And no, it's not a pair of shoes.
Dare I say, it's even better than that?
Life changing, that's what it is. It's a hair product. Not what I usually do at all but this is just a quickie extra blog (last day of school for us today, complete with 8yr old's Autistic catch up which was really positive this time round, so fist bumps all round) as I only bought this yesterday but already I am blown away.
May I present the Babyliss Curl Secret £119.
So I am already a massive Babyliss fan being on my second Big Hair (the first one I had for 4 years - it owed me nothing) and when I say it was life changing, it really was. I could actually get a salon finish on my wire wool hair. Saved me a fortune in blow drys.
It's no surprise then that I've always wanted to try the Secret Curl but it's a pretty steep investment - £119. And really could it possibly work? A machine that sucks your hair in, does something magic to inside the barrel bit and then spits out a perfect curl. Oh and defrizz at the same time. Yeah right. It was just always too big a gamble to take. I had visions of my hair getting stuck in the machine and ending up with inch long hair all over my head.
But last week, when I had my hair cut, my hairdresser had her daughter's with her in her bag of tricks so I asked if I could try it. And what do you know? IT WORKS.
I do think it helps that my hair is shorter, but you can actually just curl from half way down longer hair to get a wavy bottom, so length of hair really isn't an issue. (now I found out. ALL those years I struggled with a curling wand when this would have done the job in half the time and defrizzed at the same time.)
It is genuinely this easy.
I absolutely kid you not.
I went and bought one yesterday. I got mine from John Lewis as they have a total no quibble three year guarantee and if anything does go wrong, they'll just refund immediately. Always my go to retailer for all electrical goods.
So last night, the 10yr old and I had a play. Fifteen minutes later (obviously I was running late...), I had a pretty darn good head of waves. You can set the temperatures at different heats for types of hair and the amount of time for tightness of curls. And it's not difficult. Yes it does take some getting used to but I think you could easily perfect, the longer you practise with it.
It's not perfect perfect but oh my lord, for the first attempt and from a head of total frizz (freshly washed hair that I just blasted with a hairdryer so you could actually see me from space), I was pretty darn chuffed.
I wanted soft waves so as soon as the curl came out, I pulled it through whilst it was still warm (top for soft waves so my lovely hairdresser told me).
What do you think? I was out for a dinner party - cocktails on a Wednesday night. It did seem like a good idea at the time. This morning, not so pretty.... But it was a fab night.