You’re My Wonderball: The Easiest Hair Curls Ever

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver Review

Lee Stafford’s quite rude-looking CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver has instantly shot to the top of my “best hair things” list. It’s so easy to use that I managed to wave my hair without using a mirror. That’s right, readers: I curled my hair using blind faith and the tiny flip-out screen of my camera, which was positioned approximately eight thousand metres away.

And to put things in perspective here, I usually need not only a mirror but a chair to sit on (my arms get tired), some sort of surface to rest the heated appliance on (for when I’m faffing about trying to section off pieces of hair to curl) and a bucket of water for when I set fire to my own head.

Usually, I grunt and swear whilst I try to work out which hand the heatproof glove needs to go on, then I grunt and swear again as each and every strand of hair that I try to curl slides straight off the end of the curling tong or wand. Which is why – and you’ll know this if you’ve followed my idiotic rantings for any length of time – I prefer wands with balls. Bobbly wands. Whatever you want to call them: they’re not straight.

(I was previously an enormous fan of the Wicked Waver from Mark Hill, but that seems to have gone walkabout. “Borrowed” by a friend or family member, no doubt, along with my Aerin shower gel and Tom Ford lipstick in Flame. At any rate, I can’t see that particular wand online anymore so I’m guessing that it may have been discontinued.)

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver Review

Why are all curling appliances not made with a bobbly shaft? Faced with the choice of twirling your hair around something straight and smooth, that has no end, or something knobbly that stops you from slipping off all the time, which makes more sense? (I promise you I’m not purposefully filling this post with silly innuendo. I’m actually trying really hard to keep things clean – it’s almost painful when you’re as immature as I am and you’re writing about something that looks like it might have had a former life in a sex shop.)

Why make life difficult for yourself, when you’re already risking third degree burns to the tops of your ears and slowly melting your manicure to the inside of a sweaty glove? Why not wrap your locks around something that grips onto them and gives you a proper curl within seconds?

(Professional stylists and/or anyone with half an ounce of hair-styling talent will be shaking their heads at this point. This is hair-styling sacrilege right here!)

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver Review

Anyway: the Wonderball Hair Waver*. Quick to heat up and there’s just one switch – the on switch. No heat settings, it just blasts right up there to 200 degrees. Which is usually what I set my tongs to anyway. I don’t need choices when it comes to hair appliances. Don’t start giving me decisions to make when I’m wielding a hot tool.

There’s a cool tip (honestly, I am sitting on my hands here) so that you don’t burn your fingers when you press the very ends of your hair to the wand, and there’s a little flip-down stand so that you can balance the waver on the bedside table without bubbling your IKEA laminate. All of this, and curls to die for, for under thirty quid. You don’t get a love glove but you’ve probably got one lying about somewhere anyway, if you’ve been through as many tools as I have. (Stop it.)

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Actually, Lee Stafford makes another bobbly rod, this one called the Rainbow Shine Waver Wand*. It’s £39.99 and does come with a fancy glove. It also has a thicker shaft (!), which could work better for you if you want either looser curls or have longer hair. The CoCo LoCo works well for my shorter hair, but I’m always up for a bit of experimentation so perhaps I’ll give the big one a go.

I’ve filmed myself using the Wonderball Waver, so I’ll pop that up soon, but it really is as simple as grasping sections of hair and winding them around the length of the wand. I keep the sections of hair in place for around fifteen to twenty seconds and then release. It’s important, I think, not to touch the hair as it cools. Don’t make the mistake of sort of stretching the hair from the barrel, or pulling it away; just let it fall off in a spiral and then leave it until it’s totally cool.

Here’s my hair before the wanding process:

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver Review

And here it is about nine minutes later. That time includes my usual waffling about:

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball Ceramic Hair Waver Review

I’ve obviously ruffled it around a bit and there’s some dry shampoo in the roots, but they’re nice curls, don’t you think? Top marks for this waving wand – if I can use it, almost anyone can.

The Lee Stafford Wonderball Waving Wand is £27.99 at Amazon here*. You can about my newer, shorter haircut here and if you haven’t already entered my amazing hair overhaul giveaway then do it, do it now! Entries must be in before noon on Friday the 11th August.

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  1. Sarah
    August 9, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Hahaha fna fna! Very amusing. Also v interesting. Ta very much.

  2. Wendy
    August 10, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Ooh! I like, I too hate curling due to the faff, but this may just be what I am looking for. I covet your hairdo and feel inspirationalised to go and get it cut next week so this ‘tool’! will be a styling treat, teamed up with your Summer scented tropical dry shampoo! Thanks Ruth!

  3. Charlotte
    August 10, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Why specify ‘Hair Curls’ in the title? What else would you curl with it…!? Wait, don’t answer that….

  4. August 10, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Immaturely giggling away here, but once that is out of the way I think I will check this wand out. Or maybe the one with the thicker shaft, because well, it sounds more promising. For my long hair.

  5. Emma
    August 10, 2017 / 11:48 am

    “Don’t start giving me decisions to make when I’m wielding a hot tool.” Hahaha, actually crying here! *clears throat* No. Must stay mature. I’m really crap at trying to curl my with the straighteners so will look into this!

  6. Jorgelina
    August 10, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Not long ago I came across a video on how to get a french style waves, I thought it was interesting. I don’t curl my own hair but I have sisters and cousins who constantly straighten their hair and then fake-curl it. Search on Youtube for “The french waves hair by Laurent Philippon”

  7. Sarah Knight
    August 10, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Please show us the tutorial today! Can’t wait.

    • Diane Pierce
      January 1, 2018 / 4:39 am

      Yes please Ruth

  8. Bellis
    August 11, 2017 / 3:41 am

    Quick question – what styling product would you use to make the curls last? I have ridiculously fine hair and everything from curls to kirby grips slides out within an hour of being put in. Reccs for something with hold would be fab! Thanks in advance :)

  9. emmy0323
    August 11, 2017 / 9:04 am

    This in no way belongs on this particular post but I just wanted to say that a few weeks ago I discovered that my favorite drugstore (in Germany) now carries Colab and of course I picked it up right away. It. Is. Brilliant. I’ve tried every dry shampoo under the sun but with my very dark, very greasy hair, nothing looked quite right. THIS ONE DOES! Love it.

  10. Pauly Welsh
    August 11, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Fabby revamp! Loved your bobbly curling iron review, know the feeling! Great give away, maybe I’ll be lucky…. Thank you.

  11. Suzanne
    August 12, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I’ve now got this on my shopping list!

  12. Maria H.
    August 12, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Tutorial please? Would you say it’s also suitable hair than yours? Thanks

    • Maria H.
      August 12, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Sorry, meant to say ‘shorter hair than yours’? :)

  13. NIN
    August 13, 2017 / 6:41 am

    this, looks kinky…

  14. Sharron
    August 13, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Great post Ruth. I’m a long term user of the amazing co-lab dry shampoos and love the new packaging. Just one thing – the new cans show the new names for the fragrances but which ones are they replacing i.e. My faves were London and Paris What are they called now?

  15. August 25, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I want this hair curler. Thanks for sharing this. I like the specification.

  16. Mansi
    September 1, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Wonderball waver… Subtle innuendos, not silly at all!
    So want to buy this… inconveniently enough, I have wavy/ curly hair. Your hair looks amazing btw :)

  17. September 4, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    This looks amazing, what a weird and wonderful tool! I am having my hair cut short on Friday and I think this may be just what I need to get the look I am after. Thanks so much for sharing, I will be investigating this tonight.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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