It's an ongoing conundrum. I love curly and wavy hair, but with naturally straight locks, I simply can't be bothered with the time and effort it takes to achieve the look.
I'd love to be the type of person who regularly rocks up to social events, or even work, with voluminous tousled hair that looks like I've spent 10 minutes on it.
In reality, my hair takes at least an hour to curl and ends up looking too obviously 'done'. Plus, I'm perpetually running late, so I never have the time.
Can the US cult haircare brand Amika's new appliance the High Tide Deep Waver, £90 and now available in the UK, solve everything?
What does it promise?
The tool claims to be time-saving and features three tourmaline ceramic barrels that are said to create "perfectly sculpted beach waves that last". It also claims that negative ions seal the hair cuticles for the "silkiest, shiniest result".
Since launching in the US last year, big names in the beauty industry, such as Katie Jane Hughes and Nikita Dragun, have been raving about it.
How does it work?
With its strange triple prong, it looks like no curling tool I've ever seen before.
The box lacks clear directions on what to do, so I resort to YouTube tutorials (there are extra instructions on the Beauty Bay website, too).
It turns out it's actually very simple. You just turn it on and wait until the temperature reaches 180 degrees (you can adjust to lower if that's too hot, which is better for finer hair).
Holding the tool horizontally and taking a section at a time (but thicker sections work pretty well), I open the clasp and close the barrels across parts of my hair.
Since it's so hot, you don't need to clamp it down for longer than a few seconds before unclasping and moving it to a new position further down the hair to repeat.
The back of the head is a little trickier, but the great thing about crimping is that it isn't supposed to look perfect.
It takes less than 10 minutes to do the whole of my head.
What's the verdict?
In what seems like no time at all, my hair is transformed with gentle crimps.
Once I've tousled my fingers through it, it's less Carrie Bradshaw circa 1998 and more lived-in beachy waves with more volume and movement. Plus, the waves accentuate my highlights.
I love the effect. It's totally different to single-barrel curling if you're looking for a bit of a change. Plus, the Eighties are back, right?
The next day, the waves are still there but they look even more natural.
For a more lived-in feel, you could start the waves further down the hair, or for some serious Eighties vibes, hold down the gadget for longer.
My favourite thing about the High Tide Deep Waver is its sheer speed and how convenient everything is.
I can definitely see myself adding a quick crimp to my look before a night out, or to add a bit of oomph when it's feeling flat and lacklustre. I'm officially a crimping convert.
The High Tide Deep Waver is available at Beauty Bay (beauty bay.com) for £90