“ Brand: Argos / Type: Curling Tong „
My hair is looking a little flat and boring at the moment. I destroyed the ends of it with a terrible hair dye (wait for that review!) and had to have 4 inches chopped off the length in an emergency rescue by my mum. So it's just below shoulders and styleless! I was going on a rare 'mums night out' and bought these hoping they'd make my hair a little nicer.
I am absolutely useless when it comes to styling my own hair. I've previously tried to curl it with tongs and it hasn't worked very well and dropped straight away. I had planned to plait my hair while damp, then when it had dried it would be wavy and then I would curl a few sections. Well, it didn't dry fast enough so I ended up drying it as usual and attempting the daunting task of curling it all! It went surprisingly well.
I left them to heat up for 10 minutes, took one piece of hair about a couple of centimeters thick, clamped it at the bottom of the tongs at the top of where I wanted the curl, then wrapped the hair round the tongs with the tips of hair ending at the top where the 'cool tip' is. I held it for 10 seconds, loosened the clamp and gently slid my hair off, keeping it in the curled loop and clipped it up with a hair clip before moving on to the next section .Once all hair was curled and cool I undid the clips and loosened the curls. Clipping the curls until they cool down makes the curl stay in longer - according to youtube!
After finishing, my curls looked great. It was much easier than I thought at the beginning and didn't take too long. I did burn my hands a few times but I think this was due to user error rather than the tongs. Heat up time was fine, they can be heating up while drying your hair and the cord is a decent length so you don't have to be sat on top of the socket.
They did the job I wanted them to, much better than I thought, for the princely sum of £3.78. Amazing value. The curls lasted for the night out, and held for the whole of the next day until I washed my hair the following night. I'd used shockwaves mousse on my hair before drying it and spritzed with a little loreal hair spray which would have contributed to the hold also.
All in all I'm extremely impressed with these and will be using often.
I bought these curlers at Christmas, as I'd wanted a pair for a while. I would normally never have thought that curling tongs this cheap could be decent, but I was recommended them by a colleague so I decided to give them a try.
Price wise, these were a miniscule £3.73 so although I wasn't expecting miracles, I also didn't mind giving them a go at that price!
I used the Argos online reservation system to reserve these curlers, which was extremely quick and easy to do. You don't have to pay online, you pay on collection, so if you change your mind about your purchase then you simply don't go and collect it from the store.
After reserving online I went to collect the curlers from my local Argos, which was equally as simply and easy. I had a reservation number so I just typed it into one of their payment machines and paid for my order, before collecting it from a collection point.
The curlers came in a really basic box, and contained just the curlers and a small instruction leaflet. The actual curlers are comprised of the black handle area which has an on/off switch on it and the silver barrel. The barrel has a clip on it which you clip the hair to, before wrapping it round the barrel and creating a curl.
They look very basic (which is of course what I expected) and have a basic functionality of a simple on/off button.
When plugging them in they take about ten minutes to heat up. Once heated you can begin the curling process, each curl takes about a minute to do. I was really happy with the curls I created with these tongs, and they were just as good as more expensive models I have used in the past. The barrel is the right width to create a good size of curl and the curls 'set' really well, they don't just fall out straight away.
Over all I am chuffed I bought these, as they saved me a lot of money and they work perfectly.
The only small complaint I can think of it that they are very easier to burn hands on, as they are extremely hot, but don't have much of an area on them which is safe to touch. The black handle bit is ok but the black bit on the end and the clip section get extremely hot (like probably as hot as the barrel itself. However as long as I am careful these are a great product! Highly, highly recommended if you want some basic, useful curlers!
~ Argos Curling Tong ~
I have owned these tongs for longer than I care to remember, I think it is eight years or maybe a little longer since I first bought these so as you can imagine in this time they have been used a fair few times.
I originally bought them to bulk out my hairdressing kit bag when I started college and thought that at the cheap price which was under £3 back then they were a bargain not to be missed.
They are tongs from the Argos Value Range and are quite basic with no fancy heat variable settings unless you count going from cold to hot when they are first switched on!
They do have two different heat settings although they feel the same to me, I just see them as hot and a little bit hotter!
The look is very simple, just a black handle with the silver metal tong part and the silver metal lever. They feel sturdy whilst in use and not at all flimsy for the cheap price tag.
The barrel of the tong measures in at 19mm so they are quite a chunky tong. These definitely work better on longer hair where you want a nice wave rather than a tight curl.
Using these tongs is a very simple process, you section the hair off, I section off into four sections for ease. To do this I take a tail comb and run it down the center of the head from the front hairline down to the nape of the neck, I then section across ways from ear to ear. I pin the sections up, just keeping one down to work with, I then section each section off again as I work through the hair, which results in nice even waves over the whole head.
I plug the tongs in and set them to heat option 2, when they are on you will see a red indicator light just above the switch. Once they feel too hot to touch I know they are ready. I then open up the arm and proceed to wrap the hair around the tong, starting at the root and winding the hair around, when finished I let the arm back down to clamp the hair in place, I then use a little hair spray, let it set then release the hair, which then comes out in a nice wave.
On shorter hair they can be used to add volume, to do this I wind the hair from tip to root and release quite quickly, this then makes ' a bump ' in the hair which helps with the volume.
These will also help create flicks in hair and will easily recreate the Farrah Fawcett look!
If you have hair any shorter than shoulder length and want tight curls these tongs are not what you need. You will need a tong with a much smaller barrel, anything from an 8mm to 13mm would be more suited to this.
These tongs can be purchased in Argos stores or online at www.argos.co.uk and cost a bargain £3.79.
They have lasted well despite being used many many times, so I would recommend these to anyone who wants a large barreled tong.
Thanks for reading :o) x
=== The product ===
Curling tongs to help you create curls & waves in your hair.
=== How to use this ===
Plug it in (1.75m swivel cord) and then you can use the little clip near the base to stand this up while it's heating up so none of your surfaces are damaged. I also stand this on a heat proof mat I have to ensure that no damage occurs and this means I don't have to worry if I forget to return back to the tongs immediately. I usually heat them up for a few minutes while using a heat protection spray or mousse on my hair and this is ideal as it means the tongs are thoroughly heated before I begin use. There is a 'hi' and 'lo' setting on these which can be selected by pressing up or down on a sliding button.
Once the tongs are ready, and your hair, it's very simple just to wrap the hair around the stainless steel barrel and clip the end in place with the lever so the curl stays wrapped around and gets a full heat blast. The cord is long enough that I can wrap my hair around it fully and not need to be a contortionist to do so! Once I have held the curl in place for around 10-15 seconds I then uncurl it and leave it to cool naturally before using my fingers to gentle tousle the curls.
This is very simple to use and it has a cool tip so I can, hopefully, ensure that I don't burn my head while using this. I have managed to catch my ears on one or two occasions and as I use it on 'hi' (170 degrees) it hurt just a tad..!! However, that wasn't a design fault and was just my own stupidity that caused it to happen.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
These tongs can be purchased in store, ordered online for in store collection or ordered online at www.Argos.co.uk for home delivery (charges may apply) and they cost just £3.79 (August 2011).
=== Overall opinion ===
Now let me start by saying that I own a pair of GHD straighteners but I wanted something I could take on holiday & not have to worry about them getting lost, damaged or stolen. These were perfect because of the ridiculously low price.
These tongs are not too bad to look at. They are black with a stainless steel barrel. There is a button to be press down to open and close the lever that holds your hair in place.
I use a curling product when I use this, normally something that is applied to wet hair before it is blow dried and I believe that this helps to ensure that my curls are kept in good condition, look shiny & are long lasting. Whether it does or not is anybodies guess! This can be used on wet hair but I don't do this because I believe that it damages hair even more than standard heat styling on dry hair.
I have found these tongs to be easy to use and they were ideal for taking on holiday with me. These tongs also came in handy again on my hen night as there were lots of ladies all wanting to style their hair at the same time so we used these and my GHD straighteners at the same time so we could get two ladies ready at the same time.
These do the job just as good as any other tongs and providing I use the right products before, during and after use I can have wonderful curls that last all day, sometimes even until the next day depending on the conditions.
Why The Purchase? ~ 'As Straight As A Die'
And why did I go so cheap? Stating the obvious I know but I needed curling tongs for occasions where I want to have, umm, curls in my hair! :D My hair is totally straight therefore, I can either perm my hair or tong. I decided on the latter as it is far less expensive and I only want the curls for special occasions. As I do not use curling tongs for everyday use, I feel that a cheaper purchase would be far more prudent!
The Product ~ 'Heat Wave'
The Argos Value Range Hair Curling Tong has a black handle, stainless steel barrel, with a black thumb sized touch button that is used to press and release the lever. This button has a slight indentation for a more ergonomically design. I have chosen to stop the product description here as I felt it would be better to incorporate the design features within my usage experience; this will show how the components assist me in styling my hair.
Usage Experience ~ 'Wash And Go'
1) Before I begin the styling process, I always wash my hair with a shampoo that furnishes a shine quality. I feel that this type of shampoo adds to the final healthy and vibrant looking effect. I do not use hair conditioner as often as I should, but when proposing to use the tongs, I make the extra effort. I ensure that the conditioner I use on these occasions, have the same shine components as the shampoo I'm using. Additionally, both shampoo and conditioner have elements that are specifically intended to boost the curling effects and afford extra hold. On the infrequent occasion I've used the tong on greasy unwashed hair, the effects are appalling; lank curls with under an hour's limit of retention!
2) After I've shampooed and conditioned my hair, I proceed to carefully detangle my wet hair using a wide-tooth comb I purchased from Avon. After gently towel-drying my hair I then blow-dry my hair using my equally cheap hair dryer! Although the tong can also be used on wet hair, I find the product produces far more bouncy curls when used on recently dried hair.
3) I heat up the tong between five and six minutes. The tong has a power on indicator that shines a bright red when connected to a power source. There are two heat settings on the neat 'Lo' and 'Hi' slatted slide control button. I always set it on maximum heat due to my rebellious hair! One of the brilliant features of this practical tool is the stainless steel base clip that prevents the heated barrel coming into contact with surfaces. It clips away easily for storage and supplies a sturdy steady safety device when pushed forward. As the heating up is in process, I find it wise to use an Avon Advance Techniques Protect it Heat Protection Styler prior to applying the heated tong. The styler spray helps to protect my hair from styling damage. By using the time the tong is heating up to its maximum temperature of 170°C., affords time for using the spray and allowing it to dry through a little.
4) I open the curling tong by carefully pushing my thumb down on the digit button, ensuring my fingers never come into contact with the stainless steel 19mm barrel. The1.75m swivel cord allows me easy usage in extending my arm to reach my hair.
5) Using my free hand, I take around half an inch strand of my hair and clip the tong at the top part of my hair, closest to the root. I have medium length fairly fine hair, and the barrel width feels perfect for my hair's length and consistency.
6) I gently and, even more importantly, gradually slide the tong iron down to the tips of my hair, ensuring that I stop at this point to avoid the gadget sliding off my hair. The smooth design of the iron makes sliding the tong down very easy.
7) I then proceed to very gently curl my hair by curving the tong towards my face; this gives me the inward curls that I find easier to fluff out in the hap hazard style I prefer on completion. I continue to roll up the strand of hair until I reach the top part of my hair as close as I can get to the roots. This is where extreme caution needs to be taken. The iron remains plugged in throughout the styling process, which means it is very hot the whole time. If I do not curl my hair with a slight angle away from my face and scalp and perform the task slowly, it is very easy to scald myself; which I have done on more than one occasion! I find that holding the wand in this final position for ten to fifteen seconds, furnishes me with a fairly tight curl. I do not actually want tight curls, but my hair is stubborn, so by initially having tighter curls, by the time I'm ready to leave, my hair relaxes enough to give a more natural look.
8) The next step is much easier. Although still performed at a slower pace, less care needs to be taken. I simply gradually uncurl my hair as I twist the smooth handle to roll the hair loose from the shiny wand. I then apply medium pressure on the wand's handle, which feels secure without being uncomfortable to use. The handle opens with a slight springy feel and my hair falls from the tong without catching. At this point, I generally like to grip the finished curl up and out of the way, using a large plastic clip. These types of clip avoid leaving a dent in my hair but affords a secure attachment; by doing this, I find it leaves the hair undisturbed to cool down and helps to make the curlicue last longer.
9) I simple repeat this process (4 to 8) until my hair has been completely tonged. I never use a combing device on my hair at this point. I find by leaning over to allow my hair to fall completely forwards, gently and softly tousling my hair with my fingers, furnishes me with large bouncy curls. I finish off by spraying my hair at no shorter distance those five inches, with a hair fragrance. The whole curling process takes me around thirty minutes as I like to take my time positioning the tong.
Effects ~ 'Curl Up'
The manufacturers recommend this product for all hair types. I haven't used this device on anyone's hair but my own. Of course, this means I can only comment on my own personal findings with regard to my own hair type. Therefore, for my hair that is completely straight and does not respond well to gel/spray styling products, this tool is an absolute delight. Using the techniques as noted above, I am left with airy, billowy and springy large curls. The style last well for around a couple of hours before dropping to a less buoyant appearance, but nonetheless, stylish. By the end of the evening, as long as I my hair haven't come into contact with rain or wind, the curls are still noticeable. It is not the fault of the tong if my hair reacts in this way; it is to do with the hair's flexibility and adaptability. The results for me are absolutely fine. The tong changes my hair into a completely different chosen style for the duration of an evening out...job done!
Do I recommend? ~ 'Toe Curling'...no, just the for the hair!
Most certainly. For occasional usage these have proven to be durable and very effective. Argoose those at the current price of £3.79! There are many varied and more elaborate curling tongs on the market, but for me and my usage requirements, they're a perfect tool. Please note that The Argos Value Range Hair Curling Tong comes under the product number of 442/4871. The current selling price of £3.79 is valid until 20/01/2012 as guaranteed by Argos.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
My sister purchased these at the request of my 12 year old daughter instead of buying her a chocolate easter egg! Given the price of many easter eggs, it seemed a fair "swap"! I have naturally curly hair, but my daughter takes more after her dad, and whilst her hair is very thick like mine, it is medium waved rather than curly, although it is long like mine, reaching approximately to her waist.
At 12 she is coming to the age now where she likes to experiment a little bit with her hair and clothes and makeup, and in all honesty I don't see the harm in it for the odd occasion. Although she did make the effort to get up extra early to curl her hair about 4 times the first week she owned these, the allure of curly hair did (as I suspected it might), lose out to the temptation of an extra half an hour in bed instead over time, and now she only really uses these on weekends or if she has a "special occasion" to go to such as a party or a disco!
At a price of £3.74 (only available in Argos stores), I honestly think that these are a fantastic first curling tong set, or even backup set for emergency tong failure situations or travelling! They are, as would be expected for something this price, not the most feature-packed and highly innovated tongs; one major difference between this set and other pricier sets I have seen is their maximum temperature setting, which is 170C. This setting (the highest of 2 on this particular tong set), has worked really well on my daughter's hair, but I do feel that if you have slightly coarser or more stubborn hair then this set may not be totally ideal for you. Whilst my daughter's hair is long and thick, it is made up of loads and loads of fairly fine hair (according to my hairdresser!), rather than coarser hair, so whilst these work for her it is something worth bearing in mind if you are considering purchasing these tongs.
I was quite surprised about the lasting power of the curls given by this set given their relatively low temperature setting; a few times my daughter did her hair before school between 6.30am and 7am, and when she arrived home at 4pm her hair was still pretty much as curly as when she had left in the morning. This was without any mousse or other "holding agents" on her hair too, so if you added this to the styling routine I am confident the curls would last all day, althought this is obviously weather dependent!
Using these tongs is very easy, so much so that my daughter is able to use them to style her hair herself, and has yet to have any minor burn related incidents when using them, either to herself or furniture/furnishings! This is aided by a small metal "leg" which props the tongs up when you want to put them down, so that they are not in direct contact with the surface you sit them on, rather held a few cms above it by the metal leg. When you first plug the tongs in, a small red light comes on to indicate that the tongs are heating up. This goes out when the set temperature is achieved. I have noticed that these do take a little longer to heat up than some fancier models, about 5-10minutes, but in all honesty those few minutes extra waiting time don't really worry me too much.
Another nice feature of this set is the swivel cord, which means that the cord moves with you rather than you having to be aware of which way you are twisting the cord as you try to reach different areas of your hair. The one minor complaint I would have about the design of these tongs is that the cable which connects the tongs to the plug is pretty short, around 1.5m, so you do have to stand very close to a socket or get an extension cable out when you want to use these! In all honesty I think many adults would find the cable a bit short to do their hair comfortably unless they were sitting down. This is a shame really as it really lets the functionality of this set down, and I am sure another metre or so of cable wouldn't have added a huge amount to the production costs!
There is a traditional style "clip" to the barrel of the tongs, which enables you by pressing a lever on the handle to raise the clip, to secure the end of your hair between the clip and barrel before twirling the rest of the selected strand of hair around the tongs. There is a "cool touch" tip on the end of the tong, made from black slightly rubbery plastic, which enables you to aid the "twirling" process with your free hand without fear of burning! This is a great feature in my opinion, as I remember all too well my younger days of hair straighteners and the like where the cheaper models didn't always have this, and the temptation was always there to help the process along with your free hand forgetting the end of the straightener/tong would be hot! >.<
The barrel on these tongs is among the medium to large widths of those I have seen available, and as such gives a fairly loose curl of the style you would get by using large rollers, rather than a tight spiral curl, although you could if you wanted to wind your hair around the clip section rather than the barrel itself to create a different look. The barrel is plenty long enough to accommodate my daughter's long hair so I think would suit just about anyone on that front!
Unlike some expensive curling tongs, these don't make any claims about any kind of ionic/bionic/magical properties to stop hair drying out from heat styling, but to get around this minor thing we have just purchased a "heat protect" product for my daughter to use before using these. She is only using them fairly infrequently to be fair, but I haven't noticed any damange to her hair so am not at all concerned that the tongs are detrimental to her hair when used in conjunction with a protective product, although we haven't used these without such so I can't comment on what they are like if you choose to use them on untreated/protected hair. To be quite honest though, I have owned fairly expensive straighteners in the past (similar to me, after all its all heat styling!) which claimed to protect hair but always found they still dried my hair out, so I don't honestly have a lot of faith in any claims which state that a heat styling tool won't dry your hair to some extent; I always think it best to use a protective product as well, regardless of what the tool manufacturers may say!
Overall, for the money these tongs are a fantastic buy. They don't really compete with the very expensive sets out there, but they do hold their own against many middle priced sets I have seen. They have been reliable even with a relatively clumsy "tween" (dumping them on the floor to be stepped on and the like) caring for them, so I can't really fault their durability! It is just a shame about the short cord as it is for this reason alone really I am deducting one star to give this product 4 stars.
Thanks for reading :)