Product Review: KISS InstaWave*

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KISS InstaWave Review

I personally love to curl my hair and typically do so every couple of days. But what about the days when I’m too lazy to think about standing there holding my hair in the wand? The KISS InstaWave may just be my answer to that.

The KISS InstaWave is an fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls without the aching in your arm. 

I was given the opportunity to give this new hair tool a test and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

KISS InstaWave Review

The InstaWave features a 1″ curling iron with no clamp but instead a wheel of pegs around it that catch your hair and wind it around the curling rod. You can have the wheel rotate in both directions so you can create curls in both directions. The curling iron is very easy to use, really anyone can use it with a little practice. I even found that the side of my head that is more difficult for me to style was an absolute breeze with this.

It features two temperature settings that it reaches very quickly – low and high (420 degrees) and automatically shuts off after 90 minutes. If you want looser curls then use the low heat setting and use the high heat setting for tighter curls. I have hair that doesn’t like to hold curl very well so I use the high heat setting and hold for 10-15 seconds per section.

KISS InstaWave Review

To achieve the best results follow these instructions:

1. Hold InstaWave vertically, parallel to your section of hair (I found 1-1.5″ sections worked best).

2. Simply place section of hair on/very close to the InstaWave curling rod.

3. Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair. Keep winding the hair until it is all wrapped around the barrel. Don’t be afraid if the second image happens to you – all of that mess does get sorted out and wrapped around the barrel. If your hair actually does get tangled, just reverse the Curl Dial direction.

4. Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves. Cater this part to fit your hair type and desired curl. You can also keep holding the Curl Dial for this duration – somewhat helps keep tension on the hair.

5. Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out. 

KISS InstaWave Review

Here’s a general look at how the InstaWave works for me. You can see that my hair is pretty straight with a bit of a wave to it. The second image shows what the curls look like right after using the InstaWave. I’m not a Shirley Temple curl fan so I brush out the curls with a wide tooth comb (you can see the big difference in the third image). After several hours the curls loosened up a bit but were still there – exactly how I like my curls to look.

Overall, I was very impressed with how this tool performed but I did practice with it a few times before taking the images for this post. I can’t see myself using the low heat setting unless I just want to add a bit of body into my hair. The tool did make a quiet, high pitched noise while plugged in. The company stated that this is the circuit that drives the motor and that the product is not defective. Hopefully they can sort that problem out.

This product may not be as versatile as a regular curling iron or wand because you are restricted by how you can hold this product. But if you want to achieve very classic looking curls, this product does a great job with that.

The KISS InstaWave retails for $59.99 and you can purchase at Target, Ulta or

Make sure to check out to see video demonstrations and for more information.

til next time…

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2 thoughts on “Product Review: KISS InstaWave*

    • Kaitlyn D says:

      I was so afraid I would left with bald spots and a burnt eye from the HUGE warning label on the cord. It’s great to know it worked on shorter hair as I think I’m getting a hair cut soon.


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