Product Type: Babyliss Hair Styler
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Wave away straight hair
Member Name: walsha11
Date: 17/08/12, updated on 17/08/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: nice waves, adds volume, look nice, good design
Disadvantages: very hot, hair dropped after half a day
I bought these with one of my recent dooyoo redemptions after seeing a video tutorial for them. I own a pair of hair curlers that has a few different tongs you can take off and attach. This allows me to achieve a number of looks, but there isn't a tong wide enough to create a lovely subtle wave in my hair. I have looked for a wide barrelled curler for a number of years and never found anything good so these seemed like the perfect solution.
I paid £13.94 for these, including p+p (amazon prime), which seems ridiculously cheap for a pair of curlers. Most you can get nowadays for around £20-£30 but under £15 seems like an exceptionally good deal. Also, because they were next day delivery I knew roughly when they would arrive and that it would be prompt. This was great as I anticipated the delivery and made sure someone was in to get them.
The curlers comprise of a body and handle made from a glossy black plastic. The body of the curler is made from a shiny light gold coloured metal. There is a flexible plastic coated wire which runs from the curlers to a standard UK plug which you then obviously plug in to your closest socket. The tip of the curler is finished off with a domed plastic topper which has raised lines in it. There are also two buttons, an on switch and a button split for raising and lowering the temperature, above these there is a dial which shows you the temperature of the curler.
The overall look of them is very good. The barrel is pretty wide, I can just about touch my index finger to the tip of my thumb if I wrap my fingers round it (obviously make sure it switched off before you attempt this!). The design is very functional but it also looks nice. I was pretty impressed when I opened the box because they aren't at all cheap looking considering the price I paid.
Though you can use this to achieve a normal curl it is pretty much designed for making waves. There is a tutorial video on amazon that is worth checking out but basically you take sections of hair, clip them into the curler using the handle and then twist up towards your head. You loosen them to release the hair and what you end up with are very subtle waves. My hair is just below my shoulders and still a little too short to achieve the optimum look with these curlers, though it does definitely add volume to my hair which is always great.
They heat up within around 5 minutes and are extremely hot! I opted for the hottest option because I know my hair doesn't hold curls well otherwise, I did find it burnt my hand a couple of times. Obviously if you are more careful this won't happen, and I am especially clumsy, though it is important to be aware of how hot it can be.
I found the waves lasted about half the day, though I didn't use any products or hair spray which might have helped to keep them a little longer. The effect achieved was nice so I was happy with this, and even though they dropped my hair still looked voluminous and nice.
Considering I only paid £14.00 for them, and that this was essentially free anyway because I'd earned the miles, this seems like a pretty great deal to me. They aren't as good as my regular curler but they do achieve a different look which is nice for a one off.
Overall, a great pair of bargain curlers.
Summary: A lovely pair of curlers for creating a wavy look.
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