I really like these curlers. I have 1" and 1 1/2" and i like to use them by wrapping my hair around the barrel and not using the spring. I like a more messy curl then a perfect curl. I have naturally curly hair so i only use this on second day straight hair so the curl holds better. these are great and affordable
As a background, I have super straight, coarse, Asian hair that has never, ever held a curl.
After no success with the Remington wand, I ordered this off of Amazon for about thirty bucks, versus the forty something I've been seeing in places like ULTA. I got the 1.5 inch one for loose waves.
I crank the heat all the way up to 430, and it seemed to heat up in about a minute or two. Not as fast as my CHI flat iron, but that gives you time to put heat protectant in your hair. I found the curls on my top layers relax into nice, loose waves, so this is not what you're looking for if you want curls. (In all fairness, your hair may hold a curl much better than mine.) On the bottom layers, however, I find a curl will not hold, even with hairsprays, Redken, and so on. I'm still trying various combinations with no luck. It IS the middle of summer and it's very humid here, plus I have stubborn hair, so maybe come winter I'll have better luck. However, if this thing dies I may try something else, CHI or maybe Babyliss, or maybe another Hot Tools the next size down. We'll see how cheap I'm feeling at the time.
The clamp is very tight and I pulled out a few hairs on the first try. With a screwdriver and following the instructions that came with the replacement springs, I took it off. I put the two lateral screws back in to re attach the kick stand, and now I have a curling wand, which I like much better.
I really adore this curling iron. I recently got this in 1 1/2" and the curls that it makes are sooo gorgeous! The iron itself is very aesthetically appealing with its gold barrel and sleek black handle. My only gripe with this is that I find it hard to curl the top of my hair the same amount as the ends. Like no matter how long I leave it, the curls at the top fall flat. Other than that, I love using this to curl my ends for days when I put my hair up.
My absolute favorite curling irons! I have 3 of them! The 1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch, and the wave maker. I've tried the ceramic purple ones, but it does nothing compared to these! They are the absolute best. I've been using the ones that I have for over 2 (almost 3) years and they work just as well as the day I got them. Actually, even better since I'm so used to them it's like they're an extension of my arm. The price is so much cheaper than something like Chi, but not cheaply made like Conair or Revlon. So many of my stylist friends use this brand, even over Helen of Troy. Extra happy with this product. It's the best on the market.
This is a really great curling iron for an amazing price. It gets so hot it can curl my hair even after i straightened them (even if it's not at maximum setting). I use it as a clipless iron, by holding it upside down, opening the clip, wrapping my hair and holding it like that for 15 seconds. (http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/how-to-beachy-waves/) This is a great tutorial on how i do it. Then i add Bumble and Bumble surf spray and my hair always turn out good.
Btw i use a 1 inch
I wanted to love this because of all the great reviews I've seen. I also see hairstylists using this often. But on my hair, which doesn't hold a curl, this does nothing. I feel like with curlers, it makes little difference if your hair holds curl well. Only us ladies with hard to curl hair need to do extensive research to find that hg curler. To this day, the ONLY curler that keeps my hair curly....such an amazing feeling :').. is the chi spring iron but i can't find it ANYWHERE larger than half an inch. So unfortunately, this wasn't the one.
I bought a 1.25" version of this thanks to the reviews here. Mine is the "Nanoceramic" version, which was about $10 more than the gold. It feels a bit more slick than the gold one. So far, the only thing I don't like about it is the power button placement. I may end up putting a small piece of tape over it when I use it.
With regards to the crispy ends, I have some tips:
- When your hair is wet, put a bit of jojoba oil on it.
- Don't clamp the iron onto the ends of your hair. Clamp it about 1-2" up from the ends, wrap the ends around the barrel and then roll the iron the rest of the way up. The space between the clip and the barrel is going to be the hottest.
- Never, ever use a hot tool on wet hair. Hot tools seem to be most effective when the hair is dry to the touch but not dried out.
- After curling, apply a small amount of conditioner to the very ends of your hair. I like Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat. A little bit goes a long ways.
I've also noticed that treating my hair once a week with Roux Porosity Control helps a great deal.
EDIT: After I'd written this review, I started to notice some of the same problems in some of the less positive reviews of this iron, so like any good little nerd, I pulled out my Raytek Thermometer Gun and started taking some measurements. I found that the iron never gets up to 430F, no matter how long it is allowed to heat up. The highest temperature it achieves is 355F, and that is not found on the entire length of the wand. Rather, there is a sweet spot just above the middle of the wand where the temperature is highest. Scanning the entire wand with the thermometer gun revealed that the tip is the coolest, typically around 90-120F. The next coolest area is near the handle, where the wand is about 200F. The clip part of the wand gets up to about 275F.
Just for kicks, I continued measuring temperatures while I was curling my hair. The hair around the wand fluctuates between 165-185F. The wand after a curl is about 200-250F and takes approximately 19 seconds to heat back up t 355F (measured at the hottest part of the wand).
On principle, I should return this wand for not living up to advertised claims. And, too, my hair has not been holding the curl like it does when I use my old, run-down Conair Infiniti iron. My hair looks fantastic for a while, then I'll catch sight of myself and notice my hair's all gone straight. I'm going to give it a few days, to see if weather makes a difference.
This review is for the 2" model, gold barrel. I recently got one pretty cheap off amazon and returned it. I don't recommend a 2" barrel for much more than giving a slight bend to the ends of your hair. I thought I could use it in lieu of a flat iron to give more body along with smoothness. Sort of worked, but it really couldn't get close enough to the hair at the root to smooth everywhere. Whatever effect I did achieve fell flat pretty quickly.
I was always a little cynical about the difference of curling irons. They all seemed to be the same: just metal utensils that would heat up and curl your hair. I didn't think many curling irons were better than the other, but boy was I wrong. I started off with the Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic curling iron, which would give me beautiful curls, but... after barely thirty minutes they'd be gone! I blamed the short-spanned lives of my curls on the texture of my hair, even though my hair isn't abnormally oily or frizzy, as well as my hairspray. So I went on a fruitless hairspray hunt and used many different kinds-from Garnier Fructis to Sebastian Shaper-but nothing was very effective.
Then I decided to just try a new curling iron altogether. I ordered my Hot Tools Spring Curling Iron 3/4 Inch off of Folica for only $23.95 since it was on sale. I was also a little skeptical at the price, sadly I paid more for my drugstore Conair curler at a local Riteaid than this one. However, these Hot Tools irons are usually in the thirty dollar range, depending on where you buy them.
Now let's get on with the actual product itself...
The truth is... it's AMAZING! I have no idea what the people who complain about how the curls don't last long are talking about. And I completely disagree with the people who dislike this iron/think it doesn't live up to its hype. Maybe their hair texture is incompatible or too oily, maybe their hairspray is crap. Either way, for me this curling iron works miracles!
The iron comes in a nice box with instructions on how to use and care for it. It also includes 2 extra spring replacements.
The curling iron itself has a unique and handy dandy grip. It's a nice, extremely grippable rubbery, spongy material. My hand never slips while holding it, whereas the Conair Infiniti was annoying easy to drop. Plus, the Hot Tools curling iron's heat and power settings aren't frustratingly located at the grip like the Conair where you can accidentally hit them, they have a whole other part on the handle dedicated to just them (the heat and power settings).
To turn it on, you just plug it in and push the switch up to on. The light above the heat dial should glow red. This iron doesn't tell you when it's fully heated, but it heats quite quickly-like 30 seconds to a minute. The heat settings r on a dial labeled 1-10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the hottest. The instructions included with the iron inform you which setting is best for which hair: 1-4 for fine, thin hair, 5-6 for normal/medium-textured hair, and 7-10 for wavy, thick, or coarse hair. 10 is somewhere a little above 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, when you turn off the curling iron with the switch, your heat setting will stay the same since you don't have to undo the dial or anything, so in a way the curling iron remembers what heat setting you use.
The iron has a safety stand where the iron can rest on, that little stand thing attached to the iron which you can fold on or off. The clamp's handle is coated with the same grippy material as the bigger handle so you can touch it without it burning yourself. The clamp is strong but doesn't cause those awkward dents at the ends of your curls. I could immediately tell the difference between the clamps of the Hot Tools and the Conair iron, with the Conair my hair would easily slip out the clamp but for this one it is a lot more difficult to do so which is a good thing. The barrel has a decent length, not too long or short, and is plated with 24 karat gold which helps grip your hair better and tame heat/frizz.
There is a protective tip at the top which also has a decent length. It is comfortable to hold unlike the Conair one, and although it does get a little toasty, even on setting 10 it doesn't get so hot you can't touch it. The tip is for styling your hair holding the top and bottom of the iron as well as protecting you from burn if you accidentally poke your skin with the tip of the iron. Another plus is the swivel cord, which is 8 feet long! You can twist your curling iron to your heart's desire and it will never tangle or make your hands fumble since the cord turns with your iron.
These curls last all day for me, extremely unlike the Conair iron. Even without hairspray, the curls still maintain themselves well for many hours. The curls are hard to brush out which can be both a plus and a minus, depending on the situation.
One thing to keep in mind is the curler will most likely emit a pungent, burning smell at least for the first few uses. It also gives off smoke, but this is normal. The reason for the odor is because the barrel is coated by an oil-based protective coating. The smell will eventually wear off, so don't worry about it.
For me, the 3/4 inch iron can create frizzless spiral curls, cute, bouncy curls, Taylor Swift curls, romantic curls, messy/beachy/natural curls, and even ringlets. It can probably create many more types of curls too. You just have to get used to the functions of the curling iron and how to twist it and you can get practically any type of curl you want!
Overall, this curler is outstanding! I believe it is of salon quality. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great curling iron. I hope you all have an as excellent experience with this curling iron as me. Happy hair styling!
this is the most amazing curling tool i've ever seen. my hair is fine and so hard to be curled and stay curled but this thing did it. i don't even have to take long time or too many products. queck and easy.