Tried and tested

Two new ad­di­tions to Mark Hill’s Pick ’n’ Mix hair wand range have landed, promis­ing gen­tle waves and cool curls in a jiffy. Ge­or­gia Humphreys gives them a whirl.

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On the look out for new ways to add

vol­ume and bounce to lank locks? Mark Hill’s Pick ‘n’ Mix range fea­tures a Wand Han­dle (€16.99, Boots), and 10 in­ter­change­able bar­rels which you buy in­di­vid­u­ally, so you can cre­ate var­i­ous looks with the same tool. The two new­est ad­di­tions to the lineup are the Easy Curl, a spi­ral shaped bar­rel which you wrap hair around to achieve a more dra­matic curly look, and the Glam Wa­ver, for sim­ple Hol­ly­wood-style waves with a sul­try fin­ish. As some­one who al­ready has fairly wavy hair nat­u­rally, I’ve never both­ered too much with tongs. How­ever, the idea of be­ing able to try dif­fer­ent kinds of curls with one tool re­ally ap­pealed.

What are they like to use?

As promised, it’s re­ally easy and quick to click the sep­a­rate bar­rels into the wand han­dle, and the lock switch meant I felt con­fi­dent they weren’t go­ing to fall out dur­ing use (I’m rather ac­ci­dent-prone). The wand comes with a rather odd-look­ing three-fin­ger glove, which flum­moxed me a lit­tle at first. But it’s in­tended to pro­tect your fin­gers from burns — and it meant I could get closer to my head by grip­ping the heated bar­rel. I found the Easy Curl much harder to use. The in­struc­tions state to fol­low the di­rec­tion of the spi­ral of the wand — but I still found my­self get­ting con­fused about which way that should be. If you’re al­ready a dab-hand with curl­ing tongs, the process might come a lot more nat­u­rally.

And the re­sults?

At first, I wasn’t en­tirely sold on the re­sults of the Glam Wa­ver, as I didn’t see much dif­fer­ence from how my hair nor­mally looks. But I started wrap­ping the hair around the bar­rel for longer — around 30 sec­onds, or 15 for the shorter front bits — and the waves started to im­prove. Af­ter­wards, my hair looked su­per-glossy and shiny (so I felt suit­ably glam) but also still quite nat­u­ral, which I re­ally liked. I could see my­self hav­ing this as an ev­ery­day look — es­pe­cially since my en­tire head was all waved up in just 20 min­utes flat! The Easy Curl takes longer but, once you get to grips with your tech­nique, gives a more dra­matic re­sult. While see­ing how big the curls were was quite a shock at first, af­ter gen­tly brush­ing my hair through a lit­tle, the corkscrew-like curls soft­ened and opened out a lit­tle — and the over­all look would be great for a night out or spe­cial oc­ca­sion! I also re­ally loved how long the vol­ume ef­fect lasted — even the next morn­ing, af­ter sleep­ing on my hair, my hair was full of bounce.

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