I've always envied people with curly hair; since the advent of straighteners, they've had a choice how to style their hair. Curly or straight. For me, though, it's not always been so simple. My straight hair rarely holds a curl for more than an hour or two, meaning I'm forced to have it one way (straight and a bit drab-looking, if I'm honest) day in, day out.
So when the team at BaByliss got in touch to see if I'd like to give one of their latest curling tongs a go, I thought: 'why ever not?'
Introducing the Salon Soft Waves tong. It's different in that it doesn't have a clamp to hold your hair down once you've created a curl. Instead, you've to hold your hair in place yourself (hence the addition of a glove to protect you against burnt fingers), which is a new one on me.
So, how did I get on then?
I've got to admit, I'm not the best when it comes to creating hair styles. I can just about manage a high pony tail and a fish tail plait. But that's where my creativity ends.
I've never been too good with heated appliances like curling tongs, and I've still yet to master creating curls with straighteners.
When it comes to curling my hair, I always end up spending 20 to 30 minutes trying, before realising my hair looks no more wavy than it did before I started.
|The Boutique Salon Soft Waves: Top left: the protective glove (for safe hair curling!), top right: the product's box. bottom left: the curling tong unboxed, bottom right: gorgeously subtle soft waves - done!|
At £40, this is a relatively cheap hair styler - and one which couldn't be easier to use. You simply plug in, get it to temperature and away you go! Pop on the protective glove and begin by winding small-ish sections of the hair around the barrel, holding them in place for 20 or so seconds each before releasing.
Do this for your whole head of hair, run your fingers through to loosen the curls and spray on a little hair spray to hold your finished look in place - it really is as simple as it sounds.
Designed for people with longer hair, this styler has long been featured in YouTube videos - even Tanya Burr's a fan.
With a maximum temperature of 210°C and five variable hair settings, this wand heats up in just 30 seconds. As you can see from the picture above, the tong offered a really subtle look. Definitely a product and brand to try if you like your curls on the natural side.
If you're looking for a relatively cheap curling tong and you're an amateur like myself, you'll love this.
Have you tried the BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves curling tong? Let me know how you got on by commenting on this post below. Next on my hair curling wish list: the BaByliss Curl Secret!
Fancy finding out a little more about the BaByliss Boutique range? Simply head here for more information. Alternatively, you can watch a Boutique Salon Soft Waves how-to video by heading over here, or keep up-to-date with Babyliss news and product updates on the brand's YouTube channel.