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When I dress up occasionally I sometimes like to curl my hair to make it look different from it's usual straight style. I wanted a curling tong but didn't want to spend a fortune so I brought this one from Argos which was a great price.
It comes in a box with the name of the brand on it and a picture of the tong itself. Opening the box, it differs from the pic slightly as the purple end of the clamp shown in the picture above is more a magenta pink colour. I just looked up the tong on argos today, and they have the exact same version only with a blue clamp instead of the purple and magenta. I reckon they maybe give it a small update every year or so. I have checked and it is the definitely the same product.
There is no heat mat , case or glove included but I suppose this is to keep costs down. There is a brush extension included you can add on to the end of the tong, however I lost this long ago so can't comment on it's effectiveness. There is a cable leading from it that you use to plug into the wall. It isn't a very long cable but it's long enough so I am able to see myself in the bathroom mirror to help me curl my hair better and more easily.
Switching the tongs on, there is a little light that reminds you they are on. There is no beeping or signal to tell you when they have fully heated up, however it takes around 40 seconds. Be careful when you lift them, if you get your hands on the ceramic barrel at all, you will get a nasty burn (i speak from experience). Perhaps buy a heat styling glove to wear when using these, as it could help prevent burns if you are accident prone.
When curling your hair, it is fairly simple. You get a section of hair, put the end in the clamp, and start twisting the curling tong round, wrapping the entire length of your hair round the barrel. You then hold it there for around 10-15 seconds, then release the clamp, and your section of hair will be in a l curl.
For tighter curls, use smaller sections of hair, and for looser curls, curl bigger sections.Be careful not to burn your scalp at all, and use a heat protectant spray before you begin, as constant heat from these tongs can overheat your hair and potentially burn it.
Afterwards, keep the curls in place by wearing a hairspray. My curls stay in place around 10 hours, but of course this depends on your type of hair and the type of hairspray you are using.
The price of these curling tongs are 9.99, and what I feel is a bargain considering they are ceramic plated and better for your hair than iron ones.
Recommended for those on a budget who want curly hair.