I've started to make more of an effort with my hair recently. When I was 16, I discovered my hair actually looks perfectly fine au naturale without attacking it with heat tools 24/7. Since then, I've barely picked up another heat tool. Now my hair is in better condition, I've slowly started to introduce heat tools into my hair styling regime again and I'm loving it.
Anyone remember the Mary Kate and Ashley hair curling tools? I remember LOVING them when I was younger, but then later realised how bad a job it did at curling my hair. The bottom half of my hair would be curly (not the top, my hair was too long to fit around the barrel) and I would have kinks at the ends of my hair from the clamp - not a good look.
Nowadays, I swear by my BaByliss Pro Curling Wand. I thought the transition between a hair curler with a clap to a clamp less one would be difficult, but it's definitely one of the best decisions I've made. The wand is extremely easy to use and does the job of curling my hair in about a quarter the amount of time it would take with my old Mary Kate and Ashley curler. I bought last Summer for only £24.99 at Boots.
There are four heat option settings: 165, 180, 195 and 210 degrees. I tend to opt for the highest setting if I want to quickly create really tight curls. If I'm only wanting subtle waves, I'll stick to the 165 degree option. Remember to always use a heat protectant before using hot tools on your hair!
The device takes about 30 seconds to heat up and you're ready to go!
The curling wand came with a heat protection glove. The glove does protect against heat quite well, but obviously don't hold your hand/fingers on the metal plate for too long as they are still very, very hot!
I tend to have my curls going away from my face, so I'll have curls directing towards the left on my left side, and right on my right side.
Amazingly, the length of my hair manages to wrap itself comfortably around the barrel. I only need to hold my hair in place at the end of the barrel for around 10 seconds. If I'm wanting tighter curls, I'll hold it in place for a couple of seconds longer.
As you can see, my hair is very long and curling it does take a few inches off the ends! For the purpose of this blog post, I tried to make my curls really tight so you could see the full effect of the curling wand.
After curling, I would lightly brush them out with a comb and apply some hairspray to keep the curls in place. I often tend to leave my curls quite tight on the first day, and by the second day they look more voluminous and natural.
What is your go-to hair styling appliance? Have you tried any BaByliss products?