clip and hold the curl in place.

Curl Smaller Sections

When curling your hair, grab smaller sections. I often see people grab huge sections of hair when curling. It’s difficult for the heat to transfer from the barrel to the hair with large chunks of hair.

Take your time

Between curls, give it a minute for your curling wand to heat back up. The way that curling wands and irons work is through heat transfer. So if you’re quickly curling your hair, you’re not giving your iron time to heat back up after each curl. I know this can be difficult, but this is valuable to get your long-lasting curls!

What’s your favorite curling wand for getting the perfect waves?

xo, Olivia


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  1. Sinesia wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your tips on curling hair. It’s so helpful. My curls don’t last all day when I do curl my hair & now I know why. I’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Maybe having an old curling iron doesn’t help either?. I’m ordering the wand you linked :).

    Posted 3.20.19 · Reply
    • Olivia wrote:

      I’m glad you found it helpful. Let me know what you think of the curling wand! It was such a great find and you can’t beat the price.

      Posted 3.21.19 · Reply

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