GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong (Review & Tutorial)

GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong review

My GHD straighteners have never done me wrong.  They’ve been with me through thick and thin; I first purchased them in my heavy-partying uni days, when my hair length was down to my elbows.  A haircut to a short bob, then lob later, I’m now growing my hair just-a-bit longer and my GHD’s have been here every step of way.

Straight hair is my go-to during the week, then I make a little more effort with some curls at the weekend.  But I started to grow tired of the GHD curls I’d mastered with a straightener.  I was hunkering after that cool curl/wave which is so seriously trendy right now.  Picking up a number of cheap (around or under £30) curlers I eventually found they just weren’t cutting it.  But, my GHD’s straighteners had never let me down…

Queue my lightbulb moment to go with the GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong out of sheer brand loyalty.

GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong: What you need to know

GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong review

  • 32mm barrel
    If you’re looking for soft, beachy waves then you’re probably attracted to the GHD Soft Curl tong because of it’s barrel size.  It’s slightly thicker than a usual curl tong in order to achieve a looser curl/wave.
  • Temperature
    What’s not usual with these tongs is the heat setting; the GHD Soft Curl tong goes up to 185 degrees and no higher.  Many other tongs push past 200, or allow you to choose a heat setting.  It’s 185 or nothing with the GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong, which GHD says is the optimum styling temperature and will protect your hair from heat.  But this also means you’ll need to choose hair products wisely for prep and finishing.  (More on that in a bit.)
  • Spring activated lever
    A lever in the way might put some off these tongs, but I quite often leave the lever open when styling – you’ll see in the video.)
  • Quick to heat
    Just like my GHD straighteners, the soft curl tong takes no time at all to heat up and is ready to go in under a minute!  What’s rather smart too is the ‘sleep mode’ – if you don’t use these GHD tongs for 30 minutes then they’re turn off automatically.

Prep & Finish

Prepping your hair to use GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong

As I mentioned, it’s important which products to use to prep and finish your hair when using the GHD Soft Curl Tong.  When I first starting using the tongs I grew disheartened that my curl wasn’t lasting long.  Then when I discovered the heat was only 185 degrees (I say only as if 185 degrees is a heat to be laughed at; warning, it is not) and understood why.

This heat is perfectly fine for some hair types and the curl will have staying power. For me and my thick hair, which can usually take the heat (and hotter) I need extra help, namely from a few products.

On freshly washed hair, I spray and comb in Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.  This really smooths my hair that is prone to dryness, it’s a primer too which is the first step in keeping the style locked in.

After styling I lightly spray Aussie’s Shine & Hold Hairspray then leave to set for at least 10 minutes.  After my hair has cooled, I go in with the Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion Spray – again, a godsend for thick, dry hair that needs gloss and not texturising, and then I scrunch in some TIGI Bedhead Manipulator.

How to use GHD Soft Curl Tong

How to use GHD Soft Curl Tong video

I’ve seen a number of a ways you can use the GHD Soft Curl Tong, which is good for versatility.  But, for this tutorial I’ll focus on how I’ve been using it recently:

  1. After combing in a hair primer, I curl by section due to my hair’s thickness.  Whilst this wouldn’t be compulsory for thinner hair, it’ll create a ‘layered’ look.
  2. I’m not too regimental in sizing up the strands of hair I curl, as you’ll see in the video at the bottom of this post, I usually take strands that 2-3cm long.
  3. I curl each strand away from my face and point the tongs vertically down the best I can.
  4. I hold the curl a little longer  (up to 10 seconds) in my hair than GHD advise to (5-7 seconds), because of my thicker hair and to achieve a more defined curl which has less chance of falling out!
  5. When I first started using this tong the curls would drop out fairly soon after I’d brushed my hair.  So, after a few tries I now leave my curls to ‘set’ for around 10 minutes, before going in with my fingers to gently brush them out.
  6. I then use extra ‘holding’ products to make sure the curl is ‘locked in’.

GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong results

GHD Soft Curl Tong results

GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong results

GHD Soft Curl Tong results

Video

Although it’s taken me a while to get to grips with these tongs, it’s taught me how versatile they could be.  I’ve seen other blog posts and video tutorials to use these tongs in a different way completely, so I have a lot of different tips and tricks to try.  (Something I’m looking forward to!)

Check out my video on the GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong below and let me know if you’ve tried it yet in the comments section!

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The Best Hairdryer for Frizzy Hair

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On the search for the best hairdryer for frizzy hair, frizzy girls will know too well the laborious task of simply getting their hair straight and smooth.  I’ve thrown my fair share of cold stares at the girl that *can just shower and leave her hair to dry naturally*.  The silkiness almost kills me.

Annoyingly then, it wasn’t until the age of 27 I discovered hairdryers could actually be my friend, instead of my enemy.  Meaning, they weren’t just made for the girl who doesn’t need it (i.e. the type of girl I just described above).

No, there is a hairdryer out there that’ll smooth my hair so it won’t need further styling.  A hairdryer that doesn’t turn my hair into a giant puff ball.  And no, this hairdryer isn’t a Dyson.

Best Hairdryer for Frizzy Hair

Alright enough with the intro’s, I read an article or two a few years ago about Parlux. An Italian brand I’d never heard that made supposedly the best hairdryers.  (This was before Dyson exploded onto the scene.  Note: I like Dyson, I just can’t afford one.)

I soon noticed my hairdresser using a Parlux on my hair and my decision was made.  After all, she was the first hairdresser that managed to blow dry my hair and not smooth things over with a straightener after.

Parlux 3500 Compact

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I’ll admit, I’m not clued up on the difference between Parlux models.  But comparing models with the useful Parlux compare chart, this is one of the lightest models out there. My wrists are thankful!  Being both ceramic and ionic is perfect for frizz-prone hair too.  But what does that mean?  Swatting up on a little science here, the ceramic and negative ions blows out heat without drying out hair and leaves a silky like texture.

There are three different heat settings but what surprised me the most is the medium setting.  I can happily dry my hair on a medium heat, yes medium, with no frizz and in a reasonably quick time too.  Something that hadn’t been possible before, which means less heat on my hair!

The highest heat setting is quite hot though, hotter than most other hairdryers I’ve tried.   So I usually reserve this for when I want my hair extra smooth.  (Although I’m making more excuses to turn the heat on full whack recently…)

Products I’m Using

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Of course, the silky like feeling after just blow drying my hair is helped with additional products.  I try to avoid sulphates and silicones in my hair care, as this can exacerbate frizz (as explained in my video here – my first YouTube video!)

I’d read that the Aveda Damage Control spray was a good heat defence that doesn’t contain any silicones.  The John Frieda Anti-Frizz primer was also a surprise for me, this is a brand I usually avoid because it’s hell for my dry scalp.  (Not to mention my frizz prone hair!)  I received it in a Birchbox last year and checked the ingredients list.  There are no silicones and I’ve been using it ever since.

I Love Parlux

Having my Parlux hairdryer for over a year now, it’s become so much of a necessity for me I’ve begun to consider taking it on holidays with me.  Even to the hotel rooms that already include a hairdryer.

Ranging between £70-£80, I would have considered this pricey for a hairdryer a long time ago.  But having it now and seeing the difference it makes, it’s worth every penny.

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Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I was dying to get my hands on any Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner, keeping them on my wishlist for a long time.

I had read so many reviews about Living Proof being the holy grail for SLS and silicone free haircare but I resisted buying them.  At around £20 a pop for each bottle (£40 collectively), again it was only the price holding me back.

Luckily for me then, the brand arrived at Birchbox.  So I saved up my Birchbox points like any good Birchbox subscriber would and bought some testers.

Here’s my review on them:

Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner

Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I was unsure at first what range to go for; I have typically thick, frizzy hair but since going SLS/Silicone free my hair can be more flat.

The Full range, although being targeted to thin hair, promised more volume.  I always welcome more volume so I gave the Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner a shot first.

On first impressions, the shampoo was hard to lather, but this wasn’t out the ordinary for an SLS free shampoo.

After a few washes, I didn’t see any clear difference, or ‘revelation’ from using this range.  In fact I felt the build up between washes was actually worse than the shampoo and conditioner I was using before.  (I was using a SLS/silicone free shampoo & conditioner previously and build up wasn’t a problem.)

I concluded I must have opted for the wrong range, so I went back to the Birchbox site and made another order.  This time for the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner Review

As the name suggests, the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner is targeted towards dry hair that’s prone to frizz.  I thought this range had to be right for me; I have thick hair that can be dry naturally.  (However it’s less dry since I stopped using SLS and sulphates.)

This range certainly began as more calming for my dry hair, but the build up between washes was still a big problem.

I’d wash and style my hair, which would be good for a day, before my hair became greasy, limp and just in need of another wash.

As I mentioned before I was already using SLS/silicone free shampoo and conditioner before, so this wasn’t down to just making the change.

I tried using more shampoo, less conditioner, no styling cream and really rinsing my hair after washing, yet still the same effect.

It wasn’t until I moaned to my hairdresser about ‘flat, greasy’ hair that I realised it must be the shampoo.  She took one look before confirming ‘that’s build up, change your shampoo.’

Conclusion

Needless to say, I was left disappointed after using both the Full and No Frizz Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner.

After reading several reviews claiming this brand as the best for SLS/silicone free hair products I was expecting better things.  I don’t think it’s the case of Living Proof being too hyped up, thus me expecting a moon on a stick either.

I’ve now returned back to my Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner with a renewed appreciation (despite loving it in the first place anyway) and a little reassured in the fact it’ll cost me half the price.

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