Bangs, fringe, breakage — whatever you call it, it'll fit in some butterfly clips.
No, this is not a medieval torture device. And no, it's not a newly re-imagined Star Wars lightsaber. It's a curling wand. Like, one of those hot tools that you use on your hair to make it look pretty and fluffy and fabulous.
More specifically, it's the KISS InstaWave, AKA what I'm calling the Lazy Girl's Curling Iron.
I got this weird looking thing in the mail about a month or so ago and, after laughing at it and holding it away from my face at a distance to give it some major side-eye, I shrugged, made my peace with its funny appearance and then set it on my dresser.
There it sat for at least a week, until I decided to take one giant risk. You see, I had a symphony performance that night and, with my current state of lackluster hair, thought to myself in that moment, This is the perfect opportunity to put my hair in a contraption that looks like it will eat it. Especially since I am about to stand on stage in front of, oh, 2000 people.
But, girls, it totally worked. And I had fabulous hair. And when I walked into the rehearsal room that night at call time, I got compliments and high fives and, well, maybe I'm exaggerating...but my hair looked damn good. And I totally rocked day two hair at the matinee performance the following day. There's something to be said about that kind of minimal effort.
Let me show you how it works.
Here's what we're starting with.
In addition to the wand, you'll need some hairspray and a clip or two. And a brush.
Clip most of your hair up, leaving a small section from the bottom. Lightly coat with hairspray, allow it to dry, then brush it out.
I'm using Pravana Nevo Super Shape Hairspray.
Place a 2-inch section of hair next to the barrel of the wand, then push the arrow button to the right or left depending on which way you want your curl to face.
The spike-looking things will grab your hair and twist it around the barrel in a matter of seconds.
Pretty nifty, huh? Let it set for five to 10 seconds depending on your hair thickness.
Release the curl by pulling the wand straight down. Afterward, I like to twist my curl gently and hold it to allow the heat to set. Don't brush the curl out yet.
Repeat across your entire head. When you're finished, you may look like you stuck your finger into a light socket. BUT WAIT!
Put a dime-sized amount of hair oil or serum into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then finger-comb through your hair.
This breaks up the curls a little bit and adds a glossy sheen. I'm using Hask Macadamia Moisturizing Shine Oil, which smells incredible and works brilliantly. I'm actually using their shampoo and conditioner at the moment, and the results are majorly impressive.
And here's what my hair looks like afterward:
- Divine, no? I feel like I'm ready for the cover of Crazy Contraptions Magazine.
- Anyway, let me know what you think of the results.
- Also, I totally want to hear about all those bizarre products you've hesitantly tried that ended up working out!