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I Tried the NuMe Classic Curling Wand Pearl on My Hair and This Is What Happened

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I've made my stance on trying strange-looking curling wands very clear. But try telling my friend and editor Jihan Forbes that, because she is always coming to me with irons that are exactly that: strange. This time around, it was the NuMe Classic Curling Wand Pearl, which has a rod made up of orbs. It made me feel uncomfortable for two reasons. First: the way it looks. The rod looks like a stiff stack of anal beads, or maybe the hair tool version of the Elder Wand from Harry Potter. Wait, does that mean the Elder Wand looks like a stiff stack of anal beads? I cannot unsee this...

I digress. The second reason I was a bit uncomfortable is that I had no idea how to use it. If I’m being completely honest, I had to try this wand out three times to get it right. I wasn’t sure if I should aim to wrap my hair around the balls, or keep my hair in the crevices between the balls. I also wasn’t sure what kind of curls this would even produce. I called on hairstylist Chuck Bass, who has clients across New York City and Boston, to tell me more about it. “This wand can grip hair well thanks to the orbs,” says Bass, “It creates perfect waves with lots of texture and volume.”

Once I actually went to try it, I found that my hair naturally fell into the crevices. I parted my hair into six sections, then took even smaller sections to wrap around the iron. I left about two inches of my ends off the iron. Once I released my hair, I was left with super tight curls. After about an hour of styling, my hair was humongous with medium-sized curls that were not all uniform. I felt like Shirley Temple — if Shirley Temple had medium coarse, jet black hair. I immediately ran my hands through my curls to loosen them up. I ended up with what reminds me of beach hair: curls randomly dispersed throughout my lengths and a lot of texture. I felt like a mermaid, all thanks to this wand.

At the end of it all, I found out that this iron is perfect for faking beach waves. I would never have guessed that with its, um, unusual shape.

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