Monday, 18 July 2011

Review: Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver

Whilst this shiny chrome gadget might look like a hand held sandwich toaster, it is in fact a device for creating waves.  It's called the Amplify Jumbo Waver, and it's made by Enrapture, a new kid on the hair-appliance block, who promise tools designed to create gorgeous curls which are easy to use and give great results.  The Amplify waver is composed of two rather large barrels and a curved plate which heat up quickly to press hair into a S-wave shape.

It has a variable heat control.  It heats up quickly.  So far so standard.  The large barrels, though, aren't quite so standard.  At 25mm, they're quite a bit bigger than those you'll find in the few wavers currently available on the market, and that largeness gives a more natural, less crimpy wave, according to Enrapture.

First off, let me explain that I'm crap at hair.  I was OK at straightening (it doesn't really require a lot of skill), but I lack the motivation, inclination and upper arm strength to wrestle with styling appliances on a regular basis.  So I approached the Amplify waver with a bit of trepidation - would I be able to wield it appropriately?  Would I just end up burning my ear?  Would my hair look rubbish?

As it turns out, the answers are yes, yes and no (I always burn my ear.  Not the product's fault).  Despite being on the large side, the Amplify waver is actually surprisingly light.  The clamping action is smooth, it's easy to hold the barrels and plate shut, and the high heat levels involved mean that you don't really need to hold it in place for very long.  I started a few inches from the roots with a relatively large section of hair, and moved slowly down the hair, travelling from wave into wave on the way down.

The end result was incredibly shiny, well defined and didn't look crimpy or too 80s.  I added a bit of salt spray, tousled a little, and ended up with some rather beachy looking hair.  I was very impressed with myself.

It probably would have looked better had my hair been cleaner when I started out, but I was very impressed with how quickly I was able to style my hair with the Amplify waver.  I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of it - the resulting waves were natural looking but defined, just right for a casual 'do when you don't want your hair to look too elaborate.

Enrapture tools will be released on sale from the 15th August, with the Amplify Jumbo Waver costing £74.95.  The range will be widely stocked in Boots and other online stores.  What do you think?  Tried wavers before?  Like the look of this one?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. I've been thinking about getting one of these as my hair is just too thick for curls, it goes huge! I think waves would be much easier xx

  2. I love the look of this, I've been wondering about a waver for ages, but wasn't sure about the look, but it looks great. Thanks for sharing xxx

  3. It looks really nice! I've only seen one other waving thingy in action and it looked way too crimped for my liking. It's quite pricey though.

  4. Compared to, say, a pair of GHDs, I think they're fairly reasonable. Build quality is very good, and they come with a 3 year guarantee - worth the price in my mind.

  5. this looks pretty cool! i imagine it would be perfect for creating some retro hair styles xx

  6. Oh that is absolutely lovely! Now I really want them, but I can't afford something that pricey :(

  7. Half price at Argos


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