I like big hair and I cannot lie.
I’m pretty deft with using a straightener to curl my hair – but it’s just not the look I want. I want the big bouncy glamorous hair. The movie star hair. And I want it whenever I want it, without putting in any effort.
So when I read about the Cloyd 9 O pod, I thought maybe, just maybe my prayers had been answered… But at such a hefty price tag… Would it be worth it?
If you are looking for a tutorial on how to use a Cloud 9 O-pod, then this post is not for you. There are plenty of them out there… Highly skilled and talented professionals transforming amazing healthy model-esque hair into movie-star locks… But what I really wanted to read, was review by someone with moderate hair skills, demonstrating whether this would work on hair that’s in pretty poor condition. THATS WHAT THIS POST IS.
If you are looking for a how-to my favourite one was Chloe Morello because she’s real and relatable.
In the spirit of true honesty, I’ve documented my ‘real life’ experience, starting with clean hair, I did a quick and lazy blow dry really just using my fingers… Not a round brush in sight…
I watched a couple of you tube tutorials, but truth-be-told we were running late to dinner, so I followed the general principles and whacked them up there. The roller only takes a few seconds to heat up, using induction technology, and is cool to touch and cool to put in. As it only really takes a few seconds to roll your hair up and apply the clamp, they start heating up once already set in your hair. Each roller has a heat indicator which turns red once they’re hot.
I added some Sea Salt Spray (from aldi), and the cloud 9 volume spray that came with the set after the blow dry, before curling…
I ran out of rollers with a small section of hair to go, so I just curled it with my straightener quickly.
And again, because I’m a real person, running late to a real dinner, with a real husband and toddler waiting in the car… A quick spray of hairspray and I was out the door!
So, in the car, once all the dot-indicators had returned to black, I carefully unraveled them and gave them a quick twist with my finger, the same way I would do with a curl out of a straightener.
With all the rollers out, this is the result…
A quick comb through with my fingers, nothing fancy, a bit of a shake and voila!
Considering the fact that I’m looking for movie-star hair with zero effort… did it live up to my (really big and highly unrealistic) expectations?
Well no. But it was pretty good outcome. Plenty of volume that lasted all night. I like a slicker look to the top of my hair and it was a little fuzzier than I’m used to – same goes for the ends… However I do think that a little more care and finesse in blow drying would probably go a long way for both. I also think a little more care in putting in the very top layer would have assisted – I let my ‘front and Centre’ roller fall forward which left a weird kink once removed.
Did it deliver the look? Yes. It was a little bit of effort, however, no more work than curling with a straightener and much closer to the look I want.
Here’s all the info directly from Cloud Nine. It’s worth shopping around for a good price – but I got mine on sale from Adore Beauty for $380.
This review is not sponsored or endorsed in any way by Cloud 9. I purchased the O-pod myself and thought it would have been handy to read a review by someone like me beforehand when I was trying to decide whether to invest. I hope you find it helpful!