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A Giveaway - Enrapture Totem Hair Styler

I found myself watching far too much Gossip Girl for my own good last time Jim went to India (this may still be going on. It might be a slightly unhealthy addiction.) Which lead to me wanting both the casually curled hair like Serena's and the perfect curls of Blair. Now my hair will do neither, left to its own devices is a thick, frizzy mess - crazy and huge and unruly. It requires a lot of GHDing to tame but that only makes it straight, and try as I might, I cannot master curling it with them.


So, I bought a conical styling wand from ebay for £5, and it was great but I just couldn't make it work on my hair. The curls dropped out in minutes, even with hairspray, and I burnt my hands ALL THE TIME.
And then I heard, through twitter, about the Totem Styler, and after a bit of Googling, I managed to find one at a massively bargainous price and after one night of curling and twirling, I fell in love. I am not sure how it differs to the conical wand (which incidentally seems to work on my friends finer hair) but the clippy bit at the bottom means that I rarely have to hold the hair in place – no burning, and being able to set the temperature differently seems to give me better results. I have found the best thing to do to have long lasting, loose curling is to do a hotter setting (3-2-3) a few hours before I want to go out and then by the time I go out they’ve dropped a bit and look exactly how I want them and stay in for longer than I’d expected them to. If I’m in a rush, setting it to a 1-2-1 gives me the same look but lasts way less time. Either way. It’s a 10 minutes job and I am done! I do have some time to go to get them perfect though.
Sorry for the cheesy, rubbish pic - i hate taking photo's of me!
Now because I fell in love with the Totem, I dashed back to my nearest Home Bargains and snapped up their last pair to give away to one of you lucky readers. Just because I am nice like that. And because today is my birthday I thought it would be the perfect day to do it.
All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment with your best hair styling tips (like, I only just found out which way hair grips were actually meant to be used. Did you know that it is with the wavy side towards your head, not outwards? I didn't. Please tell me you didn't either because I just can't believe I had got such a simple thing wrong for 32 years of my life) And if you have any clues on making curls stay in longer, please do tell me. You can also get extra entries through following me on various platforms too.

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*this competition has nothing at all to do with Enrapture. It’s just me being nice. 

28 comments

  1. Happy birthday!!
    Had no idea about the hair grip thing, still don't believe it-just doesn't feel right.
    I have stacks of hair so tend to be quite/extremely lazy with it...but I did discover Tresame's Heat Protector Spray recently which has been a bit of a game changer (and it smells like candy floss, win!)
    Have a great day
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. I really ought to start using heat protecting spray with all the ghd-ing and now curling I'm doing. It'll all start dropping out soon! And thank you for the birthday wishes! x

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  2. i need all the help i can get!!! with long thick hair its a nightmare to keep my curls :(

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    1. I feel your thick hair pain. I really do!

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  3. Happy Birthday!! I love Enrapture hair stylers - I used one of their products for my wedding and I adored it! Would love a wand like this, your hair looks fab! x

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    1. Your wedding hair looked beautiful, was it this one? I want to try the 3pronged one next!

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  4. N'aw happy birthday! I have this exact problem, so relieved to here the Totem styler does in fact solve that! I definitely didn't know that grips should go that way round, and my best advice ever, especially for those with oily scalps/hair is to rinse your hair in lukewarm water when you're finished washing it- heat stimulates the opening of pores and production of oil. This helps my hair stay a bit fresher for longer which is a blessing!

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    1. oooh, I had never thought to use a colder water to rinse my hair. At the moment I am all about having the water temperature as high as possible to combat the cold outside.

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  5. Happy birthday, my curls always drop out too so would love this magic wand!
    I'm not sure if I have any tips for making them stay in but doing the same as you, letting them drop to what you want them to is the best trick to them lasting, and avoiding the wind!

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    1. It's so annoying when they just disappear isn't it?

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  6. Happy birthday!!! I hope you have a great day!

    Your hair looks lovely in this picture x

    I only found out I've been wearing grips wrong my whole life when I read this post - oops!

    I use mousse to get volume at the roots, and if I *really* want them to stay I use hairspray too. I also love bumble and bumble sea salt spray for bouncy volume waves and I also (after finding out this trick from my hairdresser) sometimes like to twist bits of my hair around my fingers (with mousse in so they set) for loose natural waves. Curlers work the best though - I tong some sections to make it super wavy awesome for nights out. On my wedding day my hairdresser used about a can of elnett and they still dropped but we knew they would! I love wearing my hair curly. :)

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    1. Thank you.
      I've used a salt spray on my hair if I am letting it dry naturally and want a lions mane of hair - i quite like it! I'd never thought about twisting it when I do it though.

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  7. My styling tip at the moment is enrapture heated rollers - they're fab! It also helps that I have a head full of extensions!

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    1. Are extensions easier to style than normal hair? The only time I've ever had them was when I had bright pink and blue ones added, but they were synthetic and melted REALLY easily.

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  8. Happy Birthday lovely! There's a #PostCircle treat on it's way to you!
    I hardly do anything with my hair, but my top tip is to not wash your hair if you want to do anything fancy with it - day old hair is much easier to tame. A spray of dry shampoo works too for extra grippy-ness!

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    1. Oooh, thank you. I have recently learnt that day old hair is better too but it feels wrong to leave it.

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  9. Happy Birthday! I would love these as I have long curly hair too but woudl love to have beachy waves and no frizz!. I've never mastered curling it with GHDs- I always get weird kinks! My top tip is Liz Earle Hair oil, you only need a tiny amount and stops the frizz on my hair (I also like the Aveda Be Curly range).

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  10. Happy Birthday! I'm always a bit clueless when it comes to styling but a handy tip is to use a heat protection spray, my hair is in much better condition now I use this

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  11. i have thick hair that loves being curled, its good to get your hair cut in layers, this helps the curls stay in for longer, my friend has one of these stylers and i have curled her hair mine and my other friends and we loved the results, use a little piece of hair, not too thick, just be careful pulling your hair out and spray with a decent hairspray every few curls.

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  12. My hair pretty much does what it wants, so I play with that a little. I style it in a way that doesn't force the hair to do something else.

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  13. I need tips too, I haven't got a clue what to do with my hair ahhh!!!

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  14. My curls tend to drop out pretty quickly. The only thing I have found to help is putting lots of setting lotion/mousse in my hair before using curling tongs and then spraying each individual curl as it comes off the tong, and an allover spray when it's done - My curls managed to last a whole night out when I did this!

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  15. If I could help you out I would, but I'm clueless. My hair is poker straight, anything that would give me a bit of volume would be amazing! :) Fab giveaway! xx

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  16. Ooh I wanted to try one of these. My tip is for a waterfall 50's wave for the front section of your hair. Part your hair to the side your hair naturally falls on, separate in to 3 sections, take the top section closest to the top of your head and curl towards the parting, pin up so it looks like a snails shell and go mad with the strongest hair spray you can get your hands on. Curl the other 2 parts in the same direction but pin to the head. Leave as long as you can before you go out, release the pins and using a soft bristle brush or your fingers pull in to place then spray again. It a sure fire way of keeping your hair looking good all night. xx

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  17. I rag tie my daughters as she has a natural wave and she has the most gorgeous ringlets when I do this. Mine is poker straight and nothing I do helps curls stay in.

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  18. I didn't know that about hair grips - turns out I've been using them the wrong way round my whole life, too! I'm generally rubbish at styling my hair, my only tips are using a tangle teezer and a heat defence shine spray, which have definitely helped improve the overall condition of my hair. Learning to style my hair properly is on my '30 before 30' list though, so I have to get around to it eventually!

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  19. OMG, what a great giveaway, I am crap at doing my hair and this might help. (and Happy Birthday,. by the way)

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  20. What a great giveaway :) I didn't know that about hair grips either! Only tip I have is make sure you use a heat defense spray or similar before using any heated products. My hair is very very fine and thin so always looks better if it's been curled or blow dried.

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