We test Mark Hill Glam Waver and Easy Curl

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

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - HAIR -

On the look­out for new ways to add vol­ume and bounce to lank locks? Mark Hill’s Pick ‘n’ Mix range fea­tures a Wand Han­dle (£14.99) and 10 in­ter­change­able bar­rels you buy in­di­vid­u­ally, so you can cre­ate var­i­ous looks with the same tool.

The two new­est ad­di­tions to the line-up are the Easy Curl, a spi­ral-shaped bar­rel 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 has nat­u­rally wavy hair, I’ve never both­ered too much with tongs, mainly be­cause I find them pretty scary-look­ing. How­ever, the idea of be­ing able to try dif­fer­ent kinds of curls with one tool re­ally ap­pealed — es­pe­cially if I could trans­form my messy mop into a sleek do — so I was keen to give the Glam Weaver and Easy Curl a go. Here’s what I thought...

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. It’s in­tended to pro­tect your fin­gers from burns — and, as it turns out, the glove’s par­tic­u­larly use­ful when us­ing the Glam Waver. It meant I could get closer to my head by grip­ping the heated bar­rel.

To get go­ing, I started by sep­a­rat­ing my hair into two lay­ers and found that, be­cause the bar­rel is so wide and chunky, I could then curl fairly big sec­tions of hair in one go. Be­ing care­ful to curl to­wards the face, to keep the style con­sis­tent, I aimed for curls start­ing from just above the chin and down­wards, leav­ing the top smooth. MAK­ING WAVES: Ge­or­gia af­ter us­ing Glam Waver (be­low)

I found the Easy Curl much harder to use. The in­struc­tions say you should 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 — I even­tu­ally roped in a friend.

The process takes a bit longer too, be­cause you need to use re­ally thin sec­tions of hair at a time in or­der to fit be­tween the spi­rals on the bar­rel and achieve that tight-curl look.

FI­NAL VER­DICT...

DRA­MATIC LOOK: Ge­or­gia af­ter us­ing Easy Curl (be­low)

AND THE RE­SULTS?

At first, I wasn’t en­tirely sold on the re­sults of the Glam Waver, be­cause 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. 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, it was full of bounce. Over­all, I love the ver­sa­til­ity of this hair tool. I pre­ferred the first look, but it’s great to have the op­tion to mix it up de­pend­ing on whether you want gen­tle, ev­ery­day waves or more bouncy curls. My tech­nique us­ing the wand still needs a lit­tle work, but prac­tis­ing and play­ing around with dif­fer­ent looks is half the fun. The Glam Waver and Easy Curl are £14.99 each, avail­able from markhill.co.uk and Boots

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