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My daughter loves Hello Kitty, and she always loves having her hair done, so last Christmas I came across these Hello Kitty crimper's, to be honest I did not even realise you could buy these. They was only mini crimper's but I thought well its all she needs. So I bought these off Ebay for £10.99, with free postage. So it was reasonably priced. On getting the crimper through, the first thing I did notice was how small it was, I know it says mini, but it was about half the size of a normal crimper. I did not let the size of this put me off though, they do say good things come in small packages and I was about to find out. The crimper's are purple in colour, with a picture of Hello Kitty on, and also Hello Kitty in white writing. I'm not sure if these do come in different colours as this is the only colour I have seen. The crimper's did come with an instruction manual, but to be honest you do not really need one, they was pretty simple to figure out. Firstly you need to obviously plug them into the socket, I would suggest finding one near a mirror if you are doing your hair yourself. Then turn the switch on the side to the on position, once they are ready to use the indicator light will come on. Be careful though it is said these heat up to 200oC. They take just over a minute I would say to heat up. With my daughter only been quite young, well I would say too young to use these herself, I do her hair for her each time she wants it done. I will say it does take about an hour, maybe a little longer to do her hair, so it is not something that happens quick. I do find it easy though to do her hair, I was a little worried about how well I would be able to use the crimper's, with them been smaller, but I could hold them just fine, they did feel a little weird in my hand because of the size, but that was something I soon got used to. To start her hair, pick the section you would like to start from, I usually find starting it from one of the sides is easier, then you can work round to the other side. You need to grab a small section of the hair, not too much or it might not crimp well. Then put the piece of hair in the crimper, push the crimper's together, and leave held in for about 30 seconds to a minute. If the hair has not crimped as well as you wanted to, you can just do it again. Then you move up the hair, crimping each part of the hair, this will depend on how long the hair is to how many times you need to do it. Obviously if they only have short hair it will not take too long, my daughters hair is pretty long so it does take a while. Once you have done the hair, turn the crimper's off and leave somewhere to cool down, before putting them away, I do find it takes around an hour to cool down. I found these were a bargain for £10.99, they are so easy to use, and my daughters hair looks lovely when it is all crimped. It is something I think you would find hard to do yourself, but if you have someone that would do it for you, then yes I would highly recommend these. My daughter loves then, even though she can not use them, and she forever nags me to do her hair for her. Maybe soon I will let her have a try herself, but they do get very hot so you have to be careful. I would say these were well worth the money, and I have never had any problems with them
After my eldest daughter went to a friends birthday party and saw her with crimped hair, she has been desperate to have hers done. I hadn't seen anyone with crimped hair for years and partly expected that I wouldn't be able to even get hold of any so was pleasantly surprised when I found some on eBay. I bought them as a little treat for a few good deeds she had done, and she was over the moon to receive them. I, however, was not as over the moon as she was! The Hello Kitty mini crimper is, it would seem, the perfect item for younger girls who are starting to become interested in messing around with their hair, but I was surprised at just how mini this item was, and soon realised after just a few minutes use that they were in fact pretty useless. Given the tiny plate size, it would be almost impossible to crimp a full head of hair with these. By the time you have got from one side to the other, the style has just about dropped out anyway! Despite the rather hot 200 degree maximum temperature, the crimp does actually struggle to stay in. I would say this is down the small size of the plate, as at this temperature there should be no problem. Design wise (aside from the stupid size!), they are perfect with a predominantly black body with flowers and the Hello Kitty logo, however I would much rather have bought some that weren't aimed at girls, that actually worked! I would suggest that given the size of these, they would be better suited to adding funky shapes to small sections of the hair. As my daughter still has quite fine hair, we have resorted to putting her hair in a pony, and crimping small sections of the pony when she does want it slightly styled for parties etc. This allows that we haven't completely given up using them, but we are also not wasting an afternoon in the process too! The few things that the crimpers have going as an advantage include the 1.8 metre cord length, the 3 year manufacturer guarantee and the fairly quick 60 second heat up time. RRP of £15, don't waste your money!