Looking for feedback on this "Instyler Hot Rolling Iron" (pic inside)...I want NICE hair...ugh!!!

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Posted: 10/24/2010 4:46:27 AM
Hi, I would LOVE some feedback on this thing before I invest about a hundred bucks (that's the price on TV, at Kohl's, at Bed Bath & Beyond, etc)....

Saw the infomercial, watched the instructions AGAIN online, and it looks GREAT, but we all know it's great to have feedback from real people!

I am SOOO frustrated, I have a GREAT cut, nice product, pretty good blow-drying technique, yet my hair pretty much gets frizzy and unruly and I am SOO tired of it! We were at a wedding recently, and after a few hours, I didn't know how BAD my hair looked----the photos were EMBARRASSING! Yea, the day wasn't about ME, of course, I wasn't the BRIDE but it really breaks my heart that I put a lot of effort into my hair and now, in all the photos, it seriously looks like I just rolled out of bed

Sooo, is THIS tool my answer??? I am desperate! I am also SO TIRED of going into work with nice-looking hair, then a few hours later, it looks like CRAP!!! It makes me look unprofessional, AND I am TIRED of wearing it up all the time!

My other big issue is.....if this makes your hair look great, does it LAST??? That's actually my biggest problem---hair looks great for an hour, then---ARGGH!!!

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Posted: 10/24/2010 4:53:33 AM
just wanted to add, at the wedding where my hair looked TERRIBLE and FRIZZY, it was NOT even very humid at all that evening, AND, I had used the overly-expensive ANTI-FRIZZ product my stylist convinced me to try....(instead of my usual cheapie "Dove" or "Herbal Essence" stuff, which probably works just as well....ugh!)

And WHY, oh WHY can my stylist not even use a flat iron on me, and my hair is NOT frizzy at all? I did everything she said!

Maybe it's time for a wig.....!!!


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Posted: 10/24/2010 5:13:57 AM
Love that infomercial so much that I wanted one too.

Until I read the reviews on-line. At the time, the reviews I found were not so positive.

In my book, the definition of a great cut is one that works with your hair. If your hair is becoming unruly and frizzy, you don't have the right cut. Chances are your stylist does not realy understand how to cut your hair. Finding someone who understood how to cut my hair has made ALL the difference. I spent most of my life feeling the same way... my haircuts would never really work. I'[d do my hair, use the product of the moment and it would end up a mess within a few hours.

My best suggestion is to spend the money on a stylist who specializes in curly hair. You may not think your hair is all that curly. I surely did not think of my hair as curly. Frizzy, yes. Full of random cowlicks, yes. But, after going to someone who specializes in curly hair, I've learned that is really the problem! My hair is no where near as frizzy as it was in the past. I follow the "curly hair rules." I use shampoo less than once a week (I "wash" with conditioner only the rest of the time). I don't use a hairbrush. I rarely try to wear it straight or even partially straight. I do use some products... what I use changes with the seasons and my mood. I mainly use Moroccon oil in the summer (very expensive!), a scrunching mouse when it is less humid, and a volumizing cream thing when my hair starts to get too flat. But, as I said, the secret is really in the haircut. I can use no product and let my hair air dry and have no problems because of the cut.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 5:20:56 AM
Thanks....you have very good points! My hair is curly naturally, and if I just put gel in it when it's wet, people assume I've had a "PERM" (hee hee, that sounds SO eighties!) Yet I have friends with hair just like mine, and after flat-ironing, it looks GORGEOUS!!

I have NOT read reviews of this thing online (before I blow a hundred bucks!), but that was definitely my next step! I have a "wonderful" chi flat iron that was over a hundred, and I just CANNOT master that thing no matter WHAT I do! I've tried EVERYTHING to flip my ends like other peeps have shown me, and my ends either looked crimped and BURNED, or the iron does nothing and my hair looks horribly FLAT!

Thanks again for your ideas, though.....I do appreciate any input! You know what they say...when our hair looks good, we just feel better!

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Posted: 10/24/2010 5:27:08 AM
My sister-in-law has one and LOVES it, but I wasn't impressed with how it made her hair look. It was just meh. But she loves it and I guess that is all that matters. Actually, now that I think about it, I just don't like her haircut on her-it is a stacked bob-shorter up the back and angled down in front, IMO it just doesn't flatter her.

My dd's want an Instyler in the worst way, but apparently not enough to save THEIR money for one.

I agree with Melissa about the cut. It must work for your hair and face shape or it isn't a *great* cut.


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Posted: 10/24/2010 6:22:47 AM
You need to invest in an anti-frizz serum. Also, when you blow dry do you close the cuticles at the end by blow drying your hair with the cold function? That makes a huge difference. If your ends are burning, you're holding the iron there way too long at way too hot of a temperature. Lower the temp and do multiple slow passes instead of holding it.

I'd look at these techniques before investing in yet another implement.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 7:00:46 AM
ScrapWrench---that's great that your SIL loves hers, and, how ironic that the cut you described is the kind of cut I would like to try....someone at this wedding I went to had that cut, and even after dancing for HOURS, her hair looked AWESOME---I also danced for hours and won't discuss how BAD my hair looked! (Mind you, I do realize her hair was surely a different texture and thickness than mine--lucky her! )

Grinning Cat---thanks for all the tips on the cold function and about holding the flat iron too long on my ends, I really appreciate it, but I swear, I have tried SO many different ways with that stupid iron, and NOTHING works. Flipping the ends nice and FAST with a quick twist of my wrist----barely anything happens. Hold it a smidge longer....BURN...and/or it makes those ugly crimp marks. I'm really not an idiot--LOL---my stylist and friends have SHOWN me how to flip my ends, but I swear, once I do it myself, it NEVER works!

You're right, I'm going to try other things before buying yet another implement. And, I should mention that my regular, good ole-fashioned curling iron DOES make my ends look great---for a little while, at least....---

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Posted: 10/24/2010 7:14:00 AM
Another idea is to start the curl in your hair with a big barrel brush when you're blow drying your hair. The barrel heats up and you can coax the hair to start in the direction you want. Then finish it with your straightener or with a curling iron.


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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:19:20 AM
Before purchasing at Bed Bath & Beyond, etc compare the price at Amazon.com.

What type of hair dryer are you using? A hair dryer can make a huge difference in the style and frizzyness of hair. Several friends are stylist and swear that the blow drying technique and blow dryer is a key in keep a style looking nice.

My stylist sells a Babyliss Nano dryer for about $200. I bought a Babyliss off Amazon for $75 which is an even nicer model than the one she uses.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:29:29 AM
you have a chi and you don't like it?

My chi literally saves my hair from looking frizzy. I blow dry with a round brush and while my hair is still damp I use a thermal heat protectant or Frederick Fekkai (sp?) type gloss. I let my chi warm up and I do nice long strokes. Not super slow and not fast either.

my hair is not perfect but for an everyday look it works.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:37:16 AM
I use the big barrel round brush and it really helps with frizz.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:42:13 AM
My sister has one and loves it. Uses it daily to smooth out her hair.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:48:52 AM
My hair guy has used the instyler on me and it worked well but he doesn't use it any more because it crapped out on him. I've also read the reviews and I'm not sinking $100 into something that seems not very durable.

Here's my view: the flatiron is the ONLY thing I've ever used that blocks out humidity and keeps my hair smooth and straight. Why? Because it gets so frigging hot it seals the cuticle and prevents moisture from getting in. I've never met a product yet that does this. And from my experience, the instyler doesn't get hot enough to do this. I blow dry my hair straight too, but a humid/misty day will have it looking nice and frizzy in no time.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 8:51:00 AM
I have no input on the product, just that with BB&B you can always return it if you don't like it, they have a great policy which makes me more likely to purchase things I'm on the fence about (95% of the time I keep what I buy as well)


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Posted: 10/24/2010 9:01:10 AM
Curly hair is a blessing and a curse, isn't it? What kind of iron do you use? It's my experience that you really need to invest in a good one like the hairdressers use. Also, my hairdresser told me that even she can't get her own hair as smooth as when someone else does it. You've gotten great tips here. I haven't used it, but I really don't have much faith in that instyler.

Good luck.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 9:15:59 AM
Do you flat iron in small sections? Pin up most of your hair and work on one small section at a time. I use Rusk Thermal Spray on each section before I flat iron it.

My hair isn't curly, but it definitely has quite a bit of body, and by flat ironing in small sections with the Rusk thermal spray, I get nice results. Never as good as when my stylist, or my sister (who is also a stylist) does it, but I think it's easier to flatiron someone else's air in small sections than to hold your arms behind your head and do your own.

I have never tried the Instyler, but I haven't heard great things from people who have used it. I think it's pretty gimmicky.


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Posted: 10/24/2010 9:21:47 AM
my mom has one and she loves it! it makes her hair look great, and honestly since she started using it, I don't think she has had any trouble with frizz. She works at an elementary school, and has to work recess duty and even going outside in the humidity and/ or drizzle doesn't seem to cause a problem. She also likes to be able to do the curl the ends thing, and I think that is one of the reasons she loves hers. I am planning to get one as soon as I save ip enough, since it eliminates the need for a hair dryer I hate using a hair dryer, and then having to straighten my hair, it takes soo much time, that I just don't have.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 9:32:48 AM
I also have thick, curly hair that I blow out most of the time. It's important to get a GREAT cut, and if you are able to use great products, that helps. I deep condition mine every time I wash it. Fekkai deep masques are the BEST--your hair comes out like silk! I blow it (with a T3 blowdryer that I read about here) and a big, good barrel brush, and then flatiron it with a Paul Mitchell flatiron (I agree that you don't skimp on a good flatiron). I've been putting loose curls back in my hair with a big barrel curling iron too, but I'd LOVE to get old-fashioned hot curlers for that "cheerleader" look. I wouldn't invest in this rolling iron. My hairdresser told me that it's not the best system for curly hair.

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Posted: 10/24/2010 10:11:52 AM

I let my chi warm up and I do nice long strokes. Not super slow and not fast either.

just re-read this and realized it sounds like I am giving advice for something else.

What I was trying to say is I start at the top (roots of hair) and work my way all the way down to the end of the hair. Someone else said do small sections at a time and I agree.

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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:34:10 AM
I REALLY appreciate everyones' input.....!!! I'll be trying everything I read here!!! THANK YOU!!


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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:46:16 AM
I have one my hubby got me for Christmas last year. I don't get the AMAZING results they show in the commercials, but it does smooth and straighten well. I just can't get the lift they show or much curl with it.

So... if you're looking for sleek & smooth - it's good. If you're looking for volume & curl - not so much.


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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:53:59 AM
I have one and I really like it but I have very fine, very slightly wavy hair ... my dd's hair is thicker and it works fine for her but her hair is also only slightly wavy ...

I don't know if it would give you the look that you are wanting ...

Do you know anyone who has an InStyler that you could try out before you buy one?


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Posted: 10/25/2010 12:44:21 PM
Sally's Beauty Supply sells a pink scaled down version of this. We got one for DD. She has hopelessly flat hair, like me. We got it to style her hair for fun. It's flips her hair out, under, wavey curls ect and we love it. Lasts a long time.

My mother tried it to straighten/soften her curly hair and it didn't work at all.

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Posted: 10/25/2010 1:21:58 PM
Do you have thick hair?

My stylist and I talked a lot about getting ALL the moisture out when I was drying it. Before I style it.

I also use a pretty good hair spray.

I have THICK hair. And it curls something awful when I don't want it to.

I don't have the instyler tho, sorry. Can't help you there.

Jerzey pea mentioned this blow out product that I want to try if all the peas hadn't bought it up. Also, I think Garnier had a blow out product. I bought it but haven't used it yet. I think it's $10.

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Posted: 10/25/2010 2:06:08 PM
i can tell you right now that investing in a really top of the line blowdryer will make all the difference.

like CROC or Babyliss.

use product AND a flatiron - and like others have said, run it through slow....from root to end.

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Posted: 10/25/2010 2:17:58 PM
Do you make sure your hair is super dry before straightening? Do you have a really good flatiron and let it heat for a long time before starting? Stylists get really good results because the iron is super hot.

Have you thought about getting a keratin treatment (not Brazilian Blowout but similar)?


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Posted: 10/25/2010 2:26:46 PM
I just thought I'd add that you can look on Makeupalley.com for more info, if you haven't already. THe forums always have really good advice.
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