This product was given to me by Brand Backer and KISS InstaWave to review. All opinions are my own.
I grew up when there was only one type of curling iron , big hair perms were “in”, and everyone wore shoulder pads to balance out their hair. Yes, yes, I’m that old. Anyway, fast forward some 20+ years… perms and shoulder pads are “out”, but curling irons are still “in” with modern updates.
The KISS InstaWave is a new type of curling iron with lots of bells and whistles. It’s a fully automatic tangle-free curler that will create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button! Now you can have beautiful salon style curls without being a pro.
I must admit, that when I first took the revolutionary KISS InstaWave out of the box, my initial thought was, “What the heck am I supposed to do with this?!”. I wasn’t sure if it was a weapon or a curling iron. I mean, it had the bones of a regular curling iron, but it also had these strange protruding prongs around the bottom of the barrel. Intimidating to say the least.
First thing I did was to thoroughly read the owner’s manual. There were a few things that are worth noting:
- Ensure hair is clean and completely dry before using this curling iron
- The entire diamond ceramic barrel (top to bottom) will get EXTREMELY hot in a few seconds, even on the low setting
- The red indicator light will turn blue when the iron is ready to use
- Low/high temperature setting (maximum temperature of 420 degrees)
- Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions
- Must hold the barrel vertically when curling hair
- 90 minute auto shutoff technology
After plugging in the KISS InstaWave, it started to make a humming noise, which according to the manufacturer is normal and will happen when the iron is heating up. There is also a red light that indicates the iron is heating and will turn blue within a few seconds to indicate the iron is ready to use. Seriously, I couldn’t believe how quickly this iron heated up…it really was ready in a few seconds.
Once the iron was heated, I prepped my daughter’s hair with some heat protectant and brushed out her hair. As you can see, she has very thick and frizzy hair.
Since my daughter’s hair is very long and THICK, I found it best to start curling her hair half way down the length to get all of her hair onto the barrel and manually move the iron towards her head. This was the best way for me to fit all of her hair onto the barrel. I probably could have started closer to her head and just moved the iron vertically down too. After a short learning curve, I had almost half of my daughter’s hair fully curled. It was fairly easy and it actually smoothed out her frizzy hair.
AMAZING…right?! Look at those curls. I made each of these curls in a few seconds using the low setting. I didn’t even need to use any hair spray and these held their shape. My daughter’s hair was still curly the next day!After trying out the curler on my daughter’s hair, I decided to be brave and use it on my hair. My hair is straight and not as thick as my daughter’s hair and it curled just fine.
Using either hand, I was able to use the curl dial to easily make curls that twisted to the left or right. However, I did have a few difficulties using it on my own hair:
- The shorter length hair near my face was difficult to curl because I couldn’t get the barrel close enough to my head for the iron to get a good grasp on my hair
- Difficult to keep the iron vertical and curl the hair in the back
- Gets a little heavy in the hand (this weighs more than a regular iron)
So what’s my verdict on the KISS InstaWave? There is a learning curve, but it’s just like any other new product that you try. You’ll have to play around with it a few times before you get the hang of it. Overall, the iron does exactly what it claims to do…make instant curls.
I think a lot of young girls would love to have this in their beauty kit and this would make a great gift for any fashionista. If you would like to try the KISS InstaWave for yourself, you can pick one up here.