Great Shine & Lasting Waves
So, first off, a nod to Folica customer service: When this curling wand arrived, I found out (the hard way- OUCH) that the heat resistant glove had a hole in the index finger. I called Folica and they sent out a new one immediately!
To the iron itself: I have owned a number of traditional curling irons, most recently two Gold N Hot (a 1.5" and a 2") in the search for beautiful waves. I could never master the wavy look with these and thus retired them to the unused hair tools bin. I also have a BaByliss Nano Titanium conical iron that left me with a smaller curl at the ends of my hair than at the root - weird, right? No matter what technique I tried, neither the clip curling irons or the conical iron gave me the results I wanted.
Then I took a chance on the Sedu Revolution Clipless iron. I got the 38mm (1.5") because I am not looking for curls, just big waves and some volume.
I tried it the day it came in with no heat, curl or hair spray just to see how long they would last. The very first thing I noticed is that the waves were SHINY (something that never happened with other irons, even flat irons). The second is that the waves lasted two days despite sleeping on them. Granted, the fell out a bit, but my hair had a nice bend to it and retained volume.
Since then I've tried the hot heat setting (my hair is coarse but relaxed, so I shy away from the highest heat setting on styling tools) as well and I had waves in a shorter amount of time but they were still quite shiny. I've also tried it with various texture sprays (applied to the roots AFTER the waves are set) and hair sprays.
I won't be using this every day to save my hair from too much heat, but I'm VERY tempted to!
The following section is YMMV, so take what I say as you will:
A quick not about curls vs waves: There are different methods to wrapping your hair around irons in general (either twisted or flat or a combination of both) that will yield you different result. Both the size of the barrel and the size of the section of hair you use will also yield different results. Also, the way you hold the iron (horizontal vs vertical) will give you different looks. What's popular now, "beachy" hair is NOT a curly look, it's a wavy look. Curls have more of a ringlet look (where the hair will curl around to meet itself) whereas wavy hair will fall and not meet itself.
This iron can give you waves in varying sizes, but it's unlikely to give you curls. The reason is that the ends of the hair are left out (you'll be holding the end in your hands - with the glove on, of course, unless you like to live dangerously) instead of having the ends wrapped up against the barrel as with a traditional curling iron. You CAN hold the ends up against the barrel for waves all the way to the ends of your hair, but this iron gets HOT so I recommend you do this in the last few seconds of each section you are waving.
That said, experiment with the times each section of hair is waved and the amount of hair in each section.
More tips: Let the wave completely cool before you do anything with it! And to maintain length, I start wrapping the hair about 1/2 way down the hair instead of closer to the root in the under layers of my hair. (The top layers are wrapped about 1/3 of they way down or even closer to the root to give volume). I also brush out the underneath layers of the hair (again, AFTER the waves have cooled) and finger-comb the top layers. I apply a texurizing spray to the roots after I've done all the waves by taking a rat tail comb to gently lift the top sections of my hair and apply the spray if I'm going for a big, glam look. Other than that, I use a flexible hair spray (I hate crunchy hair) lightly all over then gently scrunch it in (again - AFTER the waves have cooled)
**You Tube has some great tutorials for this iron**
Enjoy your iron!