I’ve been the beneficiary of a few hair compliments lately (thank you!), but I do feel obliged to point out that, left to its wild, unchecked state, my natural locks look a little something like this…
At one time I estimated that I’d spent approximately one quarter of my life growing out botched haircuts.
Why so much time?
Because my hair! — it’s so moody! It’s the frizzy, slightly-wavy-but-not-curly and hella heavy mop on top of my head, man, and it’s moody like Tabs on Monday morning.
It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I figured out some reliable ways to regularly wrangle it into submission.
Finding a stylist who knew what to do with my mop, and could show me how to do it myself, made the biggest difference.
Her name was Alis Peralta, and she works over at A-Line Salon out here in Corte Madera, California. Getting some good styling tools, like the $17 Revlon Perfect Heat Tourmaline Ceramic 1 1/2″ Styling Iron, helped, too.
The look? Big curls!
This is the weapon I wield when I want big, loose curls — curls like the kind where my hair walks into the room first, ya know? Farrah Fawcett-caliber curls.
The big barrel works great for medium and longer hair styles, having enough room to spiral a full curl.
This iron dips its toe into big wave territory, if you know what I mean, and as the day wears on, and the curls relax ever so slightly, they get even bigger and looser, which I love.
Boom! The tourmaline ceramic barrel. This bad boy has one, and Revlon says it contains mineral conditioning crystals that eliminate frizz for silky, smooth curls.
It also has 30 (!) heat settings, although really, I only use the highest one; an automatic shut-off; a heat-resistant storage cover; a swivel cord at the bottom to prevent annoying tangling and a 30-second heat-up time.
I like the results I get from this iron and have used it about twice a week for going on two years. Coupled with the right styling products, the curls last from 2-4 days.
There’s always room for improvement, though, right? Like I wish it had a better…
- Kickstand. This one’s a pain because it gets in the way when I’m curling. If I could (do it without breaking something important), I’d remove it.
- On/Off button. They’re placed too far down the handle! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been curling and realized that I accidentally turned it off.
- Coating. I’m not completely sold on the tourmaline thing here. I’ve used non-tourmaline irons before, and I don’t notice a big of difference in terms of frizz-fighting power. In this one’s case, the coating has also started to wear off in patches.
The final verdict
While I think it has some room for improvement, it’s only $17! Seriously, it’s fantastic for the price.
It’s one of the more affordable curling irons out there, and I love its big, bouncy, long-lasting curls.
AVAILABILITY: At drugstores, Target, Ulta and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,