Updated December 15, 2020 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Hair Wavers

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This wiki has been updated 27 times since it was first published in July of 2015. Get the long-lasting style you want without an expensive trip to the salon with one of these hair wavers, which feature either grooved or round barrels for achieving any kind of look your mood dictates. Many incorporate the latest ceramic or tourmaline technologies for smooth, silky results, and come with multiple temperature settings, heat-resistant gloves and automatic shutoffs for safety. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Bed Head Wave Artist

2. T3 BodyWaver

3. Xtava Satin Wand Set

Editor's Notes

December 12, 2020:

The newly added Conair Double Ceramic is from a well-known name in hair care products that has been around for more than six decades. It’s a good choice for anyone who wants to add a lot of wave to their hair without paying a fortune for a styling tool. It offers more precise control than many others, since you can select from among 30 heat settings. In addition, a handy turbo boost mode raises the temperature up 27 degrees Fahrenheit, which proves useful for hard-to-style spots. It joins the list as a suitable replacement for the Conair Infiniti Pro Crimper, and one that is better equipped to create waves, as the crimper mainly serves only to add lift to one’s roots. Today we also added in the T3 BodyWaver, which is from a company known for its signature white and rose gold curling irons, hair dryers, and flat irons. This 1-3/4-barrel tool is designed to give you the big volume of a blowout, without the actual blowout. You can choose from among five heat settings, and its proprietary technology delivers fast, long-lasting results. Leaving the list today is the Mannice Crimper, which is unavailable at this time.

The Bed Head Wave Artist remains a best-selling choice, thanks to its affordable price and ease of use. Rather than the common three-barrel design, this one features a single curving barrel. Just move it down a section of your hair in increments until you’re at or near the bottom. Its tourmaline ceramic technology is made to combat frizz and add lots of shine. It’s got the same sleek purple signature finish as the Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go, which offers adjustable plates to help you create different looks. For a versatile wand kit that comes with a pair of protective gloves, check out the Xtava Satin Wand Set, which includes five interchangeable attachments, three of which have clamps. This tool is great for anyone who wants to achieve different looks depending on the occasion or the day.

December 09, 2019:

Whether you’re in the mood for a beachy, tousled head of hair or for a polished, sculpted hairstyle, a hair waver is a quick and often easy way to achieve your results. Many of them resemble a single-barreled curling iron but have a larger, three-barrel design. Just clamp them onto each section of your locks for a few seconds at a time, and then keep moving your way down. Others are equipped with just one single barrel, but with a special design to create waves rather than classic curls. One example is the Bed Head Wave Artist, a best-selling choice that’s easy to use and produces impressive results that are shiny and frizz-free.

New additions to our list include the GHD Classic Wave Wand. While it’s quite an investment, avid users swear by it (as well as the company’s standard curling irons, hair-straightener brushes, and flat irons). It comes from a British manufacturer whose initials stand for “good hair day.”

Also joining the selection today is the Revlon Jumbo, featuring three barrels, with the middle one being extra wide to ensure soft, natural looking results without unsightly crimps. Its six adjustable heat settings make it suitable for all types of hair textures.

While many models come with tips that stay cool for a safe operation, always follow manufacturer guidelines regarding usage and safety. Use a heat-resistant glove to protect your hand. (The GHD Classic Wave Wand and Xtava Satin Wand Set featured here both come with such a glove.)

Special Honors

Bondi Boost Wave Wand This tri-barrel tool will help you achieve beachy waves in a matter of seconds, and is good for thick or thin locks from medium to long lengths. Its ceramic build is designed to produce negatively charged ions when heated, for soft, shiny waves without frizz. It works more quickly than single-barrel models, and you can create a deeper or looser crimp depending on how large of sections you use for each curl. bondiboost.com

Amika High Tide Deep Waver You can quickly create flawless beach waves with this award-winning tool, which allows for crease-free body for all types of hair. Each of its tourmaline ceramic barrels measures .7 inches, and the negative ion technology seals the cuticle to ensure smooth tresses. The temperature is adjustable from 120 to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Backed by a one-year warranty, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to achieve attractive, natural waves with no sign that you used a styling tool for it. loveamika.com

4. Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go

5. GHD Classic Wave Wand

6. Conair Double Ceramic

7. Revlon Salon Beach

8. BlueTop Jumbo

9. Revlon Jumbo

10. Beachwaver Pro

How Hair Wavers Benefit Hair

Hair wavers can help tame frizzy hair while still keeping the follicles moist and the hair strong.

Hair beauty technology has been in use for thousands of years. Hair curling tools were found buried alongside mummies in ancient Egypt, and the trend of styling and altering the hair has never stopped. More styling products and technologies are at our disposal now than ever before, and yet it's still difficult for most people to obtain the perfect hairstyle.

Hair curling is the process of wrapping strands of hair around an object to soften the hair follicle, curl the hair, and control frizz. Curling the hair became a mainstay in society as early as the 18th century with the advent of the powdered curled wig. This trend continued to gain popularity, and by the 20th century, curling hair was the norm.

Electric curlers gained a strong foothold in the 1960s, and have since become the standard way to curl hair. There are some drawbacks to electronic curlers. Most electric curlers produce large, symmetrical curls that are very obviously fake. While they do produce the body and lift that users are seeking, the results can seem unnatural.

Hair wavers, on the other hand, give the hair a more natural look, reminiscent of naturally curly hair, and help bring life and volume to otherwise flat hair. Hair wavers can help tame frizzy hair while still keeping the follicles moist and the hair strong. The results are gorgeous, natural looking curls that will stay put for hours, if not longer.

The Healthy Hair Diet

Top salons pay out a lot of money trying to concoct the perfect chemical recipe to make their clients' hair soft and bright. The hair care industry is worth billions in the United States alone, and most of it is spent on making consumers believe that their products will provide the luster and strength that nothing else can.

Whether through poor diet or the constant application of chemicals, the hair becomes dry, dull, and lifeless.

In reality, this strong, brilliant quality is the normal state of human hair. Whether through poor diet or the constant application of chemicals, the hair becomes dry, dull, and lifeless. By simply providing the hair with the nutrients it needs, there is no need to use these salon products on your hair.

Hair follicles require zinc and iron to grow, which is found in lean red meats and beans like lentils and soy. Calcium is also an important part of hair follicle expression. Foods with high amounts of calcium include dairy products, sardines, soy beans, and leafy greens.

One of vitamin C's major functions in the body is to produce collagen. This is most famously associated with bright, vibrant skin, but is also directly related to proper hair function as well. Foods containing vitamin C include broccoli, leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries, and tomatoes.

Biotin is seen in many industry hair care products, and for good reason. Biotin is necessary for the proper metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Over time, poor metabolism of these nutrients can cause the hair to be undernourished. Biotin is one of the most important nutrients for preserving hair strength and texture. Studies have shown that biotin can visibly thicken the hair and reverse hair loss. Food sources of biotin include whole soy products, eggs, and liver.

Hairstyles Of Ancient Cultures

Hairstyles since ancient times have changed time and time again, but there are many trends which have weaved their way through culture for thousands of years. Just a few thousand years ago, the most popular hairstyle was no hair at all. Ancient Egyptians believed hair to be a sign of poverty and dirtiness; especially since lice, mites, and other bugs liked to exist on bodies with plenty of hair. This eventually phased out, and various trends of long and short hair were worn by the ancient culture.

Ancient Egyptians believed hair to be a sign of poverty and dirtiness; especially since lice, mites, and other bugs liked to exist on bodies with plenty of hair.

In Rome, simple hairstyles were the norm for quite some time. Women would wear their hair down with a simple headband to keep it from their eyes, while men would simply wear their hair naturally. It was Emperor Augustus who changed this trend. During his reign, more ornate and intricate hairstyles became fashionable. Soon, an ancient Roman's hairstyle became an integral part of their identity, with many different styles being the symbol of wealth, status, and age. In Roman times, the more outrageous and complex a woman's hairstyle was, the more wealthy she was, as women who could spend hours on their hair obviously came from wealth. Ancient Romans even used hair extensions to make the hair appear thicker and longer.

In the Vedic period in India, the culture demanded that people shave their entire head, except for one lock of hair at the back or side. This lock of hair was believed to allow the gods to pull the person into heaven. Japanese hairstyles in the Edo Period took on a very elaborate appeal, especially with women. Women would accessorize their hair with a variety of different combs, buns, hairsticks, ribbons, and flowers.

Ancient African and native American hairstyles were similar in that the eccentric styles varied from tribe to tribe, and were often a symbol of one's identity. Women of many tribes would decorate their hair with beads, jewelry, feathers, and flowers, and some even dyed parts of their hair for different purposes.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on December 15, 2020 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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