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The Greatest Hair Tool

Phoebe's hero hair tool might become your hero hair tool. If you buy one thing today, make it this

11.12.2019 | Phoebe McDowell

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I don’t do my hair every day. In fact, I hardly do my hair any day. Is it poker straight like Rachel Green’s? No. Is it as wondrously waved as Julia Roberts’? Certainly not. Is it full but always a bit frothy? Well yes, I suppose it is. Ok, so a hair dryer, and a modicum of commitment to any kind of at-home blow dry would help. Problem is: I can’t be bothered. Oh, and I love (no really, I LOVE) going to the hairdressers for a blow dry. God forbid I hone my skills to such an extent that I make my favourite stylist redundant (it’s Martha at Hershesons, if you’re asking). Sometimes however, she’s not available (I know!), so when an occasion dictates presence/ polish, I enlist ghd’s Curve Curl Tong.

The first time you use it, you will, like me, flap about whether to point it up or down, or whether hair should be wrapped over or under. It's all a bit Ann Widdecombe on Celebrity Big Brother, grappling hopelessly with a pair of straighteners (more on that here). That said, there’s no right way to use it, or if there is, there doesn’t need to be.

"While make-up may fall off around you, your hair will maintain absurd effortless perfection, like that of someone perpetually about to attend a posh do."

How to use? Twist, clamp, hold, repeat. Yes, I am aware that reads like a slogan on a naff Tee, or the kind maxim an aggressive gym would have on a light board, but there we are. When you’ve tonged every section (every 3cm or so), spray with hairspray and run a brush through. Not gingerly either. Brush and brush and brush. You’ll be amazed at how separate strands mesh together in perfect undulations, as if they had a master plan called Meander. 

It gives the kind of waves that are elusive outside of the hairdressers, because for as long as bouncy, prom-like curls have fallen out of favour, it’s crucial that they’re neither taut, nor too tidy. To quash any frizz at the roots, clamp your hair under the tong part and use it like a straightening iron (having to fish out, plug in and plug out two different tools in a morning? Pah!)


While makeup may fall off around you, your hair will maintain absurd, effortless perfection, like that of someone perpetually about to attend a posh do. And it’ll look healthy too, because this somehow, manages to supply shine. Though that's not all that surprising - technology in tools these days extends way beyond coaxing a curl. Especially at ghd. And, dare I say, it lasts longer than a blow dry, too. There's a discernible wave for as many days as I manage not to wash my hair after, which is to say I'm still - remotely - chuffed on day five. 

ghd curve® soft curl tong, £129