Loose, effortless waves are always high on my hair agenda. I had a hot minute with heated rollers but the Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong* (£24.99) has currently taken 1st place.
I find my hair looks best with a bit of texture and bend and as far back as I can remember I’ve been a sucker for a curl. I’ve had really tight curls circa Mean Girls 2004 and I’ve aimed for Blake Lively worthy beachy waves. The Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong is perfect for longer hair but it also works nicely with shoulder-length hair. I have mid-length, fine hair naturally but I do wear clip-in extensions (definitely past their sell-by date) and I’ve found this works well on both lengths. The barrel is a large 38mm which gives a looser, more natural curl that I really enjoy. However, you can wrap the hair tighter for a more uniform curl dependent on your preference.
This is easily one of the largest barrelled hair tool that I own and at 38mm, it’s bound to give me big, loose curls so I look like Blake Lively right? Kinda. Now, let’s start by saying I have fine, mid-length hair naturally with a slight kink meaning I can straighten or curl pretty easily but I do wear hair extensions daily (mine are so ratty and I need some new ones so I apologise in advance). The larger barrel would ideally suit longer hair but I’ve found this works just as nicely without my extensions in.
The barrel is coated in ceramic tourmaline which is a bit of a head scratcher if you’re not a technical human but it basically means it protects the hair, adds shine and generally keeps it looking healthy. I love that in recent years, hair tools have been more focused on protecting the hair than ever before. I haven’t found any unflattering clasp marks in my hair from using but what’s great is that you can use it without the clasp too.
The tong is easy to use as there is one simple button for on/off with an accompanying light plus it has an auto shut off feature for us forgetful creatures. The temperature can be adjusted with ease and it heats up to 210 c without much waiting time. Everything is sleek and of a good quality which considering the price point is pretty fantastic.
I tend to spend 10 minutes maximum on my hair which is really refreshing as it takes the same amount of time as my heated rollers and that gives me more time to work on my face. I’ve found this gives me really piecey, soft waves without much effort and I think they last nicely in my hair too.
What’s your favourite hair tool and why?
Love, Kate xo