The Best Curling Iron for Synthetic Hair

Curling synthetic hair starts with the right tools.

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If you sport synthetic hair, styling your tresses is different than if you're wearing your natural locks or human hair extensions. If you want to curl your synthetic coif, not just any old curling iron will work. Make sure you know which heated styling tools work with your strands and which don't.

The Back Story

It's extremely important to know that most curling irons don't work on synthetic hair. Because of the makeup of the hair, applying heat to it in most cases will just make it melt, get hard and look like nothing you'd ever want to wear in public. So if you have just gotten synthetic hair, make sure to put your normal styling tools up for a while.

Finding the Right Curling Iron

A few manufacturers make curling irons formulated specifically for synthetic hair. They'll curl your tresses without damaging them or making them melt. Try a brand like SmartHeat, which is recommended by Essence magazine as a product that will do wonders on your synthetic hair, making it perfectly safe to create those gorgeous curls.


There are some types of synthetic hair that are a little more forgiving and can be curled with typical heated styling tools. The key to pulling it off is to make sure the iron is on a low setting to keep it from damaging the hair. Not all synthetic hair works this way, so make sure to read the packaging before you buy.


If you can't use heat on your synthetic coif, try rolling it before you go to bed. Just roll hair in sections and secure it with a scarf so your rollers will stay in place. If you're worried about being uncomfortable while you sleep, try soft foam rollers. Get your beauty sleep and in the morning remove your rollers for beautiful, bouncy curls.

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