Updates from En out and about (in English and 日本語)
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Bijin Maki Curler
At Ainz/Tulpe, I bought several Bijin Maki hair rollers by the beauty and goods company Lucky Trendy, including a hair clip (the raspberry-colored clip at the bottom of the picture on the left) to style side-parted bangs. The rollers are very easy to use. All you have to do is roll your hair into the rollers while your hair is still wet, blow dry, and then gently take the rollers out. The blow drying will heat the aluminum in the rollers, allowing them to act as hot curlers. The instructions suggest you should change your hair dryer to the cold setting and go over your hair again (after your hair has dried) to make the curls last longer. If you have the time, you can even allow your hair to air-dry in the rollers, instead of using a blow dryer. The rollers are light so they won't pull down on your hair and the "one-touch tape" will hold your hair without the aid of a clip. The hair clip for the bangs is even easier. Just put in the clip, dry, and then take it out.
Although I have long, somewhat smooth and straight hair that is extremely stubborn and difficult to style, the rollers worked to an extent. After my hair dried and I took the rollers out, my hair had soft curls and waves. The look was very natural. Hair spray is necessary to keep the curls so you will have to invest in some hair products if you plan to use the rollers. My hair came undone right away when I forgot to use hair spray. Hair clips are unnecessary but I'm glad I purchased some because a little bit of hair did come loose as I was blow drying. If you don't pull the rollers straight out, your hair can get tangled in the bristles, as well. It's a bit like using a rounded hair brush. I wouldn't recommend the curlers to anyone looking for tight curls but if you want natural-looking waves and some curl, and don't want to spend much time on your hair, I suggest trying out the rollers. (They especially work well for the current Japanese hair styles and trends for women.) They are about 300-400 yen a pair. The hair clip for bangs worked nicely and I'm glad I purchased it.