KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler Review, Photos

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Who doesn't love a good gimmick? I'm always curious, but they often fall short of their claims. The KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler* ($69.96 CAD) is one of the latest products in hair curling technology. Does this "As Seen on TV" curler actually work? And does it work well? Read on...

The InstaWave's "gimmick" is that it automatically curls your hair when you touch the button. You aim the curler towards the section of hair you want to curl, and touch the "Curl Dial"  left or right as your hair wraps around the wand. This mechanism shouldn't cause tangles and KISS claims it's "easy to use, from any angle, with any hand." After the section of hair is wrapped around the barrel, hold it for 5-10 seconds, depending on how tight you want your curls (less for beachy, longer for tighter).

The spokes on the wand in the above photo are what your hair wraps around, as it moves in towards the barrel. I actually didn't have any issues with my hair tangling, and I found it pretty fun! I find it works best with smaller sections of hair (maybe about an inch across) to achieve the best curls.

The InstaWave has a high and a low heat setting with a maximum temperature of 420°F. It automatically shuts off after 90 minutes, which is excellent so you don't accidentally set your bathroom on fire.

What's a curler review without a demonstration? Here are some pics of the process:

Selecting a portion of hair

Pressing the directional button to "wind up" the hair. (My eyes were in mid-blink, hence the caption.)
Almost completely wound up.
Leaving for 10-15 seconds.
And loosening...

Julie has a great video if you need a better demo!

I found the InstaWave easy to use after some practice. I don't have a lot of experience curling my hair on my own, so the automatic part was helpful once I got the hang of it. I find the InstaWave is better for looser, lower curls but I'm not 100% sure if that's due to my very fine hair or not. I like the look a lot, so it's not a big deal for me, but something worth knowing if you want tighter curls -- you may not achieve them with this product.

I also found the InstaWave performed best for me when it was at max temperature -- lower heat (and when it has just heated up on high) didn't do much at all for my hair, but at max I can achieve what you see in the above photo.

Here's the finished look (and recycled photo from my Moon Cats scarf review):

It doesn't take too long for me to get a full set of curls -- maybe 10-15 minutes (keeping in mind I'm an amateur!) I really love the finished look, and my future  event look planning is definitely incorporating the InstaWave. One tip KISS mentioned (which I totally forgot about until writing this review) is to switch between curling left and right for more natural curls.

I'm surprisingly pleased with the KISS InstaWave. I can't tell you if it's better than a cheaper, standard curler, but I find it convenient and effective and it gives me results I really like.

Ametican folks can buy the KISS InstaWave here. It's $10 cheaper (not factoring in the exchange) regular price -- lucky you!

What do you think of the InstaWave? What "As Seen on TV" products have you bought that have actually delivered?

*I received this product for review from BrandBacker. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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