For those who saw my video on IGTV this Saturday you will have noticed two things.
Firstly, I like white wine
Secondly, I gave no actual information about the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl styler…In fact I couldn’t even remember its full name.
Thirdly, I am also more than aware I am super late to the party on this one. There’s a very simple reason. Being a hair stylist I am a snob when it comes to things I think are gimmicks. Myself and my GHD’s will turn our shiny noses up to anything that smacks of a ‘flash in the pan’. However, I recently had to demo how to use a Perfect Curl styler and I am big enough to admit my OCD was thrilled as I saw perfect curl after perfect emerge from this machine.
BUT. Here. Is. The. Thing.
I might make a living out of doing everyone else hair but I am also a real person that’s a little tired of seeing people ‘effortlessly’ curl/braid/style hair. Every single one of those people did something for the first time and I can bet that attempt wasn’t as smooth as the carefully selected locks they are working on. (meow, claws away, Kim) …you know what I mean though right?
Showing the first attempt on my own hair not only showed that these things rarely go smoothly but they often will, with a little know how work out in the end. That’s the second thing, we need to know HOW to get around the issues we face when doing something new, simply so we don’t give up, swear and throw these things in a cupboard, you paid good money for that.
So here is what I learned from using the styler
- Brush your hair and section it before you start starting from the nape area and work your way up or you will get into a right kerfuffle
- Each section needs to be really neat and a maximum of around 2cm, if your hair is really thick then then reduce the section size
- If you have fine hair using this is so much easier
- If you have long hair don’t curl from the root start further down the hair to avoid wanted jamming.
- If there are any hairs outside of the hair chamber when you close the device it won’t work or it again can jam
- If you are going to alternate the curls have an idea of where that curl will sit to avoid pig tails on the top of your head
- Basically, plan a(your)head until you get used to it.
Ultimately this wasn’t a difficult piece of equipment to use, it was fiddly but by no means impossible. You can see from the video the end result was good once the curls were styled out. If you don’t alternate the curl you could easily brush this out into a 40’s style wave, which can be hard to do with other curling apparatus.
It does give slightly less control on the type of style you can achieve but if you just want some body and movement to your hair and be able to put your make up on in between the beeps then this could be a good option.
Babyliss also have a Perfect Curl Mk II which does give the option to do three different types of curl, tight, medium and loose.
I don’t think this will be the curling device to end all other curling devises but it’s certainly really easy to use on someone else. So, if you have one sat in a cupboard having given up on it, grab a friend before a night out and have them use it on you and save yourself some drama.
P.S I still haven’t found out what the middle switch does