Friday, December 5, 2014

KISS Wave Revealed and Reviewed



I was super excited when KISS Hair Appliances invited me to review their new product, the KISS InstaWave! I am so terrible with curling irons that I threw my last one away over 4 years ago and have never replaced it. This item is supposed to create curls quickly and easily, so I couldn't wait to try it out! 



About KISS InstaWave:





This fully automatic, tangle-free curler creates lovely curls with extreme ease. Not only do you no longer need to book an appointment at the salon or struggle with regular curling irons to achieve beautiful curls for a range of looks. 

The single button that activates the automatic curler makes it easy to handle this appliance with one hand. Additionally, the dual direction button makes alternating curls for the most natural and on trend look a breeze. The 2 settings for heat, with a maximum temperature of 420 degrees, offers flexibility to you for creating your ideal curls.

The device automatically turns off after 90 minutes, which is a helpful way to ease your mind if you ran out the door so quickly you can't remember if you turned it off. 

Finally, the InstaWave's ceramic barrel is infused with diamond particles to assist its durability and conductivity. 

Before diving into my review of the KISS InstaWave, let's first look at how it actually works:



My Thoughts on KISS InstaWave:

The look that I was able to achieve for this video was actually my first time using this automatic curler. I have to admit that I got quite frustrated a few times, and had to pull out my instruction guide to make sure I was doing it right! The instructions provide a helpful guide for selecting low or high heat as well as how long to curl your hair for various desired effects. However, there's a part of me that feels like using this tool ought to be a bit more intuitive; it makes curls quite easily once you figure out how to use it!


Here before and after photos of my later, more practiced use of the KISS InstaWave:

Before

After ~ 20 minutes to achieve this look

What I love about KISS InstaWave is that it is very quick and easy to use. I also really like that the product is heavy enough that the cord doesn't pull it off my vanity. Plus, the curling clips create a sturdy heat-free surface so you can put down your KISS InstaWave without fear of it falling over or burning your bathroom counter-top. All of those traumatic 1990s experiences with curling irons can be put behind me!

What I don't love about KISS InstaWave is the constant, high pitched sound it emanates while plugged in. (Yes, the manufacturer is aware of this noise, but apparently it has no impact on the item's functionality.) I also don't love the learning curve for this tool; I'm pretty sure that it'll take me using this item at least 5-6 times before I feel like its 'no big deal' to pull this out to do my hair for the day.

Despite these qualities that I don't love, I'm extremely impressed with the overall quality of this tool. It is easy to handle with one hand. It eliminates all of those scary moments I had with curling irons earlier in my life - trying to fiddle with the kickstand, hoping the cord didn't pull it off the vanity and onto my feet, and that really annoying clip that was necessary to put your hair into just right.

You can find the KISS InstaWave on Amazon (affiliate link) for approximately $60.  For those of us on a budget who love curls and want a new hair tool, this is worth the splurge!

Verdict: Yay!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Brandbacker and made possible by KISS InstaWave. Products were provided in exchange for my time in assessing their quality and writing an honest review about them. All product information is gleaned from the manufacturer's product description.  All opinions are my own based on my experiences with the product.  All photos are my own.