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If you love your sexy waves or ringlets but hate explaining away those inevitable "burn hickeys" on your neck and scalp, a clampless curling iron is just the styling tool you've been looking for. Instead of experimenting with gymnastic moves as you try to safely clamp your hair between the barrel and that annoying -- and potentially painful -- clip, use a barrel-only clampless iron to give you that curly-haired siren look without the ouch.
Amika Tourmaline Clip-Free Curler
Glamour's beauty blogger Andrea Arterbery raves about the Amika Tourmaline Clip-Free Curler, a clampless alternative to your normal curling iron. The protective glove keeps your fingers burn-free while you work your cover-model-worthy look. Plus, it's got a tourmaline barrel for even heating that won't scorch your developing ringlets. As an added bonus, the lack of a clamp means no more kinked ends to give away the fact that your waves aren't natural.
Infinity by Conair You Curl
The Infinity by Conair You Curl gained accolades from the Good Housekeeping staff, earning a place as one of the magazine's top 10 beauty products of 2010. The You Curl's heat-resistant glove protects you from burns while you shape and style with your fingertips, and there's no hot clamp to singe your neckline. This one's made of a tourmaline-ceramic blend, so uneven hot spots are history.
Enzo Milano Clipless Curling Iron
The website Style Hair Magazine recommends picking one of the clipless curling irons from the Enzo Milano collection when you're in the mood for some casual waves. The ceramic barrel and heat sink make for even heating, and the tool creates negative ions that seal in your curl, so you'll look like a Botticelli goddess all night long. Better yet, instead of one Enzo Milano clipless curling iron, get a few in different barrel sizes, so you can switch from tight little ringlets to glamorous waves whenever you're in the mood. Plus, every curling iron comes with an instructional DVD to teach you how to use it, so you'll spend less time figuring out how to work your new tool and more time working your hot new look.
Even a clipless curling iron can burn if you don't handle it right. Your curling iron can reach heat levels of up to 400 degrees, so don't get distracted by your beau in the other room or your new puppy's crazy antics or you'll be explaining away a painful and embarrassing burn scar. Always use the included glove and practice a few times with the on-off switch firmly in the "off" position before you turn up the heat. One trick used by the pros is to slip a comb between your head and the curling iron to keep the hot wand from hitting your scalp.