After cutting my hair this past week, I only like my new shorter look with a wave in it, so this means I've been spending more time with my curling iron than usual. And one thing I've learned is that not all heated wands were created equal, and the mere fact that this one rotates instantly makes the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver ($199) stand out. No, it's not some gimmick, it actually serves a purpose. Not only does the spinning rod make it easier and faster to curl your hair, but it ensures there's a uniformity to your curls, so both sides turn out right. Plus, the longer wand makes it great for lengthier strands (like I used to have), because more of your hair can actually touch the heated barrel. But for my freshly cut hair, I just clip in sections and push the button to rotate the iron, making it easier for me to curl my hair without fumbling with my new shorter length. So regardless of how long your hair is, this tool makes perfect waves a breeze.
The Beachwaver by SARAHPOTEMPA ($199) was created to make instant, effortless-looking beach waves with a curling iron. But does it live up to its name? We demo the product so you can see the real results. Find out who it's best for and who might want to think twice before splurging on this magic wand. On Kirbie: Fifteen Twenty top.
While a curling iron can give you highly covetable beachy waves as well as glossy curls, it can also lead to minor burns on your neck, forehead, and even your hands. If you have blisters or severe damage, then be sure to contact a doctor about how to heal your skin. But for those minor burns, here's how to treat them.
1. Use a cool washcloth. Run a washcloth under the faucet, and soak it in cold water. Wring it out and apply to the burn to help instantly cool it down. Avoid ice, as this can shock your skin in a bad way.
2. Apply aloe vera. Soothe and hydrate the burn with aloe vera — just like if you were to get a sunburn.
3. Take ibuprofen. Taking a dose of Advil can help with the inflammation and the pain.
4. Apply a hydrocortisone cream. Whip out a tube of 0.5 percent hydrocortisone, which can also help with inflammation and discomfort.
5. Keep it moisturized. As the skin starts to heal, apply moisturizer on it to keep it hydrated and eventually slough away the damaged skin.
Your strands take on a lot of stress all year round, but during the holidays, it can go to extremes. Between the hair spray, the updos, and the hot tools, hair can start to look and feel a little lackluster. But there are ways to help your hair make it through the holiday season sans the brittle effects. "Protecting your hair is something that's easy to do," celebrity stylist Mark Townsend, who has done hair for Natalie Portman and Christina Aguilera, says. And there's one absolute tip you need to know to keep it healthy.
Think about how you use your hot tools. Do you crank them up to the highest temperature possible, grab a huge chunk of your hair, and then run your straightener or curling iron over it again and again? If you are, then you're just asking for some serious damage. "If you use your iron like this, you're only getting the top and bottom layers of hair, which is why you're having to run your tool over it so many times," Townsend says. "This is going to damage your hair."
Instead, Townsend suggests working in two-inch sections, and keeping the heat on a lower setting; 350 degrees is plenty. Not only is this gentler on your strands, but also, hair will actually style more quickly with this method. And always use a thermal spray when you're working with hot tools. One that adds shine, like Oribe Foundation Mist ($22), will keep things silky and smooth.
Can a clampless curling iron work as well as — or better than — a traditional one? We're taking a look at the new Sultra Bombshell to find out. Watch now to see why we "love the glove" and have since become curling converts!
Annie tries out the new Sultra Bombshell curling iron from Sephora. Since it’s clamp-free and takes just a few seconds per curl, it makes getting loose waves really easy. Check out our video to hear Annie’s product review!
It's fascinating to discover how a common, everyday item like the curling iron came to be. From the ancient Romans to the Greeks, people have been curling their locks for centuries. Take, for instance, these bronze hair curling tongs used by the early Egyptians. Scary, no? While it's debatable as to who actually invented the modern curling iron, let's see what you know about the curling iron's unique history.
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For those of us with seriously straight hair, trying to get loose, soft curls like the ones Kat Dennings had on the red carpet for the movie Shorts can be maddening — your hair is too curly right out of the curling iron, so then you have to brush it out a little or put in some hair creme, then your curls won't stay in without a ton of hairspray, but that just makes them crunchy and heavy, so after a couple of hours they fall out anyway. It's a sad situation, but one that can be remedied. To get you curled up with the best of them, I've put together four easy tricks for getting the most out of your curl. Just read more.