I've been growing out my hair for the last 3 years. I used to have this short pixie cut, and decided now that I'm a mom, I'd like to first of all have manageable hair that allows me to just put it up on a ponytail. But, now that my kids are getting a little older, and I'm less likely to get spit up on, or have my hair pulled, I've been wanting to play with my hair a little more. The only problem with this newfound interest in my hair, is that I don't have ANYTHING. I don't own a curling iron, I have one flat iron that isn't really my favorite, no hairspray, no styling ANYTHING.
I happened across a website called Flat Iron Experts and was blown away by their inventory. Not only do they sell flat irons, as their name would suggest, but they also sell curling irons, hair styling products, blow dryers, and even cosmetics. The great thing about this website is that they offer FREE shipping to the USA and Canada on all orders $50 or more. And, they have a lowest price guarantee, so you know you'll be getting the best price out there.
Flat Iron Experts offered to send me a Hot Tools Professional Marcel 1" Curling Iron to review. Honestly, I had no clue there were different handles for curling irons, so before I said yes I made sure I at least knew what "marcel" meant. There are two different handles; a marcel handle, and a spring handle. A marcel handle does not have any spring to it. It is 100% manual. Flat Iron Experts also sent a bottle of KQC Thermal Shine Spray, and a Flat Iron Experts Iron Holder. Talk about generous!
I have to admit that there was quite the learning curve with the marcel handle since I am by no means a professional. I had never used one before, much less heard of one, so I've spent the last few days practicing. Like I've said, I don't even own a curling iron. I haven't used one in probably more than five years, and what I did use was a spring handled iron. The first time I tried using the Hot Tools Professional Marcel Curling Iron I couldn't get my hair to curl... at all. I couldn't even get any wave going. I have a few friends who are stylists so I asked how in the world am I supposed to use this thing. It was suggested that I search for a "how to" video on You Tube. I found a GREAT one, and if you're new to marcel handles, I'd suggest you watch the video too.
Now, I never got my hair to look as great as the girl did in the video, but my guess is that she does this quite often, and I've only spent a few hours goofing around trying to get some results. Plus, my hair is also super straight, really fine, and never has taken to curling irons all that well. But, I'm up for trying anything new! The Hot Tools Marcel Curling Iron had several features that after using a few times, I really began to enjoy. Practically everything on this curling iron spins. The handle spins (and locks back into place), the lever spins, and even the are where the cord is attached spins. The barrel heats up ridiculously fast and heats up to 430 degrees. The handle is also extremely comfortable, and the product just FEELS like quality. Does that make sense? You know how some products you buy you can just tell by handling it that it is going to break within a matter of days. Flat Iron Experts normally sells the Hot Tools Marcel 1" Curling Iron for $119.99, but it is currently on sale for $45.95!
- Patented Pulse Technology® for Gets Hot. Stays Hot performance
- 85 watts
- Variable heat settings with built-in rheostat control up to 430 degrees
- Fast heat up
- Soft-Grip textured handle
- Powerful spring clamp
- Extra-high heat
- 24K gold - plated barrel
- Heavy-duty long-life heating element
- Foldaway safety stand
- Pilot light
- 8-foot professional cord
- On / Off switch
- Solid-state circuitry
- AC 110V 60Hz for use in USA/Canada
- One year warranty
Flat Iron Experts recommends the KQC Thermal Shine Spray as a heat styling accessory and has ranked it as the best heat protector. I was a little skeptical since I really hate putting extra products in my hair. Anything that I'm supposed to leave in make my hair greasy, and you can usually feel a build up of gunk. I LOVE this spray! It makes my hair so shiny with none of the grease or added build up of stuff. My hair feels smooth, soft, and just looks great after using the spray. All it takes is a tiny bit while your hair is still wet. Then all I did was blow dry my hair, brush it, and start curling. If the KQC Thermal Shine Spray is this good, I'd like to see what Flat Iron Experts suggests for hair spray.
"KQC Thermal Shine Spray is an ion enriched polishing complex formulated for superior heat protection and ultra gloss hair shine. Lightweight, non-greasy micro mist spray that eliminates frizz, softens and polishes hair without build up. Designed for all hair types. Use with flat iron, curling iron or hair dryers." ~ Flat Iron Experts
Flat Iron Experts also sent their iron holder. Unfortunately I don't even have a counter anywhere in my bathroom, so that is one product that will probably go unused until I can make space on some shelves. However, I really like that it has suction cups on the bottom of it, and it seems to be a nice way to store your iron in between uses. It keeps it from getting banged around, and protects a good portion of the barrel.
Overall, I'm VERY happy with all of the products Flat Iron Experts sent! I can't wait until I've mastered the marcel handle, and that KQC spray is one of the best hair products I've ever used. With their great prices this is definitely one online store I suggest you check out if you're looking for any hair or beauty products!
*I received products free of charge from Flat Iron Experts in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.
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