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My brother bought me this hair styler for Christmas when it was first released many years ago. I have kept hold of it since then, going through spells of not using it at all, and then experimenting with different looks depending on how long/short/awkward my hair is being at the time. At the moment, my hair is quite long so I have been looking to find some ways of wearing it other than having it straight all the time. With a couple of special celebrations coming up, I also wanted to try out some nice up-do's, to make myself feel a bit more glamorous as I'm having to attend these events in a maternity dress.
To remind myself how to use the You Curl, I had to visit YouTube to watch an instructional video. This is mainly because I've never quite got to grips with curling my hair, so it's not obvious which way the curler should be facing and so on. After refreshing my memory, I have had much better luck with this curler than last time I used it, possibly because I have more patience now, or maybe because my hair is longer and suits curling more easily.
The cord is 3 metres which is long enough not to pose any difficulties during use, and it also swivels so it doesn't get in your way during use. This is very handy because as I will explain shortly, there is quite a lot of wrist action involved with this curler. I find it heats up quicker than my hair straighteners, being ready in about 30 seconds. By the time I've plugged it in and started sectioning my hair, the indicator has come on to tell me it's ready to use.
To use the curler, you simply section the hair, and clamp it between the curler, ensuring that the curved cooling plates are facing TOWARDS the head. This is the bit I am always unsure on, and having long lost the instructions, I find myself checking on YouTube every time I use this product. If I was using it daily I'm sure it would be easier to remember, but as it is, I only tend to use it for special occasions. You then rotate the styler 180 degrees so that the cooling plates are facing outwards, and then slowly glide it along your hair to the ends.
It took me a few attempts to get the hang of this, and the instructional video online is much easier to follow as you can see visually how the curler should be used. At first, I think I was trying to curl sections of hair which were too large for the curler, particularly as my hair is quite thick, because I was finding as I was gliding the curler down my hair, I was running out of space on it to wrap my hair around. I now section my hair into smaller sections, and that seems to work well. It glides smoothly, without snagging my hair, and leaves it looking healthy and shiny at the same time.
The waves created by this curler are not 100% natural looking, but neither are they tight ringlets which leave you looking like you're auditioning for a period drama. It's obvious you've curled your hair, but the curls are more waves than curls, and this is the kind of look I go for as it's less polished. The ceramic plates do get very hot, as with straighteners, so this eliminates frizz as well which gives these a distinct advantage over rollers in my opinion. I always apply a heat protector spray before using these, as I would with any electrical hair styling product.
There are three heat settings on the You Curl, but I always stick with the highest, purely because my hair is so thick and unruly I know the curls wouldn't hold otherwise. I rarely curl my entire barnet, as that would take far too long and I'd get bored halfway through, but I use this when I'm wearing my hair half up or in some kind of up-do, as it allows you to pull some hair around your face and have it looking messy but styled if that makes sense. Unless your hair is thin, you'd have to have some patience to curl your entire head, as not only do you have to use small sections of hair, it also takes a bit longer than straightening because you have to glide the curler very slowly. I discovered this after gliding too quickly and finding my hair looked like I'd been dragged through a bush rather than the luscious curls I was hoping for. If you're patient and do it properly, the curl "takes" to your hair much better.
Personally, I have had more success with this curler when my hair has been longer, as it doesn't seem quite as well suited to shorter hair. You do have to be quite smooth with your movements to ensure it doesn't look crimped or angular, and it does take a bit of practise to get the hang of it. But, once you do, this will have you creating beautiful curls at the flick of the wrist, and it also eliminates frizz which is a huge bonus. Amazon aren't stocking this model currently, but it is available from other online retailers at the £25 - £30 mark.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
The Babyliss you curl curling iron, is basically a hair straightener with curved ceramic plates attached.
It's around £30 to buy in most places, I got it as a christmas present,
Apparently, they make curling your own hair a lot easier than normal curling tongs, not true.
The only good thing about this product in comparison to most curling tongs is that it has the option to vary the heat setting between 3 different temperatures, not 100% sure what these temperatures are but obviously the less heat you put onto your hair, the less damage you're going to cause to it and the less chance you have of burning yourself.
Once you've chosen your heat setting, and the iron is warm, you're supposed to put a thin strand of hair between the plates and twist your hair around the curve. This is not explained well at all in the instructions and it is not an easy task. Once your hair is around the iron, you're then supposed to pull the iron through the strand. This is painful, your hair tends to get caught in the grooves on the plates and pulls like mad. It's also likely to slip off the sides of the plate and not curl atall.
On the occasions that you do the above successfully, a lot of the time you end up repeating the process on the same strand because all it's done is leave an odd sort of bend in your hair, rather than the lovely lose curls that are promised, making the whole process extremely time consuming and mind numbing.
I also had to throw mine away after a short while as the wire kept coming lose, meaning you had to hold it in a certain place. Considering how difficult the use of this product already is, this just made me give up.
Products from industry leaders Babyliss are the choice of professionals. The Babyliss You Curl combines ceramic hot plates with curved cooling plates to create salon perfect curls in a single stroke / The styler is so simple to use it makes curling as easy as straightening. The professional high heat performance creates long lasting curls in seconds. The styler heats up to its maximum temperature of 180¦ fast for salon temperature performance and has heat recovery for constant high heat. With 3 heat sett