2013-02-22

Curls for Days

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When José Eber asked to give their Trio Clipless Curling Iron a try, I said yes. Yes, because both my curling irons bit the dust in the last few months. And yes, because both of those curling irons were almost a decade old. Does that make them vintage?
So, when I compare the performance of the José Eber wand with my old, low quality curling iron, you will not be surprised when I say that the wand is far superior. Thank you Captain Obvious. It's a little like stepping out of your K car to test drive a Bentley, and declaring the Bentley to be a 'nice ride'.
But seriously, the curls are something else...
There are three attachment pieces that come with the wand, each one giving you different curl options. Most of the time, however, I like to keep it simple with a messy curl on the 25mm. barrel. I appreciate a perfectly coiffed 'do for a night out but most of the time, perfect curls on myself make me nervous. As I've said before, they make me feel like I am a Louis Vuitton purse away from being cast as the newest member of the 'Real Housewives...' franchise. These messy curls take me approximately 7 minutes to do (when I am not trying to get pictures for a tutorial that is. Seriously, this stuff is effort!...:)). Good investment of time, I think.

I know there are a multitude of hair videos and tutorials available on the internets but after doing it wrong for a bit, I did some research and now having a pretty effective hair system down pat. I figured I might as well share what I'm doing. Sharing is caring.

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Before- This is my hair with an air dry. Depending on humidity, I can get a decent beachy wave to my hair but like I said, it depends on the weather forces and it never lasts longer than a day without going flat... 

- Point the wand downwards! I didn't get this at first and my curls were... very intense little sausage curls. And because the wand is so effective, those curls will stick around...
- Start the wrapping hair around the wand at least an inch or two away from your scalp. I keep my hair wrapped around the wand for maybe 10 seconds? This iron gets hot; the magic happens quickly. Don't do what this chick did... but watch the video because it is so, so funny.
- Keep hair strand flat and not twisted to keep the curl loose.
- Curl some pieces with the wand in front of the strand (image 3) and others with the strand starting in front of the wand (image 2). This keeps the curls from looking too uniform.
- I curl the pieces around my face with my hair starting in front of the wand. This keeps your hair away from your face and allows your face to shine. I'm kidding. I just like the way it looks. 
- Separate the curls with your fingers or a comb. These curls are legit, they won't fall out with a little comb through. It just helps tone down the 'done' look.

After-  Stare at yourself in the mirror and marvel over how little time it took to get all this done.

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Ok, and here is the best part! That 7 minute time investment lasts me for about 5 days. Every day I spray it with dry shampoo (whatever is on sale), comb through it and carry on. The curls do drop a bit over those few days, leaving a soft, tousled wave. If it rains or I wear my hair up, I might touch up a curl or two but most of the time, I do nothing besides comb it and add a spray of dry shampoo. Towards the end of the 5 days I'll wear a beanie but beanies are cool right now, so no one knows you have 5 day old hair hiding under there!
I just used two exclamation points in the last paragraph, I need to calm down.
But seriously I haven't used my straightening iron in at least a month. And this is the least effort and the best hair I've ever had on a consistent basis. So yes, all this to say the Trio Clipless Curling Iron gets an enthusiastic thumbs up. And a ridiculous amount of exclamation marks... 

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30 comments :

Lisa Inglis said...

I wonder...do you wrap your hair up at night for sleeping? Like in a scarf or bun? Something tells me my hair wouldn't evolve in such an attractive way over 4 days...Yours looks lovely :)

Piper Alexander said...

Wow, your hair looks great! I have to say though, reading about how it takes you 7 minutes to do your hair makes me glad I have short hair, as it takes me 30 seconds to do my hair. I don't know that I have an additional 6.5 minutes in my morning to spare. ;)

myedit said...

Lisa Inglis- I don't! I just let it snarl and then brush it out... I suppose wrapping them would keep them even curlier but I like the slow drop of the curls....

Piper Alexander- haha! It's only 7 minutes every 5 days! the other days are 30 seconds...:)

Jordan said...

Ooo it looks great. I have a LOT of hair so curls don't usually hold for me. I wish, though!

And seriously, you're beautiful. Puttin' the rest of us to shame! ;)

(!!!!)

Jennifer said...

I cannot style my hair for the life of me. Your hair always looks perfect!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, that burned hair video is RIDICULOUS. Thanks for the laugh (and the advice!).

Imagined Spaces said...

sweet, thats awesome! Might solve hair straightening addiction.

Jane said...

I have been faking a clipless curling iron and I do like the results. I can only make it to day 3, but that said I haven't really gotten onto this whole new fangled dry shampoo thing.

newpetite said...

Its amazing that you can go days without washing your hair! I have to was it everyday and is such a pain :( You look lovely and the beachy waves are just perfect.

Tanya DeJager said...

Awesome Jen! You just answered several questions I've had lately...now to go and get me some dry shampoo and a curling wand! Do you need a glove with yours? I've heard they can get super hot!!!

Kristen said...

your hair and you look gorgeous in all those photos!!! Dry shampoo is my favorite thing ever. I actually love the Suave one over any of the expensive ones!

Anonymous said...

What lipstick are you wearing in the "Day 2, 3, 4" photo? It's great for spring!

Sarah

Lady of Style said...

Your hairstyle is lovely and it looks so natural. Even on day 3 and 4 it looks fresh and light!

Annette
Lady of Style

Kastles said...

Umm awesome!! You are so cute! And I am amazed at 5 days! Also I was going to suggest watching that video, good thing you already did! Seriously how did she even do that? Happy Friday!
<3 Kastles

Kastles said...

Umm awesome!! You are so cute! And I am amazed at 5 days! Also I was going to suggest watching that video, good thing you already did! Seriously how did she even do that? Happy Friday!
<3 Kastles

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Mel Stevens said...

I love the curly hair instructions! I'm gonna go grab my karmin g3 clipless and see how it goes :)

Sorren said...

You are a curling pro. Serious. Also, how do you make it last so long!? Maybe I just sweat too much while I sleep [tmi?] but my hair is rarely usable day 2. The hat though... the hat is a viable option

RachelK said...

I'm glad I'm not the only person who makes a hairstyle last five days. More than once people have questioned my hygiene, but it's really the way to go. I spend time on my hair only once or twice a week and the style really lasts.

myedit said...

Tanya- It did come with a glove and I used it once. The wand gets suuuuper hot (my forehead can tell you that) so the first few times I might use the glove to get the hang of it... But once you figure it out, it's really easy. Like riding a bike:)

Sarah- The lipstick is Mac St. Germaine with a bit of some other pink (dunno which one) to tone it down. It is really cute but I think it is discontinued... Sorry.

Terri said...

I learned that my hair (with the help of hairspray and dry shampoo) can last about three days after I curl it before small woodland creatures start burrowing in it. The beanie idea is genius!

http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

Leah said...

Love it! The beanie is the perfect day 5 look! (dry shampoo is my friend)

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Cait Val said...

love your look almost more after a few days!!!! we're used to using a traditional iron but after this a wand might be the next purchase!!!!

xo. c & v
cake & valley

Lindsey said...

I think I could do this! Thanks! Also, that video kills me:)

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Linda said...

$170.00 ?!?! (cuts off leg hands to Hair people, can I haz my curling iron now?)

Alacia from said...

Your blog is awesome! I love this post. I may just be investing in one of these curling irons. Just wondering if you sleep with your hair down at night or if you pull it up at all? XO

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Katy said...

7 minutes is seriously impressive! I love my Hot Tools curling irons, but it takes me a good hour to get curls like yours, and I always end up with unsightly clamp marks on my hair. You hair looks amazing!

myedit said...

Alacia- I do sleep with it down! It's kind of a hot mess when I wake up but a comb through fixes that...

Katy- I know! With my old curling iron I would book off an hour before a wedding or formal event if I actually wanted to do proper tools. This is as quick as straightening for me...