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.
Soften your strands
"If you want your hair to look its best, you need to treat it with a little love," says Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carver. "Ask your stylist about getting regular treatments to keep your hair looking healthy and happy." He uses Biolage's Ultra Control Deep Smoothing Masque in the salons, then sends clients home with Total Results Silk Wonder oil to add moisture. "Just a small amount," he says, "and your hair will be silky soft."