~ Babyliss Pro Curl Tong ~
I own quite a few hair styling accessories and this is one of the latest that I have purchased and I paid £3.99 for it from Cash Generator, it was brand new and still in the sealed package so it was a real bargain.
My hair is naturally very straight so I do like to add some curls to it and the best and easiest way I find to do this is with some tongs.
What I like about these is that they have a variable heat setting, which goes from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest setting at 195°c. I do use it on the highest heat as my hair is somewhat stubborn and difficult to curl.
Another thing that I do with this, is use it as you would a curling wand, I don't use the clamp but that is just a preference of mine. I have used the clamp at times and it works very well at keeping the hair in place and providing you place your hair in the correct positioning it doesn't mark the hair or kink the hair in any way.
To use it the way I do, simply plug the tongs into the mains and set to the correct temperature for you, for me this is number 10 on the wheel, wait for the flashing red light to stop flashing and stay steady and that means that they are ready to use.
Wrap sections of you hair around the barrel, pointing it downwards and wrap from the top to the bottom and hold the hair in place with your fingers being very careful not to burn yourself.
When you let the hair go you will get more of a beachy wave rather than a ringlet which is what I prefer.
They are very easy and simple to use and as they have a high heat output it doesn't take very long at all to curl my hair. I hold them in place for around 10 seconds.
It also comes with a brush sleeve to fit over the barrel which can be used to add volume and boost to the hair.
I would recommend these.
Thanks for reading x
This essentially does the job it says on the tin for the price i paid, however i would definitely pay more to get more in the future.
The barrell itself is hard to use and with the clamp on it it leaves you with dodgy curls at the end, and the clamp can catch on your hair which is quite painful and damaging to your hair to get it out again.
There is a strange annoying smell that comes off it aswell and it smells like it is burning your hair even though it isn't. The build is very poor and i have burnt myself so many times and it is quite sore.
I think they need to make the end where you hold on to a little bigger so that you can hold it also the handle gets quite hot which is another niggle i have.
To be fair it does the job however you would need a heat proof glove and to ignore using the clamp, your hair does smell afterwards so it does aswell so i have to spray some nice smelling product in my hair to get rid of it.
Pay a little more and get more from the curling tongs you buy.
Despite having curly hair, I always want gorgeous curls like you see in magazines rather than the "just put my finger in a plug socket" look which is what I tend to get upon getting out of the bath or shower. Typically I straighten my hair in an attempt to avoid looking like Gene Wilder and have tried many, MANY curling tongs over the years in an attempt to get that sleek curly look. These Pro Curl 210 from Babyliss looked quite promising due to the ceramic barrel (- ceramic straighteners are revolutionary!) and the fact that they were less than £20 when I bought them. I think I paid around £15 for them on offer a while back and you can get them for around £18-£20 now.
OK there are quite a few features packed into these curling tongs. Firstly the ceramic barrel means that they will heat up to a maximum of 210 degrees, 20 degrees cooler than my ceramic straighteners and unfortunately it seems to me that those extra 20 degrees make all the difference. Whilst the straighteners really warm the hair up and flatten them in a matter of seconds, these curling tongs just don't quite get there so without holding your hair against the curling barrel for literally about 30-40 seconds (cue hot hands), the curl just doesn't hold. The bonus for people with brittle or thinner hair is that the curling tong has five heat settings on it so you don't need to frazzle your hair if your hair is quite sensitive to heat. As mentioned, mine seems to be able to live through an inferno of styling devices so I don't ever use any of the lower temperature settings because there isn't a chance they would do anything for my hair but it is good that such a reasonably priced device has more than one temperature setting. As the curling tongs are ceramic they do heat up fairly quickly and are ready to be used within less than 30 seconds at full temperature which is a great feature but equally one I have come to expect after the revolution we've seen in the hair straightening world in the last 15 years. The other good feature is that it has a mini stand on it so that when you put it down on a table or mat, the barrel does not touch the surface at all and therefore does not burn the surface. The curling tongs are 25mm in diameter so you can create quite big chunky curls with them rather than tiny tendrils so bear that in mind if you are trying to create thin ringlet curls, they won't be created so easily with these curling tongs due to the size of the barrel. My biggest bug bear with all curling tongs (as opposed to curling wands) is when you clip the hair down, unless you are very careful (risking burnt fingers in the process), you tend to get a bit of hair that hasn't been part of the curl at the very end which sticks out at a strange angle. Unfortunately these curling tongs are no different - this may just be my technique of course but I find it really difficult to clamp the end piece of hair in and make it curl like the rest of the hair and these don't go any way to making that easier.
So do the curls stay in? Well again, this is definitely something subjective and would differ between different people as hair types vary so much. I have fine hair but a lot of it so it can look quite thick. I take a piece of hair curl it up, hold it for about 20-30 seconds, release it, hairspray it and then let it drop naturally. Unfortunately for me, the curls look too thick for the amount of hair I have so I tend to look like a poodle (rather than Gene Wilder) at first, then when the curls drop, they just drop out, no amount of hair spray will keep them in. Again, I think this is more down to my hair than the curling tongs but I think that unless you have fine hair that likes to take a curl then these curling tongs are probably not going to work for you either.
I'm finding it hard to give a rating to the curling tongs basically because they might work for someone else but aren't any good for my hair. The 210 degrees (rather than 230) definitely has to lose a star as I personally think that might make all the difference to how well the curl holds. For the price, they could be a good set of curling tongs for someone and at that price it probably makes sense to try them out. However, I don't think I can give them more than 2 stars. I don't like how they curl my hair even when the curl is still in as I think they are a bit thick (my fault for buying them that thick). They are also really easy to get burnt from (as with all curling tongs I guess) but having to keep the curl against the barrel for so long really increased the chances of being burnt. Overall, just 2 stars from me....but they may be better for someone else?