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Within the past year or so, curling wands have been introduced to the ever-expanding hair styling industry and widely available in high street shops along with the hairdryers, straighteners, curling tongs etc. When I first set eyes on one of these curling wands I thought they were odd looking and couldn't quite work out how it would curl hair. Not long after I went to a friends birthday party and one of the girls had beautiful natural looking curls and when we got chatting I couldn't resist asking how she had created them. As i'm sure you have guessed, she had used a curling wand and told me how simple they were to use and how it is done. I knew from that point I needed to try one out as i've attempted to curl my hair using all sorts of methods and tools over the years and nothing ever seemed to turn out quite right. As it happened, this was around christmas time and I decided to ask my sister for it as a gift (she had been trying to get an idea out of me for weeks beforehand) and she kindly agreed, plus rather smugly she reminded me that she would be able to get me one from her hairdressing warehouse for cheaper as she's a member! (sisters eh!). So I left it up to her which one to pick as being a hairdresser I figured she would have a better idea of what would be good for my hair.
Christmas morning I recieved my gift, which was of course the Babyliss Conical Wand in the 25-13mm size. I was more than pleased with her choice and knowing me only too well she chose the pink one for me. It is also available in Black.
Besides the pink conical wand, within the box you recieve two protective finger shields, a heat mat and a few leaflets telling you about the styler. The protective finger shields come in very handy as you use your fingers to hold the end of the hair whilst wrapping it around the wand and you will need your fingers to get rather close to the very hot barrel so these finger gloves really do prevent you from getting burnt fingers. I found them rather strange to use at first but after a while you get used to them.
The conical wand has a 'safety cool tip' which is of course the tip of the wand, this does not get heated and is sometimes useful to rest your fingers on whilst holding the wrapped hair around the wand, although I found that with my mid-length hair I couldn't always reach the cool tip. The 25-13mm commercial grade porcelain barrel has an ultra-smooth surface for a shiny, glossy finish. The gradual barrel makes the curls fall more naturally than if it were to have an all one size barrel. One feature I particularly like about this conical wand is that it has 25 variable heat settings which makes it so versatile. People with all hair types can find a heat setting to suit their hair type, unfortunately I have rather thick hair so need a high setting myself. The different heat settings also make it easy to vary the looks of your curl, if you want a slight curl then a lower heat is better or for a more defined curl a higher heat would be better. There are heat ready indicator lights which flash red until it has reached your desired heat and then it will turn green to let you know it is ready for use. The wand does not take very long to heat up, even at the highest heat which I normally use. The wand has a comfort grip handle and salon length swivel cord.
Personally, I love the curls that the wand creates. They are very natural looking and it is easy to make loose angelic type curls. However, as I mentioned earlier in the review, I have mid-length, thick hair and I find that to create a whole head of curls with the conical wand takes quite a bit of time. I tend to use it mainly for special occasions or nights out as I just don't have the time or patience to do it on a daily basis. I would imagine that people with hair not as thick as mine would find it fine and it would probably take half the time to create a full head of curls. When wrapping the hair around the conical wand you need to be careful not to twist the hair with your hand as you put it on the wand (hard to explain) because this will leave you with kinks in your curl and bits which don't curl properly as the heat only got to the underside of the twisted hair. This sounds a little complicated but once you have used the wand for a while you will get the hang of it like I did.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review my sister purchased mine from a hairdressing warehouse where she got it cheaper as she is a member. However, Babyliss pro conicle wands are widely available. You can purchase the 25-13mm size wand from various shops at various prices, they range on Amazon from around the £21-£28 mark. There is also a bigger size, 32mm-19mm barrel wand available for around about the same price.
Overall, I good curling wand but prepare to take some time on it if you have thick hair.
My hair is naturally wavy which is annoying because as far as I know wavy hair has never been in fashion. People either want straight or curly hair. I have neither. However with wavy hair, I can have both. With my Phillips straighteners my hair looks smooth, sleek and straight. I had heard you can create curls with straighteners too and watched you tube videos telling me how. Unfortunately I never really grasped the technique and so thought I would treat myself to a Curling iron instead.
I purchased the Babyliss Pro rebel curling wand as Babyliss was a name I could very much trust (based on my experience with their crimping irons when that look was in fashion... thank god it isn't anymore!) and because of reviews I had read about it (which were generally all positive). I even liked the name and find that the product being called a curling wand is very appropriate as it worked magic for me (sorry, too cheesy I know I just couldn't resist!) as my hair looked as if it was naturally curly and healthy.
There are two different versions from which you can buy. There is the slim barrel which is between 13-25mm and there is the wider one which is 19-32mm. I use the wider one, mostly because it creates bigger and more natural looking curls and also because I have relatively thick hair. The smaller barrel would be better for finer hair types I would presume.
It is really easy to control the heat settings on it, you just need to know what your hair types is and then you can set it to what temperature is suitable for your hair. It has 25 heat settings for different hair types, I have relatively thick hair so I put it on 7-9 on the temperature scale but it does go up to 25.
What is brilliant about this curling wand is that it comes with a heat proof mat (something that my straighteners cannot boast). The only downside of this product would be that it is very easy to burn yourself, however the Babyliss company have tried to combat this with the inclusion of strange looking gloves that you use for one thumb and finger to protect your hands from the heat as you have to get extremely close to the iron and can easily burn yourself without wearing them.
I think this curling wand is easy to use after a little practice. After ages trying to curl my hair using straighteners, (which apparently can be done but obviously not by me) I am very glad I treated myself to this magical curling wand. For best results I would recommend platting your hair (if you are able to) straight after you have washed it, once fully dry release the hair (which should now be relatively curly) and grasp small sections to curl with the wand. This creates more natural looking hair and is quicker than curling the whole head of hair.
I bought this curling wand for £40, however the price can vary from £25 - £60 depending on where you purchase it. In my opinion £60 is a lot but the wand is worth it as the curls look natural and it is easy to use.
Overall, I would recommend this product to all females who like a change from straight hair. Simple and easy to use, if I can cope with this then so can anyone! I will give this 4 out of five stars.
I decided to buy this curling wand after my hairdresser used it on my hair, It look so easy and the curls were amazing, so natural and beautiful styled!
I decided to buy the hot pink one, as I was so intrigued by the colour as it was so girly! It has 25 heat settings for different hair types, I have quite fine hair so I put it on 2-4 on the temperature scale, but it does go up to 25 which is good for afro/Caribbean hair types. The curling wand comes with a heat proof mat and weird gloves that you use for one thumb and finger to protect your hands from the heat as you have to get extremely close to the iron and can easily burn yourself without wearing them.
I think this curling wand is wonderful, the curls are natural and look gorgeous! When I first got it, I found it really difficult to use and was quite tricky trying to get your hands in the right places, but after a little practise you do get the hang of it and will find it incredibly easy! I do recommend using the little gloves to protect your hands, as I tried to use the wand without them and ended up burning my fingers multiple times, seeing as how close you have to get when wrapping the hair around the barrel.
The only downside would be that its easy to burn yourself and its hard to curl your hair if you have straightened it previously. So I also recommend washing your hair before and not using any products until curling your hair, otherwise this could effect the curls and not be as effective as you would like them.
There are two sizes of this wand, There is the slim barrel 13-25mm and there is the wider one 19-32mm. I use the wider one, just because I have quite long hair and find that the bigger barrel that it creates bigger more natural curls. I bought the curling wand for about £35.00. The price does tend to range from £25 - £60 also depending on what the size the barrel is. I think the price is fairly reasonable but I wouldn't pay as much as £60 just because I spent about £100 on my hair straighteners recently.
Overall a fantastic product that creates big beautiful natural curls.
After my hairdresser used something similar on my hair to create gorgeous flowing curls I wanted to have a go myself, so I bought the Babyliss curling wand. It comes with a heat mat to protect your surfaces, and heat-resistant finger shields, which are like little gloves that just cover two of your fingers. These work surprisingly well, they allow you to touch the curling wand directly for around 5-10 seconds before it starts to become uncomfortably hot, which is more than long enough to protect yourself from being burnt.
I chose the slim curling wand, which is 13-25mm, but it's also available in a wide barrel version, which is 19-32mm. Both have 25 heat settings, which I personally find excessive, but if you want to control the temperature of your styling products to the degree then this is for you. It heats up quickly no matter what heat setting you have it on, though the tip always remains cool so that you can hold it while styling.
Sadly, it just didn't work on my hair. My hair normally holds a curl really well, so I was surprised that the curls made with the Babyliss curling wand looked weak when they were first done, and then dropped out within half an hour.
I at first wondered whether it was because I'd got a faulty curling wand, but it was definitely hot. In fact, I burnt my neck on it. The method of using your fingers to wrap a piece of hair around the wand rather than grabbing the piece of hair in a tong then rolling the tongs upwards was difficult to get used to, especially when doing the back of your hair, so led to me burning myself on more than one occasion, and I'm still not sure I've got the hang of it after three separate tries. I even asked my mum to help, thinking that it might need another pair of hands, but the curls she made with it fell out quickly too. We've tried normal sized amounts of hair, small amounts of hair, and lots of hair, but no matter how much I wrap around the wand it doesn't work on my thick, straight hair.
I hesitate to disregard the Babyliss curling wand because when used by a professional it can create lovely curls, but sadly, it just didn't work for me.
I have this curler and I honestly think it's the best on the market! I have really thick wavy hair and these curlers do the job perfectly and are much easier to use than other curling tongs I have used before. I also Love the colour with these, exactly as pictured. I think that the price is extremely good value and would gladly pay more for such excellence! They heat up quickly and you can adjust the temperature, very easy to use and create such beautiful curls. What more could a girl ask for? Amzing product that I cannot recommend enough. Babyliss is such a reliable and well-known brand and you can always trust their products and this is no exception. I have used these many times and the curler still looks brand new! In my opinion these are by far the best curlers on the market and are suitable for all hair types I would say as both me and my sister use these and I have thick hair (as I said before) and my sister has fine straight hair and both of us look and feel a million dollars when we use these. I honestly cannot rate them highly enough.
This girly, pretty in pink curling wand is easy to use and delivers on its promise. It gives nice bouncy curls in minutes.
The wand is a very shocking pink, and does look quite embarassingly girly. It seems to be aimed mainly at the young teenager, though there are plenty of girly girls out there who will love it, I'm sure! It has a grey cord which is fine, but not overly attractive and the wand is long and quite stylish looking.
It doesn't take long to warm up, only about 5 minutes. Though if you want it really hot, 10 minutes is better. You grip the end of a strand of hair using the metal clipper at the bottom, then twirl up and around the guidance lines and hold. I find that about 30-40 seconds is ample to get a good curl. It is easy and quick to use.
A good quality tong, which isn't too bad on the price scale, about 30 pounds. I'm not a huge fan of the pinkness of these tongs, but they are simple to use. It is a quite wide barrel, so will produce quite large curls, so if you want ringlets, these aren't the tongs for you!
Babyliss Curling Wand
I bought this a while ago from lookfantastic.com for £30 and I am very pleased with it. I had a curling iron with the tongue thing on it which just put a kink in my hair but this does not have one so I just get loose beachy waves (without any kinks)!
I have had it about a year and it is still really good. It is really easy to use and one thing with heated appliances is that you can burn yourself really easily on them but this product has a heat resistant tip so that you can hold the end of the wand as well as the handle and not get burned.
It is really easy to control the heat settings on it, you just need to know what your hair types is and then you can set it to what temperature is suitable for your hair. It has 25 heat settings for different hair types, I have medium - coarse hair so I put it on 5-7 on the temperature scale but it does go up to 25 for afro caribbean hair types.
It is wider closer to the handle and it is smaller/narrower towards to end of the wand to creat spiral natural curls which on me create like beacky waves which are really nice and it also makes my curls smoother and softer.
There are two sizes of this wand, There is the slim barrel (13-25mm) and there is the wider one (19-32mm). I have the wider one as it is better for my longer hair and it creates bigger more natural curls.
It also comes with a heat proof mat (at lookfantastic.com) and it also comes with these weird like glove things. They are like just two fingers of a glove and they are to protect your fingers from heat damage, but for me they do protect my fingers from being burnt but it makes holding and parting my hair a bit more difficult... and they look stupid.
*They come in black and hot pink (which I have)
*Smooth and sleek barrel for smoother and softer kink free curls
*Creates beachy natural curls
*Easy to use and control
*Easy to control the heat setting as there are 25 different heat settings for different hair types
*Only £30, well £28.20, from lookfantastic.com
*Good high quality curling wand with no annoying tongue/clip thing on them
*Heats up really quickly
*Also available on amazon
*Heat resistant tip to hold
*The on/off buttons are on the handle, so I can sometimes press them when I am curling my hair
*Time consuming, It takes quite a while to curling all of my hair
Thank you for reading my review
Babyliss Pro Rebel Curling Wand
Comes is pink and black (I have the black one and is cheaper, not sure why but then pink Ghd straightners are always more expensive)
Can be purchased at Boots or Argos (I bought mines from Ebay for slightly cheaper)
The conical wand is similar to a curling tong but without the clamp. This means that you get a more natural curl without any creases that I sometimes feel the clamp gives. The wand comes in three different sizes. The one I have is 32-19mm but believe it comes in two smaller sizes. I really like soft wavy curls instead of full on bouncy curls that straightners usually give which is why I purchased this.
The wand has 25 different heat settings going all the way up to 190 degrees. There is also a chart provided to confirm what heat setting to use for hair time ranging from thin and damaged to thick and Afro hair. I usually use the highest heat settings as my hair is quite thick and I think it makes the curls last longer. The wand also comes with a heat mat that can be wrapped around the wand when not is use. There is also finger shields provided for both hands and they cover your thumb, index and middle finger. This is provided as it is really easy to burn yourself with this wand as there is no clamp so you need to wind your hair down the wand yourself so you do have to be careful.
Overall I love this wand. It gives nice waves and once you get the hang of it and try not burn yourself it is easy to use.
Babyliss Pro Rebel Curling Wand
I have at least three pairs of curling tongs sitting in the drawer of my dressing table - none of which I use as I can never seem to find anything that works on my hair. it is very thick and after curling the curls fall out in less than 30 minutes. I have tried most of the products on the market and the only thing that works for me is sleeping in bendy rollers that does not give you a good night's sleep as they are soooooo uncomfortable. After seeing the Babyliss ones being advertised on TV just before Christmas I knew that I wanted a pair and I was lucky enough to receive them for Christmas.
The curling wand - like curling tongs but without the clamp that holds your hair in place - has been around for a couple of years and debuted on the shopping channels and in various departments stores such as Debenhams. When they were first released they were very expensive indeed, well over £100! Now there are more affordable designs that you can get your hands on.
The Babyliss Pro Rebel Curling Wand is available in two colours, all black or all pink. The packaging makes this product look very expensive and professional with its vibrant colours and use of packaging. You also receive a heat mat which rolls up around the wand when not in use and some funky heat resistant finger protectors. Unlike the original Babyliss curling wand that came with a complete glove these protectors just cover your thumb and index and middle finger. The wand features a salon length cord which is very handy and stays tangle free due to the swivel design at the bottom. The wand is thicker at the top and thinner at the bottom and has a cool tip at the end. It is available in three widths. The handle has a non slip rubber coating which makes it easy and safe to hold and the barrel is made of porcelain.
A choice of barrel size (25mm - 13mm and 32mm - 19mm) lets you create tight or loose curls, open waves and flicks.
* Porcelain barrel
* Cool tip
* No spoon/spring lever for quick easy styling
* Fast heat up with 25 temperature settings
* Swivel cord
* On/off switch
* 2 indicator lights
* Soft touch handle
To use the wand all you do is plug in and switch on using the on click button. Then you just choose your desired setting - there are 25 of these so are suitable for all hair types - and leave for a few seconds to heat up. The light will stop flashing to let you know they are at their optimum temperature. Now you are ready to use. I section my hair into 2-3cm pieces, spritz with a curling tong spray, holding the end of the section wind your hair around the wand and hold for up to ten seconds. I start from the bottom of my hair and work upwards.
My first impression was that using this product was rather fiddly. I found it quite awkard to use especially with the finger guards. I kept catching my forearm and not having to clamp my hair seemed odd so I kept dropping the sections.
After just a few attempts I found that it was much easier to use and I managed to use the wand without the supplied finger protectors as these do restrict your movements somewhat. It takes me around 30 minutes to curl my hair and it stays in for up to three days which is a miracle. I can achieve big bouncy curls or smaller defined curls depending on the size of sections I curl. I use my curling wand in conjunction with Nicky Clarke's Red Carpet Curls which I will review at a later date.
This product is definately my favourite hair appliance and have not had my hair straight in weeks, I just love it. It is definately worth the money - especially as it is available for under £25 on Amazon at the moment (12th January 2010)