It’s no secret that I have really curly hair. As a kid, I hated my curls and since my hair was really really long most of my life, I wore my hair pulled back and away from my face. Over the last couple of years, I have been trying to embrace wearing my hair down and my curls wild and free. But, while I am learning to love my natural hair, I do love larger curls or curls that are not so tight as mine can be and that is where hair tools come into play. While I have a variety of curling wands in different shapes and barrel sizes, I never tried an automatic curler before. I’ll be honest in saying that when I first heard of the product, I was a bit intrigued and hesitant, not knowing how this would work with my already curly hair. The KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler is an interesting tool to say the least.
The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease. Their claim is that you do not need to be a pro to create gorgeous curls and you can bring the salon home. At first glance I was a bit hesitant to use this product as I wondered how it would work with my already very curly and very long hair. After reading the directions several times and finally diving into the product, my hair got tangled so many times that I was worried to keep working at it. With trial and error, I realized some things I needed to change in order to use the product and I also learned what it can and cannot do with my hair since my hair is so long and curly. It took a lot of testing and trying (which I was not too happy about since I don’t really use heat on my hair), but the curler wand and I finally found an easy way to work with the hair tool that worked for me. More details about my results below.
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After almost a month of working with the product, the InstaWave is now fairly easy for me to use, but it didn’t come without a lot of tangling and smoke. While I was pretty intimidated to use the product at first, I noticed that as easy as it is, there is definitely some trial and error for some hair types.
I have found that when my hair is dry (coarse) – my hair can tangle quite easily in the unit while curling and when my hair is soft, the unit curls my hair easily, without effort or issues. I love that you can curl left or right directions. Since my hair is so long, I love that this offers my arms a little relaxation and I am not spending hours curling my hair due to the length. So far the curls stay in my hair for quite a while after set, but my hair has always held its curls so I didn’t think that would be an issue.
Curling your hair kind of easy. Simply hold the InstaWave vertically and place a section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod. Pressing the right/left button until all of your hair wraps around the barrel and then releasing the button. Hold your hair in place from 5-10 seconds (longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves). Pull the InstaWave down vertically letting the hair out.
While the directions say 5-10 seconds should be good… I notice that my hair can actually start to burn. The unit gets hot VERY quickly so I try to take the wand out of my hair faster than the suggested time. If you have long, curly hair as I do – I think there can definitely be a learning curve to the process, but once I started to figure it out, it seemed to work nicely for me. I can say this much… it surely saved me a lot of aches in my arms and shoulders from holding them up so long.
Photo above is with the curls right after removing from barrel – unstyled. After using the tool on my entire length of my hair and my whole head, I also realized that you can’t really get very close to your scalp – in my case, it was not a pretty sight when it tangled. If you are looking for curls nearer to your scalp or longer curls, I don’t suggest this tool. Also – if you notice your hair has tangled, what I did is reverse the barrel direction so it would unwrap your hair from the barrel. If that didn’t work, I turned off the unit and removed my hair the best as possible. While this did end up working for me after many tries… I wish there were a way to try out the product without heat first so you can get the hang of learning how to curl your hair properly without worry of burning your hair. I have burned my hair MANY times trying to figure out how to use this product… so it would have been great to be able to turn on the rotating section of it first, before adding the heat.
Photo above is with my hair curled using the InstaWave Automatic Curler. I have run my finger through the curls to loosen them and style. I concentrated all of the curls towards the lower part of my hair to give it that sultry, sexy look – which is actually different from how my hair would look with my normal curls.
Overall, while this product took a lot of trial and error, tangles and some heat burns, I have enjoyed using it as it has offered me the chance to curl my hair without too much strain on my carpal tunnel or my arms. Doing my hair was easy and I was ready to go in a shorter time frame. If you have straight hair or shorter hair than I do – you may have an easier time to use this product than I did. I also suggest that you test small sections to learn how to use the product itself.
This product was sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own and all views/opinions are 100% honest and unbiased. This product was sent to me via Brandbacker.