Fancy Curls with the KISS Instawave – Review

Easy curly hair with the KISS Instawave

I grew up in a house without curling irons, hair spray, or makeup – most of the time, and I still keep things very simple. Well-defined curls are pretty, though, so I couldn’t resist the chance to review the KISS Instawave automatic curler. My own hair is currently too short to curl beyond what it does on its own, but five-year-old Lily and Eight-year-old Emma were excited to give it a try!

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The Instawave curler was very easy to use – even for people, like me, who don’t use hair appliances much. We stuck with big loose curls, because those take less time, but when we were patient enough to break hair into smaller sections and keep the sections small, we did see smaller curls. I feel like you would need to put something in the curls to keep them set all day long – ours tended to fall out pretty quickly. Hair has to be completely dry to use this curler, so you can’t rely on moisture to lock in the curls. I cut both Emma and Lily’s hair right before we got this to try out, and I feel like it would have been even prettier with longer hair to work with.

We videotaped our curling process. I should note that this curler (like most similar hair appliances) gets very hot – up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that if you use it on children like I did make sure that they understand this. You also want to be sure that and can be trusted to stay relatively still and keep their hands out of the way. My kids spend a lot of time helping out in the kitchen, so this was not a problem for them. The KISS Instawave creates a much prettier and more predictable curl than the pin curls we have played with in the past – and I feel like it is faster to use the curler than to pin hair up – note to mention that you get immediate results!

Do you curl your hair? Or straighten it? What are your favorite hairdo tricks?

Note: I was sent this item to review. All opinions are my own.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

10 thoughts on “Fancy Curls with the KISS Instawave – Review”

  1. How funny, I was just looking into getting this for my sister for Christmas! But I wonder how much faster/easier it would be for someone who is used to curing her hair everyday?

  2. Elisa | blissful E

    Your girls are beautiful. I can see how this iron’s twirling action would help with my dyslexic curling iron incompetence. I too grew up without beauty items, and I wonder what people use to keep their hairstyles in place.

    1. I know my sister-in-law uses hair spray, even on my brother’s hair (when they are, say, taking family photos). One of my sisters makes her own hair spray using an orange – I will see if I can get her recipe.

  3. I recently bought my first curling iron, and I like it and love my hair curly but I haven’t learned to curl the hair on the back of my head yet. I think this curler would be a lot easier for that. Interesting design.

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