This Hair Wand Gives Salon-Worthy Waves, and It's Only £35

During my time as a beauty journalist, I've been lucky enough to try out lots of hair tools. Having worked on a specialist hair magazine for two years, I've sat in the chair of many a hairdresser who've talked me through their favourite hair wands, hair tongs and hair dryers to achieve that salon magic they create. From Cloud Nine to GHD and Dyson, there are always new innovations launching. But despite having tried a lot of professional hair tools (which often come with a big price tag), there is one hair tool that I always come back to for loose waves. And it's only £35.


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Using the Mark Hill Pick 'n' Mix styler with the small barrel attachment.

My hair has always been long and is relatively thick, so getting a curl to stay is a challenge. Most hair tongs will give me that initial loose wave that I want, but after a couple of hours—or the slightest gust of wind—they tend to drop out. It's gutting when you've just spent 45 minutes curling your hair. So when I was sent Mark Hill's Pick 'n' Mix styler, I didn't expect much, but when I tried it, I instantly knew it would be my go-to. Then people started asking me what I used to add waves into my hair, so I knew it was worth writing a review.


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Second-day hair after using the Mark Hill Pick 'n' Mix styler.

The Mark Hill Pick 'n' Mix styler has a handle base that you buy on its own, and you can buy nearly 20 different styling attachment wands and tongs in different sizes and shapes. I'm a big fan of this, as it ultimately saves you from having to buy an entirely new hair tool every time you want to switch up your hairstyle. I use the small barrel on my hair, and there is something about this styling barrel that really gets my waves to stay in place, even on the second day. 


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What I love about this wand and what sets it apart from others that I've tried is that it gives a really long-lasting curl to the hair. When I curl my hair with this, it gives me a tight curl (which initially gives prom-2007 vibes, I'll admit). But once I've let the curls cool down—this bit is really important to make your style last for longer—I brush them out with a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb, which I'll spritz with hair spray, to soften the curls into loose waves. This process really helps to give the waves longevity, shine and that salon-worthy bounce. And for £35 for the handle and the wand, it's seriously worth shouting about.

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.