As a girl with naturally straight-ish, thick hair, I’ve always been fascinated by ways of creating natural curls that don’t drop out after two/three hours. I’ve tried countless curling tongs, different techniques with GHDs and way too many blowdries and yes, if you have plenty of time in the mornings or a bottomless bank balance, you can achieve bouncy, beautiful curls. Unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t quite live up to my grooming aspirations and getting ready for work is never a leisurely task, so alas my search continued.
I remember seeing the Aurora Band for the first time on dragon’s den and thinking it all seemed a bit too good to be true – could you really get waves that stay put without heat?! It was only after a friend asked for an Aurora Band for her birthday that I looked back into these and whilst not convinced by the mixed Amazon reviews, the pictures of my friend’s hair looked too good to pass up and here we are.
Official Product Description: The Aurora Hair Band is designed to transform your hair overnight, while you sleep, into salon quality hair when you wake for the perfect morning style. For best results use on freshly washed hair, dry off the moisture and leave slightly damp.
Directions for use: Brush your hair thoroughly and divide into two – as with pigtails. Place the band on your head with the non velcro section on your forehead and begin at the front of your hair winding 2inch wide sections up and around the band. Leave the rest of the first section and incorporate it into the next 2inch section and wind as before. Continue with this technique until you reach the end of pigtail 1. Repeat this with pigtail 2 and be sure to leave an inch gap between the two end pieces at the back of the band. Sleep with the band in place. In the morning, unloop hair from the back, working forward. Shake out your hair and use hairspray to set.
Things I loved: On paper, this product shouldn’t work. No heat, freshly washed hair and a velcro band? To say I was sceptical is putting it mildly – I really was going to take a LOT of convincing but do you know what?! It actually works!!!! This is an affordable, quick and relatively easy way of creating voluminous curls. The jargon-free instructions on the box are simple to follow and it took me less than 15 minutes to get the band on. I was nervous about sleeping in this but the hairband is soft, not too thick and actually isn’t that uncomfortable – I woke up forgetting I had it on which can only be a good sign. It’s a damn site better than sleeping in rollers too, that’s for sure.
Things I really loved: The result. After the battle of removing the band – I’ll come onto that soon – I was left with a style I was really pleased with. The price point for this item is spot on too. As a beauty-addict I play about with a great deal of products and hate splurging on items that turn out to be massively disappointing – it happens more often than you’d think. That said, this is not one of these items; for one, £12.99 isn’t a massive expense when it comes to haircare and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of this – a win/win purchase.
When I’ve used GHDs and tongs in the past, I’ve always ended up with curls that started close to my hairline and ended up channeling early-days Taylor Swift inspiration. The Aurora band lets you decide on how big and bouncy you want your curls by the thickness of the sections you use. I really love that they keep the top of your hair smooth and let the curls start wherever you place the band – they can be as tight or a loose as you like, so you can change up the results!
Things I didn’t love: Ok, so this is cheap and it works and so I can already hear you asking ‘What’s the catch?’. Simply put, taking this out really was not fun! When the instructions say to leave space at the back, LEAVE SPACE AT THE BACK! I learnt my lesson quickly! After much tugging, I got to the stage where my hair was still stuck and knotted around the velcro and I don’t advise doing this, but I ended up ripping the band out of my hair, partly in annoyance and partly to save time and hassle. The ends of some curls were a little frizzy because of the force I used (oops!) but honestly, I’m sure this can be avoided next time. Most of the negative reviews suggest I was not alone in having trouble but don’t let this put you off; the negative experience of removing the band was quickly outweighed by the result and it hasn’t put me off using the band again.
Purchasing options: £12.99 for an adult band from Amazon. Children bands are available for the same price.
If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your hair during the working week, I would recommend you get involved with this £12.99 bargain! I’d love to hear what you make of the Aurora Band and whether you too find the results worth the removal effort.
Sincerely, Sarah x