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When I was 10, back in the 90's, I got a crimper for my birthday. I felt like such a grown up, and was even allowed to crimp my hair myself, with my mums supervision to avoid burns! I remember they took about 15 mins to heat up, and were very very clunky.
Looking back I made my hair look very....... Bad. Those photos are ones I wish would disappear!
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Okay so the Wave Envy styler is so much a crimper, but the more modern, better version. You can still achieve that crimped look, but with less frizz, and the bumps in your hair further apart.
The styler was £35 in Boots if I remember rightly, and I bought it as soon as I spotted it due to the advert that was on telly. The styler heats up to 200 degrees but you can also adjust to 180 degrees or 160 degrees. It has ceramic plates and barrels, that heat up super fast.
Other features include: Light to indicate power on, cool tip, swivel cord, auto shut off and a heat protection mat.
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I adore this styler. I can vary how wavy my hair is, by crimping closer together it further apart. BabyLiss was the first brand that I remember making a styler with this design, although there may be others out there. I use the styler quite a lot, and the quality feels as though I could have paid over £100 for it. I have had no problems whatsoever, and adore BabyLiss even more now that they have released this product.
I love how I can achieve the crimped look, without actually having to admit to owning a crimper. I achieve a much sleeker, smoother, fashionable style than I did all those years ago!
When I first came across the Babyliss wave envy I was very impressed by its look and concept.It appeared very different from other wavers because unlike the other curlers where you wrap your hair around the barrel to get the curls or waves with this one who have to press the tongs together and get the waves pressed on your hair.It actually reminded me of a punch machine.I imagined that because of its stop and press technique it would help in styling long hair which are usually hard to curl with wands or tongs.So I quickly got one and tried it.Here is my overall experience of the babyliss wave envy.
So like an excited child I brought my BaByliss wave envy home.It comes in a black box and the styler inside in dull matte gold and black.The plates of the styler are ceramic and very smooth.The heat settings are on the top left side of the handle.The styling end as I said is like a huge punch machine or a jumbo crimper.I heats up really quickly and then comes the fun part.The styling!
***STYLING AND THE FINAL LOOK***
I found the styling technique really easy to do.To style all I needed to do was to take each section of my hair and place it between the top barrels and bottom plate. Hold in place for a few seconds, release, and then slide the styler down and repeat.This gave really uniform waves all along my hair.But if you take big sections of hair while styling the curl doesn't come out really defined and prominent.So for really defined curls I sectioned my hair in smaller locks.That is why it takes ages to do all my hair and my arms start hurting really bad by the time I reach the end.The first time I did them I started styling from the roots all the way down.That was a serious mistake as this gave me soooo much volume it looked like a bomb had exploded in my hair.It just looked WRONG!.So the next time I tried it I started styling from the mid of my hair and went downward.The results were much better than before.The final look for me was a bit disappointing though.The waves are too small and almost look like a perm.The carrels are simply not deep enough for proper waves,its more like a massive crimper than a waver.It does give your hair loads of volume.This is not for some one who wants a sophisticated wavy hair style.Its more like a rock chic look or a beachy waves look as promised on the box.
1.Firstly this styler has a very different styling method.I have long hair and find it very hard to curl or wave all my hair because I can't get it all to wrap around the tongs.With this one you just press the heads together.So you can styles any part of hair.And all of your hair can get the same amount of heat and this gives a very uniform looking wave.
2.Secondly the styler has multiple heat settings and reached 200 degrees.I really like stylers that let you control the amount of heat your putting on your hair.This one gives you the option of 200 degrees,180 degree,160 degrees.
3.Another good thing I noticed about this styler is that it heats up really quickly and you don't have to wait for ages to get startred.It has a LED light on it that tell you when the styler is ready to use.It also has a handy auto shut off perfect for me because I often forget to turn off my stylers and worry about them all day at work.This one automatically shuts off after 72 minutes.
4.Ceramic plates give a very shiny results.I was really impressed by the shine in my hair after styling.It really brought a fresh,shiny look to my hair.
5.This also comes with a handy heat proof mat.Perfect for taking care of everything around you while styling.
1.If you want really prominent,defined waves you need to style really small sections of hair,other wise the result is not deep enough. This takes a lot of time and I start feeling tired by the end of it.
2. The final look Is not very sophisticated or formal.It does give you really funky,big crimps but not proper curls.Also it gave my far too much volume for my liking so I frankly and not a big fan of this.
***VALUE FOR MONEY***
This one is normally retailed at 49.99 which I think is quite dear.But I bought it during the christmas sale on half price so Price wise it was a good bargain.
I won't recommend this styler to any one who wants proper waves or curls.It gives more like funky crimps instead if sophisticated smooth curls.Also any one who does buy this the best tip would be to not to start from the roots of your hair.Rather start styling from the mid of your hair and then go downwards.If you want beachy,funky waves with lots of volume than this is the styler for you.
I have very long hair and always struggle to curl it as the curls always tend to fall out after a couple of hours. So I decided I would try and get waves instead which is something different to having naturally straight hair. I decided to invest in the Babyliss Wave Envy Hairstyler as it seemed simple to do.
About the Product ... I bought it for £49.97 from Argos although now and again you do see it for a little less on offer. It states it will give you wavy hair with 'lasting results' and reaches a top temperature of 200 degrees. The plates are made of ceramic so the it doesn't 'pull' your hair. It has a long cable which is handy and also cuts out after 72 minutes for safety reasons and also, I assume, to save electricity if you forget to turn it off. It has a 3 year guarantee although you can pay for longer if you want from the bigger stores such as Argos.
This product is easy to use and does leave hair with natural looking waves... you just partition hair and work the stylers all over the hair, from root to tip. It does take some getting used to and as my hair is so long, my arms do tend to ache a little but no more so than straightening or curling my hair. The waves are loose and do last. I have plaited my hair over night before and took the plaits out to try an wave my hair in the past but this oes not long as last as the waves do when i use the styler. I think it is the heat that makes the difference. The only downside I woul say is that applying 200 degrees to your hair is damaging it so I would advise investigating in a good heat protective spray.
Over all, I would recommend this product. It does exactly what it says; your hair will be wavy and will last all night so its perfect for a night out. Ok, it takes a little while to do the whole head of hair but once it is done, it does last.
I usually wear my hair straight on a night out but I am also envious of the pretty curls and waves of the other purple I see. Whenever I try to recreate the look, it ends up looking messy and like I've been dragged through a bush backwards. I ended up buying the Wavy Envy by Babyliss.
About the product
The product promises to give your hair gorgeous waves in a quick and easy way with long lasting results. The product has three different heat settings with a top temperature of 200 degrees so you can choose the setting that best suits your hair type. The plates are made out of ceramic to smooth over your hair and a light indicates that the right temperature has been reached when it stops flickering.
The product has an automatic off timer for the people who may be a little bit careless and it will switch off after 72 minutes which is more than enough for you to do your hair. It also comes with a heat protection mat so that you don't have to put the product down on your carpet and burn it. It has a 2.5m cable so it's long enough for me but may not be long enough for some.
The product looks like a really weird straightener. It works with the same clamping motion but instead of the plates being flat, the bottom plate is set in a wave and the top plate is split into two cylinders. The body of the Wave Envy is black and the sliding button is on the side for you to adjust the temperature. It looks a bit cosmic but it is classy looking.
The product will cost you around £45 and the product comes with a three year guarantee. It can be bought from large stores such as Boots and Argos, as well as from a variety of online websites.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be used on dry hair, otherwise it could damage your hair. In order to use the product, you need to section off your hair in the same way as you would when you were straightening your hair. You need to clamp a section of the hair with the product for a few seconds, unclamp the product and move it directly underneath the wave you've just made. It don't start at the roots because if you do, your hair gets massive but you can do this if you love a lot of volume.
Application and Performance
The product is quick and eay to use being no more time consuming than straightening the hair. The one thing I don't like about using the product is that the ceramic plates on the top are exposed and I sometimes catch my arm or hand on them. It can really hurt if it burns you. Your hand and arms can ache a bit but I think this is to be expected. It does leave my hair looking really pretty and it does lead you to allow you to then do other styles with your hair.
The only disappointment that I had was the fact that the waves are a little small due to the size of the plates. It can verge on looking a little bit like crimping instead of waves so a slightly bigger plate would be appreciated if you're reading Babyliss!! It does make my hair look healthy and shiny, and the waves are really long lasting although they will have dropped slightly in my hair by the end of the night. I do add a bit of hairspray once I'm done so that obviously helps too.
All in all, this is a lovely and easy to use wave machine for the hair! The results are long lasting and it looks pretty. It would be better if it created bigger waves and if it didn't burn me now and again but other than that I do like this product. I will continue to use it now and again. It's not something that you would use all the time but I don't regret buying it one bit.
I've coveted the lovely curly/wavy styles that have become so popular over the last year, but no matter how I try I can't achieve the look myself. Experimenting with methods from waving wands to straightners to old fashioned rags have resulted in limp lifeless rats tails which drop out after an hour. It's probably down to my fine hair, which to be fair struggles to hold any style.
When I saw Babyliss Wave Envy on Amazon and the positive reviews that accompanied it, I was excited. It seemed to be the solution to my problems, with claim after claim of wavy hair in 10 minutes which lasts days. I eventually bought it in Boots with my advantage card points over Christmas at £44.99, however the price has come down online considerably since then.
The Babyliss Wave Envy is a heated ceramic hair styler and claims to create "Gorgeous Beach-Like Waves" In design it's similar to a crimper but having one covered plate and two barrels (which look rather like a fork) on the other side. It's also used like a crimper, with the hair goes between the two and being pressed together all down the section of hair you are preparing.
It reaches heat of 200 degrees, has three setting for different hair types and styles and a rotating cord to make styling easier. It also comes with a heat protective mat and a three year guarantee. It's available from most electrical beauty retailers and online for prices varying beteewn £30 and £50...shopping around is advised!
Using The Wave Envy
This product is extremely simply to use, even someone as unskilled at hair styling as me can manage it seamlessly. I washed and dried my hair as usual (without straightening) and plug it in. It heats up ready to use almost immediately, which really impressed me! I started with the high heat setting, but soon found that for my hair, it wasn't really necessary and the middle setting achieves the best results.
I parted my hair into sections, as per the instructions and got to work. Starting from the top I pressed the styler onto my hair for no more than a few seconds each time, which was enough. Remember standing for hours with those old crimpers in the eighties to make the slightest bit of difference? Forget all that...within ten minutes I'd completed my whole head.
Because the barrels are so large, you do need to be careful. I quickly realised that going to near my scalp resulted in two problems. Firstly, it made the waves far to volumised and secondly it burnt me! i caught my ears a few times, and I think perhaps covering both sides would be safer and less painful.
The rotating cord really is a great addition, and I'm pleased to see it on more hairstylers nowadays. It works particularly well with this product and made the back of my head far less fiddly to do.
After being impressed with the ease of use the Babyliss Wave Envy provides I was looking forward to a full head of sexy, loose waves. Unfortunately this is where the Wave Envy lets itself down. As I said before, this looks very similar and works just like a crimper. But alas, it also styles like a crimper...albeit very big ones. This wasn't the look I was hoping to achieve at all. While it wasn't completely disaster, and looks great for an evening out now and then, I wouldn't use this at all for an everyday style. If you're looking for a waver/curler then this is not for you!
I slept over night on my waves *cough-crimps* and can confirm that they do last very well and my hair had held the style all night. I've used it a couple of times since, but it's my seven year old daughter who uses it the most, and it does really suit her. i think having done little crimps the first time round, I'm just too old for this one.
The Babyliss Wave Envy is a high quality product and is incredibly simple to use, with long lasting results (even if you don't want them!) I think though that describing it as a waver is slightly misleading, and the results are certainly not what I was hoping for. I didn't hate the look...I just wouldn't use it often. Indeed this styler has proved a little bit of a novelty and hasn't touched my head since Christmas. It was expensive for something you'll only use now and then.
Would I recommend it? Well as long as you're aware that it's not going to produce nice loose waves you can wear everyday, then it does work very well and can't be criticized on that front. Personally I wouldn't buy it again and feel I've wasted my money.