Long or short, I love to wear my hair in waves and curls. Straight hair may look sleek but my fine hair lacks volume and therefore the best way for me to give it that oomph that I so dearly love is through adding texture with curls.
For years now, I’ve been using the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong and it is still going strong despite being used at least 4 times a week. If you follow me on my WhatLauraLoves Instagram then I’m sure you’ll have seen me using it on a LIVE video as this has been my main method of curling my hair for around 3 years now. Although I do have a couple of other curling tongs, also by Lee Stafford, and a set of heated rollers, this specific tong is by far my favourite way to curl my hair because it is so quick and easy and therefore, I find myself reaching for it time and time again. Who wants to be spending ages on their hair when they can create gorgeous curls really quickly and head out the door to enjoy themselves?!
While my partner and I were away on holiday in Mexico earlier this summer, I took the opportunity to get some snaps of me curling my hair using it for an Instagram post but thought I should really share the review on my beauty blog too incase any of you were looking for reviews of the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong too.
The great thing about the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong is that it is absolutely fabulous at creating gorgeous bouncy curls no matter how long your hair is. This is great news for me as my natural hair is quite short, at just above shoulder length but then I have my gorgeous Remi Cachet hair extensions by HJ Extensions in the majority of the time which puts my locks at 18-20 inches, so the extra long barrel that the CoCo LoCo tong has is great because it’ll curl my hair regardless of how long it is.
The ceramic barrel is infused with coconut oil which promotes nourishment and protection for silky soft hair. It heats up really quickly to 200*c and doesn’t take too long to cool down which is ideal for when I’m travelling. Using a heat protection spray is a must with such a hot tool to protect the hair from damage. I’ve been using the Lee Stafford one for the last half a year and it works really well too.
The Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong is has been designed really well as although it heats up very hot, it is easy to grip and hold onto so it feels secure in my hand. It has a rotating tip at the end that is cool to the touch which makes curling your hair even easier as you can hold onto this bit if you need to. The cord swivels too just like salon professional heated styling tools, which is great because it means you’re not getting wrapped up in it as you’re styling your hair. Also, theres a safety stand attached to the tong so that you can rest it on your dressing table without burning the surface of the table.
The CoCo LoCo tong is really easy to use and back in the day when I first started to use it, I found it really easy to get to grips with. I found myself becoming more and more speedy at styling my hair the more I used it. Day to day when I’m curling my hair with it, I will part my hair as I usually would have it, then I divide my hair horizontally into three sections, pin the top two up together, then curl the bottom layer, take the hair I’ve pinned up down, divide it in 2, pin the top section up and curl the middle layer. If I’m curling my hair on the left side of my face, I curl the hair out to the left and on the right side I do the opposite; this is so that I’m always curling the hair away from my face which gives that gorgeous sweeping hair look. For the top section, I curl the front bits away from my face and the middle to back bits back on themselves.
When I’ve curled each piece of hair, I roll them back on themselves and leave them to cool. It’s important to not disrupt the curls while they’re cooling as they need to set and it’s the cooling down from hot to cold which locks in the curl and gives them their hold.
Once they’ve cooled down, I’ll then brush them through, spritz from a distance with hairspray and run some oil through the ends; I love the Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Dazzle Drops for this. I’ve gone through three of these now and they’re well worth the money.
The Cactus Crush Dazzle Drops are a hydrating serum which feel completely weightless in the hair. It leaves my hair feeling so soft, whether I use it on dry or damp hair and it gives my hair a gorgeous light reflecting sheen. I’d recommend it for all hair types, although if you do have very thick, course hair, I think you’ll find yourself going through the bottle quite quickly!
Lee Stafford haircare products are really easy to find in Boots but the electricals are a little harder to come-by. I’d suggest checking out eBay and Fragrance Direct.