Product Type: Argos Hair Styler
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Argos Curling Tong
Member Name: katykicker
Argos Curling Tong
Advantages: Easy to use, cheap, work well.
Disadvantages: My own clumsiness causes me to burn myself sometimes.
=== The product ===
Curling tongs to help you create curls & waves in your hair.
=== How to use this ===
Plug it in (1.75m swivel cord) and then you can use the little clip near the base to stand this up while it's heating up so none of your surfaces are damaged. I also stand this on a heat proof mat I have to ensure that no damage occurs and this means I don't have to worry if I forget to return back to the tongs immediately. I usually heat them up for a few minutes while using a heat protection spray or mousse on my hair and this is ideal as it means the tongs are thoroughly heated before I begin use. There is a 'hi' and 'lo' setting on these which can be selected by pressing up or down on a sliding button.
Once the tongs are ready, and your hair, it's very simple just to wrap the hair around the stainless steel barrel and clip the end in place with the lever so the curl stays wrapped around and gets a full heat blast. The cord is long enough that I can wrap my hair around it fully and not need to be a contortionist to do so! Once I have held the curl in place for around 10-15 seconds I then uncurl it and leave it to cool naturally before using my fingers to gentle tousle the curls.
This is very simple to use and it has a cool tip so I can, hopefully, ensure that I don't burn my head while using this. I have managed to catch my ears on one or two occasions and as I use it on 'hi' (170 degrees) it hurt just a tad..!! However, that wasn't a design fault and was just my own stupidity that caused it to happen.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
These tongs can be purchased in store, ordered online for in store collection or ordered online at www.Argos.co.uk for home delivery (charges may apply) and they cost just £3.79 (August 2011).
=== Overall opinion ===
Now let me start by saying that I own a pair of GHD straighteners but I wanted something I could take on holiday & not have to worry about them getting lost, damaged or stolen. These were perfect because of the ridiculously low price.
These tongs are not too bad to look at. They are black with a stainless steel barrel. There is a button to be press down to open and close the lever that holds your hair in place.
I use a curling product when I use this, normally something that is applied to wet hair before it is blow dried and I believe that this helps to ensure that my curls are kept in good condition, look shiny & are long lasting. Whether it does or not is anybodies guess! This can be used on wet hair but I don't do this because I believe that it damages hair even more than standard heat styling on dry hair.
I have found these tongs to be easy to use and they were ideal for taking on holiday with me. These tongs also came in handy again on my hen night as there were lots of ladies all wanting to style their hair at the same time so we used these and my GHD straighteners at the same time so we could get two ladies ready at the same time.
These do the job just as good as any other tongs and providing I use the right products before, during and after use I can have wonderful curls that last all day, sometimes even until the next day depending on the conditions.
Summary: A decent hair curling tong from Argos.
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