I use lots of different methods to create my vintage inspired hair styles. From heated rollers and curling tongs to pin curls and wet roller sets. I really enjoy experimenting with different tools to create that perfect vintage look. When I was recently invited to have my hair styled using Curlformers, I couldn’t wait to see how they worked.

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I’d seen lots of videos and demonstrations online of these easy to use curlers, that appear to do all the hard work for you. My hair was styled at Taylor Taylor, a lovely hair salon on Portobello Road. Not only was I treated to hair styling, but also a lovely glass of bubbly and a manicure. It was definitely a much needed pamper session!

curlformers-1My hair is always quite tricky to curl, as there is just so much of it! It usually takes me around an hour to curl it. Anything that speeds up the process or makes it simpler is always good in my eyes! The idea behind Curlformers, is that they do the hard work for you. All you have to do is take a section of hair, and use the handy tool to pull the hair through the Curlformer. This then coils itself us and you just leave it to work its magic. You can then just pull off the Curlformer, leaving you with even, perfectly formed curls.

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The Curlformers can be left in overnight or used with a dryer. Because they are made of mesh it is really easy to dry damp hair while it is inside the Curlformer.

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Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Obviously I was having my hair done by a stylist, so it was really quick to get all my hair in. My hair was slightly dampened and sprayed with a little product and the curls went in, in no time. After ten minutes sitting under a hood dryer, they were ready to come out and the results were great. Even the next day after the curls had fallen a bit, my hair still had loads of volume and looked great.

Having given them a go at home on my own, they are definitely very easy to use. I got my whole head done in about 30 minutes, if you have less hair then me it would take a lot less time. I also think, as I get used to using them it will speed up a bit.

I would definitely recommend these, as a really easy was to create curls. They come in several different sizes, so suit your requirements.I’m planning to do a tutorial posts on using these very soon and also talking about brushing out the curls into a sleek vintage look.

See the full range of  products on the Curlformers website.

For most classic vintage looks curls are an essential. Look to any old hollywood style siren and you will see various glamorous curls. I have very long hair so it’s often very hard to curl, I usually wear it wavy or straight and give it a vintage look with a pincurl, victory rolls or quiff at the front.

I was recently sent these John Frieda curling tongs to try.

Here’s what they say…

“Following the launch of their first ever range of high performance hair appliances in 2011, the John Frieda® hair care professionals have used their expertise to deliver two new salon inspired styling tools.

Defining style and breaking boundaries for over 20 years, the experts at John Frieda® know that frizz is a major concern for their clients. With this in mind the John Frieda® electrical haircare range has a super strength ionic system specifically designed to control frizz. It works by releasing a stream of ions to surround and condition each individual strand of hair, neutralising static and beautifully smoothing the outer layer of the hair cuticle. Glamorous, flawless, salon-quality hair at home has never been easier.

For perfectly formed curls, the John Frieda Defined Curls Styling Tong is your secret weapon. With advanced ionic technology to tame frizz and 11 digital heat settings up to a maximum temperature of 205°C, the 19mm titanium-ceramic barrel easily creates soft, defined glossy curls.”

I was very impressed with these tongs I needed the extra temperature to get through my long thick hair, and I found I could achieve pretty good results. The tongs heated up to the full 205°C in under 30 seconds so I was ready to get styling straight away. I have used them a few times to achieve a soft curled style and although time consuming with so much hair I was very happy with the results. The style lasted well with the help of a little hairspray. If I had shorter hair I am sure I could achieve a variety of styles with these.

They retail at £30 which I think is about right given the quality. They have a very long wire so it is easy to get comfortable and move around while curling. There is also a heat proof mat included to prevent any scorched furniture.

I will definitely be using these again especially when my hairs a little shorter and I can achieve a bit more with them.

I’d reccomend these as they are very hot and quick to use.