This is for the gold series large barrel curling iron. Well it does get hot but it leaves a crease in your curl. Also, I have only had this for 6 months and now the leaver that opens the barrel has become very stiff and creaky and it sticks!! This is supposed to be a 'professional' curling iron. Hardly... I remember I had a flat iron from them that a couple years ago that broke within the first year too. I would never buy a product from this company again, sorry.
I love, love, love the GOLD hot tools curling irons. At the risk of dating myself, I have used these curling irons since the late 80's (eek!) and would never use another brand. Hot Tools irons are perfect. They are lightweight, heat evenly, have a strong cord that is super long and durable and get super hot for my thick, curly red hair. They are quality, durable tools that no home or professional stylist should be without. I currently have the 1" , 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" irons and am looking into a tapered iron. One of them I have had for over 10 years!
One caveat is that I recently purchased the Hot Tools Tourmaline (purple) wands. Have to admit I was not that crazy about them and returned them almost immediately...espcially after reading how many others had issues with the purple coating peeling off after only a few uses.
So my advice is why mess with a good thing? Go for the GOLD and you can't lose!!!
I love this curling iron! I have the 1 inch and it works perfectly on my hair. I would say I have medium/almost coarse wavy hair, and this curling iron works wonders. I use the clamp and I also just wrap my hair around the barrel so my curls look more natural.
The curls hold the whole day and even when I wake up the next morning.
I definitely recommend this product! :)
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.