Playing around with the Kiss Instawave

*Products in this post were provided for review by Kiss Products as part of the Brandbacker program. Views and opinions about the product are of my own experiences*

Do you like curling your hair?

I don’t.

The reason? It is such a painful and long process. So when I saw the opportunity on BrandBacker, I JUMPED on the application to try out the Kiss Products Instawave.

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The goods arrived on my doorstep, and I rushed to immediately try it out!

So a mini unboxing…

Kiss Products Instawave
It seems a little big, but it isn’t heavy. In fact, due to the ease of use (I mean come on, it is fully automatic!), you don’t really notice the size.

Kiss Products Instawave
It has two settings, where the HIGH setting is approximately 420 degrees. It also has a dial to direct the curler left or right. With the slightest touch, you can control the direction.

Kiss Products Instawave
The barrel is a little short, so if you have SUPER long hair, you won’t get curls from root to tip. That is, unless you decide to work out two sections for each curl. I also found, that at the very least, you need hair that is long enough to wind around the entire barrel once. Otherwise it can really grip anything, and it cannot curl (tried on Mom’s hair OTL).

Kiss Products Instawave
The inner, taller prong, is the one that helps to keep the strands in place.


This was my first go at the Instawave. I sectioned the side of my head, and I believe I split that up into 4 separate sections. The time to section (just what you see in the picture) and curl took about 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES! That, for me is REALLY unheard of. I mean I am usually struggling to try and get the curler or flat iron to work its magic on my hair. But this? Super easy.

In my excitement, I forgot to use a heat protector spray. Which I would really suggest, as even on the low setting it is quite hot! Oh, on that note, it warms up quite fast (just wait for the indicator light to turn blue), meaning you don’t have to let it sit for awhile, grab a coffee…and ultimately forget about it (like I have done a few too many times -___-). Even if you did, there is a safety feature where it automatically shuts off in 90 minutes! Would have been nice if it was maybe 60, or 45 minutes, as I doubt it would take anyone that long to curl their hair, but still a good feature.


A little walk through video, if you aren’t interested in reading. There are days I rather not read as well :P

So, lets see this baby in action. Skip ahead to 3:26, for demo. The beginning part is just explaining what I already mentioned in the pictures.

Hold InstaWave vertically
Simply place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod
Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair
Hold for 5-10 seconds (I hold for 8), hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves
Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out

Kiss Products Instawave
Oh lovely curls, how art thou?

So to recap the features (I also added my comments in brackets)

KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls (I think my pictures prove they are a beaut!)
Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand (This makes it easier to do both sides of the head, and back of the head…even if you are a total hair newb like me)
Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions (Very easy to switch between the two)
Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes (Bonus)
2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420° (Quite hot, and I don’t need to use it at the highest setting)

One thing to note, is that there is a bit of a whine when you are using the product (and when it is not rotating). Apparently it is the motor, and does not pose any issue. Just means it is working.

So, would I recommend you check it out?
Heck ya. As mentioned in the video, I pretty much use this every other day since I have received it. It prolongs my wash, and makes me feel glamourous.

If you are in the US, you can find it In the US for $59.99 at Ulta & Amazon.com

In Canada, you can find it at Walmart for $69.99 Walmart Canada. Don’t forget to use ebates when buying :)

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Do you have a automatic curler? Or have I tempted you with the Kiss Instawave??

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