“How do you do your hair?”
…is probably one of the most asked questions that I get on a regular basis. Another common question is whether I use a curling tong (curling iron), a curling wand or a straightener (flat iron). I use curling wands and straighteners more than curling tongs, but I like to use straightener’s the most because I get the most variability of curls using them.
The straightener that I have used for the last 3 years and is my favourite hair straightener is my BaByliss Vintage Glamour Straightener. I personally don’t see the need to spend hundreds of pounds on hair styling tools like GHD’s, Cloud Nine, etc. if you know how to use your hair tools the right way. I have used BaByliss for such a long time and I have never had a problem with their products and they have lasted for ages with no faults. However, that’s just my opinion!
I decided to buy myself a new straightener and I was watching a few YouTube videos and saw that some YouTubers were using wider-plated straighteners for bigger waves and it inspired me. So, I decided to buy the BaByliss Sleek Control 235 Wide Plate Straightener. I actually managed to get the straightener for £24 instead of £35, because I realised I could buy the straightener on Tesco Direct, where I had vouchers to get money off the straighteners! So, if you use Tesco Clubcard or your parents/partner may have one, I’d definitely recommend checking what vouchers you have in your account to redeem against future purchases whether it be homeware, electrical items, clothing, pharmacy medicines, groceries or even day-outs!
I have no regrets about buying the BaByliss Sleek Control 235 Wide Plate Straightener, because it was exactly what I was looking for! It was slightly rounded above and below the plastic casing, which meant my hair could wrap around the straightener to create the curls.
The straightener can reach up to 235°C and has 45mm wide plates. The nano-ceramic plates mean that it will glide through the hair smoothly and will cause less breakage to the hair as a result. It has a 3-metre long cord and it swivels as well, which makes it easy to plug in wherever to use, and the swivel cord makes it easier to rotate the straightener.
The straightener also comes with a heat protecting mat, which means when you’re styling your hair and have finished curling your hair, you can place the straightener on the mat to prevent the straightener from burning any surfaces.
If you’re a beginner at styling your hair using hot tools, I would definitely recommend buying a heat protecting glove to avoid scalding yourself on the hot plates. I have been using hot tools for a long time, but I still wear my heat protecting glove as an extra precaution!
So, now that you have the product details, before curling my hair I always wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner and blow dry my hair thoroughly. I don’t straighten my hair before curling because my hair is naturally straight.
My hair after blow-drying
After blow-drying my hair, I spray my Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist all over my hair. I then comb through it using my paddle brush to detangle my hair and spread the product all over my hair. If anyone is wondering what I normally ask for when getting my hair cut in the salon, I normally ask for a V-shaped cut with layers added in to add volume.
After, I switched my straightener onto heat setting 6, because I don’t like using too high of a setting on my hair tools since I’ve coloured my hair and I don’t want to damage it further. The straightener has 20 heat settings to choose from! The straightener uses Advanced Ceramics™ heating system, so the straightener is ready to use in less than 30 seconds, which is good for those who are on-the-go.
I then sectioned my hair and started from the bottom layers of my hair and worked my way to the top layers of my hair. I do this because the top pieces are the most important pieces to style properly, as these pieces frame your face. I like to alternate the direction in which I do the curls to separate the curls and create a fuller look.
Following curling my hair, I always use my Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Serum to tame the flyaways and add some shine to my curls. I absolutely swear by this product and I have used this for years to tame frizz!
To add more volume to my curls, I always love to use the Lee Stafford Messed Up Light Spray Wax, as it adds more volume to my roots as well as my curls to emphasise them.
And…to finish off the look I use the John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray. I have also used this product for years and it doesn’t make my hair crispy and helps to hold the curls in place all day and allows the curls to flow freely without the added weight. This hairspray also lasts for ages, and hence why I still have the one with the old packaging design!
The finishing result of using the hair straighteners looks a little like this…
My hair after curling
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and it helped in some way to inspire your future hairstyles, hair products and hair tools to buy for your hair!
If you want to check out my other posts on how I take care of my hair and what other products I use for my hair, I have linked the posts below:
(DISCLAIMER: I have not been sponsored by any brands that have been mentioned in this blog post and all opinions are my own!)