Just want to share my thoughts on the Babyliss Pink Porcelain Cornical Curling Wand, which I bought earlier this week. Quite a few of you were interested in a review of this product, so I shall try to attempt to share my thoughts on this! I ain't a hair expert, cos I am pretty much low maintainence when it comes to hair styling.
*** My hair ramble ***
Also, do take note that I prefer my hair kind of messy (even when I had rebonded straight hair, it's never neat nor in place all the time). I also hardly comb nor brush my hair. The only maintainence I do for my hair is to do salon treatments, and DIY color it black every few months - not to cover white hairs, not yet, hahaha - but my natural hair color is a dark dark reddish brown, always been like that since I was a kid. And I have been through stages (in my younger days) to color them all sorts of brown and red, whatever the name on the box says... but I have come to realise that super uber jet blue black hair suits me the most. The stark black color just makes my fine hair look thicker, healthier and glossier. And the last time I rebonded my hair was 2 years back, I naturally have straight hair anyway, so the rebonding just improves the texture of my natural hair. I also normally wash my hair everyday, except this weekend, cos I just colored it.
So, in this entry, you are looking at day old hair, meaning it has not been washed for more than a day. I also did not use any products on my hair, no heat protectant, no curling styling spray.. nothing! I curled it yesterday when I went out, and the curls/ waves stayed nicely throughout the evening. So today, I am trying it out again, taking pictures of the process.
There is also a You Tube tutorial (by pixi2woo aka Tanya) on the same hair product, and the way she does her hair is exactly the same as how I did it. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
Edited: I put together a bunch of 'inspiration' pictures, which I googled and found on the net. Just enter 'beachy waves' and these are the results you get. I can't ignore the irony that none of these pictures are beach-related. LOL.
Here we go!
Switch on the curling wand! Duh~ When only the green light stops blinking, this means the wand is ready for use. I use the hottest setting, cos this makes the waves last longer. I also didn't use the finger gloves which came with the wand, because I find them quite clumsy.
I didn't divide my hair by sections very neatly. I just grab sections of various sizes and wrap them around the wand. If you like messy loose waves, you should curl uneven hair sections... cos you get the tighter curls and the loose waves. Then when you tousle them all later on, you will achieve that beachy wavy hair.
It is very easy to use. The conical wand is made of porcelain, as the name suggests, and it's very smooth. Each time you are done with each section, leave it, and move on to the next. Only loosen up the hair when it's all cooled down. Or else you will just end up with lame curls that will not last.
It is so difficult to take pictures of the curls when my hair is super black. Everything just turned out a black glob in my camera. LOL. But I try my best.
I could have been a lot neater and more systematic, but I think you can see pretty clearly what is going on. You can use some hair spray, etc to hold the waves, add some gloss etc etc.. but I shan't bother, since it is a demo.
Yup, to sum up my thoughts, and also some tips and tricks:
- Work with 'old' hair, I find that curling brand new washed hair doesn't curl so well, or last as long.
- Go by instinct, I usually just grab sections from one side to the next side... and I don't look into the mirror while I am curling it, because then I would get too conscious of HOW I am curling it, and then you take much longer time to position yourself. I can do my whole head in less than ten minutes without looking too much in the mirror.
- This wand is able to curl your hair pretty fast. So you can do it just before you leave the house.
- Do not overload on products. You don't want stiff curls which look like telephone wires, tight ringlets. Think Nicole Kidman in the 90s. Only she can pull that off, I think.
- If you want tighter curls, curl small sections of your hair. For loose waves, curl bigger sections. But hold your hair around the wand for the same amount of time (about 45s to a min) because you want the curls to last regardless of whether they are tight curls or loose waves.
- Loosen the hair sections only after your hair is all cooled down. This will help the curls to last longer.
- Use different directions when you curl sections of the hair. Some can be outwards, and some inwards. This will create more interesting texture.
I highly recommend this curling wand! As I mentioned in my haul entry, it costs me S$60+ inclusive of shipping from the UK, which is cheaper than the shopping mall carts that charge around S$120 or more.
If you have any questions about this product, and how I use it, do leave your comments below!
I hope this has been helpful! Thanks for reading~