My hair is naturally quite curly, but they are quite mad and slightly frizzy curls so I much prefer putting myself through the effort of creating curls with heat. Up until now I've mainly used my straighteners to create curls as the curling irons I've bought in the past have always ended up languishing at the back of the cupboard. They've always been fiddly, not hot enough for my thick hair or created too-tight curls near the root that didn't work on my shoulder length hair.
I've been trying out the Enrapture Totem Styler* for the last few weeks after admiring the results on various (longer maned) fellow bloggers but didn't really expect it to do much for my hair length and type. The USP of the styler are its three adjustable heat plates that can be used in endless (well, a few) combinations, meaning you can get tight curls along the entire length of the hair or just nearer the mid-lengths and ends. It sounds a bit gimmicky, or at least I thought so, but this feature comes in really handy for short hair as you can ensure the curl is defined by using the medium or hottest setting (2 or 3) on the lower heat plates and avoid kinks by using a lower heat setting (1) near the root. Despite the joins in the plates, I didn't have any issues with snagging and it left me with shiny, smooth curls. It has a mini flipper, meaning you can hold the curl if you a) have long enough hair and b) aren't a bit special like me and use it upside down. It sits smooth against the barrel however so it doesn't get in the way at all.
The Totem styler is up there with my ghd straighteners in terms of quality and it certainly won't end up at the back of the cupboard (FYI - my ghds were made before the patent moved to Cloud 9, or at least I think that's what happened, so I can't comment on the quality of them now but I wasn't a fan of Cloud 9 when they were used on me by a hairdresser).
It's £74.99 at Boots which I think is fair for how well it works, and the stylers also come with a 3 year guarantee and 30 day money back guarantee.
If you'd like to see it in action, I used it in this video. 'Beachy Curls'...in September. I'm nothing if not seasonal!