A few weeks ago I had the chance to review a Cortex Solo 450 Titanium Flat Iron from Flat Iron Experts, and before that a Hot Tools Marcel 1" Curling Iron. This week, we're back to the curling irons and I had the opportunity to review a BaByliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron, just one of the many products Flat Iron Experts sells.
It is only recently that I've started to use curling irons again. My hair is not exactly curling iron friendly, but I'm always willing to give anything a try. The Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling iron was rated Top #2 Curling Iron by Flat Iron Experts, and barely missed being ranked #1 due to its price. And while it is normally priced at $119 you can get it for only $84.99! (I still love that low price guarantee and FREE shipping on orders more than $50.)
Anyway, after getting mostly used to the marcel handled Hot Tools Curling Iron, it was a relatively easy transition back to the spring handled BaByliss Pro. I'm still not even close to being a professional, and do struggle to get things "just right", but I REALLY enjoyed using this particular curing iron. Personally I thought the ceramic tourmaline worked much better than previous curling irons I have tried. I needed to use smaller sections of hair, but that would make sense with the barrel being a little smaller. It's not a bad thing, but I'm impatient and not a super "girly girl" so it's hard for me to justify spending extra time on myself when my kids are terrorizing the house. However, as of right now, the BaByliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron is definitely my first choice.
- 5 barrel sizes available
- Unique POP-IN/POP-OUT temperature control
- Ultra-powerful heaters that provide fast, steady maximum temperatures
- Instant heat recovery
- 40 heat settings
- Heats up to 428ºF(220ºC)
- Slim rubberized handles
- Tourmaline/Ceramic closes the hair cuticle resulting in smooth, glossy hair.
- Tourmaline/Ceramic plus heat emits NEGATIVE IONS which eliminate static electricity and neutralize odors and bacteria.
- Tourmaline/Ceramic barrels retain heat more efficiently, distribute it more evenly and eliminate damaging hot spots.
- Tourmaline/Ceramic radiates faster drying FAR-INFRATED HEAT, which dries hair from the inside out, preserving more moisture within the hair shaft and causing less damage to the hair cuticle.
- Extra long, heavy duty swivel cord
- Dual Voltage
- One year warranty
I went about this review in my usual way. I washed my hair, used the KCQ Thermal Shine spray, and then blow dried it and brushed it. This time I thought I'd try to get a better result all over instead of just in the front. I separated my hair out into sections, and began curling. Before I curled the top section of my hair I teased it just a bit so it had a little more volume. My hair is straight as straight can be, and the length weighs it down making it sit flat against my head. It still took a few practice runs, but instead of 5 hours of 5 days, it took me about 30 minutes to get to the point of being happy with the results. I wanted to brush out the curls to see if I could get some waves, but I worried that I'd brush all of the curl out and have to start from the beginning. When I did, I decided to just run my fingers through to break up the curls, and my hair had a nice wave to it. I'm impressed that even hours later my hair has held a lot of the curl without using any hair spray or additional styling products.
I thought the curling iron was extremely comfortable to use, and the super long, rotating cord was an added bonus. The curling iron heated up super fast, and I never felt a lag of heat between opening and closing the barrel. I thought the push button features were pretty neat too. If you want to change your heat setting just push the button in to unlock it, spin the dial, and push it back in. You'll never accidentally change your heat setting. The on/off button had the push button feature too instead of the typical sliding button. I also liked that although the barrel heats up to 428 degrees and does feel really hot, for some reason I wasn't worried about burning myself. I'm sure I certainly could have, but even with the barrel so close to my head, the heat seemed to stay mainly within the barrel instead of radiating out. The entire experience was really great, and I never felt like I was damaging my hair - even curing and re-curling certain sections several times. GREAT product!
* I received a product 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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