Nov 132013

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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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Apr 062012

Recently, QVC had a “Today’s Special Value” that featured T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers ($89.88). I’m not a frequent QVC shopper–my last order with the company was in 2008. Nonetheless, the demonstration really impressed me. I mean, which hair would you rather have? I’ll go with the one on the right, please.

The shine and volume that the models achieved was really impressive.

Hair that looked dry and damaged came out bouncy, healthy, shiny, and beautiful.

Since I love my T3 hair dryer, I decided to jump on it.

 The set arrived a few days ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. My hair is longer than shoulder length, and has been permanently colored for years. Over the last year, I’ve changed hair stylists because I found that my former stylist’s dye was too harsh for my hair. Although it looks much healthier now, the damaged middle-to-end portions will not be grown out for some time. I’ve been looking for ways to restore the shine, life, and smoothness that healthy hair should have.

The set comes with a travel case, a heating base, eight rollers and clamps. The QVC Special Value added an additional four rollers and clamps, for a total of twelve. Unlike the sets of the 1980’s, these rollers have flocked surfaces that don’t superheat hair. The rollers are comfortable, and don’t get very hot at all (about 250 degrees).  The key is to curl without damaging the hair (or as little as possible!). The T3 technology allows the rollers to hold the heat for a full 20 minutes, so the hair gets low heat for a longer time than many other rollers (which heat at a higher temperature, and cool more quickly). These are the small rollers–the mediums use the same base but the rollers are larger. There’s even large diameter rollers. You can buy extra roller sets in pairs if you want to mix up the sizes.

The heating base comes with a power cord that attaches to the back of the unit. Each roller has electrical contacts which must line up with the base to heat the roller.

I had to make sure that the rollers were sitting properly on the base, otherwise they won’t heat up.

 The heating base must be turned on to operate.

 The rollers are super easy to use. The red indicators turn white when they are warm enough. You roll the hair around the flocked surface (hold the rollers by the cool ridges on the ends), put on the clamp and leave on for 20 minutes. The clamp should sit at a 90 degree angle from your scalp, just like in the video below. This keeps the roller in place so that you can move around without any falling out. I found that the rollers, although a tad heavy, stayed in place pretty well when I placed the clamps properly. Also, it’s pretty easy to place the clamps properly–just make sure that they’re standing straight out from your scalp.

Because the rollers have heating elements and insulation inside, you do want to guard against dropping them on a hard bathroom floor (not that you would!). According to the manual, the unit is auto adjusts to the power supply (110-240 volts/ plug configuration adapter needed outside the U.S.)

It comes with a little booklet, but T3 has a Youtube channel that was far more useful. Here’s a taste:

Also, this page on QVC has the on-air demonstration (at the link “Videos” and then the “On Air Presentation”). Seriously, I couldn’t be happier with this set. Although I’m used to curling with a straightening iron, I found that my hair looks so much more voluminous and healthy with the hot rollers. Even my new stylist says that my hair looks fantastic. I absolutely love these.

Although the QVC offer is over, the sets and additional rollers are available from Sephora, Nordstrom, T3’s own website and other retailers like

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