Toni & Guy | The Jumbo Tong | £20.00* | Link
When I was asked to take part in Toni & Guy's 'What's Your Hair Personality?' challenge, I jumped at the chance. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I have an obsession for anything hair related. Every blogger has a 'thing', don't they? Whether it be skin care, nail polish or an ever-growing lip balm collection at the bottom of their handbags. Mine is most certainly anything to do with the ol' barnet! Toni & Guy do a fabulous selection of products and hot tools, all matched to certain hair personality's and types. There are 4 core collections - 'Classic', 'Casual', 'Creative' and 'Glamorous' - something to suit every preference. I had a little browse through but there was one collection that caught my eye straight away - 'Glamour'. I'm always curling my hair (it's naturally straight) and I'm a big fan of volume - the bigger the better. You'll never catch me getting ready for a night out without a few rollers delicately perched on my head! Enter the Toni & Guy 'Jumbo Tong' - meant for creating lots of volume, glamorous waves and sleek loose curls.
The large barrel (38mm to be precise) is perfect for creating waves and large, loose curls in the hair. A lot of curling tongs and wands on the market tend to give that 'ringlet' look - but this one adds just the right amount of curl without looking over-done, and provides the hair with a lot of movement and texture in an instant. To create the look above, I simply took one inch sections and wrapped them around the barrel for a few seconds before releasing. I then 'perfected' the look after I'd gone around my whole head and re-curled some of the bits that looked a little bit flat - sometimes taking slightly smaller sections of hair to get a variety of slightly tighter curls and loose waves. The movement and texture that is achieved is simply stunning - very similar to the look I'd get when using heated rollers or when I have 'second day curls' - very undone, a little tousled and with a lot of body in the mid-sections. The curls do drop throughout the day, so if you're the type who likes your hair to stay put I'd recommend using a good hairspray, but I was left with lovely, loose looking waves - very beachy and bed-heady. I will say that the tongs work much better on 'second day hair' - I achieved a more defined wave when my hair wasn't freshly washed but I guess that's the case with the majority of heated tools.
The Jumbo Tong is extremely easy and straight forward to use. You simply choose the heat setting depending on your hair type/thickness via the dial on the body of the tong (I use a medium heat) and in a minute or so you're pretty much ready to get styling! If you have hair that tends to struggle to hold a curl, you might need to have a play around with the dial to find a setting that works for you, but It's very quick to use and a complete doddle to get around your whole head in a matter of minutes - leaving you with perfectly 'undone' looking hair to rival the likes of Cheryl Cole. The best part is the price; for just £20, the Jumbo Tong is amazingly affordable and is the perfect companion for voluminous, natural looking movement. You can find them on the Toni & Guy website here and also in lots of high-street stores.
Have you tried the Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong? Which 'Hair Personality' do you reckon you'd be?