Ready for some more of the Hair Curling Arsenal? Then we shall begin.
Now, the lovely folk from Sculpture Pin Curler sent me this for review a wee while back. But, in honesty, I love it so much it has become part of the regular arsenal.
As you know, I work my curls with dry hair and a product. For this particular post, I used mousse on clean hair on a rather hot day and left it for only a few hours to dry. I usually leave my sets over night.
I section off and pin up my hair with an array of clips I have to hand. Apparently the only ones to hand were Union Jack bows. Chic.
After running mousse through, I am ready to roll.
Now. The Sculpture Pin Curler (SPC) and I did not see eye to eye at first. I thought, in truth, that it was a faff and surely using my mascara tube was just as easy?
Non. I have been using this for a few months now, and yesterday tried to use my mascara and it was pap in comparison. Those little comby grips at the end seem to make all the difference when it comes to keep the ends in tight.
And I have only tried barrel curls with this product - or my mascara for that matter - because on trying flat pin curls in the past, I have had varying, crudula, results.
However, I hold out hope that this demon shall soon be exorcised, thanks to this nifty device.
So, I roll & pin. Roll & pin. Roll & pin. I have found, whilst testing this, that I have found an easy rhythm to work in.
The grip at the end does its job perfectly, and any straggly bits I have (due to layers) can be caught and rolled in as I go up the hair.
This is the main, and significant, difference I have discovered against my trusty lash defining tube. I do not have to pull the SPC tight to ensure that the ends stay in, which helps enormously when having to swap hands at any point.
I always roll the top layer first - and always downwards. I then roll the bottom layers up.
I still struggle with the back of my head. As you can see from the long spiral bit up the middle of my bonce. Thankfully, this does not really affect the overall look. And even if it does, I can't see it! So it doesn't exsist. Ha!
I was just around the house for this set - but barrel curls work really well for a headscarf or beret about town too - because they just look like they are meant to be there. Win.
Ah ha! The results. Remember, this was after only a few hours due to the heat of the day, and I have to say I was pretty pleased. Good old mousse. Never lets me darn.
I would usually sleep in these - and because there is no plastic or foam or any of those elements - they are proper comfy to kip in.
I really like the front of my hair when I first take the barrel curls out. I think it looks a little bit Hollywood Monroe. But, they are not this defined all over (which is where that lack of back bonce thought comes back to bite me in the arse) - so I invariably always brush out.
I run my fingers through it first.
And then pull a "OMFG! WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MY CURLS!!" face.
But fret not, you will not have ruined all that effort. I have learnt over the last couple of years, that working a brush through really does ...errr..work. Fer-ewwww!
I have found that, depending on the product you use, the curls really do last with this - at least to leave some shape for the days to come. I am lazy moo at times and cannot be bothered to re-pin minus product, but the SPC works just as well on dry locks.
The other thing I have found this useful for is creating hair styles. The grippy ends of this are magic.
In the boxed set you receive not one, but 2 of these beauts - along with a styling guide with retro illustrations. There is a brief guide of how to set your hair - but I am not sure I would call it a "how to" if you are a beginner. Never fret - the internet and it's plethora of tutorials are at hand.
The Sculpture Pin Curler is duel ended - with one grippy end slightly smaller than the other. I tend to only use the smaller end to give me a tighter core to my curl - but the larger end is just as easy to use.
They are made from durable plastic and I have washed mine in proper hand-hurty hot water
(although not all that recently if you look closely at the one on the left - ack)
Shipping from Australia worldwide, mine arrived to my door in Blighty within a week.
The boxed set retails at $35 + p&p, but there is an unboxed "refill" available for $16 + p&p which is just the one. I am rather pleased by this option, as I do panic about losing mine. It actually never leaves the house. It is my precious.
I really do love this product and can highly recommend it. And no, I am not just saying that because I was sent it. As you know, I am not that kinda gal. It certainly would not have become part of the Arsenal if it was a dud.
Ease of Use: 8/10
Comfort when Sleeping: 10/10
Longevity of Curl: 7/10