Hi gals, happy midweek! I have my work Christmas party approaching and a few nights out planned, although I couldn't really find anything new to wear this season! I've been going all out with hair and makeup instead and even sported an Ariana-style high pony on Friday night. BaByliss recently contacted me about their Boutique Salon Soft Waves styler which I actually already have a version of, so their heated rollers caught my eye instead.
You know I'm a curly girl and straight hair just doesn't suit me - plus my hair doesn't go straight easily! It's almost like it wills me to go curly and often when I'm out and about, people will ask how I curl my hair, which is usually with a curling wand, and I NEVER brush my hair! It's always going to be a little frizzy as the heat takes it's tole, but I do want to explore options other than my uniform tonged curls and try something more effortless and natural looking.
So the Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers arrived in a huge parcel (which I picked up from the post office during my driving lesson!) and I opened it to reveal this glorious powder pink box. The Boutique collection is all about goddess-like, bombshell looks with a really flawless just-left-the-salon finish, so the gorgeous rose gold accents and illustrations on the box made this seem very special. The actual smooth black set itself isn't too large and houses twelve heated rollers and twelve heated clips. I was ready to read an essay of instructions but the process is so simple that really you just switch on the button and in five minutes, one roller with a red dot turns white and you are good to go! Don't do what I did and wait for the red light on the front of the box to go white and think the set is broken and worry you had to send it back to the PR saying they had sent you a faulty item, haha!
Once discovering the rollers were nicely toasted, I set about curling up my locks. The curlers have a velvety coating so you can actually hold them, unlike the fiery burn of a curling wand. This means your hair can be rolled up delicately around them and the touching strands won't be frazzled, and they can be rolled right up against your head for super volume at the roots. A normal tong can't go too close or you may end up with a side-burn style burn like I was sporting last month - ouch! Sometimes I find that curling my hair only half way does make the curls obviously not natural, so curling right to the roots makes for a much sleeker, seamless look with no kinks. Also if you curl your hair slightly wonky or in the wrong direction with a tong, it almost dries out the hair to that position and if you try curling it again, it just won't go right!
You then take one of the clips from their own heated bars and secure the curler in place, leaving these dual heated pieces to cool down and form your curl. The whole head took me around five minutes and I have a LOT of hair so some of the curlers did come loose. The teeth of the clips aren't very strong so I did worry I would break some of them off when fiddling with my hair at the back, but all were intact and after a few tries to really anchor them in, all the curlers were firmly secure and I got on with some work for around twenty minutes. Here's the frizzy, kinky 'before' picture of my second day hair:
Due to the velvet coating, the curlers slide out very easily and reveal the fluffy, light curls in the left picture below. My hair does look a slightly strange colour here (that blue/green hair dye is still there - argh!) but you can see on the right where I have shaken out the curls a little with my fingers and revealed bouncy, tousled waves. A curling wand just doesn't deliver something as light and voluminous, and so soft! Heated curlers are perfect for fresh every-day hair looks but for night time you could wear them while doing your makeup and then have perfectly sleek curls that can be whipped into any other hairstyle because they have movement, rather than being stiff and dried to a finish. I'm totally going to be using these over the coming months and experimenting with new hairstyles. The set is £37.50 at the moment too, ohlala!