I was recently given the opportunity to test out UniCurler*, a hair bandana that helps you achieve heat free curls. As I like to keep my hair as healthy as possible, I was intrigued by the idea. It also looked like it required minimum effort on my behalf, which is something I always welcome. Here are my thoughts:
1) EASE OF USE
The full set of instructions for using the UniCurler can be found here but to put it simply, you place the bandana around your head and wrap your hair around it, before leaving it for a recommended time of 7+ hours.
Why not just use a headband? Firstly, the UniCurler has velcro around its sides, making sure that your hair doesn't slip during the time that it's on. This is especially useful if you'll be using it overnight, as you tend to move around in your sleep. Furthermore, the bandana is also padded which not only makes it comfortable to sleep on, but also ensures the uniformity of your curls.
However, the downside to the velcro is that if you get stuck wrapping your hair around the bandana, it's very hard to correct. I had to pull my hair a couple of times when I went wrong, which can't be good for breakage.
The UniCurler is certainly good in the sense that it only takes 5 minutes to put on. However, it does require forward planning because you can't just decide to have curly hair right there and then, which makes it slightly impractical in that sense.
Furthermore, it is recommended to be used straight after blow drying your hair. This meant that I had to figure out when I would wash my hair and be able to stay in for my curls to set, which makes it impossible to use on most days as I am out of the house. It would be easier if you could use it without blow drying your hair, but I'm not sure the same results would be achieved.
Finally, seven hours is a long time to wait, but this is understandable for heatless curls.
Initially, I was very disappointed. My hair came out crazy and one side looked more curled than the other. However, after playing around and twisting my hair a bit (like recommended), I was very pleased with my curls, which like I'd just had a wavy blow dry.
My curls also had a really nice 'bounce' and volume to it but unfortunately, even after hair spray, they fell out in an hour or so. This was just from being at home, so I can't imagine it lasting five minutes if I was outside in the wind! Perhaps I need a stronger hairspray?
4) OVERALL IMPRESSION
Overall, I'd say that the UniCurler is incredibly easy to use, but I find the concept slightly impractical. After this, I aim to try it on second day hair so if that works, I'd probably be a little more impressed (I'll post what I think on Twitter). In the future, I still think I'll be sticking to my curling wand. However, if I have time on my hands, fancy giving my hair a break or having more voluminous curls, I'll be opting for the UniCurler.
What are your thoughts? Have you used anything like this before?
DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored. Items marked (*) are gifted, bought with vouchers or have been sent. All opinions are honest and my own.