Mini Curling Irons - The Complete Guide

At first glance, a mini curling iron may seem a bit over the top… or perhaps under the top? Why would you want to get one in addition to the wand or full-sized curler that you already own? As it turns out, there are a lot of great reasons to own a mini hair curler, no matter your hair type! 

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about mini curlers, and why they’re the absolute best. We’ll also show you the hairstyles you can use it for, and explain how you can get one of your very own. 

Why use a mini hair curler? 

There are so many reasons why this tiny hot tool will soon be your new fave. Mini curlers are versatile, but their size and weight is why you’re going to want one ASAP. 

The perfect travel hair curler

Mini curler for travel


Many borders are open and travel is finally coming back! Trying to decide between nice hair or nice shoes on your trip? You don’t have to sacrifice either. 

A mini hair curler will fit neatly into your luggage or carry-on, and don’t worry about having to weigh your bag before you get to the airport. They’re so light, you won’t be paying any overweight baggage fees. 

Great on the go 

mini curling iron for sleepovers


We’ve all had those nights out partying where we weren’t exactly sure where we would end up the next morning. You know what we’re talking about - you receive a text that leads to an impromptu sleepover at your bestie’s, even when you know that you have an early class or meeting the next day. 

A mini curler makes the best travel hair curler! Throw it into your purse on the way out so you can have fresh and perfect hair - no one will ever know you didn’t come from home. 

Mini curling iron for short hair

 mini curling iron for short hair


Getting creative with short hair can feel like a challenge. A mini curler for short hair is perfect for adding texture or variety to your look. The shorter barrel and handle make it easier to handle without getting too close to your scalp. Plus, spending those few extra minutes on your style can add a bounce to your step as well as your hair. 

Perfect bangs 

Mini curler for bangs


Sometimes, all your bangs need is a bit of extra volume. If your hair is thin or tends to lie flatter, a mini curling iron adds the perfect slight curve. It’s exactly what your bangs need to lie perfectly against your forehead. Similar to curling short hair, the size of a mini curler makes this look much easier to achieve. 

How to use a mini curling iron?

A mini curling iron is the same as a full-size curling iron, only, well, mini. If you’re not currently an owner of a full-sized hair curler, we’ll go over two techniques that will help you achieve the curls of your dreams. 

Full curls

full curls with mini curling wand

Follow these steps to get great curls: 

Step 1: Make sure your hair is completely dry before using the mini hair curler. 

Step 2: Apply a heat-protective spray to protect your hair from long-term damage.

Step 3: Section off your hair using non-crimping clips, but keep the section you’d like to start with unclipped. 

Step 4: Grab a piece of hair, and wrap it around the barrel and clamp down. Make sure to start the wrapping about an inch away from the roots. 

Step 5: Hold for 10 seconds

Step 6: Release the clamp, and let the hair cool. Then, move on to the next piece of hair! 

When the hair is cool, remember to brush out your curls and apply a finishing spray or stronger hair spray to make sure they’ll stick with you all day long. 

Get those perfect bangs

bangs styled with mini curling iron

A mini hair curler is an excellent tool for getting that slight under curl that adds volume to a bob or bangs. The process is simpler than achieving beach waves or full spiraled curls. It’s actually quite similar to straightening your hair. 

Step 1: Make sure your hair is completely dry before using the mini hair curler. 

Step 2: Apply a heat-protective spray to protect your hair from any potential heat damage.

Step 3: Clip the hair that you’re not curling away from the bangs, so it doesn’t get in the way. 

Step 4: Start close to the roots. Open the curler clamp and place your hair against the barrel. Do not clamp down fully. If you clamp down too hard, your hair will curl too much.

Step 5: Gently pull the barrel through your hair the same way you would a hair straightener. 

Step 6: Release the clamp, and let the hair cool. 

Keep your curls fresh

If you struggle to keep curls on a humid day, throwing the mini hair curler in your purse allows you to touch them up as you go. You can also use a small touch of mousse or gel instead of hair spray to help your hair stay curly as the day goes on. 

Where can I find a mini hair curler? 

We’ve spent all this time talking about how great mini curling irons are, and you’re probably wondering where do you even find one? The “Mini Curls” Travel Clip Curler is a salon-grade curler that fits right in your purse, and even comes with its own carrying case. 

If you’re the kind of person who hates absolutely everything about shipping, we have excellent news. You can now grab the Mini Curls Travel Clip Curler at CVS! Check out all the different color options so you can match the curler to your vibe.

The barrel is the perfect size for most curl styles, and the black tourmaline gemstone barrel conducts heat safely while preventing heat damage. This mini curler also uses ionic technology. This basically means it transfers negative ions to your hair, helping it to retain moisture and reduce frizz. Booking your next vacation? The Mini Curls Travel Clip Curler has worldwide voltage, so you can take it wherever you go! 

Stay Curly 

We love how compact the mini curler is because it can fit neatly into our lives (and handbags). If you’re looking for touch-ups throughout the day, a travel hair curler, or just a hot tool that fits better in your tiny condo bathroom cupboards, you won’t regret picking one up. 

Are you doing something amazing this week? Of course, you are! Post your photos, give us your best tips for using a mini curling iron, and make sure to tag us @loveglister!