The ‘Secret’ to Perfect Waves & Curls in 15 Minutes Flat

The Secret to Perfect Waves & Curls in Just 15 Minutes

January 24, 2014 • Beauty, WEAR

All my life, I’ve been jealous of my friends with curly hair. I’m not the only one. So few of us are content with the locks bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. It’s a never-ending cycle. While the curly-haired among us flat iron away, we straight-haired gals have it harder. We are constantly on the hunt for the best, easiest way to get the perfect curls.

Perfect curls mean something different to every woman. Personally, I’m a fan of those loose, shiny curls sported by Breck models in the 70s commercials. The kind that twist oh-so-naturally and bounce off your back as you stride toward the sun.

These type of curls aren’t easy to create. I’ve tried everything from hot rollers (Hello, Poodlehead!), velcro rollers (Ouch! It’s stuck!), diffusers (Call me Kinky), and all manner of curling irons (What’s that smell?) and nothing has worked. Until now.

Curl SecretI’m thrilled to report that I have finally found the secret to my perfect curls in Conair Canada’s Curl Secret, the world’s first fully-automatic curl machine designed for at-home use. At $120, it’s worth every cent – mostly because now I’m not rushing to the salon every time I want to be a Breck girl.

No more stress and guesswork either. All you have to do is set the timer – 12, 10 or 8 seconds, depending how tight you want your curl – and the device beeps when the curl is set. You can also control the temperature depending on the texture of your hair. The Curl Secret works on any hair type, even 100 percent human hair extensions.

The mechanics are simple and you can follow along in the step-by-step video below.


Just brush and section your hair, then start with a 3-cm strand. Clamp on the machine (the opening faces your head) and let it draw your hair into the tourmaline ceramic coated barrel, which heats it. Inside is a brushless motor that provides precision for uniform curls. Now gently release.

After this many years of searching, I can’t believe curling my hair can be this easy, and you won’t either. In just 15 minutes, you will have a headful of your own perfect curls – whether that’s the loose, wavy ones I adore or a more defined look for a night on the town.

The Secret’s out, and I don’t know about you, but I say it’s about time.

You can find the Curl Secret (ARV $120 Cdn) at major retailers, including Walmart, Canadian Tire, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Home Outfitters. For more info on Conair products, check out, and follow Conair on Facebook and Twitter.

photo credit: sandra.scherer via photopin cc



Randi Chapnik Myers
Randi Chapnik Myers is Co-Editor, Content, of, the only lifestyle site by women 35+ for women 35+. A journalist, blogger and editor, she specializes in custom content creation for publications, companies and brands. Proud to call herself a social media addict, Randi is never far from a screenโ€”even when she's out hunting for designer bargains.
Randi Chapnik Myers
Randi Chapnik Myers

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • Laurie Bolduc

    Frizziness is my biggest hair flaw!

  • Nicolthe pickle

    My hair is super light and frizzy. In the summer it’s great though.

  • Kasey Bayne

    My greatest hair dilemma – frizz!! How to keep my hair soft and shiny is an on-going trial and error.

  • Amy Heffernan

    Trying to get my hair to stay curled!

  • Lee-Ann Sleegers

    Flyaway is my greatest dilemma!

  • Lori Jackson

    Dry n frizzy is my battle

  • julie_bolduc

    I have loads of frizz

  • seham

    Have lots of frizz

  • Karen H

    Fine limp hair

  • Shelley

    getting a style for my fine limp hair

  • jemrah

    my hair falls flat – very lifeless

  • Larker

    wild untamed hair ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Canadian Mommy Wins!

    Its too long and I have no idea what to do with it.

  • Lisa Knox Neutel

    Keeping my hair perms are in between I hate when there isn’t too much curl left

  • pinksuzanne

    My biggest dilemma is getting my stick straight fine hair to hold a curl.

  • Kathy Hicks Walker

    My hair is butter blonde and it tends to be dry. Also it is curly in the back and straight in the front

  • billiondollarprincesss

    Gets frizzy and can’t hold curls

  • loriag

    My greatest hair dilemma is straight thin hair that just looks so flat.

  • sara rai

    the tangles are probably the worst and some parts of hair seem damaged not sure why

  • annet

    frizziness and dryness

    Anne Taylor

  • Jenn erin

    Lack a volume and “umph”!

  • Jennifer Soltys

    Being flat, thin, and yet slightly wavy — in a frizzy way.

  • Marianne

    What colour pony tail holder to use ๐Ÿ˜› Or — if it is going to freeze when I go outside today.

  • Bernice

    static hair (fly aways) and frizzy ends

  • Steph BKN

    I have straight, very fine hair and it does nothing but lay straight & lifeless, my biggest dilemma is getting my hair to to anything!

  • sarah sar

    My roots get oily very quickly so I have to wash it everyday :(

  • piroska

    My hair is so fine and straight. Never holds a curl.

  • irish_iis

    I wash my hair and it is instant frizz.

  • lisa bolduc

    getting it to stay curled

  • angela mitchell

    My hair is straight but if it rains or is even just humid outside my hair goes frizzy and slightly wavy in not a nice way.

  • Cindy Babcock

    My hair actually has tOo much body some days, which I know a lot of people would love, but I would like it to tone down a bit, and either be curly or straight.

  • sambows

    Very straight hair

  • Glogirl3

    My hair issue is frizz.

  • Jenny Nicole

    lifelessness, limp, frizz! i blame the dry and cold weather here!

  • Lori Bazan

    Dry and easily breaks, thinning! I need help!

  • Belinda McNabb

    fine hair that breaks easily is my biggest problem

  • jonnieh

    My hair is dry and frizzy!

  • Amy

    Split ends is my biggest problem

  • lori b

    my hair is damaged and very dry and brittle

  • Virginia Buck

    My hair just grows too darn fast.

  • Kimberley

    My hair is thick and wavy and hard to control.

  • Courtney

    Keeping a curl and dryness

  • flowerchild23

    FIne ,frizzy hair

  • Krista Embertson

    flat, fine hair that is very hard to curl…gah…But OILY, almost all the shampoos out there are for dry, damaged hair…where have all the oily hair shampoos gone?

    • Shelley

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. After painstakingly searching the shampoo aisle at several stores I did find one shampoo for men, but it smelled awful!

      • Krista Embertson

        yes Axe used to make a green one called Prime, it was a hair scrub…I loved it, well not the smell, lol… but of course they discontinued it. Right now I am using Avalon Organics Lemon shampoo, but it’s like $10.00 which is ridiculous for a family of 4.

  • Shelley

    Does this work on shorter hair?

  • Vanessa Junkin

    Split end battle royale!

  • nugglemama

    thin limp hair.

  • Mel Stevens

    Most of the girls out there are pretty crazy about this curling machine. I recently got the karmin g3 clipless curling iron and that one is totally awesome.

  • porkchop0794

    thin hair

  • michelle jadaa

    Fine hair

  • thaeter7

    My hair is too curly!

  • Marcus Emmanuel Barnes

    How to get nice shiny hair using vegan friendly products. Thank you!

  • Cherlee

    Fine, straight hair that doesn’t hold a curl

  • Leanne Cobbledick

    Always dealing with those pesky greys that pop up!

  • raven

    my grey and breakage on the ends

  • UglyMummy

    i have curly hair just at the back of my head and straight at the front,,,seriously

  • Gina Fleury

    I have heavy thick straight long hair that never holds a curl even with products.

  • Erica Pai

    Finding a natural shampoo that doesn’t feel like it’s left a lot of build-up. Second would probably be styling – I have no idea what to do with it!

  • Fiona Mullins

    My greatest hair dilemma is it gets very frizzy!

  • Crystal Englot

    Trying to get my hair to do what I want is my major dilemma! My hair literally has a mind of it’s own.

  • Ang

    My hair is really curly and gets extra frizzy in the winter.

  • MrDisco3

    frizzy hair

  • Marlene V

    My dilemma is fine hair with no volume

  • karla

    My hair is thin,fine,and frizzy.

  • sgold

    My hair is thin and fine and straight. I have always wanted it to be curly, but nothing has worked!

  • Belinda

    Honestly, I hate curling my hair. It’s thick and long. It takes FOREVER!!!!! The Curl Secret sounds amazing because it looks easy (in your video) and you said it takes half the time.

  • Susan Jakovina-Liberatore


  • Andrea

    I have straight somewhat limp hair that doesn’t like to hold curl. would love a good curling iron to give it some body :)

  • Wanda Bergman

    I have flyaway hair.

  • Shari D

    My biggest hair dilemma is static electricity causing me shocks.

  • Carol

    The biggest problem I have with my hair is it tangles very easy and does not hold a curl because it is very fine.


    FRIZZ is my biggest hair dilema!

  • Leslie Scott

    WANT!!!! I’ve fought head over feet to have perfect curls!!

  • Karine

    In winter, it’s static! and flat hair!

  • Tanya B

    frizziness, so annoying

  • Jennifer

    I have very fine hair – very frustrating!

  • Elaine Jasvins

    I have very fine hair with cowlicks. :(

  • Juliee Fitze

    I have very fine hair

  • Crystal Porter

    I’ve been getting really bad dry scalp these days and I find it quite a pain.

  • Wendy Hutton

    very fine hair that usually won’t hold a curl long

  • Robyn B.

    defining curls.

  • Betty Spry

    Greatest hair dilema is that it is thin and strangly

  • Brenda Penton

    My biggest hair dilemma is frizzy, dry hair.

  • alex durrell

    My biggest dilemma? That I don’t have super long hair to curl so beautifully. But that won’t stop me from trying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Erika R.

    Greasy looking hair!

  • Jeannie

    I definitely have flat hair issues!

  • Ei-Leen Ong

    My hair will NOT hold a curl…it takes forever to put waves or curls in & they fall out so quickly.

  • Erika E

    My hair is getting thinner and harder to style.

  • Victoria Ess

    I have fine, flat hair

  • Maggie Cheung

    my curls don’t last long

  • Nathania Hunter

    It’s shorter than I’m used to, and I always have to style it to look normal! I miss putting it in a bun lol

  • LisaBurrito

    My hair is super thick – trying to get it to lay flat is my big challenge. (The secret? Get an undercut so I only have half as much hair to deal with!)

  • truckerofbc

    My hair is dry, flaky and no matter what I do, shave it bald, let it grow it gets dandruff whereas my wife is an Asian, her hair is naturally smooth, soft and silky. I would like to win this for her though.

  • Helisa Duplassie

    My hair is very fine which makes many styles difficult

  • Bev

    My biggest hair dilemma is split ends.

  • Lemon Cupid

    my biggest hair dilemma is baby fine, flat, lifeless hair!

  • Amirah

    my biggest issue is frizz.

  • Rebby Roberts

    My hair is a giant ball of fuzz!

  • Aarti

    My greatest hair dilemma is frizz ><

  • Cathy Canton

    My hair is thick and doesn’t hold a curl easily. Take forever to blow dry

  • staceydempsey

    I have trouble with the frizzies which drives me nuts and when it gets that way it is hard to curl it as it wont keep the curl

  • Tammy D

    My hair is really thin!!!

  • Melinda Jana

    My hair is too fine and straight that it doesn’t want to hold curls or any hairstyle

  • Kira K

    I have very thin hair that was damaged! I am working on repairing it now

  • Angela

    frizzy hair tends to be my issue when humid whether hits. I have long hair and love straight hair, but when I get all dressed up, I love having big, luscious curls.

  • Lindsay

    My hair doesn’t hold curls well (at least when I attempt it on my own)

  • Adriana Meagher

    up until a year ago i had natural sprial curls. moved to a property with a well, and curls slowly disappeared:(

    • Sharon Elaine

      Try mixing half a cup of baking soda into your shampoo or google no poo shampoo for instructions on washing your hair with just baking soda. Your curls should come right back. If you’re having problems with your laundry half a cup of baking soda in each load should help.

      • Adriana Meagher

        i will try that, thanks:) i really miss my curls!!

  • Larker

    Frizzy and dry hair

  • Debbie Starkey

    keep my curls in place

  • Christina Ferguson

    My greatest hair dilemma is the frizzies. Also, my hair is very thick and I have trouble getting it to hold a curl without using a ton of product.

  • Sharon Elaine

    I have really straight, fine hair so I would absolutely LOVE to win one of these!!

  • Ava Mifflin

    I have stright hair that will not hold a curl for more then 5 mins so i would love to win this and test it out! ty

  • ChristinaE

    I have thick hair that doesn’t hold a curl very well. Hope this would help!

  • Shelley N

    My biggest hair dilemma is dryness due to colouring

  • Rachel

    My hair is wavy-ish, so I like to straighten it, but it’s also mega-damaged! Dilemma.

  • Jeanette Jackson

    My hair is thin, fine and does not take curling easily.

  • Penny Wheeler

    my hair is flat and thin doesn’t curl well would love to have body and curl

  • Holly Ross

    Holly R.
    My greatest hair dilemma is that it is very thick and takes forever to style. I would absolutely love something like this because I think that it would stop me from having to spend so much time on my hair

  • Jaime Brown

    My greatest hair dilemma is that I have naturally curly hair that is so fluffy I have to either straighten it or tie it in a bun.

  • Wendy Jensen

    My greatest hair dilemma is that it breaks easily.

  • Amanda vanHoof

    My greatest hair dilemma is my hair is straight and fine so when I try to curl it normally it never stays even with a bottle of hair spray on my head!