Soft Waves with T3

Chicago Hair Class Recap


If you are anything like me you may notice at first how pretty the curling iron system I used today is. Curling irons almost always have a large element of black on them, so a white and gold iron immediately struck me as something different!

And there is a great deal of substance and technology behind the pretty looks as well.

I’m so excited to finally be sharing this tutorial I created using PROi Dryer and the Whirl Trio + the two 2 clip barrels (Clip Barrel 1”, Clip Barrel 1.25”) which make up the convertible collection.

I’ve been using this iron and dryer for a few weeks and I have to say that I find myself grabbing both of these tools in the morning more often than not!


So, in case you are new to this system, the basic concept is this: The base of the curling iron allows for a variety of attachments to click into therefore giving you different tools to style your hair with without having to buy an entirely different iron. It’s pretty genius if you ask me.

If you are a skeptic like I am and are wondering about the quality (“just how well exactly to these barrels insert into the end?” or “how hot does it actually get?”), I’m here to tell you to banish your worries. This iron is top quality. It’s sturdy and solid in your hand, and after a lot of swapping and testing of all the barrels I can assure you the barrels heat up quickly and consistently.

The biggest difference that I’ve noticed between this and other irons is how tightly the clip holds the hair on the barrel. Of course, this is only a factor for the two clip barrels but I was genuinely impressed at how smooth and firm it held my hair.

In the tutorial I explain why I choose what attachment I do for each section of my hair, and explain how to use the iron if you are new to it!


I start with the PROi dryer which created a very smooth surface to work on! I did a rough dry without the nozzle attachment, but added it near the end of the blow dry to help smooth out each section. The PROi Dryer is exclusive to Sephora, just so you know if you are browsing around.


I start on the lowest section with the 1.25” clip barrel, and work my way to the top of my head by using the 1.5” straight barrel. The look I was going for was soft, every day waves. Since this tutorial I’ve created a few different looks with the other barrel attachments and continue to be impressed with the smoothness of the irons and the long-lasting curls it gives me.




I love the soft waves AND the confidence that the bottom of my hair won’t fall straight too quickly.

I have the best news! T3 is giving away a full set of the tools I used in the the tutorial! So that’s the PROi Dryer, and the Convertible Collection which includes the The Whirl Trio + the 2 new clip barrels (Clip Barrel 1”Clip Barrel 1.25”)! You’ll be set for endless opportunities for new curling techniques! To enter the giveaway, click HERE!   The giveaway will run for 2 weeks, USA only.

Huge thanks to T3 for collaborating on this post and offering such a great giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with T3, all opinions are my own.


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Melissa G says · 12.15.15

Looks great. I don’t think it looks any different with this iron than your previous tutorials, though. I have been using a T3 dryer for years , but it was a huge splurge. I can’t even imagine the cost of this T3 set!

Kat says · 12.15.15

I agree! I love my T3 dryer, but their prices have really skyrocketed to unaffordable. It’s a nice look but I think it can be accomplished with cheaper tools. I priced out the items used to accomplish the video look and its up near $1K Canadian dollars 🙁

Sandra Chavez says · 01.18.16

What is another good blow dryer for curly thick hair?

Kimberley says · 12.15.15

Cool look & those irons rock! 🙂

Jackie says · 12.15.15

I always love how your hair is done – effortless but a little “something extra” to look put together for the day!

Deana H says · 12.15.15

Love the soft waves and versatility of the T3!

Angie Fisher says · 12.15.15

Those irons look and sound amazing! I always love how your hair looks and am so inspired to try new things on my own. I just need to take the time and actually do it. Thanks for always sharing your knowledge, tips and tricks with us!!

Meg says · 12.15.15

I always want to get my hair to look like that! I wish the really good irons and hair dryers were not so expensive. I just can’t justify that 🙁

Kate says · 12.15.15

it’s worth trying the same technique even if you don’t have the same iron!

Haven says · 12.15.15

Love the look. What was the dry conditioner you used towards the end?

Kate says · 12.15.15

It’s pureology dry condition!

Haven says · 12.18.15

Thank you!

Kim says · 12.15.15

I love your hair! I need to start using quality hair tools!

Kim .. 3 ingredient fudge!

Julie Hood says · 12.15.15

What a great tutorial!! And I love that white and gold, too! 🙂

Jennifer says · 12.15.15

I love your hair! What cut is it right now? Mine is pretty long. I want to go shorter. Thanks!

Debbie says · 12.15.15

I second the notion on sharing info about your cut…or even (or including) previous cuts. I’m not doing a lot cut-wise as I’m growing out to do a hair donation, but I would definitely save for Pinterest and the future!

Lacey M says · 12.15.15

Thank you for the tutorials! Attempted a few of them, but it wasn’t pretty! 🙂 I’ve always liked this hairstyle. I have a problem with curl, from an iron, falling out somewhat quickly when I attempt this look. I have naturally curly/wavy, fine, kind of thin hair.

Cynthia says · 12.15.15

Love your hair- I wear this same style often and this iron looks fantastic! Would love to have it for my Xmas bday!

Rachel says · 12.15.15

i LOVE my T3 dryer and would love to try the irons. Thanks for the tutorial!

Brandi says · 12.15.15

I’d like to know if you’ve been able to try a Tyme iron and if so how did you like it? Do you think it’s worth the money?

Mary Kate says · 12.15.15

Your hair always looks so perfect! I need to work on that!

Mary Kate

Kelly S. says · 12.15.15

Seriously a $350 blow dryer and $440 curling iron?! Maybe as a Pro, but I cannot see ever making that investment on styling items.

Elinor J says · 12.15.15

I have this iron and I can’t get the curls to hold in my thin, fine hair. I prep with phytopulp volumizing mousse, use Sebastian shaper spray before I curl, and Bumble and bumble dry spun finish after. I only use it on the third heat setting, should I go hotter?

Emily says · 12.15.15

Having the different ones to put in is pure genius! Do you always use different barrel sizes?

Michelle says · 12.15.15

Love T3, I have one of their hair dryers. Worth every penny.

susan says · 12.15.15 Reply
Sarah Sobek. says · 12.15.15

Love the tutorial thanks!

Taleen says · 12.15.15

Hi, Kate! Love this look. I have just above shoulder length hair and try to re-create this loo but cause my hair is shorter, it ends up too curly. Any tips or suggestions?

Anna Perry says · 12.15.15

I LOVE the lipstick you’re wearing in this post. Can you share what it is? Thank you!!

Tracie says · 06.20.16

Me too! Please tell!

Heather says · 12.15.15

I love your videos. Can I ask what is the nail polish you are wearing?

Jennifer says · 12.16.15

I second this request!

Kari Frymier says · 12.15.15

I love your videos! They’ve been so helpful. The way you do your hair and explain how you do things is great. You’ll be happy to know that older women are benefiting from your videos too. I have rather long grey hair and having so much fun “embracing the grey” and having great looking hair thank to your help.

Chelsea says · 12.16.15

Love this look and tutorial. I’ve been enjoying your snapchat product reviews. What nail color are you wearing in this video?

Kelly says · 12.16.15

i have a few questions. The official rules say One winner will receive a PROi Professional Hair Dryer, a Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand, a 1.25″ Clip Barrel and a 1″ Clip Barrel. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): US $790.00 each prize.

BUT according to their website:
PROi Professional Hair Dryer = $350
T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand = $270
which comes to $620 not $790 am I missing something?

The official rules also state: Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied, by Sponsor

yet if you BUY these products the hair dryer has a 4 yr warranty, and wands have 2 yr warranty. Why would the winner not receive these warranties? and the “as is” makes me think they will be refurbished possibly?

Kelly says · 12.20.15

no answer??????

Elinor J says · 12.20.15

The clip barrels are not included in the whirl trio so you are missing their msrp in your calculation.

Kelly says · 12.24.15


Alie says · 12.16.15

Thank you for posting this tutorial! I have had the complete T3 whirl set for a wile and absolutely love it…it is the only iron that curls my resistant hair, including Ghd! I just picked up the clip irons and have been trying to find ways to use them. Would you maybe consider doing a tutorial using the 1″ wand, the tapered wave wand and the 1″ curling iron? Again, thank you so much – Your blog has truly revolutionized the way I do my hair! 🙂

Hannah says · 12.16.15

First, I’m loving how long your hair is. I go back and forth between long and short on myself and I’m in that horrid not-long-enough-to-be-long, too-short-to-be-short phase right now and it’s the worst. I’ve had the T3 iron bookmarked for a while but may have to get more serious about saving my pennies for it. Thanks for this review!

Erika says · 12.16.15

This may be a hair tutorial, but what really caught my eye was the lip color and the nail color! Can you share the deets, please? 🙂

Hollie says · 12.17.15

Hi Kate! I too, love your lip color! Can you please share?

Kirsten says · 12.17.15

What lip color are you wearing? I just LOVE it!

Sylvana Lai says · 12.17.15

Thank you for showing us the step by step for how to hold and use the wand! I would love that set, wish I could afford it! Loved your hair after, Kate you make it seem so easy!

Grace says · 12.18.15

Love! What is the second products you use after the redkin frizz dismiss?? I have very thick and full hair which makes it heavy and I’m wanting to find something that’ll help lift and give my roots a little extra texture to them!

Grace says · 12.18.15

Love! What is the second products you use after the redkin frizz dismiss?? I have very thick and full hair which makes it heavy and I’m wanting to find something that’ll help lift and give my roots a little extra texture to them! Xox

theresa says · 12.23.15

Kate, I love this wavy look! With the new year around the corner, people seem to want to try new things…like a new hair cut. Could you blog or even do a tutorial about best cuts for different hair types and face shapes? Maybe you have friends you can demo on? I know there are a lot of ideas out there already on this subject but I’d love to hear your ideas and input since you have such great taste. Thanks!

julia says · 12.24.15

Love this video! Can you tell me the name of the brush you used when blowdrying your hair once it was mostly dry?

Angie Huffman says · 12.27.15

I have been binge watching your fantastic tutorials all morning. Love, love, love! Thank you and keep up the good work!

Sarah says · 12.30.15


My mom recently introduced me to your blog and I LOVE it! I have bought so many of your recommendations. I have never done much with my hair and makeup…same ol same ol everyday. I have had so much fun trying new things and getting ready now!

I have veryyyyy thick, medium length hair. I tried this tutorial twice and my hair looks amazing…for about an hour. Then the curls fall out. Any tips on how to help? Do you think I need a better curling iron?

Thank you and thanks for blogging!


Francesca Neubert says · 12.31.15

I would love the hair tools….
Medicines I am on, have made my hair very thin and fine and I cannot seem to hold a style.
What are the details of your giveaway?
Where is the entry for?

Stephanie @ ChalkSouthernToMe says · 01.02.16

Oh my, I love this look so much! Thanks for sharing! Xo, Stephanie

Ashley O'Rear says · 02.06.16

What size barrel is a good size to buy in a curling iron? My hair touches the tops of my shoulders. I’ve never been good at curling my hair with a curling iron but I want to try it again. Thanks Kate. I love your tutorials. You are the reason I have fell in love with Tarte!

Escocia says · 04.06.16

Omg, I love it. I’m learning so much!


Kimberly says · 10.03.16

Love the lip color you are wearing in these pics! Would love to know what it is 🙂