Not all of us were blessed with good genes, I for one was blessed with the ‘frizzy hair gene’. The result of this gene is something I like to call ‘inbetweener hair’, it isn’t naturally straight, nor is it naturally curly – it’s just frizzy. Frizzy doesn’t necessarily mean my hair holds a curl either, I have fine hair and that means I struggle to make a curl hang in there for more than a few minutes. I love wavy or curly hair, I’ve mentioned on the blog before that for me personally, there’s nothing more beautiful than shiny cascading waves. Glampalm has created a curling wand that gives me gorgeous, healthy-looking and long-lasting curls.
Glampalm very kindly sent me a Magic Wand a couple of months ago and I’ve been testing it for a while now. Yep, that really is the name of this hair tool…and for the record, the name is quite fitting because it is quite magical. In the past, I’ve used my Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch Titanium curling iron (not available in SA) and even though I loved the curls it gave me (soft, shiny curls), I often felt the curls didn’t last very long. I then started to pin my curls (you can read more about that here) because I thought the problem lay with my hair texture and not the actual hair tool. Falling curls are a thing of the past, thanks to the Glampalm Magic Wand.
I’ve used this curling wand to create various different hair styles: Retro waves, tight curls, beachy waves and bouncy curls – it’s all about how you wrap the section of hair around the barrel. I even used it to style my hair for the magazine shoot I tweeted about a month or so ago. In case you missed that tweet, I’ll be featured in a magazine next year! I will let you guys know which magazine and which edition closer to the time, just want to sign off on the photos and feature article first.
What is the Glampalm Magic Wand? It’s a clipless curling wand that allows you to create curls or waves. It features 3 LED temperature display indicators (low, medium & high) and an On / Off switch. To switch the curling wand on, you need to press and hold the On / Off switch. The first time I used the Magic Wand, I made the mistake of just pressing it and wondered why the tool didn’t switch on. #derp
Since there is no clamp on this hair tool, there’s no chance of getting those annoying little crimp lines. The barrel heats up quickly and evenly, and the Mineral Ore technology is gentle on hair and naturally gives off a negative charge, minimising static. The Magic Wand heats up in 40 seconds max (highest temperature setting) and the 1 inch barrel diameter is constant (not cone shaped), making this the perfect curling wand for beginners as the hair will not slip down the barrel. Here’s a fun fact: I can wrap my hair around the barrel and after holding the ends of my hair close the barrel for about 5 seconds, I can remove my hand and the hair will stay wrapped around the barrel. If you’re a girly-girl (like me), with girly upper arm muscles, then this will be great news for you!
The Glampalm Magic Wand creates the most beautiful long-lasting curls – I still have decent curls on the second day, and soft waves on the third. I also find it gives me super shiny, healthy-looking locks, whereas some of my other curling irons (i.e. Hot Tools 2-inch Gold curling iron) can sometimes leave my hair feeling dry and looking a bit dull.
Did you know? Glampalm stylers are manufactured in South Korea by the original ghd manufacturers.
The Magic Wand gives me total control – I can create gorgeous Victoria’s Secret waves, holiday curls, beachy waves (the kind where the ends are still a bit straight), natural-looking curls and even tight mermaid waves. Use smaller sections of hair and twist the section as you wrap it around the barrel for tighter curls, or use larger sections and wrap the section flat against the barrel for soft waves. Am I confusing you? Don’t worry, I’m planning on doing a ‘Get Ready With Me’ video on my YouTube channel soon and I’ll use the Magic Wand to show you how I use it to create my favourite everyday curls.
The kit includes 1 curling wand & 1 heat protective glove and retails for R 1999,00 online in the Glampalm store. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s great value for money! Please do not toss the heat-resistant styling glove…slip-ups could be painful (trust me, I know all about burns on fingers and hands). I initially thought the combs and 4 sectioning clips were also included in all kits, but Glampalm just confirmed it was for a limited time only.
Glampalm is a South African-based company and will courier your order to you free of charge (delivery takes place within 24 to 72 hours).
Top Tip: It’s always a good idea to use a heat protectant, like Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press or Tresemmé Heat Defense Styling Spray. I don’t use a hairspray to set the curls when I use the Magic Wand, because I feel I don’t need it. This wand gives me curls that last for a good couple of days, just fluff them up on the second day and rock soft waves on the third.
This curling wand will make for the perfect Christmas gift or if you’re looking for a hair tool that will help you to create a multitude of different hair styles, this is it! Instead of curling the sections away from the face, try curling all of them towards the face to create those glossy, retro curls – the perfect holiday party hair style.
Glampalm will be launching an eco-friendly hair tool in 2015 & I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for the future!
P.S. If you’re wondering what I’m wearing on my lips, here are the products I used: MUD Lip Pencil in Red (to outline the lips), and L’Oréal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Reds Lipstick in J.Lo’s Pure Red (currently available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and Edgars stores).