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.
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.