Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Review: Hot Tools Curling Iron


Quality: 5 out of 5
Price: $25-$35 depending on the size
Where To Buy: Sally's Beauty Supply, Beautychoice.com, & other online stores

My mother bought the 1 1/2 inch curling iron 3-4 years ago. Its had pretty regular use and has not had to be replaced. I've been using it for about a week and its made getting cute curls so easy! To curl my hair I start abour 4 inches below the base of my hair, roll up to my scalp, hold for 3 seconds, pull the iron down 2 inches, roll back up to my scalp, hold for 2 seconds, pull down 2 inches, and continue that until I've the the ends of my hair around the iron. Once I have all of my hair wrapped around the iron I hold that for 4 seconds and release my hair. When I've finished my whole head I run my finges through my hair and spray it with TreSemme's Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist hair spray. I have thick, slightly wavy hair and set the heat to 8/Extra Hot.

I also use TreSemme's Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner, and I just got TreSemme's Heat Tamer spray to use before using heat products.

The iron does get steam coming out of it when I curl my hair, and I have burnt it a little when I had the heat on the highest setting.

Mega 1-1/4" Professional Spring Curling Iron. For large, loose curls. $30
Product Features:
Soft-Grip textured handle
BONUS! 2 replacement springs included
Patented Pulse Technology for Gets Hot... Stays Hot performance
85 watts
10 variable heat settings with built-in rheostat control
Powerful spring clamp
Extra-high heat
24K gold-plated barrel
Fast heat up
Heavy-duty long-life heating element
Foldaway safety stand
Pilot light
Extra-long cool tip
8-ft. super heavy-duty round cord for longer life, reduced kinking and tangling
On / Off switch
Solid-state circuitry

PROS:
-heats really quickly
-gets very hot
-makes great curls

CONS:
-I've heard that the spring for the clamp wears out and has to be replaced. I can't remember whether or not my mother has had to replace hers but I know others have.

I do plan on doing a tutorial with this iron later in the week.

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14 comments:

Askmewhats said...

oh my oh my@ the curls look soooo pretty! I've been lemming for the 1 1/2 inch curling iron for the longest time,I am lemming for Hot tools and there you go! such great review and great photo!

Katrina said...

Thanks, I'm glad it helped!

Vanessa M. said...

ooo your soo pretty! ive soo been wanting one! do you have thick hair? i do and idk if i shud even get one of these...

Katrina said...

Vanessa I do have thick hair, and a lot of it. The big barrel works really well with my hair.

Vanessa M. said...

really?? omg you just gave me so much hope! lol i will deff go get one now! thanx katrina!

Katrina said...

Aw, you're welcome Vanessa!

Anonymous said...

how long does it stay like that..when you curl it?

Katrina said...

It'll relax a little bit by the end of the day, but mostly it stays curled for a really long time.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Very good product. I have a chi hair straightener but i don't have curler. As my sister has straight hair. So, she need hair curler. Can you please guide me where to purchase this hair curler.
Thank you in advance
http://www.chiflatironshop.com/Hair-Iron/c49/index.html

Stephanie said...

Wow the colour of your hair and your hair is so gorgeous!
What colour are you doing to your hair? Please tell me, I just add a crush on your hair color ;-)
Lee

Anonymous said...

Hi!!!I have thin hair and I want to buy a curling iron but I honestly don't know what size would give me the results I want which is big and loose curls Hope you can help me.
Thank you.
BTW your curls rock!!!

Katrina said...

I would try a 1 1/2 inch. If you want a good iron check out my review of the Cortex clipless iron, their's is really great and can be found on ebay for cheap.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katrina can u guide me in purchasing this hair curler cuz i don't know where can i get it in cheaper prize ,by th e way I live in Benicia,Ca? I Love your Hair!

Anonymous said...

Hi!i have a long thick hair i wanna buy a curling but i don't know which size would give me big tight curls Please help me!!!
I love your hair!