Considering that my hair is one of my favourite features, it’s a sad but true fact that I’m awful at actually doing anything with it. My cackhanded-ness, combined with the fact that there is just so much of it, mean more often than not I tend to wear it down (I mean, you try getting all of this hair into a bun – it becomes so massive that I genuinely worry that things are doing to start orbiting around it). Because of this, any styling tool that I use has to be straightforward and provide pretty results quickly so that I can get to work on time. The latest tool in my collection is the Mark Hill Wicked Waver*, which promises ‘effortlessly tousled curls in seconds’.
I’ve been a big fan of Mark Hill for years now, and so knew I was in good hands when choosing a new product. What appealed to me about the Wicked Waver was the innovative ‘bubble’ style of the barrell, which guarantees that no two curls are ever the same. I’m really not a fan of uniform, ringlet-style curls and so the promise of slightly messy, relaxed waves sounded perfect to me. So, how did I find it?
My first impressions were obviously that the Wicked Waver is really pretty to look at. I think this used to be called the Bad Girl Glam Wicked Waver, which had the trademark Mark Hill animal-print design. Obviously I’m never hating on animal print (and my leopard print Mark Hill hairdryer is one of my favourite. Things. Ever.) but this new version’s slightly more grown-up look adds a really professional edge.
The wand itself is easy to use, with a simple on/off switch and maneuverable cord so you can’t get tangled up. It also comes with 2 half-hand protective gloves for when you’re wrapping hair around the wand, which is so useful considering the barrel reaches a salon-hot 200 degrees.
When it comes to curling your hair with the Wicked Waver, there are so many different options that you can play with. Wrapping small small sections of hair around the thinner parts of the wand will create tight, chopstick curls, while focusing on the wider parts of the barrel will give you a larger, looser curl. Mixing and matching creates a relaxed, beachy look.
Overall I love the results of the wand, and also love how I managed to do all of my hair in around 10 minutes. The ceramic coating on the wand leaves hair feeling smooth, while the hot temperatures mean that the curl holds really well. When it came to going to bed, I twisted my hair and wrapped it into a bit of a messy bun overnight, and in the morning my waves were all still in place.
The Mark Hill Wicked Waver retails for £29.99, which I think is great for such a high-quality product, and it can be bought for even less from Boots (£24.99).
Have any of you tried this, or any of Mark Hill’s other products? Let me know in the comments!