KISS InstaWave | An ‘Automatic Curler’ Tutorial

I’m such an infomercial junkie.  The allure is that the products always seem so easy to use and amazingly helpful during the on-screen demonstration, but are hit or miss in person.  The KISS InstaWave fell into a similar category for me; a product that seemed too good to be true (but that I couldn’t wait to try for myself).  Here is a tutorial and review on the KISS InstaWave Fully Automatic Tangle-Free Curler and how it pleasantly surprised me and fully delivered on its curl quality.

The KISS InstaWave is marketed as, “a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro).  No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler.”  I was skeptical to say the least, but the curler really did deliver beautiful curls.  By the end of the day my curls were just as bouncy and frizz-free as when I originally styled them.

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The InstaWave is supposed to provide both tight curls and loose waves, depending on the heat intensity and time in barrel.  Above is the result of my second InstaWave trial, and also of my tutorial video below.  I prepped my hair with Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray then curled my hair for about 10 seconds on low heat in alternating directions.  I spritzed with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray after my head was fully curled then proceeded to “crunch up” the curls for a more texturized, undone look.




Pictured above was my first try with the automatic curler, where I set it on high and held each section for 10 seconds to create tight, tousled ringlets all facing away from my face.  I prepped my hair with Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray again and sprayed it liberally with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray after my head was fully curled.


When the InstaWave is plugged in, regardless of whether it is on or off, it makes a sort of high pitched buzzing sound… the company does say it is not a safety issue but it’s something to be aware of.  I love that the curler shuts off automatically after 90 minutes, because I can’t even tell you how many times I almost burned the house down in high school by leaving my hair iron on.  The curler features 2 heat settings, high and low, with a maximum temperature of 420*F.  You choose your curl direction by a curl dial with left/right curl directions, so you can use it from any angle and with either hand.

How to use KISS InstaWave

  1. Spray clean hair with heat protectant spray and brush well.
  2. Section hair into thirds, horizontally.  Start with the lower third and work in very small, detangled sections. ** I found that hair would fall out and curls would be sloppy if I tried to curl too much hair at once.  Small sections are the trick to beautiful curls **
  3. Hold InstaWave vertically.  Place section of hair on the curling rod– there is a circle of “spikes” but one flat thumb “spike” closer to the barrel, make sure your hair is between that flat “spike” and the barrel so the circle of “spikes” can catch it.
  4. Touch the curl dial either left or right, and the InstaWave will automatically catch and curl the hair.  Place your hair coming from the outside if you want to curl towards your face, and place your hair coming from the inside if you want to curl away from your face.  I know this sounds obscure but you’ll understand what I mean when your hair is in the curling rod and you turn the dial both directions.
  5. Hold the dial for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves.
  6. After holding the dial for your desired time, let your hair rest in the barrel for 5 more seconds to “set”.  Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out.
  7. I recommend always curling your face framing pieces *away* from your face, and then alternating away and towards for the rest of your head, for natural looking curls.


Where to find KISS InstaWave

In the US:  Target, Ulta, &
In Canada: Walmart and


So, do you think you’ll be joining the automatic curler revolution?  All in all this product really did deliver on easy to make, beautiful curls with hold.  My only issue is a small one- that because my hair is so thick I have to take very small sections, which means that this process is on the slower side.  Although the InstaWave may not be my new go-to curler, I can definitely see myself implementing it into my standard beauty arsenal.


(Some of these items have been sent to me for review, however, all opinions and words are my own)
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