It’s been so long since I used heat on my hair, that now that I do I am obsessed with finding the best curling wand for my longer hair. When I say my longer hair, I of course mean my hair extensions, who are certainly taking the brunt of all this heat styling. The reason I’ve been curling my hair more is because it helps to blend my hair extensions in better and make them look more natural. With this comes heat damage and split ends are the bane of my life, so if anyone has any suggestions for a good heat protection spray for dry hair then please let me know! My Redken Iron Shape 11 Heat Protection Spray is starting to run our and I’m afraid it’s a little too pricey for my very shallow pockets right now!
Back to the Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Styling Wand anyway, I was kindly sent this for review and after using the Enrapture Totem Styler for the past few weeks and seeing how much that damaged my hair (despite great curling results), I was really excited to give something a little gently in appearance a whirl.
The Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Styling Wand comes in at a really affordable price of around £35 from your local retailer which sells such things (Like Argos, Superdrug, Boots etc). Apparently REAL diamonds are infused within the ceramic barrel of the curler, for making it super hard and therefore giving you a sleeker curl (yeah, I’m pulling the same face you are right now too). The even heat distribution along the barrel in theory means that your hair is in contact with the heat for less time and therefore doesn’t cause quite as much damage as other curlers may do. Heating up to a whopping 210°C, normal hair types really don’t need to crank it up to 5 to get the full effect of the curling wand.
At the end of the day any heat styling tools on your hair are going to damage it, no matter what the technology behind it.
But apart from my apprehensions over heat styling, do I like the Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Styling Wand? Yeah I do. It is really quick and easy to do you hair in the mornings before work. The barrel is the perfect size for either creating either small curls or bouncy waves and you can easily do that by wrapping either more or less hair around it. Although with the technology in the barrel I would have expected a slightly shinier finish, this could be due to the heat defence products I currently use. For a wavy, festival hair style it’s perfect and takes a few minutes to do with the aid of some salt spray on your hair, as per the images below. I find the curls do last for 2-3 days after the initial heat styling so that’s always a bonus too.
The only thing I would change is that there is no heat protection matt in the box, which means it can be rather dangerous/awkward when you’re waiting for the unit to cool or want to pop it down between getting sections of your hair.
But over a versatile heat styling tool for a reasonable price.