* Prices may differ from that shown
My hair is naturally very curly and quite chaotic. When I want it to look nice for a special event I either straighten it, straighten then curl or pin it up to hide the mattress springs I've been blessed with. I'd always longed for those big-bodied waves you see on the red carpet so when I came across these jumbo tongs on sale for £14.99 I was pretty excited. Toni & Guy are a big name in hair styling and the price seemed reasonable, they usually retail for around £20.
What Does It Do?
The Jumbo Curl and Wave Tongs are big and chunky with a barrel measuring 38mm in diameter. There is a dial on the handle to vary the temperature up to 200 degrees C along with an on/off switch. They also have a hinged barrel clamp which you open, wrap hair around and then close to keep hair in place as well as a built in stand and cool-tip for safety.
The other specs include: Ceramic Tourmaline Colour Lock Technology, Worldwide Voltage, Auto Shut Off, 3m Salon Cord.
The product promises "...ultimate volume, bouncy waves or jumbo curls with high shine". This is achieved by the Ceramic Tourmaline coated barrel which enhances shine, locks in colour and moisture and smooths the hair follicles as you use it. They are designed to heat up in seconds and can be adjusted up to a temperature of 200 degrees.
Another safety feature is that they automatically shut off after 60 seconds.
How To Use It
It's pretty much the same as using any other curling tong but with a few extras. Plug in, lower the built in stand and switch on at your preferred temperature. Once they are hot (as indicated by the small light), open barrel clamp and wind a small section of hair around the main barrel. Once you've done that, release the barrel clamp to close it and hold in place for 20-40 seconds.
If you need to hold the other end of the tongs to unwind your curls the tip stays cool so your fingers are safe.
Don't touch curls until they have cooled down as this can cause the shape to fall out or even frizz.
Oh, I SO wanted these to be the solution to my hair woes! Sadly it was an absolute disaster.
I followed the instructions exactly, leaving my straightened hair to completely cool and setting the temperature at medium-high. Next I took what I judged to be a small section of hair (2cm across) and wrapped it around the barrel. After waiting 30 seconds I gently released it and... Nothing! My hair was exactly the same as before but hot with the tiniest of flicks at the end.
I won't bore you with all the combinations I tried of temperature, amount of hair and time. Let's just say that the best I achieved were some 1970's type flicks and a burnt neck from holding the barrel too close to my skin whilst it was on the highest setting.
They also took quite a long time to heat up, about 10-15 minutes and the safety shut-off never seemed to happen.
Aside from that I have a few other quibbles. Firstly, the built-in stand really gets in the way and gets pretty warm. The power buttons are right where your thumb naturally rests so I kept turning it off accidentally. The cool-tip is a great idea but has a GIANT METAL SCREW in the centre which gets hotter than the barrel itself.
In fairness though my hair did have a little more body and was pretty smooth so I'll give it a point for that, if you hold the clamp open slightly they can be used as straighteners so... there's that!
Due to the fact that these tongs are almost impossible to use for making curls or waves I'm afraid I can't recommend them.
I got these as a present from my boyfriend and we were both annoyed and disappointed when they just wouldn't do what they're meant to do.I find it strange that I was using the hottest setting and yet it barely did anything-I've gone back to curling my hair with my obviously much hotter straightner!
I really regret buying these awful curlers. I checked a couple of review sites, which had mixed results and stupidly decided to get them anyway. I have no idea why.
My hair is quite long and layered, just so you know. Using them is really difficult and depite having hair that isn't especially difficult to style, these curlers had next to next to no effect at all.
A slight kink, on the long bits of my hair. That's it. And I had a choice of my layers (which are shoulder length btw) sticking out like I'd been electrocuted, or into my head which looked equally mental.
On top of that, I found them extremely difficult to use. I kept burning my fingers or my head. And this is something I'm actually quite good at avoiding when using straighteners or other people's curlers.
So believe me, don't bother with these curlers. You'll end up realising how bad they are, then writing your own review pleading people not to give £20 to Toni and Guy in return for a useless heap of plastic and metal.
Create natural looking curls with the Toni & Guy TG5388UK 38mm Jumbo Tong . Featuring 8 temperature settings, and a maximum temperature of 180-degrees the Toni & Guy TG5388UK 38mm Jumbo Tong will allow you to select the optimum temperature for your hair type. Also boasting a rapid 60 second heat-up time you will be able to get perfect tresses even if you are pushed for time. Achieve expensive looking, salon worthy curls in the comfort of your own home with the Toni & Guy TG5388UK 38mm Jumbo Tong !