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I purchased the babyliss curling wand as a gift for my eldest daughter. She has fine, shoulder length hair, and the description of the item said this was the product she needed!!! Daughter was very pleased, and we set about heating the thing up, the power cord is much shorter than we would of liked, and not having a "stand" made me a little dubious of placing it on my dressing table, but the little rubber tip at the end seemed to lift the barrel just enough. With a simple on-off function, the light turned green in little under 4 minutes. I set about styling my daughters hair, as I had seen these used on youtube videos (I know, but one likes to be prepared!). Hmmm the first strand of hair was nothing more than slightly kinked. So I held the second strand for slightly longer - until I smelt that familiar scent from my own teenage years - burnt hair! Oh yes, now that produced a beautiful curl! Except I didnt want her to end up with singed curls! I tried a few more times, always releasing before I got the dreaded smell, but none of these produced a curl, just a kink, or at best, a slight wave! I accept that it is probably just my daughters hair type, as when we finally threw in the towel and gave these to a friend, who has beautiful long thick slightly curled hair - she raved about them and how they produced the perfect tool. However, despite what the sales pitch says, I really would not recommend these for fine hair - not unless you are partial to a "singed fringe!"
*****Introduction***** My sister works in boots & advised i tried this as it seemed to sell well in her shop, im 24 with very thin hair (back combing is my best friend for volume) but its still in good condition, these were on offer so i gave them a go. I was able to use her discount but they normally retail for around £15. *****In use***** They did heat up very quickly and were very hot, i also made sure to use special products in my hair to help 'hold' the style as they say. firstly i struggled to wrap my hair around the wand, despite holding my hair and the wand in place my hair just moved up & down the wand meaning all the curls in my hair were the same size (small). 2nd i personally wouldnt say its big enough, ive used the old fashioned curlers like in the older days and cannot be beaten in my opinion. *****Specifications***** Up to 210°C high heat for amazing results Ready to use in 30 which is ultra fast considering my older ones tool nearly a minute. 5 digital temperature settings for all hair types. This is ideal for different hair types. Advanced Ceramics which is better for the hair. Heat ready LED indicator so you know when the curlers are ready for use. Auto shut off, this means they will shut off after a while. A great safety option. 2.5m swivel cord. *****My thoughts***** These just dont seem to work on fine or thin hair...no matter how decent your hair 'prep' is before hand. I had more luck with the old fashioned rollers. While they did slightly curl my hair, the curls didn't hold at all. The fact they are ceramic make them better for your hair unlike other curlers, but it also makes them very slippery for well condition soft and silky hair which I felt also didnt help. Overall I found them a complete waste of money for my thin.
I purchased this curling wand after struggling to use my GHD straighteners to achieve waves or curls in my hair, I just couldn't get the hang of it so looked for an easier alternative! These are currently for sale on Amazon for £25.99 with free delivery but I'm pretty sure I paid about £24 for these. Features of this curling wand include; *pink barrel design- perfect for the girlie side of me! *5 separate heat settings- which is particularly good if you have dry or weak hair that does not respond well to very high heat *heat indicator that stops flashing when they are ready to use *protective glove to prevent burning hand when wrapping hair around wand *rest on handle so wand can be propped up to prevent burning any surfaces These curling wands are very easy to use, as all you need to do is wrap your hair around the barrel and wait for the heat to set the curl/wave. Tight curls are achieved by wrapping smaller amounts of hair around the barrel and holding for a few seconds, wider curls are achieved by wrapping wider sections. This is such a simple concept and I wish I'd bought this years ago instead of persevering trying to master using my straighteners to achieve this look! I would always suggest using a heat protective spray when using any heated hair styler but I have found that this has not damaged my hair at all, I use this on 180 degrees C which is the middle heat setting which is more than hot enough and doesn't leave my hair looking frazzled!I've also found that the curls last all day and normally until the next morning and look really nice and natural as they drop out. I recommend this curling wand to any woman (or man!) looking for a way to achieve fast and easy curls without all the fuss. 5 out of 5!
Hi there everybody, this babyliss curling wand is one of many, of my curling appliances I have as, I love to change my hairstyles on a regular basis. I would like to start off by saying what a great bargain this curling wand is for the quality. I got mine last year for £19.99 from Argos which I couldn't of been happier about. This curling wand is a great appliance to create all kinds of curls and waves with and it really does create beautiful curls that hold really well throughout the day with a little hairspray. This curling wand is ideal, if it is your first time buying a curling wand, as it has a really great feature on it, where the tip is cool which helps to protect your skin from burns. I love the fact that this curling iron heats up in less than 60 seconds, which ideal for me, as I am a girl with a busy lifestyle and always seem to be in a rush, so I am impressed with the time it takes to heat up in. Also this curling iron is suitable for all kind of hair types even people with really thick hair like me as this iron has a high temperature which goes up to 200 degrees. Oh yeah not to mention that it is also ceramic which helps to prevent heat damage All this at a budget price of just £19.99!
I read reviews for this BaByliss Curling Wand on the Argos website and they seemed to be good plus they were on offer so I thought I would buy them as I did not have any curlers and couldn't curl my hair with my straighteners as my hair is too long. The packaging included a glove but no heat mat, but in fairness the curler has a little stand on it that makes sure the hot plate does not touch any surfaces. The instructions in the leaflet were clear and easy to follow. The curler has 3 heat settings and is easy to switch on and change settings. They heat up VERY quickly, which is a plus when you're running late in the morning. The cord on the curlers is a good length, which is convenient. One downside is that there is no clip to hold your hair in place while it curls, so you have to hold your hair in place, and this can be tiring on the arms. When I have used them I have burnt myself a couple of times because of the heat of the curlers and having to hold my hair in place, so next time I would only buy curlers with a clip. Also, when hair is wound around the curler, it tends to slide down to the bottom of the curler and this is a problem because my hair is long and I have to keep re-winding it to get it to sit on the curler properly. However, when I am not burning myself or having to constantly re-wind my hair , the curler produces really nice curls and I have had many compliments.
I bought the Babyliss Curling Wand because I have found curling tongs with a clip to be a nightmare, especially on long hair. They leave a ridge mark in the hair and you have to be careful to make sure the end is clamped into the clip. They only curl the ends of longer hair and you end up having to wrap so much hair around them that the heat can't get to all of it. The ends get held on the heat for too long which can really damage them. This cost me £19.99, the usual price is £25 and they are widely available from places like Argos, Amazon, beauty supply shops and department stores. Features The handle of my Babyliss Curling Wand is red in colour and the barrel is a light gold-ish metal with a heatproof plastic part at the end to protect your fingers. I've also seen this available with a pink handle and pink barrel, and there's also one with just a pink handle. The wire is pretty long with is useful. This curling wand is quick to heat up, within less than a minute it's ready to use, so no waiting around. It has four different heat settings which allows you to control the temperature you want to use. The settings are 155°c, 170°c, 185°c and 200 °c. The temperature is displayed on a little LCD screen. This is a great feature because it gives the user more control. So if your hair is harder to curl you may want a higher heat but if you're trying to be more gentle and save your hair from damage and dryness you could try a lower heat. There is also a feature built in which automatically turns this off after a while if you accidently leave them on which is a great idea. I don't use this much just because my hair has natural waves and curls which I don't tend to do a lot with any more. I have used this product plenty of times though and have had a good experience over all. My experience The barrel of this curling wand is a conical shape, the same as other curling wands. These don't have a clamp like traditional curling tongs so you use your hand to wrap a strand of hair around it. It is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it but it did take a bit of practise for me. The shape and the fact that there is no clamp means that you have more control over the curl you want and the look you achieve. This creates a different curl than curling tongs, more natural and uneven, each curls isn't identical and it is a more realistic look with more movement. This can be used for looser waves and also for tighter curls, it depends on how you wrap the hair around it. If you wrap the strand of hair with large spaces between each time the strand gets wrapped around then they will be looser. If you do the opposite then they will be tighter. A lower heat will usually give the curls a bit less staying power which will make them looser. I find that this gives smooth and shiny curls, without roughness or dullness like some heat stylers. On the box it says that the metal used for the barrel is 'nano-gold ceramic' maybe this is the reason that this curling wand gives such smooth and shiny results. This is definitely a lot faster to use than regular curling tongs and less of a hassle completely. Technique I hold the curling wand upside down at an angle, the wider part is at the top and the narrow part at the bottom, this means that the ends get a tighter curl than the upper section. You just wrap a strand of hair around it, starting at the top of the barrel and working your way down, then you only need to hold the hair on there for a few seconds and then just let go. It's so much less hassle than traditional curling tongs and you don't need to unclamp your hair, just let go and the curl springs off, no hair being pulled out or getting caught anywhere! For tighter curls you need to use a smaller section of hair, wrap it quite tightly around the curling wand and then leave it for a few seconds before letting go. The same method but with wider sections will give looser curls. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to style their hair in curls or waves, with a little bit of practise you will get the hang of it and then be able to experiement with different curls, from beachy waves to tighter, more defined curls. I would never go back to traditional curling tongs. I don't think this would be ideal for shorter hair as you do need to be careful not to burn yourself as you wrap the hair around the barrel and if it's higher up on your head as it would be with shorter hair then maybe that would be more difficult. I have longer hair so I can't really determine if I'm right about that though.
These were bought for me as a birthday present by my friend as I was always complaining I was bored of my hair always being straight. In the box came the curling wand and a black glove, which I have to say, was useless as it was so small and I don't consider my hands to be that big for a woman. The curling wand itself has five heat settings and a on and off button which makes them really simple to use. I liked the little stand so that you could rest them as I have a habit of burning sides with things like this. The first time I used them I was really pleased at how quickly the heated up. Because I have fairly thin hair I use the highest setting and I set to work. I liked the tampered edging as I could have the curls closer to my scalp a little looser then they gradually became tighter near the ends. My hair did look a little too curly once I had finished but as these dropped a little I had the desired effect. The wand is easy to use as it is very light weight and the smooth surface means that once the hair is curled you can let go of the ends and it just drops from the appliance and leaves a love ringlet effect. The curls lasted all night and I still had a few hanging in there after sleeping all night. I love the simplicity of this product and it is ideal for beginners as there aren't too many settings to choose from and it's a turn on and go product. The price for this product is £19.99, which compared to some other similar products is a bargain. Before receiving this gift I had always been put off by both the cost and the thought of how difficult it would be to use. This product has totally changed my mind about curly hair, the only thing I would say is that I can't comment on the glove as it fits my daughter quite happily but not my hand, apart from that it's a great product. Also on ciao under member dillywhite123
Babyliss 2285U Curling Wand. I got this product bought for me as a Christmas present from my sister. I asked for it after a friend styled my hair with them for a night out. Now I really really struggled to find a decent wand/curler for my hair, mainly because it's down to my waist and other products although they worked I found larger barrels didn't give as tighter curls and they soon fell out. Also it was sometimes quite fiddly to do myself with larger barrels and the length of my hair also made it difficult having to section each section of my hair twice which meant they soon dropped out. So the product itself the handle is red in color and has a small display and two buttons. The two buttons are a + and - button which of course control the temperature which is displayed on the display. The product has 5 available heat settings which range from 140oC, 155˚C, 170˚C, 185˚C and 200oC. The range of heat settings makes the wand suitable for a range of hair types, my hair is thin and I use it on the 170 degree setting as any higher and it damages my hair. Included with the want is a glove to protect your other hand when styling which is handy as I'm quite good at burning myself! The wand is easy to manover when working my way round my hair and because the barrel is slim I find it easier to wrap my hair around even with my hair being very long it still is very easy. It creates fantastic curls and I love it! They hold really well and look great. Overall this product is fantastic and I think it's good value for money. It's easy to use and the range of heat settings allow it to be used on a range of hair types and it works on long hair!
I have been struggling for what seems like forever to find some decent curlers to attempt to give my fine, poker-straight hair some life and I think I have finally done it! These curlers (like many people have said) do take a bit of practice to get the hang of. But once you do the results are brilliant. Unlike many of the curlers I've used, these ones take less than a minute to warm up. There are 4 temperature settings - 155, 170, 185 and 200 degrees. I tend to use the 185 because i don't want to completely destroy my hair but at the same time you don't have to hold you hair on the wand for too long either. I would recommend using a heat defense spray! However, I think this may just be my fine, super straight long heavy hair but the curls do not stay put even with lots and lots of hairspray. The best way I can get them to stay is if i have slightly damp hair i.e from the heat defense spray or just blow-dried. The longest I have made the curls last is 24 hours and by the end of that time they were loose waves. This product is great for having no clamp as it means you can use it to create more of a wavy curl than proper ringlets which looks more natural and more sexy. Also you can choose whether to have more of a loose wave or a tighter curl depending on how larger section of your hair you use on the curling wand. Also the wand is a very good length for people who have long hair. I wouldn't recommend to people with short hair as without the clamp it would be fiddly to wrap your hair around the wand. You also get a heat protective glove which is a nice thought, however I could not grip my hair well and use the curlers at the same time so it was no use to me. As long as you're careful, especially when using it for the first time you should be fine. I have had a horrific burn on my neck from using these so you know they do get very hot which is a good thing but be careful! These curlers are very affordable and I would recommend these if you want lovely wavy hair :)
Whats all this then? This is a hair curling wand by Babyliss. And at £19.99 its a bargain! This is great if you have naturally curly or naturally straight hair. Details: This tool has five different temperature settings. You can use the coolest of the settings if you have very think hair, because if you use the hottest it wont make any difference to the style, or the length of time the style will hold for, it will just damage your hair more quickly. (obv using any heat products on your hair is damaging so I would recommend using some kind of heat protection). I use the second to hottest as my hair has a mind of its own and I feel it needs a little tough love in order to look even half way presentable. The wand only has to be switched on for about 30 seconds before it reaches full temperature, this make it a lot more convenient than some similar products on the market. This is very simple to use, turn the on button to, funnily enough, "on" and then select the heat you want - max is 200 degrees and I think this is perfect for thicker, fuller hair, but not necessary. The wand has a handy little "stand". Its the little black bit sticking out at the bottom that you can see on the image. It stands up very easily, its solid and wont wobble, this negates the need and excess of also having to purchase a heat mat so that it wont damage the surface which it rests on. This wand also comes with a heat resistant glove. if you are right handed you would put the glove on your left hand, holding the wand with the right, then when you wrap your hair around the wand you can go right to the tip without any danger of burning your fingers, Cool! it very thin, so wont make you cack-handed, but it keeps the heat out impressively. The wand does not have a "clamp" to hold your hair n place, in my opinion this is much better as it means that the hair has nothing to get tangled with, and therefore you wont risk breaking or splitting the hair as you invariable have to tug it free. The part of the wand that heats up is totally smooth, again, better for your hair. you simply start at the root of your hair, select a small or large section, depending on how tight you want your curls, wrap is along the length of the wand, leave for literally a matter of seconds and glide free. You can hold the wand with the tapered tip at the roots, or at the bottom of t=your hair, depending on the type of curl you are going for. Both work equally well. I would recommend the fatter part of the wand is placed at the roots as this means that it will add more body, which is ultimately better for thinner, finer hair. I always use a bit of hair spray to help keep the style but it tends to hold very well. Because the wand is tapered and smooth you wont get the un-fashionable Shirley Temple style curls, you will get a modern look, not uniform but elegant in its messed-up-ness. You know the style I mean, think Julia Roberts in my Best Friends Wedding, only slightly more tame - again depending on how you use the wand. I curl its all, so that it looks neat and fairly uniform in its repetition, the I shake my head upside down, letting the curls find their own 2seat", then spray and go. I love the look, it looks like I have double the amount of hair that I actually have and keeps the hair in actual curls as opposed to independent frizz. the only thing to watch out for its that, although it heats up in a matter of seconds, it takes a long time to cool down. So don't forget about it and then try and pick it up on the hot part, sounds silly but im sure we've all at least nearly done it before! Over all this is a great product, easy to use, doesn't con you in to needing to buy "optional" extras, comes with the heat resistant glove, very minimal damage on your hair, you can create a number of looks, its not expensive, easy to store, you don't need to pay any more than this for a great product that actually works. You can even look on the Boots website or youtube to see how you can effortlessly create the look you want.
Everyone likes a wee change now and then, and after many years of straightening my hair to within an inch of its life I decided that I wanted those lovely wavy locks that all the celebs seem to be sporting at the moment. Not knowing where to start I did a little online research and the babyliss curling wand seemed to be getting rave reviews so I decided this was the one for me. Easy to use and creates nice natural curls; or at least that's what everyone was saying. So I ordered on from Amazon at a very reasonable £25.99 and waited with baited breath for its arrival. Now before I proceed just let me explain that I am useless when it comes to styling my own hair, it never works out the way I want, I get frustrated lose my temper and pull out my trust GHD's, but this little contraption I was sure that even I could create flowing goddess like waves and curls. When my package arrived I couldn't wait to open it and give it a go. It arrived in a standard Amazon branded cardboard box. The wand itself comes in a black box with the BaByliss logo on it and a picture of the wand. It is packed inside in cardboard and wrapped in a clear plastic bag. The packaging was easy to open and dispose of. The wand has a red handle with a switch on it to adjust the temperature and an LCD display showing you how hot the wand is. The barrel is silver in colour, and a conical shape. The power cable is nice and long giving you plenty of room for manoeuvre and swivels round to help you avoid getting tangled up in it. So eagerly I unwrapped my prize keen to give it a go, but after about 40 minute of playing about I have managed nothing more than burning my fingers, my ear and had only one sad lonely curl to show for it. So the curling wand was consigned to the drawer of useless gadgets like so many other things I couldn't get to grips with, never to be seen again, or so I thought. A week or two later my sister was visiting (I say visiting, what I mean is scavenging through my clothes in make-up in the hope of finding something worthwhile to pinch) when she came across the curling wand and with great delight told me she had wanted one for quite a while. I informed her I thought it was hopeless and didn't work while she proceeded to twirl and curl her hair with relative ease, creating the look I had failed to achieve (younger sisters can be so annoying) Turned out there was a knack to this little magic wand that I had failed to grasp. Where I had been going wrong was I trying to use them like a good old fashioned pair of curling tongs, where you just wrap a strand of hair round and curl but here you twist the hair before curling it round. That way you don't burn your fingers trying to hold it in place; you can hold the hair against the wand long enough for it to work its magic and you end up with soft tumbling waves. Result. Needless to say that after this little tutorial my sister was told to step away from the wand, now I knew how to work it I was keeping it. Now don't get me wrong, it still took me a few attempts to reach perfection but now I have mastered it, it takes me no time at all to get the look I want. So would I recommend this to others? Absolutely. Just don't be disheartened if you don't get it first time, practice makes perfect, and if I can do it anyone can.
I have thick hair which isn't really easy to style without using a lot of products and accessories. I wouldn't ever think about leaving the house without blow drying it for instance and I would be lost without my hair straighteners. I love curling my hair but I only really bother doing it if I am planning a night out somewhere and want to have a special look for my hair. My Babylis curling wand has made curling my hair so much easier since I have had it as before with the other curling tongs that I had it would take forever and the curls would end up just falling out after an hour or so. With the Babylis ones I can recreate lovely loose curls which actually stay in my hair (with some help from hairspray). I bought my wand from Boots and it cost me £19.99. It has a hot pink body and the wand part is made from ceramics so that it heats up really quickly and really hot. It has five different heating temperatures up to 210 degrees Celsius. You can use this no matter what kind of hair you have as you use the lower settings for thin hair and the higher settings for thick hair. It also has an auto shut off for extra safety which is a good thing as I am always paranoid about going out and leaving things like this on and forgetting about them and coming home to a burnt down house. The wand is really easy to use and is much more simple and easier than the old curling tongs that I used to have. This one is a smooth surface and it doesn't have a clamp on it that you have to use to section your hair. I was pleased about this as the clamp on my old one always left my hair with a slight kink in it after curling which didn't look nice. With these curling tongs you have to just wrap your hair around the tong and hold it for a few seconds or for however long you need to get the tightness of curls that you want and then just let go of your hair and it fall off the wand in lovely loose curls. To stop you from burning your fingers while wrapping your hair around the wand you get a heat protective glove with it which really does stop you from burning your fingers and getting burnt as there is nothing worse than a burn from hot ceramics as it really hurts. This creates loads of really versatile styles in my hair. I can have loads of bouncy tighter curls, loose wavy curls or else I can add a little bit of mousse to my hair after curling it and run my fingers through it and this gives a less formal more causal tousled look to my hair. It is also really great for up do's too. If I just curl my hair and then put it up it gives it a really lovely more formal look that would be perfect for a wedding. It is hard to manage to screw up your hair with this and no matter what look you want to achieve after using it a couple of times it is enough to get the hang of it and be able to create whatever look you desire. The curls stay in on their own for ages afterwards but a little bit of hairspray will keep them in for as long as you want and they will stay in until you brush them out and wash your hair again. As well as making lovely curls it also makes hair lovely a glossy when it is being curled and curls come out looking sleek instead of frizzy and you won't use this and resemble a poodle. I love my curling wand and I am so glad that I bought it. I have used it loads of times since I got it and even though I only use it for special occasions it has more than paid for itself as I have went to my hairdresser before when I was going to a wedding and spent much more than the £19.99 it cost me to buy this to get a style that I can now recreate on my own at home. I even find styling the back of my hair is easy with this wand and I don't even need any help to do it and can get even curls all over. I really can't praise this enough and for anyone wanting to curl their hair at home this is the best curling tongs that I have ever used and also the easiest ones too. I really also think that they are well worth the money and using them I am surprised that they are so cheap as they are just so good that I could imagine that they would cost a lot more than this.
Before using this product I was never a fan of curling wands, I liked a more natural look that I created using my straighteners, however this way did tend to take longer. However, one night when I was getting ready with my friends for a night out, my friend Brittany came through the door and her hair looked amazing, her curls were elegant and natural, and I had to ask how she did it. That is when she showed me her Babyliss Hair wand. I had used Babyliss products before and had enjoyed the result so I was excited to try these and I was not disappointed. The wand gave me the perfect natural curls that I wanted and it was so much faster than my straighteners and easier to control. After purchasing my wand I will never go back :) and I urge all girls who love to have natural looking curly locks to purchase one ASAP, you will not be disappointed.
Product: Babyliss Curling Wand From: Amazon Price: £26.41 I have long hair which I normally wear straight on a day to day basis but there are times when I want a different style and I like to curl my hair, especially for a night out or a more special occasion. That's where the Babyliss Curling Wand comes in. I bought the Curling Wand from Amazon for around £28.00 a year or so ago, I've just checked the price to see how much they are at present and the item is now priced at £26.41. The Curling Wand comes packaged in a thick rectangular cardboard box with the Babyliss Logo, a picture of the product and all other relevant information. Inside the box contains the curling wand, one heat protective glove and also an instruction booklet on how to use the wand. The curlers have a red handle with a shiny silver coloured metal wand. Attached to the product is a long lead and plug which enables you to plug in the curlers and use them at a distance, this is fabulous for me as I usually style my hair at my dressing table which is quite a distance away from the nearest plug. On the handle of the curlers is a small round on/off button and also a plus and minus button with a temperature panel which enables you to adjust the heat setting for your preference. The wand is extremely easy to manoeuvre as the wand swivels on the lead. The wand gets extremely hot so be careful and always use the heat glove provided. The wand has five different temperature settings for all different hair types, which go from hot to extremely hot. I find that the middle setting is more than hot enough for my hair type, which is long and thick. To use I simply adjust the temperature setting to my preference, wait for the wand to fully heat up and then I simply wrap my hair around the wand (using my glove hand) and wait for 30 seconds or so and release my hair. The wand is thinner towards the end and thicker towards the top, this is to achieve many different curling styles from ringlets to loose waves, it will take a little bit of practising but once you get the hang of it it's quite straight forward to get the look you wish. My hair glides onto the wand easily, the finishing results are fantastic and I'm always left with luscious loose curls which stay put in my hair for at least 7 hours or so, after this the curls fall into loose waves which are also a lovely look. Overall I'm extremely pleased with my Babyliss Curling Wand, great price for a great product, highly recommended. Dooyoo Stars: 5/5
Despite the fact I'm a thirty six year old mother of four, my mother has a friend who thinks I'm thirteen. She's bought me a Christmas present since the year dot, they're always excellent gifts but not really the kind of thing I'd really make use of - last year she bought me a 'Fashion Fairy' nail nail wrap kit which I gave to my daughter, the year before (if I remember correctly) a set of tribal band temporary tattoos with a gadget thingy to apply them. You get the gist. Initially I thought this years pressie was a 'destined for Ebay' kinda gift, but having decided to give it a go I'm actually very impressed with Ruby's choice! The Babyliss Curling Wand. Never in a million years would it occur to me to buy something like this - my hair is long and straight; it's effortless and although not particularly style-friendly I can stick it in a ponytail, but this is seriously the most effort I like to put into my hair. Since Boxing Day, however, I've been experimenting with different looks as I want to go back to blonde at some point this year which just won't suit my current style - putting a few curls in is the obvious one really, having been used to such a straightforward style even a slight change of texture and shape makes a huge difference. The wand takes some getting used to; it's basically a curling tong without a top barrel. I'm not sure I'm using it right even now but after a couple of weeks it's starting to feel more natural in my hand, it's definitely wand shaped with a tapering plate which holds the hair in an absolutely USELESS fashion as there's no grip whatsoever! Arrggghhhhh! For a styling novice such as myself it's an electrical nightmare; I've burned my finger, my knuckle (badly!), my scalp and I'm positive I made a bit of hair sizzle yesterday. I use it by putting the wand as close to my scalp as possible and wind sections of hair around it going down the length - the polar opposite to how you use traditional curling tongs, where you wind your hair from the bottom. There are four heat settings which range from hot to very, very hot - these are easily selected using simple (+) and (-) buttons and the wand responds quickly to temperature adjustments, usually I'll just whack it on to the highest setting and hope for the best but just in the last couple of days I've learned how to adjust the temperature as I'm using the wand depending on which part of my hair I'm curling and it's made all the difference to the end result. The on/off button is located next to the temperature control buttons, I like the 'pressiness' of the buttons as I find hair styling products in general have ridiculously sensitive buttons located in ridiculously stupid places - usually right where you need to put your hand to use the thing. The wand has addressed this issue by ensuring you can't accidentally turn it off even though your hand will be physically touching the button at times, you need to actually apply definite finger pressure to activate anything on it. The display is very basic but is informative enough in that a small light appears to indicate when the wand is switched on, a light will appear next to the temperature you've set so in theory you can see at a glance where you are on the hotness scale. I say in theory because the display isn't backlit, the letters and numbers seem to be printed on the screen rather than 'switching on' with the wand - I'd have preferred a glowing digital display personally and actually think it spoils the otherwise fabulous look of the wand a little while in use. I've had some great results with the wand, even as a total beginner. No disasters really, I deliberately curled my hair too bouncy last night (as I suspected it looked ridiculous) but as far as accidental 'dragged through the hedge backwards' styles I think I've avoided it pretty well. I don't suit the tousled look so opt for wavy curls, which I spritz with hairspray immediately after curling to prevent them from dropping straight out of my uncurlable hair. It's trial and error, I'd say a wide range of curly styles are possible using the wand once you're comfortable with it - I've created a few I'm happy with, both when my hair is loose and also as a more elaborate but really effortless up-do. I'm currently perfecting a quiff-with-cascading-curls style in an attempt to get rid of the fringe, but it's incredibly time consuming even though the wand curls quickly. I've learned how to collect the right amount of hair neatly into sections for curling, quickly discovering that a too thick section will leave me with an horrendously shaggy look and sections which are too thin go altogether too Shirley Temple. My sixteen year old uses the wand to much better effect than I do and she's created some fab styles on her shorter hair; she's got the knack of using it for more than simple curling, building volume in her layers and shifting a rouge strand of hair into place just by holding the wand differently or sectioning her hair a certain way. She prefers the slimline shape of the wand to her bulkier tongs, whereas I actually prefer to use the old fashioned variety even though they're not as great at producing such defined waves. I suspect part of this is down to our differing length and hair shape - Charlotte has a choppy style and watching her with the wand I can see it slips in and out of her hair much more smoothly, while the process of winding my hair around the plate is laborious and irritatingly time consuming. And don't get me started on the slipperiness of the wand and the way my hair just slips off sometimes (aka: often). Grrrrrrrr. The cord swivels smoothly so you can hold the wand any way, this is useful for getting underneath your hair and generally makes the curling experience easier than using tongs with a fixed cord. The 2.5 metre cord is a good length and allows me to move away from the plug socket, obviously styling your hair needs to be done in front of a mirror so I'm grateful for the long cord as my socket isn't directly near the dressing table in our room - watch you don't stretch the cord tight though as when you set the wand down (it has a small built-in stand) it is easily pulled across the tabletop. Talking of my dressing table, the wand looks fabulous draped over the pretty large mirror when not in use - the pretty pink~purple styler adding to the feminine but fun atmosphere I try to inject into that area of the bedroom. All in all I'm thrilled, really, with this Christmas present. Oh I know it's still a novelty, and I just don't have a spare hour EVERY DAY to curl my hair, but I'm enjoying experimenting with it at the moment. I'm sure it'll end up being something I use just occasionally if I'm going out and want to make more of an effort, but however infrequently it's used I still think the wand is a good tool to have in my beauty arsenal. I know this was a pressie but I've checked Argos for the price and was a little surprised to find it costs just under £25, surprised because I expected it to be around the £40 mark based on the quality and pleasant (relatively speaking) user experience. I'm not impressed to discover that the safety shut off only comes into effect after seventy two minutes, this seems time enough to burn the house down if left on a bed or other soft furnishings - exactly why I don't let Alice use them upstairs, Alice being the chrisandmark family member who left a pair of cheap straighteners switched on on a fluffy rug and burnt a whopping great hole in it. A shorter shut off would be a step towards making these uber-hot hair stylers safer in my opinion, although to be fair this is a product designed for adults who usually have a higher sense of self preservation than your average teenager.
"The BaByliss Curling Wand uses ceramic hot plates for beautiful bouncing curls. The styler heats up to its maximum temperature of 200°C in seconds for salon temperature performance and has a cool tip to protect your skin. The ceramic coated barrel retains heat consistently and distributes temperature evenly. With four variable heat settings it will you suit you whatever your hair type. The integrated heat rest keeps everything else on your dressing table safe from scalding."