It was Payday on Friday, so I of course had to treat myself. Unlike me though, I didn’t actually buy any new clothes (minus the cutest pair of pyjamas from Boux Avenue) – instead I went for a new curling wand.
I’m not a hair person. Despite my – occasional – best efforts, my hair does not like to co-operate. It pretty much just has a mind of its own, so I leave it to do it’s thaaang by either straightening it then leaving it alone, or letting it air dry and pinning back my fringe. Low maintenance and quick and easy first thing in the morning = an extra ten minutes in bed.
However, after working in the electricals section in Boots the other day (read: browsing the hair applicances and pondering if the Philips Lumea actually works) I decided I needed a curling iron. My GHDs, whilst the true loves of my life, just don’t cut it for curling any more for whatever reason. I did my usual routine of browsing Google for reviews before picking one, and this is one that stood out time and time again. And it’s only 20 quid at the minute, which may have swayed my decision a teeny, tiny bit.
Meet the Remington Pearl Curling Wand.
First off, I want to say that if I can use this thing, so can you. It’s so so easy to do. I just watched a video – actually, it was the one on the Boots website – to check out the technique, then I had a go myself, and as long as you wear the heatproof glove provided on on the correct hand (I absolutely did not put it on the wrong hand and proceed to burn my finger) it’s foolproof.
It takes about 20 seconds to heat up, and you can pick a temperature from 130c to 210c. I just kept it on 180 which was fine for me, I might try decreasing it next time though. When it’s hot, you just pop on your Michael Jackson glove and wrap a section of hair around the barrel – no clamp to be messing about with, just hold it there for 3-4 seconds and release. You’re left with the prettiest little perfect curls! You don’t need to keep the hair wrapped for long – this wand works fast. I like using it with the tip pointing down – it just felt easier like that but go with whatever your hands naturally want to do.
Once all your hair’s curled you’ll be left with a head full of ringlets, and nobody wants that. I sprayed all my hair with hairspray (Elnett Flexible Hold – I resent paying £4.50 for hairspray but it really is the best) and waited ten minutes or so for them to set and cool down fully. Then I ran my fingers through, separating it all and making the curls look less defined and Victorian, before applying a bit of Moroccan Oil for shine and then my beloved Batiste XXL for a bit more volume and separation (so many hair terms in this post, who have I turned into?).
Then I clipped my fringe back because I don’t know what else to do with it when my hair’s curly, and here’s the finished result.
Three cheers for webcam photos.
Anyway, I thoroughly recommend this if you want to try something new – it’s about £20 right now from Tesco and Amazon, or £25 from Sainsbury’s and Boots. Now begins the test to see how well the curls last – wish me luck.