Hair technology has come a long way. It use to be that heat fried and dried out hair, but thanks to technology like tourmaline coatings, infrared heating, ions and temperature control, it’s a lot easier to get the styles we want without the damage.
Enter the NuMe Octowand. This magic box of interchangeable hair tools uses all the best technology to save your hair, while still giving you a powerful curl. I had a chance to spend a few weeks with the Octowand, and I want to say thanks to NuMe for sponsoring this post. We’ll take a look at what it can do and how it works, plus what kind of curls you can get from this multi-faceted tool.
What is NuMe Octowand?
Octowand 8-in-1 interchangeable curling wand with, not surprisingly, eight 100 percent tourmaline ceramic barrels.
Inside the box you get the styling wand base plus it comes with a 13mm, 19mm, 25mm, 32mm, Pearl barrel, Reverse barrel, 19mm Cone, and 25mm Cone barrels, as well as a heat-resistant styling glove and storage or travel case.
There’s no clamp on the barrels so you’ll hold your hair in place carefully with your fingers, but that also means no dents in the hair from the clamp.
NuMe Hair styling technology; how does it work?
The Octowand has a few key features. Here’s what they do:
• Tourmaline ceramic gives you a smooth, friction-free surface to reduce breakage. It also conducts that infrared heat evenly for healthier heat styling.
• Negative ion conditioning technology maintains moisture and eliminates frizz by sealing the hair’s cuticle while boosting shine.
• Gentler, controllable infrared heat helps protect your hair over repeated use strands over time.
What do the different Octowand barrels do?
What can each of those twist and lock barrels do for your hair? Here’s the gist (from left to right, above):
• 13mm barrel for spiral curls
• 19mm barrel for tight ringlets
• 25mm barrel for ‘glam curls’
• 32mm barrel for beach waves
• Pearl barrel for bouncy natural waves
• Reverse barrel for tight ringlets that transition to beach waves
• 25mm Cone for soft curls that transition to tighter ringlets
• 19mm Cone for ringlets that turn into spirals
Using the NuMe Octowand
First up, choose your weapon! Select a barrel and slip it into the base then twist it to lock it in place.
If you’ve never used a curling wand it takes some getting used to. You’ll need to wrap your hair around the barrel and hold the end until it’s done, and opposed to the curling iron or tongs, which you could clamp the hair in and twist it up and hold, before unclamping it. If you are new to this kind of wand, then the heat resistant glove in here is for you!
I decided to start simple and used the biggest barrel wand first, the 32mm for ‘beach waves’. I definitely think it gave me very soft, luxurious, beachy waves that lasted all day. I got plenty of compliments on this look when I posted it on my feed. This one will definitely be a keeper.
By popular demand on my Instagram and Facebook pages I tried out the pearl barrel next. This one looks so strange; it looks like you’re going to get ringlets, but if you wrap your hair carefully, it will actually wrap over the bigger bubbles, so it creates a curl that’s less matchy-matchy sweet and more natural and random. I’d like to play with this one a bit more to perfect it, but I liked the look it created.
Up third was the reverse barrel. Again, this one was interesting to use; the narrow end creates small, more ringlet-style curls near the top of your head, but it loosens up considerably towards the end. By the end of the day it seemed like the narrow curls had relaxed and laid down flatter, so they matched the wavy ends a bit better.
I tried the narrow cone barrel next. It definitely gave me very tight curls, but boy did they last. I’d say you’ll notice the transition from wide to narrow curls here a lot less, simply because they’re so small and tight.
I have very long hair, and this wand and the heat setting I was favouring (370F) locked the curls in place and held them, all day and even overnight. By the time I brushed this one out in the morning, they’d relaxed considerably, but I still had strong waves.
So I used the wider 25mm barrel the next day to fix it up and got nice even results; more relaxed waves; not quite as loose as the 32mm beachy barrel.
The next day I tried out the 13mm barrel, which is meant for tighter spiral curls. I was surprised they didn’t turn out as tight as I thought they would.
Both the 25 and the 13 barrels produced surprisingly nice results.
How are the curls? Did I like them?
I used each of the barrels. Some of them are definitely not for me; I would probably never use the 13 and 19mm barrels outside of this; the curls for me are just too tight and girly. But the fat beachy wave 32mm barrel was outstanding and will have high rotation on my bathroom counter. I also liked the pearl barrel quite a bit.
While you’ll probably have a few favourites, there’s lots here to experiment with, and overall I really like the variety that’s here.
Do the NuMe Octowand curls last?
I think the Octowand does create lasting curls and waves. Because you can adjust the temperature, you can dial in the number that’s going to give you the best balance between protecting your hair from high temperatures and getting waves that are locking in for all day curl.
For me, the curls were in place all day, with some normal and expected relaxing as the day goes on. But man, I was impressed with this tool.
How does my hair feel?
A lot of curling irons can leave your hair feeling (and looking!) dry and frizzy at the end of the day. I was happy to see my hair was still pretty soft and I could still easily run my fingers through it.
How hot does NuMe Octowand get?
There’s a digital temperature control on the handle, and up and down buttons that allow you to dial in the perfect temperature for your hair, from 170°F to 450°F (76°C to 232°C).
I started using it at about 320F And then moved up to 370, finding that gave me a more long lasting curl.
I help each curl for about 10 seconds before releasing it and found that was enough time for an all-day curl at this temperature. Even so, I didn’t ever feel like it was too hot, or burning my hair, and even at the end of the day the hair didn’t feel fried.
Does NuMe Octowand shut off automatically?
One of the most important features of a styling tool for me is auto shut off (NuMe calls it Sleep Mode), because aren’t we always rushing around to get out the door? I’m forever forgetting to turn my hair tools off, so the fact this wand will shut down by itself after anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes is a godsend.
The instructions don’t tell you how to adjust it, so here’s what to know:
After powering on the tool, hold down the left arrow button (◀️) to increase or decrease the time before the tool goes into sleep mode. The number that appears will show how many minutes the tool will stay on before automatically shutting off. Use the increase and decrease arrows to adjust the number of minutes before the tool enters sleep mode.
Before & After
Overall review of NuMe Octowand
I really, really liked this tool. It’s got pretty much every curling barrel end you’d ever need or want, and then some. I love the temperature control so I can dial in the perfect all-day curl for my long heavy hair, and it lasts like crazy.
The Octowand is easy to get the hand of, it seems to be really taking care of my hair and most of all it was fun. I got a tonne of compliments on my hair while using it.
You can get the Octowand from NuMe’s website, here, and it costs about $199USD. With everything you get with this, I think that’s a very fair price too.
I can definitely recommend this hair styling tool if you want a strong curl that lasts, along with a whole lot of versatility and smart features.