Fashion Fun Friday: Miracurl

In last week’s Fashion Friday post, I briefly discussed the Babyliss Miracurl and Batiste brand of dry shampoo. Today I wanted to do a bit of a follow up on the Miracurl as my order arrived and today I gave it a test run. I feel the need to once again declare that this is NOT a paid endorsement. But feel free to pay me…

As I mentioned last week, I had my hair curled at the salon with the Miracurl, and, as the marketing materials promised, the curls lasted for four days. My stylist had made it look so freakin’ easy to use that I immediately ordered one off Amazon. But as I’m sure each of you can attest to, what sometimes looks effortless at the salon is difficult to achieve at home. This is why not all of us are stylists I suppose…

Anyhoo, I decided this morning was ‘the morning’ to give it a go on my own and if I sucked at it, the hair bun donut would be my Plan B. Here’s what happened:

Step One: I turned on the Miracurl. It has three setting options for heat, time and curl options. I set it to full heat, 12 seconds on the timer and to alternating curls. It heated up in under a minute.

Step Two: I clipped my hair into two sections to make sure I didn’t miss any strands in the back.

Step Three: I grabbed a small section (roughly about the size of a quarter at my scalp) and clamped the Miracurl on about half way down. It’s important to note here that one side of the Miracurl always needs to be facing your head as it sucks your hair into the chamber. If it’s facing the wrong way, the machine will pull itself into your head which I can’t image would be very pleasant. Twelve seconds and four beeps later, I had a perfect curl.

Step Four: Repeat for rest of head.

This entire process of curling all of my hair took about 6 minutes!! Seriously, only 6 minutes.
Then I waited for the curls to cool and added a bit of texture gum. Here’s my result: (Thank You Photoshop Soft Filter!)

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So I say two thumbs up baby! This contraption is a keeper. There are a couple other brands out there but since the machine is designed to pull your hair into the curling compartment, my vote is to invest in the brand that is for professional use. (For one section I had too much hair so it wasn’t able to pull it into the chamber properly. It beeped at me to release right away and my hair was undamaged. I cringe to imagine what the result would have been on a lesser model.)

Now if someone can please make crimping your hair that easy (and back in style) I’d be in pure heaven!

Fashion Fun Fridays: Hair Product Review

Okay so this is really isn’t about “fashion” today, but more about beauty products which are like our fashion accessories.

Last Saturday I finally got my butt to the salon for a long overdue cut and highlight. One of the colourist’s hair had these amazing waves and explained to me that she had curled her hair with the Babyliss Miracurl… 3 days earlier! Whaaaaaat?!  I was intrigued. I’ve seen versions of this curling machine in stores and in ads and I categorize it as a gimmick and somewhat intimidating. I mean the thing sucks your hair into a crazy hot contraption. Nothing about it could possibly be good. I was wrong.

I asked my god of cut and colour, aka Bruce at Silver Scissors, to give me curls. And he obliged. (Before I go any further, I should say that I have fine, stick straight hair. I’m convinced that my hair rebels against hair spray as revenge for the 80s, so I don’t bother to use it.) A little Aveda Smooth Infusion style-prep smoother while my hair was wet and a little OSIS+ Thrill texture fibre gum after it was curled and I was feeling like a rock star!photo 1

It was a crappy rainy humid day and the curls lasted all day. And then the next day! With the rainy weather my hair would normally be flat and pasted to my head, but thanks to the Aveda stuff, I was still rocking bouncy curls.  At this point I was committed to see if the curls would really last four days. And they did.

During these four days I was obviously not washing my hair, so I was using my cult classic Batiste dry shampoo that I picked up from Shoppers Drug Mart. The week started out as a ‘let’s see if these curls will really last four days’, turned into an experiment to push the limits of my dry shampoo to see how many days I could use it before I needed to wash my hair. (Before you all go eeeewwwww, I did shower. Just didn’t wash my hair. And BTW it’s not good to wash your hair every day… so there.)

It’s been six days since I washed my hair and I will shout the praises of my Batiste dry shampoo! (No, they are not paying me to say that… but if they want to, I wouldn’t say no…) I used the XXL Volume and wish it had been around in the 80s to give Final Net hair spray a run for it’s money in volume. I also wish I had taken pics of my hair each day, but sadly I lacked the forethought. Here’s my hair on Day 5, which I think is even better than the first day as it looks fuller:photo 2

Today, Day 6, I think would have been my limit, but thanks to my hair donut I am instead sporting a bun – which works even better with ‘dirty’ hair.

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Tomorrow it will be one week since I’ve washed my hair. What I’ve learned from this little experiment is that A) I don’t need to wash my hair everyday; and B) it’s time to shake up my day-to-day styling so I’ll be buying that Miracurl thank you very much.  But if you call tomorrow and I can’t come to the phone, it really will be because I am washing my hair.

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