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The T3 Bodywaver 1.75″ Professional Curling Iron ($149.00) caught my eye during a recent trip to Sephora (the T3 Bodywaver is also available at Nordstrom). First off, it looks like a cross between a Dyson fan and Lady Gaga’s ‘copter dress. Second, I love T3 products because they are gentle to my colored hair. Third, although I love my T3 rollers to add volume and shine, sometimes I want some even more packable and quicker for those days when I’m running really short on time. The T3 Bodywaver seemed to have all the answers.

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As the name implies, this hair tool is meant to add body to hair.  With the large 1.75″ barrel, it is not designed to provide a defined curl. Rather, this gives soft, defined, polished waves. The bottom of the box illustrates:

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Click to enlarge to read a little bit about the ceramic design, designed to add shine:

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So here is the T3 Bodywaver in all of its white, modern designed glory:

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We really weren’t sure how to approach this one, but I think we’ve figured it out now. So let’s walk through it–as you’d expect, it has a large, ceramic hollow barrel and blade to hold the hair in place as you twirl it around:

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The middle and other end has stands to keep the hot barrel away from your counter.

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The silver filigree ring is a part of the heat stand system.

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At the bottom is a swivel cord and a ring that can be turned to regulate the temperature from 280-410 degrees Fahrenheit (137-210 degrees centigrade). The lower temperatures are less damaging, the higher temperatures give a stronger, faster effect.

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The T3 Bodywaver has a 1-hour auto-shutoff.  There is a little set of lights to inform you of your temperature settings (translated to degree ranges in the accompanying booklet).

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The heat stand in the front (in action):

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Although Liz has years of experience with straighteners, the T3 Bodywaver was her first experience with a round curling-iron type product. I think she did well!  Here is Liz before our experiment, with her air-dried hair.

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After treating her hair with Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction ($25) to add heat protection, she used the T3 Bodywaver on a very low heat setting.

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For a first time user, Liz was pleased with the results. I’ve been using the T3 Bodywaver for the past few days, and I agree. I don’t like a tight curl, and I do like body and shine. I find that the T3 Bodywaver tames my flyway ends, helps the hair cuticle lie flat so my hair appears shinier, and it adds volume and life. I also like the temperature control and auto-shutoff feature. Although I still love my T3 rollers, I don’t always have time for them–this T3 Bodywaver heats up in about 30 seconds and I can get my hair done in under 5 minutes. If you are looking for something to add some polish on busy mornings, the T3 Bodywaver is worth a look.

Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

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  5 Responses to “T3 Bodywaver 1.75″ Professional Curling Iron”

  1. Hello there, have you tried using this to create other styles like what’s shown on the box apart from just loose waves? Also, with each clip and curl, how many seconds would you have to wait before releasing the hair?

    • No, I haven’t been very experimental 🙁 I don’t think I’m hair-adventurous. The time on each curl depends on the temperature setting. For higher heat, just 10 seconds for my hair. For lower heat settings, more like 20-30 seconds. You will not get a tight curl with this size barrel–so it’s limited in the effect it can give. For a tighter curl, you need more like a 1 inch or less.

  2. Thank you for your review although i was more intrigued to find out more about the Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction!! Not for any other reason besides that i have curly wavy hair and i think that the bodywaver wouldn’t work for what i need. Anyway i’ve been looking ever since to order the cc cream but i haven’t found it in any of the retailers that carry alterna. i live in Europe so i can not order it from sephora! It must be a rather new product right? Did you like it? Thank you

    • Hi Su—It’s been out for several months. I do like it because it has a heat protectant and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I have a lot of hair but it’s very fine and I worry about it looking too flattened–the Alterna CC Cream is a nice way to add shine and some healthy ingredients. I’ve also had good luck with the Shu Uemura leave-in oil, which I believe may be easier to get in Europe.

      • Thank you for your response! Same thing here! Thin hair that always afraid they’ ll way down but trying to find a way to protect them from excessive heat. I read your review on shu uemera’s leave in oil! Thanks for the recommendation! Definitely going to check it out!

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