'Tis the season when there’s a party every night, and getting our hair professionally styled for every single one is both too time-consuming and too expensive.

Enter the curling tong, which promises to transform limp locks into bouncy waves.

But with thousands of options on the market, which is best?

We don’t have much patience for overcomplicated, awkward or time-consuming appliances, so a good tong must be easy to use.

The curls or waves must also be long-lasting without weakening or damaging the hair though a heat-protecting spray will help.

Value for money is important too. We tested a range of products on stubborn hair that is wavy in parts, straight in others and prone to frizz to get true results.

Which curls held up? We put the highest-rated  devices on the market to the test.

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The verdict: Curling tongs

Everyone's hair is different, but we were equally impressed by the Dyson for long-lasting results. But the model we returned to when we wanted to give our hair some long-lasting texture before a two-day work trip was the Turbo Tong.

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