Monday, 20 January 2014

Review - BaByliss Curl Secret

Hi All,

This post has been requested so many times and good news, it's finally here!

If you haven't read my previous post about why I wanted to Curl Secret read that HERE first so this makes more sense to you. Today's post will be the review of this so if you just want that, carry on reading!

So this beauty to my right is the BaByliss Curl Secret a curling tool which was shown to suck up your hair in some magical way and produce a curl in a few seconds. So, does it work?

YES! Is the answer..

I have tried to think of all the questions you would want to know in the post, which are pretty much the things I wanted to know before.


First Thoughts
At first, I was absolutely terrified of this I'm not going to lie. I am very precious about my hair and the one thing I was worried about is it getting tangled because it sucks up your hair so quick. I read the instruction booklet over 5 times and I reccomend you do this because I did not want to get to wrong. I practised the motion a lot before doing it also, as I was aware it could go wrong.

At first, I didn't even look in the mirror to do it, I had my eye glued on the bit where your hair is zapped up. However, as I got into it, I wasn't even looking at it anymore and was seamless. It is also quite a nice size and not too bulky.



Does It Curl Well?
Below I have I included a before and after shot of my hair. I never usually have curls as it takes me foreever due to the length of my hair, so it curled really well for me. I was unsure where to start the curls due to the length but as you can see I went quite up with the curls, which is what I wanted. 

You can create 3 types of curls with the Curl Secret, which I found very handy. The setting I used for this review was defined curls as I wanted a dramatic effect, but there is a loose waves setting which I am very interested to try.

                       BEFORE                                            AFTER



How Is It With Long Hair?


This is something I was very worried about. As you can see my hair is extremely long as I wasn't sure how well it would do with it considering the mechanism. However. it coped a lot better than I was expecting. I started from just above half way to be safe and still got a really nice finish. The barrel that your hair is kept in does seem quite small, but it keeps wrapping until it is done. It's funny you can hear it doing it!.

My hair is completely natural so I am not sure how well this would be with extensions, but if they are secure, I see no reason why this should be an issue. Please read the instructions though!


Does Your Hair Get Caught
This was the one thing I was TERRIFIED of happening. The mechanism in this quickly zapped up your nail and wrapped it around a tong inside so it is clamped in. At first I did this was very thin strands of hair as I didn't want to get it caught, but once I worked out how to do it I got used to it.

In terms of it getting caught, out of doing my whole head, which was many many many strands I only struggled once. I wouldn't say it got caught, but it pulled and made a loud beep that wasn't like any of the other ones and the clamp was released, meaning it was caught or the hair was too notty or something. In my case, it was caught on another bit of hair so didn't want to go further.

I found this VERY useful as it didn't carry on and could identify before it happened that it may get caught, so it avoided it. It beeped at me about 3 times like this meaning I had put it in wrong and it wasn't going to curl it for me.

If getting your hair caught is something you are worried about if you really look inside the curler there is little wand like a curling tong and once you released the clamp and turn it off at the plug you could just unwrap it. Luckily this didn't happen with me because the curler already identified it was caught. A fantastic feature!!






How Does It Work?
Now, I'm not exactly sure is the answer. At first I thought it was magic but I had a real good look when it was being extracted and I'm pretty sure once its clamped in it is then swirled and placed around a curling iron like rod. This is curled round until all the hair is covering it and you can hear this working. For me it went on for longer because of my long hair. 

Your hair is then kept there for 4 seconds you will hear 4 beeps and then you release the clamp. Simple as that! If you hear a louder sharp beep, you must take your hair out as there is a problem.

There are various setting depending on your stength of wave, which I liked and there is also a switch for thin and thick hair. I have very thick hair so I thought this was a really nice feature!

Below is a video of me using the BaByliss Curl Secret:

video


Benefits
  1. Speed - The speed of the curler is amazing, in 4 seconds you have a perfect curl. In total to curl my hair using this took me about 10 minutes. I couldn't believe it!
  2. Features - I really liked the fact you could choose your wave as I used to curling using a straightener where you only get one style. 
  3. Design - I really like the design of this product. You can't see inside the mechanism so you never see you hair being curled, it just makes it that much more seamless.
  4. Warning - Something that really impressed me was the tangle warning. I think this is something most people are worried about, so very glad they put this in.
  5. Ease - Once you get into it, it is very simple to use, almost effortless, all you have to do is hold the curler. It's almost easier than straightening! 


Weakness'
  1. Burning - As you might be able to see from my video, a lot of smoke comes from this and my room was actually very smoky after using this. I am not sure if this is because it was the first time using it, it was on the highest setting on that I had some product in my hair, but it did seem to smoke a lot. 
  2. Weight - This is not a huge issue, but because of the mechanism it is obviously not as light as some of the other curlers or straighteners used to curl. 


Overal
Overal, I am thoughrally pleased with the BaByliss Curl Secret, I couldn't wait to show my family how it worked as I was so amazed by it and that cool mechanism doesn't take away from the curl you do get a perfect curl with it. What I was super impressed with was the speed, it completely shortens down the time it takes to curl and this is now management for me to do in the mornings. 

I would definitely recommend this! The price is a bit of a stretch as is around £120 but for the amount of time you save I think it is worth it. All of my hair took me only 10 minutes to do!! With a normal curler it would take me over an hour!

The steam issue is the only problem I had with this, but it could be because it's the first time I've used it so I will keep you updated.

After Curling
The images of my hair were taken directly after curling so they still have the defined curl. I would finish this off with hairspray and I like a more natural curl so I would brush this through a little either with my fingers of gently with a hairbrush so the curl isn't so set. 



Have any of you ever used this? I would love to know what you think. 

Also if any of you have any more questions regarding this please ask and I would be happy to answer them.




I hope you enjoyed this review and stay tuned for the next Char's Insights post.


Cya! x


53 comments:

  1. Wow your hair looks stunning! I wish this wasn't so expensive :( xx
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  2. Omg amazing! I want it so bad!
    Liefs, Brittany

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  3. Your hair looks great! I have wanted to try this but like you I am so scared lol x

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  4. Your hair looks amazing! I really enjoyed reading such an in-depth review, the curler sounds lovely to use :) xx

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  5. So jealous of you're gorgeous hair! A really useful review x

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  6. Firstly how beauts is your hair. This looks fab you've done a great job. I would be so scared of this xx

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  7. Your hair is gorgeous! And great review. I have heard multiple reviews for this product, and yours is really helpful. You were so thorough with your review, and that definitely helps! Thank you!

    Maggie D. xx

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  8. That is so cool i've always wanted to know how this stuff curls your hair. It looks amazing!

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  9. The results are really nice, but the way it works looks kind of off-putting.

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  10. Your hair looks amazing! Thanks for great review xx

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  11. Brilliant review! Also, may I mention your hair is beautiful! Wish my hair was as long as yours ^^

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  13. I've always wondered how this would be received but it sounds like you really like it! Your curls did look great & it is a really good feature to be able to switch curl settings. But I must say I was shocked when I read the price! £120!

    Yasmeen x
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  14. Whether you are a fan of the gadget or not… It can't be denied, your hair looks fab curled!! Especially with the ombre hit at the ends! It looks gorgeous! Im considering experimenting a little with my colour, and going for some light tips… Not sure if I'll look like a wally though ; )

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  15. Wow, your hair is amazing!!! Espeically when curled!! my hair is suppppper tough, and is so hard to curl / maintain curls - time to try out the babylis curl!!! <3

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  17. Omg, this is absolutelly gorgeous. I love your beautiful hair. :-*
    Your blog is great, amazing inspiration!
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  19. I really liked this when I tried it, but I am not sure I can justify the price!

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  20. Your curls look amazing. My hair is quite long and thick so I have a lot of trouble with curling it. I loved the look of this as soon as I saw all the Babyliss YT videos advertising it. It's a bit pricey though and I'm not sure how often I'd actually use it.

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  21. I got this for christmas and I've been absolutely loving it!I was thinking about writing about it too! Your review was very thorough which is great :)

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  22. I have this and love it! I have managed to get my hair caught a couple of times though but I think it's loads easier to use than it looks! Your hair looks really nice :)
    I haven't experienced any burning with mine though. Maybe my hair is already too fried ahha xx

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  23. I had been wondering how this works thanks for the great post! think I may stick to my wand though.

    mybeautysleuth x

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  24. Thanks so much for your thorough review! I've always been curious about this curler but was so unsure. I too have long hair and get worried about it getting caught in something lol! I appreciate your thoughts on this very much! So glad you are getting good use out of it! xx

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  25. The curls look so pretty, I'll have to try this xx

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  26. Wow. Your hair looks amazing!!!! Although I have to admit the idea of it terrifies me!!!! Really useful review :-) Thanks!!!

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  27. I've been seeing this everywhere, I really want to try it!

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  28. Like you, I am terrified of the thought of getting my hair tangled but it appears that it's not so scary after all. I may definitely consider giving this a go now thanks to you're very informative post!
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  29. Your supposed to use it on washed dry hair, if you had product on it then this is more than likely the reason it was smoking.

    Also it doesn't wrap the hair around a curling iron, it actually suspends the hair inside the chamber, so the hair never directly touches the heat source, and blasts the heat in all directions making the curl last longer :)

    It also makes it much friendly on coloured hair than using curling irons where the heat is directly touching the metal!

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