Well, holy smokes, I think I've found a way to get curls that actually stay! Wheeeeeeeeeeee! Yeah, I've seen those tapered curling wands that they sell at the mall kiosks for $100. To be honest, I was skeptical. First off, the people working the kiosks are pros with these things, so of course your curl is going to look perfect while they're pushing their product on you. Second, it just seems so complicated and inconvenient...I like that my curling iron has a spring-loaded clip. These curling wands require a two-handed effort, one hand holding the wand, and one hand keeping your hair wound around it. With my lack of hand-eye coordination, it's just a recipe for disaster!
But, after hearing so many great things about it, I finally gave in earlier this week and bought one off of Amazon. Hot Tools, my favorite curling iron manufacturer, makes one in 3 different sizes: small, medium, and large. I went with the medium tapered wand, which cost me $28.75, shipping included!
Check out my results from using a curling wand for the very first time! Not bad!
It was a little awkward to use at first, but I got the hang of it after my 4th or 5th section of hair. A number of people have complained about having straight ends because of the fact that you have to hold on to the end of your hair to keep it wrapped around the wand. Yes, I did have to hold my fingers precariously close to the hot wand to keep the ends from remaining straight, which was a little scary. Even so, I did experience straight ends. But that didn't really pose a problem for me because I just went back and wrapped any straight ends around the wand after I was finished, which only took a sec!
Best part, the curls last and last and last and last. I woke up this morning and, yup, still here!