I'm counting down the days to Summer like a crazy woman - enough of this miserable Winter already! Enough! In a futile attempt to speed up the process, I've been experimenting with more Summery looks recently, including trying out this hair wand from Toni & Guy for those beachy, wavy styles that I love so much.
Toni & Guy are well known on the highstreet for their hair salons, but I don't hear a lot of people talking about their line of electrical goods. I was kindly sent their Hourglass Wand to have a play with which is from their Casual range, so it's ideal for creating wavy/curly everyday looks. In fact their tagline explains it well: "for effortless, laid back, lived-in styles".
The Hourglass Wand looks like a very simple tool. The tourmaline coated wand is a good length and thickness, dipping in at the middle (hence the hourglass name) which can create a loose, relaxed style curl or wave or a tighter one depending on how you wrap your hair around it. The swivel cable is long, and there's a heatproof glove included. It features just one on/off switch and that's it.
Whilst it may look foolproof to use, it does take some getting used to because once you switch it on, that wand gets hot (200C) within seconds, so you need to know in advance how you're going to use it. If you're a newbie to these clampless wands, I'd recommend having a play with it without switching it on just so that you can get used to the feel of it.
I wanted some casual / relaxed waves as opposed to definded curls, so I used the Hourglass Wand like this:-
1. I sprayed on some heat protector and then sectioned off my hair (dry, this look never holds with damp hair and wet hair would just frazzle to death!).
2. Switched it on, took a section of hair and wrapped it loosely around the wand. Held it there for around 4-5 seconds, then moved onto the next section and so on until everything was done. Holding the wand downwards and away from your face makes the process a lot easier!
3. Finished it off by raking my fingers through my hair so it didn't look too 'done'.
I was happy with the results and surprised at how fast the whole process was. I have medium-thick, long hair so if yours is shorter, it'll probably only take you about 5 minutes! The waves held up well but when I went out for the evening, I just brushed through them for a more gentle / natural look as below. I love the texture it gives because my natural hair can be very flat.
Pros: Once you get used to it, it's very fast to use. Works great with long hair. Can be used to create curls, waves and flicks, so perfect for adding texture. Heatproof glove comes in very useful and has an attached safety stand.
Cons: No control over temperature, may take some practice at first.
Toni & Guy Hourglass Wand* retails for £30 and is available via numerous stockists including very.co.uk
Have you tried any Toni & Guy hair tools?