I have a confession to make. Until very recently, I could not wield styling irons to do anything else but straighten my hair.
Home hair styling pros I hear you gasping. I KNOW.
See, I’m quite a pro at the straightening bit. For me, it’s quick and easy to achieve a semi-polished look. Anything further I’ve otherwise left to the professionals. I don’t call myself the lazy-girl beauty queen for nothing.
Then I received a request from a reader, a Nina Proudman fan. Trust me, there are plenty of Nina fans out there.
She wanted to know how to get Nina Proudman’s wavy hair using a flat iron.
This is a valid question so, rather than give up in defeat, I issued myself the challenge to find out just how I could create something similar for my own hair.
First, I turned to YouTube. Oh my, it’s possible to lose a day in there working through video tutorials. And I didn’t really find one that helped with the style I was after.
Next, I turned to my own hairdresser, following my own advice I often dish out here. I say that if in doubt as to how to recreate your salon style at home, do book in a time for a lesson with your hairdresser.
In two minutes she had me sorted with a super easy technique that even I’ve been able to fashion at home into something resembling loose waves.
Before we get into that technique, we need to talk about the prep work.
This is something my hairdresser has also taught me when it comes to hair styling. If you want the look to hold, you have to prep the hair with certain products at the start, not just rely on products to keep it in place at the end.
Here’s what I do:
1. Towel-dry shampoo and conditioned wet hair.
2. Add a hair oil for nourishment.
3. Pack it full of hair mousse.
4. Spray on a thermal protector spray.
5. Blowdry using fingers until fully dry.
6. Reapply thermal protector before starting with the styling iron.
How to create waves
Follow these six steps below. The key is to section out your hair in three levels and then grab big sections of hair within those levels.
You don’t need to be too precise (which I can tell you is good for styling L-plate holders like myself) as this look is not about creating a tight curl. It’s about creating “just got out of bed with Dr Patrick” messy waves.
A bit like painting your own fingernails, it’s a whole lot easier to position your styling iron to do the left hand side of your face than the right but, like giving yourself a manicure, the more you try the more you’ll get the hang of twisting and pulling the irons back in the right direction without feeling like a gumby.
To keep the waves in place and the volume doing its thing, finish with a massage of hair “dust” into the roots and a spray of hairspray around the curls. You want this style to have movement so please spray with care, not crunch.
What I used
I’m a sucker for trialling new stylers because I’m old enough to remember a time without them and I don’t want to return to those deep, dark days of bouffy, frizzy hair.
So when Price Attack asked me to trial the Elkie Creative Styler, I jumped at it, particularly because the price point is at least $100 less than either the steam pod or the eclipse. Investing in a styling iron is just that, an investment. You want to know that you are getting value for money and having an styler option in a lower price bracket that still delivers the goods is particularly appealing, isn’t it?
So, does the Elkie deliver the goods?
I say yes, with the lower price point being a huge plus.
The combination of its ionic technology, ceramic tourmaline plates and advanced microprocessor for even and fast heat distribution ensure that my hair receives the same results as it does using my ghds.
I’ve said before that my hair is not particularly strong or difficult to style so please take that into account when making your own assessment of how these would work with your type of hair.
Also on the plus side for me: the price, the benchtop stand, its ability to set the temperature to suit your hair type, a swivel cord to make strange arm positions possible and a dual voltage for taking with you overseas.
The only downside (and it’s a small one): they do take a few seconds longer than my ghds to heat up.
Like what I’ve always recommended when I’ve posted about other styling irons, I do suggest you book an appointment at a Price Attack salon (they are exclusively available at Price Attack) for a blow dry and iron and request that the Elkie is used on your hair in the styling process.
Use this opportunity to ask if you can use the iron yourself while in the chair (it’s important that it feels right for you to use) and also take note about how the Elkie holds your hair when first styled and in the day or two following. This is the best way for you to decide whether this – or any – salon styling iron is for you.
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