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GLAMOUR Tries: We recreated the TikTok pencil curls trend with straighteners and here's what happened


There’s no better time than a national lockdown to test out the coolest new skincare/makeup/hair trends and snazzy innovations in beauty tech from the comfort of your own home. That said, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending upwards of £100 on a snazzy new hair treatment or at-home facial system, only to find out it doesn’t *actually* work.

Enter GLAMOUR Tries: the weekly Instagram series which sees GLAMOUR editors do all of the time-consuming (and expensive) work for you.

We’ve been busy trying out all of the (sometimes) wacky but always wonderful beauty crazes to take the internet by storm – from the hair pods seen backstage at Victoria Beckham during fashion week to Sarah Chapman’s £138 Meso-Melt Infusion at-home facial and Ciate’s nail stickers which promise an Instagram-ready manicure in minutes. These are the products that every veteran beauty sleuth is talking about – but that you want to do a bit of research into before buying.

Thanks to GLAMOUR Tries, you won’t need to waste your hard-earned pennies on testing these innovations yourself. We’re getting in their first, giving you the lowdown and making sure you invest in products that genuinely work. Like what you see? You can shop all of the products seen on GLAMOUR tries, with the click of a button, down below. Don’t say we don’t treat you.

On GLAMOUR Tries this week, our Beauty Editor Lottie Winter tried out the new hair trend that TikTok is gold *wild* for right now: pencil curls. She used ghd’s limited edition Platinum+ hair straighteners in iridescent white (they’re part of the epic ghd Black Friday sale, FYI), to achieve the look…


“So I just want to take a moment to appreciate how beautiful these straighteners are. This is the limited edition Wish Upon A Star Christmas ghd Christmas collection and the straighteners come in this beautiful vanity case which can also be personalised. What’s also really good about these straighteners is that they have predictive technology which means that you can style your hair quicker and therefore reduce damage. Which is also good if it all goes wrong and I need to straighten my hair afterwards,” Lottie said.

Now onto creating those gorgeous pencil curls. First, Lottie twisted small sections of her hair around a pencil (as the trend’s name suggests), before using the ghd Platinum+ straighteners to tap along the hair a couple of times and help it keep its shape.


The result is *very* tight curls, but if you run the straighteners over the curled section once you’re done, you get tousled, beachy curls that look just as good as the ones you always ask for in the salon. We’re impressed.

See the finished look at let us know your thoughts over on Instagram @glamouruk now.

In the meantime, here are all of the products you’ve seen on GLAMOUR Tries over the past few weeks. Happy shopping!





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