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Wish-worthy: A nice curling iron?


My hair has always been thin and straight, and I’m a girl who’s not altogether that adventurous. Nor do I adapt to change very well. So on those bad hair days when I wake up and my hair isn’t straight, it reaaaaaaally bothers me (the reason for my dependence on Sunsilk’s Straighten-Up 24/7 Creme back when I couldn’t afford anything more expensive).

I had always wanted a straightener of my own – for those bad hair days, and for the days when I want my hair to look extra sleek and straight. I’d mentioned this in passing to Dark when we first started dating – lo and behold, I got a Solia flat iron (he did his research well!) as my first Christmas present from him, which took me completely by surprise!

I never expected him to get me something useful that I actually loved. Past boyfriends had always gotten me things I liked, but didn’t really need. And when you get a stuffed animal for every occasion… well. You catch my drift.

Nevertheless, I still don’t use it very often because I don’t tend to wake up with hair looking like Medusa and I don’t want to damage my hair with frequent styling.

Doesn’t she look properly distressed by the state of her hair? LOL

Once in a while I’d try curling my hair with my straightener, but I really don’t think I look good in curls – it just looks so weird, and different. Maybe my hair is just too thin and won’t hold curls. Maybe I’m not using the right products to make it stay curled. Maybe (most likely), I’m just bad at it.

I haven’t yet had the courage to walk out in public with curls. Hm.

I’m entertaining the idea of getting a curling iron. Of course, if I do happen to invest in one, it would have to be of reasonable quality. Although to be honest, I don’t see what the point is if I don’t use it.

Any opinions on the Babyliss Pro TT Tourmaline Curling Iron?

I think I’ll just stick with practicing with my straightener before I shower. If I have the time.

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Author: pearlessence

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16 thoughts on “Wish-worthy: A nice curling iron?

  1. First of all, I think you could totally pull off curls. You are likely just not used to seeing yourself with them, hence your hesitation and wariness when checking yourself out in the mirror. My personal favourite tool for curling my hair is actually a 1″ rod. Works best with a glove so you don’t burn yourself, but so much easier and faster than an actual curling iron. I use “The Bombshell” by Sultra. But before investing in a new tool, I would agree that you should probably get used to seeing yourself with curly hair first so you know that when you do invest, you’ll actually use it. Have a great weekend my dear!

    • I thought that a curling iron would be easier to use than a rod, since I was hoping it would minimize the chances of me burning myself! Maybe it would be easier for me to try to get used to loose waves first, before I really try curls. I think tight curls would drive me crazy haha and make my round even wider than it is 😦

      • I definitely picture loose waves on you as opposed to tight curls. Part of why I love the rod is that it doesn’t shrink your hair up as much as curling irons or the straightener does. It is a longer more wavy curl instead of spirals. I hope you post some pictures of your curling adventures – I’d love to see!

      • Oh, I had a few pictures. It was horrendous – I looked liked I had Kitty’s or Laurie’s hair from That 70’s Show. And I tried it again with my straightener a couple of days ago, but it was just too overwhelming so I washed it out. Maybe one of these days I’ll suck it up and brave a picture haha. Is it easier to make waves with a 1″ rod or a 1″ curling iron? How about a 1-1/2″ to 2″?

  2. try using a T3 curler, the best on the market to me yet and it’s ionic

    • I have seen T3 mentioned as one of the top curling irons, but I hadn’t heard of the brand before looking it up. According to what I found on Google, most people think that the top brands for curling irons are Hot Tools, Babyliss, T3, among others. I’m just a big hair noob 😛

  3. A curling iron might be easier at first, but after about five minutes of practice I would say you would find a rod just as easy if not easier because it is so much faster. I use a 1″ so i can’t speak for the thicker ones. If you look at my Bright Sunshine and Lime Time post, that hair was done with my 1″ rod, it was my first time using it on myself, and it took me about 20 minutes…and I have ridiculously long hair. Hope this helps!

  4. I’ve searched the market for high-end curling irons, and have even taken the plunge with a $100+ straight iron by Sultra, which a coworker recommended and I can say was worth the splurge. But I still haven’t found a curling iron in the moderate price category ($50-$70 range) that I like more than Hot Tools. My 1.5-inch gold-plate rod is easy to use, doesn’t damage my chemically (color) treated hair, gets super hot in an instant and creates curls that last all day. If you’re looking for a solid iron without breaking the bank, Hot Tools is a brand worth considering.

    • I’ve read a lot of good recommendations for Hot Tools, despite that it isn’t ceramic or tourmaline. Thanks for sharing, will definitely look into it! Does your 1.5″ give waves as opposed to curls?

  5. I suck at curling my hair too, even with a curling iron. It just never comes out right. But I’m looking for a new straightener. Is that one particulary good?

    • Me too, all my curled strands look different!

      The Solia straightener is a good one – it is tourmaline coated ceramic I believe, which helps prevent hair damage. It also has a wide range of temperature settings, and the plates self-adjust for even heating. I believe it can be used wet to dry as well, I remember trying it and I am pretty sure it said so in the instruction booklet (which I don’t have on me right now).

  6. I used to curl my hair using my flat iron, but then my hair got so long which made it really difficult. In the end I gave in and bought a curling iron, and I can tell you that it was totally worth it (at least for me) because it cut my curling time in half. I rarely go out with curly hair, but I do curl it when I go to parties or I want to do something special with my hair 🙂

    • Yeah I figured I’d curl my hair for special occasions too, but I just can’t get the hang of it. So I always end up re-washing or re-straightening it after haha. Seems like a curling iron is a good investment either way, though.

  7. I tried using a flat iron to curl my hair, ala a slight loose wave. It was horrendous. Maybe its because of the awkward length of my hair, the ends dun curl nicely instead it sticks out straight. But it looks easy peasy when they do it with a flat iron in youtube tutorials. I wanna invest in a curling iron or rod too! At least i know i have the proper tool to give myself a different look if i need to 🙂

    • Oh, everything on Youtube looks super easy. Until you try it yourself and realize that they either spent years perfecting their technique, or took about 200 takes and 3 days of editing before they show you the finished product. Maybe we just need more practice or some different styling products, but having a different tool is always handy!

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