I am ridiculously bad at curling my hair, to the point that it's laughable. For some reason, being able to use curling irons, curling wands, or whatever other tools there are out there meant for curling hair has eluded me. The closest I've ever gotten to good curls is when I used a large round brush -- and even then they were more like loose waves and it took me about an hour. I had given up on the idea that I would ever get bouncy, perfect curls like so many girls I see out and about. I made excuses for myself, saying I didn't have the time or patience or that my hair's too thick for the tools to work. In reality, I just sucked. The curls always looked frizzy and tangled rather than falling in pretty ringlets or it looked like I got attacked by a cat.
Then a few months ago, I came across Conair's Curl Secret on some website or another. Honestly, it looked to good to be true. It can't be that simple, I told myself. Where's the catch? I asked. I put it out of my mind, thinking it would just be another tool collecting dust in my cabinet. I didn't give it another thought until I went to a laser hair removal appointment and the technician said she had just picked one up from Target. She couldn't stop gushing about how easy it was to use and how well the curls held up, even with her pin-straight hair. She showed me pictures of her at her cousin's wedding and I couldn't believe how professional her hair looked. They were literally PERFECT curls.
With my birthday coming up in a few days, I left my appointment and went and bought one at Wal-Mart. The price was $99.97 -- which didn't seem too bad for the results I was hoping to get. I couldn't wait to get home and try it and was pleasantly surprised to see it was very simple. There are 2 heat levels and 3 timer settings, depending on how loose or tight you want your curls to be. The machine heats up in an astonishingly fast 30 seconds and if you forget to shut it off as you rush out the door, no worries -- it will automatically shut itself off after 60 minutes. My biggest fear was getting my hair caught in the machine, as I had read some horror stories but that was quickly extinguished within a minute of using it. Because you can only put in thin sections of hair at a time (think like 1 inch, to 1 1/2 sections) it's nearly impossible to get your hair caught. Better yet, the machine automatically knows if it's tangled or there's too much hair and will beep rapidly to alert you while releasing the hair at the same time.
Now, I have to admit that the first time I clamped it over my hair in and saw it get sucked up into the machine, I jumped and squeaked; I was terrified that I would release it after the beep indicator and my hair would still be in the machine and no longer attached to my head. Happily, this was not the case. I was rewarded with a perfect ringlet and couldn't wait to continue. Because the machine is so effective and heats up to about 430 degrees Fahrenheit, the length of time it took to do my whole head was around ten minutes. Yes, you read that right -- TEN MINUTES. I couldn't believe it. I had bouncy, frizz-free curls in less than the time it takes for me to blow-dry my hair. I also loved how quiet the machine is, unlike my InStyler.
The curls lasted all day and looked even better when I woke up the next day. They were more relaxed and beachy-looking since I slept on them and if I didn't have a weird obsession with having to wash my hair everyday, I definitely could have rocked that look for a second day. I don't normally give a product five stars, but this one I have to. I am completely amazed by it and so happy I can now get perfect, hassle-free curls. I'm looking forward to growing my hair out to see how it looks with longer hair.
But in the meantime, take a look at the slideshow to see how it worked on my shoulder-length hair!