The curling tongs have a pretty basic look to them. They have a black handle and a long silver coloured ceramic barrel. The cable is really long, measuring just under 2m which is a bonus if you are using these when staying away from home as often, the mirrors are situated near the plugs however at home, I have a full wall of mirrored wardrobes so I actually find it a bit of a nuisance as it just gets in the way.
Along the handle of the curling tongs is a sliding switch, sliding up once turns the curling tongs on to their lowest heat setting and then moving along again puts them to their hottest setting. As you turn the tongs on, a little red light illuminates on the handle, when they have warmed up enough, this light starts to flash to alert you to the fact they are ready to use. The maximum temperature these reach is 150degrees and the lower setting is 120degrees. I tend to use the hotter setting as my hair is quite thick and I find this delivers the best results. The curling tongs have a little stand just above the end of the handle so that whilst they are hot, the barrel isn't touching any surfaces and damaging them.
According to the instructions, these take about 5minutes to get to the desired temperature, I find this to be true for the lower heat setting however for the hotter one, I would say it takes about 8minutes.
When I first used these, must admit, I was all fingers and thumbs and whilst one side of my head seemed to look really nice, I just couldn't get the other side to the look the same. I soon learned that it was because I was winding one side of my head one way and the other the opposite, once I had realised this, the curls looked a lot better.
The first thing you I do when using them is section my hair and then taking a small section at a time, clamp down right at the end of my length, then keeping the curling tongs horizontal, I simply wind the section of my hair around the wand into I get about a inch away from my scalp. By doing this, I get tighter curls but as my hair is quite heavy, I do find that these drop quite a lot and by the time I am ready to go out, they look just right.
I have used the wand a few times now and I think they are great for adding that something different to my hair.
I would definitely recommend these curling tongs, they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I am a huge fan of Tesco and their value range of products. Their electrical products are especially normally really good and with the exception of one or two things they normally work just as well as more expensive branded ones.
I have had their curling tongs for a couple of years now and I have been really pleased with my purchase as they cost me less than £5 so they have been well worth the money as I have used them loads of times.
These tongs are fairly basic and lack the bells and whistles of some other brands but they curl hair and that is what I wanted them for after all.
The tongs take a few minutes to heat up properly but they get really hot and I still need to be careful not to burn myself with them even after using them for so many years.
They are really easy to use and you just need to press down the lever to open them up and then put in a strand of hair and then let go of the lever to secure hair in the tongs and then roll them up.
The barrel of these tongs is fairly thin so unless you want poodle perm curls you need to be careful with how long you hold your hair in it as they are very hot and will curl your hair quickly.
I have the hang of it now and just put as large a section as I can fit in the tongs and then roll them for a few seconds just to give myself a few loose and wavy curls. It works well to curl my hair and if you do want tighter curls then this will give you them.
Overall for the money I really can't complain about these tongs as they have served me well. It would be nice to have a few more options with how tight or loose I would like the curls without having to judge it myself but I suppose I can't expect a lot for the money. In the end they curl hair and curl it well and it is up to you to practise and judge how tight you want your curls to be.
A few years ago before I purchased a 12 in 1 set I wanted to try out curling my very stubborn straight hair and decided to test it out with a cheap curling iron before spending any serious money on stylers if my hair wouldn't take a curl. So off I went to Tesco and purchased their own brand Tesco Value Curling Tongs.
The tongs cost £4.98 which is amazing really for a pair of tongs, the cheapest you'd get in a place like Boots would be £10 - £15 so it is a bargain. They are very simply packaged in a white cardboard box with the Tesco Value logo and a small instructional pamphlet.
The Tesco Value Curling Tongs look just like the picture, they're fairly plain and basic with a little stand and are styled in black plastic with a black cord and plug. There's a red LED to let you know that they're switched on.
When plugged in they take probably 5 minutes to get hot which isn't as fast as some tongs but WOW do they get hot! The barrel is what I'd describe as medium and certainly it is versatile, I tried it out with some basic curls and it worked well, the curls took hold and the hair wasn't burned though I do use a heat protecting spray and I felt they stayed in my hair well and could be incorporated into a number of styles. As I wanted the versatility of an interchangeable styler I eventually moved on but I keep the Tesco Value Curling Tongs as a backup, sometimes used for travel and my mum uses them every time she comes to visit!
Overall the tongs are easy to use, a total bargain, well made and though they are a very basic tong they do it well and they're built to last. As a basic tong I can't really give them less than 4/5, a case or heat mat would have been nice but for under a fiver you can hardly moan! The Tesco Value Curling Tongs are a great value tong and I recommend them to anyone looking for a basic and budget (or cheap and cheerful) styling solution.
This pair of curling tongs was bought for me quite a while ago by my mother. It was only a few pounds (I think around £5 - Tesco Value) which made me a little nervous since it is an electrical item. Fortunately I have been left pretty happy though and quite impressed!
It comes in a long rectangular shaped box that is made from cardboard. It's very minimal with pictures of the curling tong (same image) on three sides and some information and warning comments on the back. The box has been sturdy and has also been what I've used as storage for the irons since I received them. It's not ideal though for taking with you for the e.g. weekend though since the box is quite big and bulky.
The curling tong has a 19mm barrel so it's only suitable for tighter, smaller curls. I have hair that is long and comes down to my back, so I tend to use it to just curl my ends. I like to curl it the night before and to brush it out the next day to give more natural, messy looking curls. If I want to curl the full length of my hair, I curl from the bottom up and then curl from the roots down from the same clump of hair which is quite time consuming.
It's very simple to use and self-explanatory. After plugging it in you turn the switch on which causes a light to glow telling you that it is on. After a few minutes it'll have heated up sufficiently for you to begin to use it. I normally clamp the section of hair for around 20 seconds, maybe 30 if the strand is a little thicker. Since the temperature reaches 170C I find the tongs have really given me a maintained and decent enough curl. Even though the curls more or less keep their shape, you can't press the clamp down enough for hair not to slip out - this means that you can't really get super tight curls that easily.
The curling tongs features a black pointed tip for holding onto as you curl. This tip has been sufficient, but it would have been nice if this were a bit bigger for that added bit of security. The tongs also have a metal stand which I really like - the construction is really simple but allows you to rest the hot tongs anywhere. The stand is basically a metal clip that you can pull down.
The main thing that I really like about these curling tongs is the swivel cord which makes it very easy to rotate the tongs to create my curls. The cable is quite long - I don't feel like I'm compromising or being restrained to use it close to the plug.
(The tongs also come with an instruction manuel.)
I'm pleased with these curling tongs. I've got very thick hair therefore it's an added frustration trying to achieve decent curls, so I think this product has performed well. It's a few years old now, but having said that they are literally as good as new and have been used by other family members as well. I'm not sure if these are sold anymore, because a quick search tells me that Tesco Online only sells ceramic curling tongs (£6 currently) online under their brand name - not sure if this is an upgraded version of mine. Despite being excellent value for money, it's quite hard to get a very tight curl. I don't really mind this since I only curl my hair occasionally. Overall I would give this product 4.5 stars out of 5 :)