So I get a lot of questions constantly about what tools I use to achieve the loose, voluminous curls I style on a regular basis. My hair is very long, and since it has a natural wave to it, I prefer to recreate the “Victoria’s Secret bombshell” hair as often as I can. It gives my fine hair some major body, and it also makes me feel like I’m having a good hair day. My absolute favorite tool for creating this look is the Hot Tools Rainbow Gold Curling Irons. Let’s back up…I’ve been a huge fan of Hot Tools for many years now. I’ve gone through so many curling irons throughout the years that either don’t hold my curls or end up breaking on me, and when I finally invested in a Hot Tools curling iron, it saved the day. I still have my original Hot Tools curling iron to this day, and it works just as amazing as the day I bought it years ago. It’s also one of the few brands that actually cooperates with my hair to hold a super long-lasting curl. I can easily wear my curls for two days with one of these curling irons. I’ve got my full review and some tips inside,
The Rainbow Gold Curling Irons come in 1″ and 1 1/4″ sizes. The 1″ is a bit smaller, whereas the 1 1/4″ inch has a larger, thicker barrel for looser curls. There is also a tapered wand now that I have seen in stores with the Rainbow Gold barrel like these ones have.
The one I use the most is the 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron (shown above). Since my hair is really long, I find that it gives my hair really nice relaxed, loose curls. The barrel on these irons is extremely cool looking. They glow a bright rainbow color and have a multi-chrome effect that changes depending on which way you hold it and look at it. In terms of packaging and how the product looks, it’s absolutely gorgeous. These are definitely eye-catching, and would be a great gift to give to a family member or friend who loves beauty items.
The heat on these curling irons goes all the way up to 430 degrees, which is best suited for really coarse or thick hair. I usually keep my temperature in the middle range, around 350 degrees or so. It heats up very fast, in a matter of sixty seconds or less.
The clamp on these irons is really sturdy. That is very important to me because I cannot tell you the number of curling irons I’ve had that had cheap clamps on them. These also come with additional clamps in a little bag, just in case. I’ve had another Hot Tools iron for years, though, and I’ve never had to replace the clamp on it yet.
Another awesome feature is the tip of the curling irons staying cool so you can actually touch them. The 1 1/4″ curling iron has a nice large area at the tip where you can place your fingers while holding the curl. No one likes to burn their fingers while they are curling their hair! I love that the surface area at the tip is actually large enough that you’ll never have to burn your hands while styling your hair.
For size measures, you can see the thickness of the 1 1/4″ barrel above. This is a great size for those of you with very long hair or those of you who just want very loose, relaxed curls or waves in your hair. I also own the 1″ barrel of this curling iron, and it’s just as amazing. I use it for when I want tighter, more defined curls.
HOW I ACHIEVE THIS LOOK:
- I part my hair down the middle (you can part your hair however you’d like), and separate my hair into two equal parts on either side of my head.
- Starting from the back, I take 1/2 inch to 1 inch sections, and curl my hair using the 1 1/4″ curling iron. I alternate between curling toward my face and away from my face.
- When I get to my “bangs,” which are well past my chin and very grown out, I always curl away from my face. This gives you that Victoria’s Secret bombshell effect where you get the Farrah Fawcett wave going away from your face.
- Wait for all your curls to cool and use your fingers to lightly loosen up your curls. Spray your hair with hairspray to lock the waves in.
If you want to tease your hair around the roots for extra volume, you can. I use a volumizing product when my hair is still wet so that when I blow dry it, it comes out with major volume. The trick is to loosen the curls up just enough so they don’t look super neat.
The end result is long hair that still looks long, but has a really loose, relaxed curl to it. If you’re looking to add volume to your hair, this is a GREAT way to style your hair, too. I’ve got fine hair (though a lot of hair, it is fine), and this makes my hair look va-va-VOOM! I can easily wear these curls for two days straight thanks to Hot Tools.
When it comes to the Hot Tools Rainbow Gold Curling Irons, I’m a believer!
The Hot Tools Rainbow Gold Curling Irons are available at Ulta stores nationwide. The 1″ curling iron retails for $49.99 USD, and the 1 1/4″ curling iron retails for $53.99 USD. You can browse and purchase these online at Ulta’s website. You can also check out the specifications of the product on the Hot Tools website.
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