First Look: As Seen on TV Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler

First Look: As Seen on TV Kiss InstaWave Automatic CurlerAs Seen on TV Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler

I had seen the Beachwaver. It’s a lovely-looking device and gets great reviews. That said, there is a ceiling on how much I’m willing to spend on a product I’m just curious about and don’t have a yearning for. What they want for the Beachwaver far exceeds that, so it was never on my radar as a possibility. Later, when I was treating myself a bit before the holidays I came across a handsome deal on the Kiss InstaWave automated curler…which is an As Seen on TV product.

As far as I’m concerned, there are two As Seen on TV products worth the time of day. The first is Oxi Clean (I use unscented) and the second are Turbie Twists (so cheap, so useful). $25 wasn’t a huge risk for me, though, and I had a gift card – so I decided to bite.


Kiss pitches the following benefits from using the InstaWave curler:

  • Tangle-Free Curling
  • Stress-Free Styling*
  • No Skills Needed

If it’s true, sign me up. I’m about as hair inept as they come. For now, color me skeptical; I’m not sure a rotating barrel + long hair = truly stress free, though. Not at first, anyway.


The following features are boasted:

  • Heats up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit – There’s a catch to this. There’s only a high/low setting, so you don’t have much finesse when it comes to temperature control.
  • Auto Shutoff (90min)
  • Tangle-Free – When, of course, used as directed.
  • Bidirectional curls
  • Swivel Cord
  • Audio Tone to Guide Usage – It beeps to tell you when to release, which I thought was neat for those of us who aren’t as in tune with our strands.

The Bottom Line

Although I bought this before Christmas, I haven’t yet unboxed it. I needed to get through the holidays and get back into the swing of work, but I hope to experiment with it soon on a weekend (so I’m not risking a weird, Shirley Temple-esque day at work). I would be lying if I said I was not slightly horrified about the ramifications of user error or of the device getting a mind of its own.

Have you used the As Seen on TV Kiss InstaWave or something like it (Beachwaver, something else)?