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Typically, it seems that anyone born with curly hair wants it straight, and anyone blessed with straight hair would give anything to have bouncy curls. I was blessed with something in-between that requires heated help to achieve either look! I was a bit fed up of constantly opting for the easy option of straight hair (or the natural ‘mess’) so decided to invest in a pair of curling tongs to see what a head full of real curls would look like...
Ease of use
The tongs come with an instruction booklet describing how to use them. The guidelines need to be well adhered to in order to achieve the required results. You need to take a small, combed section of hair, wrap it round the wand and hold for 5 seconds, then release to leave the strand of hair curled. Obviously, to do this to a full head of hair is rather time consuming and quite taxing on the arm to keep it up in the air for so long. The good thing about the tongs is that they are slim and lightweight, so it makes it easier to use them one-handed. The tongs also come with a heat proof glove to help prevent burning when wrapping the hair round the tongs, though I must say I didn’t find this effective – after 5 minutes it didn’t feel heat resistant!It also meant I wasn’t as nimble fingered – personally, Ifound it easier to be gloveless and be careful. It does take a while to get the technique right, as with many things practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, perhaps due to my own clumsiness, I ended up burning my finger, neck and ear!!
Provided you have the patience to persevere with curling your hair in 2cm sections, the resulting curls did look fantastic. I set aside a good hour to curl my hair and on completion I was very pleased. The curls are lovely, bouncy and perfectly formed, but it really is a long, arduous job! I guess it depends on an individual’s hair type as to how long the curls last. I found they started to drop out after a few hours, and by evening time (after a lunch-time curling session) I was left with a bit of a knotted mess. I have fairly fine hair which is probably the reason why, but with a bit of trial and error of different hair product, this problem could probably be rectified somewhat. In many ways, at least with straightened hair, it generally remains that way until bedtime, and can at least be thoroughly brushed rather than be left rather knotty as mine was.
Value for money
These curling tongs cost me about Ł30 from Argos which I thought was quite reasonable. However, after using and realising that I will only use them on the odd occasion due to the length of time it takes, I realised that perhaps they were not a great investment.
All in all, I would recommend this product for the results that they give, which is probably the main factor- just be sure you have enough time.
The BaByliss 2285CU Curling Wand is a salon quality hairdresser styler, giving you the ... more
freedom and flexibility to create curls, flicks and soft waves. Simply wrap and curl - it's that easy. Designed with advanced heat technology, the BaByliss Curling Wand has a ceramic conical barrel that heats up to 200°C for long lasting salon quality results. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to curl your hair, especially when you don't have to fuss with a clamp as you go. With 5 digitally heat settings, you can adjust the temperature at the push of a button to suit your hair type. Advanced Ceramics take just 3 seconds to heat up and ensure the BaByliss 2285CU Curling Wand glides through your hair for beautifully smooth results. The heat ready indicator lets you know when it's ready for styling. For better control and extra safety, there is a stay cool safety tip on the heated barrel as well as a stylish heat protective glove for handling. The BaByliss 2285CU Curling Wand also has a 2.5m cord that swivels as you move it around your head, keeping the cord from getting tangled up in your fresh new curls.
The porcelain barrel tapers down from 32mm to 19mm.It features a cooltip for easy styling, ... more
simply wrap and style.It has a fast heat up timeand 25 temperature settings.Also features a swivel cord, on/offswitch and 2 indicator lights.It has a soft touch handle and includes aheat mat to protect surfaces.Also includes a set of finger shieldsfor close work on the barrel.