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      27.08.2010 14:50
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      A great add on to your child's 'hair saloon' and for your occasional use

      I'm not the person who would usually use something like this, nor would purchase it but since it came with Babyliss hair straightener pack as a free gift who would mind it?

      Concept of the device is simple - you put a thread of cotton inside the device you get two - pinkish, violet/silver - threads which are already coiled on a spool, if you want to use your own threads you need to coil them yourself (you can do that manually or with the help of Crazy wrap device - reverse procedure). After that is done you take a strand of your hair and pull it through the hole in the middle of the devices head - there is an instrument included that makes this easier. Click the wrapping button and your wrappin' - you slowly pull the device from the top of your head to the end of your hair and the device will wrap the threads around your hair. Simple!

      Even though I'm not the kind of person that would normally walk around with wraps in the hair, I am the kind of person that needs to try everything out - so there is no surprise that the day I brought this home the device that I was actually buying was gathering dust and this one was making dozens of wraps on my hair (sadly with the threads included so it was a scary pinkish look).

      Use of the device is really simple, it works well and threads don't get tangled together easily. You need to make a few wraps to get the feeling on the speed of the device so that wraps are even and there are no spaces where hair would be seen or wraps would be to thick. After a few tries you get the feel and your wraps will be even. If you make a mistake along the way you can always unwrap it - reverse button.

      After you are satisfied (or want to continue with a different colour) you stop the device, cut the thread and tie it manually - it won't unwrap easily without you wanting it. You can also finish of (or use it somewhere in the middle) with beds that are included (or buy your own) - they are too in very bright colours you just tie them on if you use them in the end or you could just wedge them in if you want to have them higher.

      So I was looking like a cheap Christmas tree and since the need to continue normal life was about, the time came to remove them. I used scissors to cut the first few threads at the bottom and then manually removed them. I suppose you could remove them with the device but this would be time consuming and certainly not necessary. They get off easily.

      I liked the idea of having a wrap or two at the time so I later made one (with a normal pastel brown colour, with few read parts). I had it on for day and it survived 2 hair washes so I can say the device makes durable wraps. I use it on an odd occasion still - alway with neutral colours. You don't need to buy any special kind of threads - just buy the regular ones in the shop.

      It certainly comes in handy when you get visitors with small children (not to small since the device potentially could grab a hair and pull it lightly but you know how little it takes to have screaming children with crocodile tears accompanied with angry looks from parents asking you why did you give that deadly device to the children), they find it extremely amazing and give each other hair makeover!

      It will also do you good if you plan to be Jack Sparrow for the Halloween. Nothin' sexier than those pirate wraps in the hair Aye?

      FINAL VERDICT

      Not a bad device, not exactly a necessity but if you happen to get one you will like it, if you are planning to buy one you will be satisfied with it's performance. Want to gift it to your child - be prepared to buy tons of threads in the future. I think this thing is practically harmless for children, the machine is not strong enough to damage the hair if it would they would accidentally get pulled into it - it would stop wrapping even if the child would not stop it - in reality I think it is just strong enough to maybe pull out one hair - but that is more than enough power for decent wrapping.

      This one sure brings in some fun in the child home hair saloon (certainly beats the regular hairbrush that is commonly the only accessory in that saloon).

      I also checked on Ebay and it seems you can get a new one for less than £5 so you really don't have much to loose buying it. Would make a perfect gift for a girl.

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        17.03.2008 13:50
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        try by hand first you could save yourself a lot of hastle

        Wholst on holiday with her nan last year my eldest daughter had a strand of her hair put in a wrap which concisted of her hair being wraped in cotton, it looked lovely and she was so upset when it eventually came loose and had to be removed.

        I hadnt heard of a crazy braider then so i used some of my tapestry cottons to make another wrap in her hair which looked great.

        Just before xmas i saw this crazy braider in an argos seconds wharehouse so i brought one, it cost me £9.99.

        The instructions with the wrapper are realy confusing, trying to thread cotton and hair through the hole needs a very steady hand and a lot of patience but i eventually after a lot of practice got the hang of it.

        This is a realy great idea and works realy well, the cottons are cheap to replace and it doesnt take long to do once you have got the hang of it.

        It has a reverse gear on the brader to allow you to undo your braid if it goes wrong but mine doesnt work so i cant realy tell you how this is done.

        This machine is a good idea but i am not sure it was worth buying as it only looks the same as when i do them by hand and although it takes me longer to braid her hair by hand it is less hastle than using the machine.

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        04.06.2004 15:46
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        Having a ten year old daughter is a nightmare at times. Girls always want to keep up with their friends and this age sees them all wanting to try different things out for their hair. The latest craze for hair seems to be ?wrapping? at my daughter?s school whereby thread is wrapped round strands of hair to give a multi-coloured look. Last summer it didn?t matter what beach we visited, there would always be an abundance of stalls set up where people offered to wrap hair for a small fee and Amber always wanted to get hers done when we were out. Wrapping is achieved by winding coloured thread round a strand of hair from as near to the root as possible, right down to the bottom of the strand. The wrap can be finished off by threading some beads onto the hair or by simply tying the thread, although the beads finish off the wrap and make it look prettier. I had seen the crazy wrap in Argos priced at £24.25 but Amber was lucky enough to have one bought for her at Christmas last year. On Boxing Day evening, I was shattered and just wanted to curl up in front of the TV. We had had our normal busy Christmas, but by the time evening arrived, it was just me, Steve, his mum and the kids and I wanted to chill. Amber was clamouring to give this a go, so I agreed to get it out of the box. We read through the instructions again and again but I just could not work it out, maybe it was because I was tired I thought, so put it away in frustration thinking I?d never be able to master it. The following day we got it out of the box again, and this time we did manage to get the thing working, although it is quite a fiddly process, and takes practice to perfect, especially if you?ve never attempted wrapping before. However, I?m glad we persevered as now we?re quit adept at achieving the perfect wrap and although I wouldn?t say
        it?s an easy process, the end result does look really nice. The kit comprises the wrapper itself which is an attractive aqua colour and shaped almost like a lollipop. The round ?lollipop? end has a pink swirl on it and a hole in the centre for threading the thread through. The kit comes with two types of thread, a two-tone pink or a midnight blue, with a silver strand running through it. We have since bought more thread, which can be purchased at sewing shops for about 30p a time and lasts two or three uses so it?s not an expensive thing to keep buying and of course there are many different colours and designs to keep everyone happy. The wrapper is powered by batteries (not included of course) but it only needs 1 AA battery so that?s not too bad plus it lasts a long time before it dies a death. To create a wrap the desired thread has to be loaded into the wrapper. This is achieved by removing the cover from the ?lollipop? end. The spool now has to be inserted with the ribbed edge of the spool facing downwards. Replace the cover after sliding the thread into the slot so that it feeds easily whilst wrapping is in process. The end of the thread now has to be fed through the hole of the ?lollipop? and pulled through. At this point, select a section of hair to be wrapped. Only a small, thin piece, as this has to be fed through the hole where you have just threaded the thread. Is this confusing or what? At this point I needed six pairs of hands! I have since found that you can thread both the thread and the hair at the same time, which does make the process a bit easier but it does take practice and it would be churlish of me to suggest that wrapping can be perfected on the first attempt. Using the special threading tool located in the base of the wrap, feed the hair through this, then through the hole. Make sure at this point that t
        he thread you have is longer than the section of hair you want to wrap, so that it can be tied after wrapping. If it isn?t you simply pull it gently to release more of it from the wrapper. Make sure that the swirly side of the wrap is facing the head and begin wrapping, by pushing the button on the wrapper, about an inch from the scalp. The hair must be kept taut at all times and you must work slowly, otherwise you will have big gaps in the wrapping effect, and as all of you who have daughters will know, this would not do their street cred any good at all, if seen by their friends, whose mothers have all perfected the art of this wrapping, in fact most of them do it without the aid of a machine, they of course can do it ?by hand?!!!! All this is being told to you whilst you are in the process of wrapping, and getting more and more irate by the minute. If you make a mistake while wrapping, the instructions say you can use the reverse lever on the machine and go back. I?ve tried this on numerous occasions and IT DOESN?T WORK. Maybe it?s me, I don?t know, but I always have to start again. As time has gone on though, we don?t make mistakes but the art is keeping a steady hand whilst wrapping, and if you?ve had a drink the night before, forget it. You need steady hands to operate the gizmo. Once you get to the end of the strand, cut the thread and tie, or thread beads to complete the wrap. In principle, I think it?s a wonderful idea. I do, however, think that the instructions are not clear with the wrapper. It says one thing in the leaflet and another on the box so it was a matter of trial and error until I perfected the art with a lot of swearing thrown in for good measure. I think the item is a bit pricey too, I hardly think it?s worth £25 but Amber thinks its great (probably because half of he
        r mates have them, funny that, as they are all supposed to have wonderful mothers who don?t need the aid of crazy wraps to perfect the best and most colourful hair wrap ? amazing how kids are so contradictory!!) The end result is good, once you have mastered the b****y machine, but it?s not a gadget that can be mastered just by looking at the instruction leaflet once. You need to site down and concentrate on it before you master the art, and I did have some help from a friend?s 16 year old daughter who gave us a few tips. However, Amber loves the end results and happily skips off to school where she and her friends can see who has got the cleverest mum and the most original colour scheme in their hair and it?s a handy way to tell who has a mother with a drink problem. I find myself scrutinising hair wraps in the playground, to see if theirs are closer wrapped than the ones I?ve done and if their mums have mastered the perfect hair wrap so as a final note I would say that buying a crazy wrap can make you a paranoid mother! All in all though, it is a good buy and once you?ve mastered the gizmo the end result is really pretty.

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