Something I’ve been absolutely dying to get my hands on is the BaByliss CurlSecret. This (admittedly terrifying-looking) styling tool allows you to create beautiful curls and waves in minutes, with barely any effort whatsoever. Not only will you look fabulous, you barely have to lift a finger. Perfect!
BaByliss do some variations of the CurlSecret – their Pro version allows you to make waves in different directions, whereas the regular version only curls one way. This wasn’t a particularly big deal to me, so I opted for the cheaper (I’m doing frantic air quotes here) machine, priced at around £120. Eek.
CurlSecret works by sucking your hair into the barrel in a spiral shape. It holds it there for a few seconds, heating the hair, and when released makes a perfect curl. It has variable heat and timer settings so you can mix up your look, and the built in timer lets you know when your curls are ready. It is seriously easy and totally effective.
Get the Look
Before using my CurlSecret, I like to have washed, brushed and straightened my hair, so that it’s easy to work with. Spritz with a heat protection spray and section your hair.
Select a section of hair you wish to curl. Because the machine whizzes the hair into the barrel in a coil, you can’t do huge chunks of your hair at a time – helpfully, the machine stops and beeps if you’ve tried to curl too much hair. You want to select a section around this size:
Place the hair between the two plates of the barrel. If you want a tight curl from the root, place the wand higher; for a lower, beach-y wave, go halfway down your head to only curl the ends.
Squeeze the handle of the CurlSecret. The motor starts and sucks the hair totally into the barrel, and it begins to beep.
After 4 beeps, and 3 quick beeps, the hair is ready – simply release the barrel and gently release the hair to reveal your gorgeous curls!
My only qualm with the CurlSecret is that your hair can look a little Big Fat Gypsy Wedding-ish once it’s done; perfectly spiralled curls are a little bit school disco circa 1999.
To combat this, I wait until the curls have cooled down, then spray with some salt texture spray – here, I’ve used Kerastase Spray A Porter – and brush through with a paddle brush. The curls retain their shape, but look more natural and more like a wave than a rigid twist.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
I have to say: I love this! It is possibly the easiest way to curl your hair ever. The curls last all day, and if you spritz with some long-lasting hairspray, you can sleep on them without them dropping out. That’s some long lasting beauty!
However, with positives come negatives. Not being able to curl bigger sections of hair at once can mean it’s a bit time consuming. Only being able to curl one way with the regular CurlSecret can result in prom-style hair if you’re not careful – alternating curl direction makes a much more natural effect.
What about short hair?
Here, you’ve seen the CurlSecret work beautifully on my hair. I’m actually wearing the Dirty Looks HQ Quad Weft extensions (review here), so they’re perfectly safe to use on clip-ins (not synthetics).
My hair naturally falls to my shoulders in a bob. I used it to curl my shorter hair and loved the dramatic, pin-up curl result: the CurlSecret really is for everyone!
To be honest, I love this, and really do think it’s worth the price tag for the speed and ease. Get yours now for beautiful beachy waves this summer!