Slightly late to the party, but I really love the ‘wavy gravy’ trend of hairstyle, you know, those soft, gentle waves that are so popular at the moment. Surprisingly, it’s not a new look, the style has been around since the 90s and it remains one of the most popular hairstyles requested by customers at Hershesons Blow Dry Bar.
This style is very popular with young women, but I think, (am I right?) it can suit older women as well. Sometimes, straight hair can drag our features down, we need a little movement in our hair to ‘lift them’ back up. I’m certainly getting bored with my own (naturally) straight hair and as any sort of ‘curly’ style looks just horrible on me, I thought this soft wavy style would be a good compromise. There is a chance it could be a disaster, but then, I’ve only wasted £25.00 and I can live with that.
Unlike those tousled, ‘sea salt, beach blown’ waves, wavy gravy hair needs to be in great condition. I’m helping my hair along with a combination of my current favourite hair care products (used twice a week, don’t want to over do it). Note, they are all oil based.
- Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
- Nutiva Coconut Oil
- Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment
- Phyto Phytojoba Mask
I did my homework of course and watched loads of You Tube tutorials, the technique didn’t seem that difficult. My only dilemma was to decide on a tong with or without a clamp.
I settled on the BaByliss 2307BU Boutique Soft Waves Hair Styler based on reviews and ease of use as seen in the videos. The tong comes with a heat protective glove, (though I may dig out an old leather glove, as helpfully suggested by reviewers – it would certainly give me more confidence), and a heat protection mat, which is a fabulous idea, as I’ve had the odd ‘melting plastic’ disaster with my GHDs in the past.
The BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves tong has an extra-long barrel for easy styling, ideal for longer length hair. With nano-ceramic 34mm diameter barrel, this hairdressers styler with no clamp means you simply wrap the hair around the barrel to create beautiful loose waves with no kinks.
With a high top temperature of 210°C and Advanced Ceramics™ heating system for ultra-fast 30 second heat-up and heat recovery during use. With 5 temperature settings; 150°C, 165°C, 180°C, 195°C and 210°C, this styler is suitable for all hair types.
The heat mat and heat protective glove will protect surfaces and your fingers during use.
Creates lovely larger than normal curls which is what I was looking for and is great to add volume to your hair. Well worth the price just be careful not to burn yourself. Although you get a protective glove it’s a bit of a pain to keep swapping over hands.
This product is great if you want subtle loose waves. It has adjustable heat settings which is great so you can adjust the temperature depending on your hair type, the heatproof mat and glove also come in handy. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who has hair shorter than shoulder-length as it probably wouldn’t do much at all.
I get big, volumed waves that can be loose or tight depending whether you brush through afterwards. The curls last all day and even into the next day if not brushed through. I also love that it’s so quick and easy to use and you can adjust the temperature and that you also don’t get a kink in your hair… Definitely the best styler I’ve ever had.
This product does work well but only on long hair. <Oh oh! I have varied length layers and it worked well on the longer ones producing a loose wave, but not so well on the short ones leaving only a kink. Would suggest that for those with shorter hair they try the Remmington wand <Argghhh! which is a bit thinner and easier to create curls with. Also make sure you use the glove or you WILL burn your fingers!
I’m not very good with my hair and find it difficult to section but thought I would give these a try. First experience a bit tricky, a glove for one hand that was very slippery, so I used a pair of old leather driving gloves. Results weren’t bad for first time fledgling and I think I can improve with more experience.
Definitely gives more of a salon style look rather than my usual frizz from fine fly-away (that has a natural wave), past shoulder length hair. Would recommend considering the price is reasonable and not a disaster if I don’t use them very often! Would highly suggest using a pair of leather gloves to stop hands from being burnt.
These are amazing – they make really nice loose curls, but not so loose that you can’t notice, they are more ‘big’ than loose, I would say. This is perfect for my long hair because I find that having small tight curls can look a bit odd and I prefer a more natural look. I must stress that these DO work though – before buying I read reviews saying ‘natural’, ‘loose’ and worried that the curler wouldn’t really do anything, but it really does!
I deliberated whether to buy this as I thought that it may be just another one of those electrical appliances that ends up in the loft because it doesn’t work. <Aherm! But I was wrong. This product is good, especially considering the price.
The thing is, it’s quite tricky (well, it was for me), to get the hang of it. In fairness, I’ve only used it twice, but each time my hair ‘kinked’ and shot out at a funny angle. Although the main reason I abandoned it was that, even though I used a generous amount of Kerastase Nectar Thermique before blow drying, my hair felt crispy and crunchy after use.
I haven’t given up though and this week I bought (as ‘hair insurance’), a bottle of TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray, L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Constructor and a can of Kérastase Resistance Volumifique Mousse – to keep the waves in. Overkill, you say? Well, yeah.
BaByliss 2307BU Boutique Soft Waves Hair Styler £24.95 John Lewis
UPDATE: 4th April 2015
No, I just couldn’t get to grips with this (non) styler. I do think it is me and not the product though. My waves were more kinky than wavy, and I just couldn’t do the back of my head at all.
I’m still very keen on this style – although, has everyone now moved on to the long, lop sided bob? Anyway, I went old skool, and bought BaByliss 2287BU Pro Curl 210 Styling Hair Tongs. £18.49 Boots
Obviously, because of the price, this is not a heavy-duty curling tong. There are lots of complaints on the review section on the Boots website that say it’s rubbish for medium to thick hair and I can see the reviewers’ point. The barrel is very short, a mere 4 inches of ‘usable’ tong, but of course this is perfect for medium length, fine hair.
There are also a couple of niggles about the positioning of the control settings, again this is a fair point. I agree that it would be easy for your ring and little fingers to hit the buttons by accident, just something to be aware of.
However, it does have a couple of great things going for it. The clamp is robust and, being on the cheap side, there are two ugly screws holding it place. But they can be tightened! It’s so annoying when the clamp part on eyelash curlers, tweezers and tongs weaken and don’t shut properly, they become unusable, so this is a huge bonus.
The other good thing about this basic tong is that there are 4 heat settings:
- 165° – The one I always use. It gives just enough of a ‘dropped curl’ effect to make it look like a wave.
- Good old 180°
- Evil, hair crisping 195°
- Hairfrytastic 210° – Don’t even go there!
All in all, a very decent, budget hair tool.