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The waves created by using the Babyliss wand are so feminine and pretty, it's a little time consuming to make sure the whole of my hair is done and I have to set up two mirrors in my bedroom so I can check the back of my head but for me it's worth putting the time in because the end results are so good. I wash my hair and roughly towel dry it then comb to get rid of any lugs that have developed while it's being washed, then I spray with Frizz-Ease and work a big blob of styling mousse through my hair while the wand is heating up. Then all you have to do is wrap your hair around the barrel and complete your whole head, making sure you use equal amounts of hair for each wrap so that your waves are fairly uniform. It's very easy to master once you've got used to using curling tongs that have no hinged clamp and the advantage is that you don't get any kinks using a wand. A heat resistant glove is provided but it was much too big for my hand and made the process more difficult so I don't use it, if you have larger hands it's worth trying the glove though to prevent burns.
I'd guess without timing that it takes around 45 minutes for me to create the waves I want and I'm impressed with the amount of time they stay in my hair for without me needing to use hair spray to fix the style. I don't like to use too much hair spray because I like my hair to feel natural and even the best hair sprays leave hair a bit stiffer than I'd like. When I wave my hair in the morning before work I'm always confident that they'll stay in place right up until the end of the day, I've noticed that when I use small sections of hair and create slightly tighter waves they stay in for longer but I prefer larger waves as I think that style suits the shape of my face better.
I regularly use heat styling products so treat my hair to a deep conditioning mask every week and also use good quality shampoo and conditioner to counter any drying effects, I have noticed my hair feels more healthy when I use this compared to straighteners and it's never suffered from the brittle effect some people complain about when using curling tongs. It amazingly does cut down on the level of frizz in my hair but isn't a miracle product and after a few hours the frizz starts to creep back into my style, it's a shame but my frizz is part of me so people I work with are used to seeing me with it!
My hair type is: fine, wavy dark hair, and I have a lot of it!
These are easy to use, although your arm aches after a while, and can get a bit awkward doing the back. To use the wand just twist your hair around it, starting from the top of your head (or from where ever you want your curl/wave to start, I hold it for about 5 to 10 seconds.
I do used to use the glove that comes with, as I thought it was really useful, and stopped me getting burnt. But as you use the wand more, you won't need to wear a glove. Also the glove stops you being able to feel your hair properly.
I tend to put in some gel, while my hair is wet/damp. I then either air dry or blow dry. After I use the waving wand, I put in some serum. I don't use any hairspray, and my waves stay. I even sleep in them (I tie my hair in a pony tail, right on top of my head)
So glad I got these as I now have soft, natural looking waves :)
I have long, thick hair and have been looking for a curling wand for a while which would actually curl my hair. This does the job beautifully! I bought it for around £20 on amazon.
It's a flat wand without a clamp, so you simply wind a strand of hair around the barrel, wait 10 seconds, and done. You get a heat resistant glove with the waving wand to stop you burning your fingers as you curl. I can do all my hair in 10-15 minutes and best of all, the curls stay in. Even the next day I still have lovely, loose waves.
It heats up quickly, in a minute or so, and has several heat settings. I always do mine on the highest heat setting, 200 degrees, as this works for my thick hair. Use plenty of heat protector first!
A couple of minor niggles....it's easy to switch off by accident, as the push on/off button is located in your grip as you curl the hair. Also if you don't get the curl quite right, you can get a flat kink at the end. This is where a bit of practice with the glove comes in.
There are some good tutorials on YouTube, and it is easy to use. I'd recommend it for long hair wanting looser waves than the traditional small curling tongs which do tighter waves. No other curling devices have ever worked well on my hair, so I am chuffed!
I have wanted one of these Babyliss waving wands for absolutely ages. I love curling my hair and though I am pretty loyal to my tresemme curler I often wish it had more functions to create different looks.
I have had mixed experiences with Babyliss curling devices before, often finding the curls don't hold in my hair. I watched a few videos online of this being used though and thought it look good.
The product comes in a big rectangular cardboard box with instructions inside, the wand and a pair of heat proof gloves. The curler has a silvery bronzey coloured metal curling bit and a purple handle. The gloves are black and made from a heat resistant fabric. My first impressions were good, everything seemed to be in place and the product looked really nice.
The wand has quite a long lead and plug which allows you to use it with easy. It also has a swivelling bit where the wire goes in so you don't have to worry about getting caught up with the wire. There is an on button on the front of the waver handle and a plus and minus button which allows you to adjust the heat.
I've had a similar product from babyliss before but this one was a wide barrel big hair curler. It had the same button and though I found it heated up very hot the curls never really held in my hair. So when I used the waver for the first time I turned the heat right up to the top. Once you've turned it up to your desired heat a red button flashes and then stays solid once it is hot enough which took roughly a minute.
I tested it against the gloves to see if they are properly heat resistant. The heat swiftly melted the area of the gloves I touched and I got a little black patch on my waver. This is entirely my own fault but I guess my advice would be to avoid touching the gloves against the curler they are merely there to protect your hands against the heat.
To curl you take a section of the hair, depending on whether you want tight or looser waves you can choose bigger or small sections. I then wrapped this around the tong with my gloves hand while holding the handle of the tong with my ungloved hand. Because of my experience with Babyliss curlers I held it for around 30 seconds, hoping to hold the curls in place for longer. Actually in order to create a nice wave you probably only need around 15 seconds on direct heat at the top level or you could lower the temperature and hold it for longer.
Because the wand is not round but has a slightly curved rectangular shape the effect you get with your hair is a sleek beach hair style wave. This is a great look and one that is not really achievable with conventional curlers.
I am absolutely thrilled with the results. The waves held in my hair really nicely and even when they dropped it still look nice because it is such a casual look.
This hair styler will set your back between £20-£30. I got mine as a gift from my boyfriend but I know he bought it from Amazon and got it for around £22 with postage free through prime. Personally I love this product and will definitely be using it on a frequent basis because it is so easy to do, such a nice look and takes only around 10 minutes for the whole head of hair.
Overall, I love my Babyliss waving wand.
The Babyliss Waving Wand is a hairdresser styler with no clamp. Simply wrap the hair around the oval shape barrel to create effortless natural looking waves with no kinks. Comes with a 3 year manufacturer's guarantee.