I love wavy/curly hair but have attempted it on my own once - the day of my friend's wedding with someone else's curling iron. As I've mentioned, I usually don't do anything special with my hair unless a hairdresser has been arranged for an event. Since others were curling I decided to give it a try = failed attempt resulting in odd, mild, wonky waves. I really like the effect the other gals had but they did spent quite sometime on their hair. I am more of a get it done in minimal time girl. FlatIronExperts not only has a vast selection of flat irons, they have an awesome selection of the best curling irons! They sent me the Cortex 4 N One Curling Iron and it was a breeze to use for this novice curler.
I looked up some youtube videos (yes lame) on the actual technique of curling hair and then went straight into it. The Cortex Curling Iron comes with a heat resistant glove for those afraid of getting burned from this ultra quick heating curling iron (that's me!). There are 4 different sized ceramic tourmaline barrels that are included: 1/2-1", 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". I clipped my front hair and started with a small section using the 1 1/4" barrel. I sprayed my hair with the KQC Thermal Shine Spray and then wrapped it on the barrel for 15-20 seconds which resulted in a lovely curl. I continued with the remainder of my hair then let down the front and finished. My first attempt was ok but way better than the wedding attempt and took a mere 15-20 minutes! The curls even lasted through the night and I was able to put it in a ponytail for a little specialness rather than the usual straight style.
My next attempt was on our anniversary and my technique got better so the resulting look was lovely. Hubs liked it. He just mentioned that I should have started higher near the scalp more. I think I just need to put some kind of hair product to give it more volume. My new curling iron is awesome and super easy/quick to use. Each individual barrel has its own stand built in so you can lay it down on your counter without worry. The swivel cord is also nice because there is no tangling action. I absolutely love that I can create a special look with so little time and work.
Some Technical Features:
- 100% Tourmaline cone for healthier hair and a high gloss shine
- Temperature to 430 F
- Far Infrared (FIR) technology locks in moisture and natural oils
- Sleek, ergonomic, non-slip grip designed for professional comfort
- Variable Heat Settings for All Hair Types
- Heats up in less than 6 seconds
- Professional 360 degree swivel cord to prevent tangling
- Dual voltage, 110-240V, 50/60 Hz
- 120W (USA) / 60W (Canada) Max
- One year limited warranty
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