KISS INSTAWAVE

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This post is sponsored by KISS and Brandbacker, however, all opinions stated are my own.

Two things became abundently clear to me as I was putting my review together for the KISS Instwave. First, I really REALLY need to take a trip to my stylist to get my highlights touched up! Second, I should really put up a YouTube channel! Maybe I will do that in the begining of the new year! But that's neither here nor there and today, just in time for the holidays, I'm talking about the KISS Instawave automatic curling iron.

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THE SPECS FROM KISS

  • KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls.
  • Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand.
  • Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions.
  • Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes.
  • 2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420.

MY EXPERIENCE

After reading the directions, I felt fully confident that I would be able to use the curling iron with little to no difficulty. In this aspect I probably should have known that overconfidence is always a sign that you should take a step back and think again before you do. My first experience with the curler was nothing short of failure. I had to keep unwrapping my hair, double checking the curl direction, and repositioning the 1-2 inch sections of hair either in front of or behind the curler. However, after my second or third attempt I figured it out and now I couldn't be happier with the results. In fact, I've even moved my curling wand to the bottom drawer in my bathroom away from sight and away from burns!

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HOW TO

I started off with clean dry hair {for the purposes of the post I blew it out so it was completely straight} and double brushed to ensure that my hair was free of tangles. While waiting for the curler to heat up, I sprayed my hair with Chi Iron Guard to protect my fine hair from the heat. I then sectioned my hair in two, pinning my top layers on top of my head. Taking a 1-2 inch section of hair I began my first curl by my face, making sure to curl back away from my face. Continuing that around my head, I changed the direction of the curl and size of hair to create dimensional curls in my fine hair.

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kiss instawave, florida beauty blogger, sarasota beauty blogger, beauty blog, hair tutorial

After the bottom layer of my hair was done, I let down my top layers and started repeating the steps for the other side. Important, make sure that you curl away from your face when working on the section of hair that frames your face.

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kiss instawave, florida beauty blogger, sarasota beauty blogger, beauty blog, hair tutorial

With my hair done, I shook it out a bit to loosen the curls and added a dime size of Wen Anti Frizz Styling Cream to keep my hair under control in this dreary, wet weather.

PROS & CONS

PRO: This curling wand creates beautiful curls that turn into perfectly tousled waves throughout the day.


CON: It takes a few attempts with the curler to achieve this look. After two to three tries using the wand you should have the hang of it.

PRO: One worry I had about the wand was that my hair would tangle when the barrel begins to spin. I found that by carefully sectioning the hair and remembering to hold the wand parallel to my head, tangling did not occur and in fact left me with a shiny, silky curl.


CON: If you haven't brushed out your hair, tangles will probably happen. In addition to this, if you don't make sure to separate the section of hair that you are curling from the rest of your head, you run the chance of pulling a finished curl into the curler causing a tangle. If this happens you can just press the curl dial in the opposite direction to fix the problem.

PRO: If you have textured hair that is slightly wavey/slightly curly and holds curl, your hair will work fabulously with this product and you will be thrilled with the results.


CON: If your hair runs on the very fine and board straight side of things, this curling iron will probably not give you the results you are hoping for. A friend of mine with fine hair that doesn't hold curl had an issue with hair slipping while the barrel was rotating and the curl didn't last near as long. This could probably be remedied with some texturizing paste or dry shampoo to help the hair catch.

PRO: The high heat setting is amazing and heats up in under a minute. With the guards around the barrel, the risk of burning yourself is very slim.


CON: The low heat setting did absolutely nothing for my hair. I'm not sure if the barrel doesn't get hot enough, but it just didn't work very well.

PRO: The curling iron automatically shuts off after 90 minutes. This is wonderful as we all have those moments where we finish our hair and leave the bathroom, forgetting to unplug or shut off our appliances. I think it's a great feauture for the curling iron, but my OCD would never allow me to actually walk out of the room with something still plugged in. Safety first babes!


CON: The curler emits a high pitched noise when plugged in. I contacted Kiss and they said that they are aware of the high pitch sound and that it's caused by the circuit to drive the motor. They say this is not a safety issue whatsoever. However, I feel that it is something that they should address in the product as it can make people nervous.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite the less than desirable outcome on my first attempt, I now love this curling iron and it is my favourite way to now do my hair. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone who loves good loose curls and waves. In addition, once you get the hang of it, you can achieve fabulous hair in less than ten minutes {I kid you not!} that can last up to two days. It's a great product and one that you should definitely add to your beauty arsenal!

You can now purchase the KISS Instawave at Target, Ulta, and Amazon!

As always, thanks for reading and I will see you soon! xoxo

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