Cloud Nine have been on my radar since I lived in Spain years ago and first relied on their Wide Irons to tame my hair in the humid heat of Valencia. (You can see a VERY rambly old video of me talking about it here - hopefully my camera quality has improved since then and I thankfully don’t beg you guys to believe me at the start of every video eh?) Although I still keep a pair of Wide Irons to hand I am definitely all about volume these days rather than pin straight hair and I’ve been using their Wand (review here) for waves since January now. Their set of rollers, the O, has been something I’ve admired from afar for a long while. Afar being the operative word because since my hair is not at a great length and I’m perpetually trying to grow it, I assumed my hair would shrink back on itself whilst doing it’s best mushroom impersonation and I wouldn’t get the effect I wanted from it.
Recently along with a group of bloggers, I headed over to a Cloud Nine event to learn more about their Know Your Hair, Love Your Hair campaign. I was asked beforehand if I would like to be an ambassador for my hair length/type, which really just involved being pampered and writing this post so of course I said yes. My stylist used the O to give me Adele-style tousled volume and I realised sheepishly that the O isn’t really about curls, but body, aka the love of my life. Now, there are no two ways about it, this is not a cheap set of rollers. Before I tried them out I wondered if they could be worth the price and what really set them apart from other sets. Honestly, if you are interested in these I would highly recommend finding a salon that uses them so you can play with them, have them used on your hair and see what you think. The technology they use and just small details about the experience you have using them are things that jump out at you when you experience them first hand. Before I moved to London I was a regular at the Andrew Collinge Salon in the Trafford Centre and I know they used them on clients there.
The rollers have a unique ‘pod’ that doesn’t actually get hot itself. It charges each roller in less than 4 seconds, and you hear a small whirring noise before the beeps and light tell you your roller is ready. My favourite part of the whole thing is the fact that the roller feels warm but not hot when you take it out. It continues to heat up as you put it into your hair so burned fingers are a thing of the past, and you have enough time to work it into your hair before it gets to it’s optimum temperature. The core of the roller has a little spot on it that turns red when it’s hot and fades back to black when it’s time for them to be removed. The end result, as shown in the photos, is luxurious sloaney hair that looks like you’ve had the blow dry to end all blow dries. Perfect for people who love volume but don’t know how to give themselves a salon do at home.
Like I said, they really have to be tried to be believed, and although they aren’t essential for everyone, anybody that likes a lot of volume and wants to save time will love these. You buy the rollers separately and I know my Mum (who has a graduated bob) would absolutely love the smaller ones. It takes a lot to make me feel like something is really special and I haven’t used a hair product like this.
Like I said, at £152 the O isn’t cheap, but I’ve bought sets of rollers for £80 that couldn’t be more different to this. I have the ultimate set which retails at £199.95 and is a good bet if you have hair my length as it comes with a variety of roller sizes. To create this look I used smaller rollers underneath and the biggest ones on top for maximum volume! It’s definitely an investment, but if it’s the sort of thing you’d use every day I really suggest having it used on you in a salon to see what the fuss is all about.
Have you tried The O at home or in a salon?
This post is sponsored as part of the Know Your Hair, Love Your Hair campaign.
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