I have long mastered the art of the GHD curl and can do my entire head in under half an hour which, without tooting my own horn too much, is no mean feat considering the amount of hair on my head! However, I constantly find that, no matter how much hairspray I use, the GHDcurls just don't withstand the test of time. There is very little hold in them, probably due to the straightness of my hair and this peeves me!
So, needless to say, I was intrigued when conical curling wands suddenly started appearing in YouTube videos with the promise by their users that the curls are quick, easy and, most importantly, hold for a significant amount of time. My sisters Aisling and Ciara very nicely agreed to buy me a curling wand for my 21st birthday and, I chose the Babyliss Pro Conical Wand.
What You Get
In the box (which I no longer have), you get a few bits and pieces including the wand (obviously!), a roll-up heat resistant mat, some instruction booklets (which I also no longer have and didn't read!) and two hilarious three-fingered gloves to protect against burns (which I don't use-well hard, me.)!
|What You Get: Heat Resistant Mat, Three-Fingered Gloves, Conical Wand|
The Babyliss Pro Conical Wand has a ceramic coated barrel that ranges in diameter from 13mm at the tip to 25mm at the hilt. It has 4 digital temperature settings and the highest it goes to is 200 Celsius. As a wee comparison, the standard GHD straightener heats up to 210 Celsius and you have no choice but, to use it at that temperature. The Babyliss wand also has a heat resistant tip so you don't have to put your fingers near the hot barrel when holding the curl in place.
|L: Babyliss Pro Conical Wand Temperature Settings R: GHD On/Off Switch|
The reason why I didn't read any of the instruction booklets is because I think everyone has their own techniques when it comes to curling, and even straightening, hair. For instance, if I straighten my hair with a GHD, I don't use a brush or a comb during the process which I know a lot of people do.
|Farrah Fawcett- The Ultimate Curls!|
The technique I use, for the most part, with the Babyliss wand is to hold the barrel horizontal to my head and wrap the hair around it. I then turn the wand upside down so that the curls just fall off, giving a really nice cascade effect. However, when curling the hair at the front, I hold the wand upright and roll the hair away from my face, giving a mini Farrah Fawcett effect.
I do find that curling my hair with the Babyliss is a lot more awkward and cumbersome than I find the GHD. I get confused, looking in the mirror, at which way to roll the hair around the wand and it can be quite tricky to get the hair to stay put at the widest part of the wand, near the handle. However, I remember when I first started curling my hair with a GHD that I also found that really difficult to master but, it has since become like second nature to me and I can do it without a mirror so, with any luck, the Babyliss will also become easy!
Apologies for not doing more than one strand of hair with each appliance. I have an awful cold/laryngitis and look like death warmed up so, this will have to suffice I am afraid! As you can probably tell, the Babyliss curl is a lot more uniform, soft and romantic in comparison to the GHD curl which is quite wild and unruly.
I don't have a preference as to which one I prefer and I tend to use both the conical wand and the GHD when curling my hair as I like huge hair with a lot of texture. If you prefer your hair to look tidy and all the curls the same, I would definitely advise that you avoid the GHD curls and opt for using a conical wand.
Price-wise, the Babyliss Pro Conical Wand is the more recession-friendly option, coming in from Argos at €33.49. The GHD, on the otherhand, retails for around €145 (although Millies.ie have it for €113). However, the GHD is a multi-purpose product in that, once you know how, you can curl, wave and straighten hair with it whereas, you can only curl your hair with the conical wand.
|L: GHD curls for lunch in The Merrion Hotel, R: Babyliss Conical Wand Curls for 21st Birthday Dinner|
The Babyliss Pro Conical Wand is a great piece of equipment for anyone who like curling their hair to have. It gives a totally different effect than a traditional curling iron and is a lot more tame than GHD curls. It's hard to comment on which is the easier of the curls to achieve as I have not had the same amount of time to get used to my curling wand as I have my GHD. If you're stuck deciding, the price should sway it for you with the Babyliss wand coming in almost 5 times cheaper than the GHD. If you have a GHD or similar and are wanting a conical wand, I also would urge you to pick up the Babyliss Pro as it is cheap as chips for a reputable brand .