Speed Waver? Can You Crimp Your Way to Perfect Beachy Waves?Monday, August 08, 2011
In elementary school if I wanted to feel really cool, I'd convince my mom to crimp my hair. It was the 80's (wow, I'm old) and the hour or so she spent putting tiny zigzags into my very long, thick hair made me feel rad. Yes, rad.
So, while I've featured any number of posts on beachy waves over the past 4 1/2 years (beachy waves via special blowdryer, beachy waves via double barreled curling iron, beachy waves with a flat iron, or beachy waves via velcro curling strips as quick examples), I never thought that I'd be posting about beachy waves obtained via a crimper. Because really, that's what this thing is.
Read on to see how the speed waver did.
So, as is the case with about 95% of the pics that I take of my hair, I have gotten so excited that I forgot to put on a lippie prior to taking these pics. Note to self, at least swipe on one of the 20 lip glosses found in your pocket at any given time prior to taking a pic for the interwebz. Ignore my pale lips and focus on the fact that about 15 minutes before my hair was stick straight without a wave in sight.
Regardless, let me say that I thought the Speed Waver, which really is essentially a big crimper from the 1980's, did a pretty great job. The design is sturdy, and I really loved that at the end of the plates there is plastic to keep me from burning myself. Simply plug it in and about 30 seconds later it is heated up and ready to go. The heat level can be very easily adjusted with a little dial. I recommend starting with a lower heat level and then working your way up if you find it just isn't working for your hair. This thing can get hot. I sectioned off my hair and started with pretty decent sized chunks of my lower layers, working my way up to the top of my head. I held for a count of 7 before moving on to the next section of hair.
Don't worry about starting right next to the root of your hair or matching things up perfectly as you work your way down a section of hair- imperfection will get you a better result. I held the waver parallel to the floor, but by working with the waver more vertical you could easily add a few Veronica Lake waves to the front of your hair as well. My entire head takes about 10-15 minutes, which I thought was pretty fast given how much hair I have and my inexperience with the waver.
The waves lasted all day for 2 days straight with only a little bit of gel (I used VO5 Perfect Hold Gel since it is so lightweight and not sticky but still offers great hold). The response from my friends was amazing- everyone seemed to love how the waves looked!