I decided that before 2013 is officially over I would squeeze in one final post. This post is a review of a product I got as a present for Christmas. It’s kind of a funny story, my sister brought this to my attention and I thought it was the coolest thing ever, but never expected her (or anyone) to get it for me since it was fairly expensive. After creeping many YouTube videos I decided that she would probably love this also, so my boyfriend and I decided to go in together and order this, not knowing that I was getting one as well. In true tradition, my sister told me about the present a few weeks before Christmas (as always haha) and I couldn’t help but get hers out to show her that we had picked the same thing for her.
By now you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. The gift that I got and gave was the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret. This product is supposed to be a revolutionary new curling iron that is faster and makes perfect curls every time. How it works is you pick the type of curl you want from the 3 types available (from looser curls to tight curls) and pick high or low heat. Then once it’s hot you put your hair into the barrel like it says in the directions, press the barrel closed, wait until it beeps 4 times in a row and release your hair to reveal a perfect curl. Or so they say.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a researcher by nature. I usually don’t make purchases without checking out reviews first. This product had great reviews so I figured it would be a smash hit and a no brainer to get this as a gift for my sister, but in this case the reviews were seriously off for me personally as well as my sister.
The first thing I noticed as soon as I dove into this Christmas morning was how difficult it was to line up the hair into the barrel. At first I couldn’t understand why, I thought maybe I wasn’t using it right or some other fault of mine. Then as I was struggling it clicked as to why it was so difficult. In order for this product to work, a specific side of the barrel has to face your head as this is the opening for the hair to go into. The reason why it was so difficult was that I’m left handed and it really is designed for someone who is right handed, so it was awkward and all backwards for me. Usually I deal with things that aren’t made for me, but this was the first product I ever came across that was practically unusable for me.
I kept trying and I did get it to work and then I realized the next flaw to this product. Since the barrel sucks in your hair and winds it to create curls, it can only take in so much hair at a time and the amount it can handle is sections no bigger than 1″. If the section is too big it will literally knot your hair around the barrel. When there is a fear of your hair getting tangled and burned off, this product was seriously demoted further in my eyes. When it tangled, (which it did at least 25 times in the 2 times I tried it) I literally had to pull my hair out of it. Good thing I have a lot of hair or I could seriously be bald right now. At this point I was really not impressed and then this “revolutionary product” decided to put the icing on the cake. In order to complete my medium length, thick hair I spent about 3 hours on Christmas morning. 3 HOURS?? WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT? AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT. Seriously. This is when I realized that this was definitely not all it’s cracked up to be. I couldn’t do the back of my head myself without it tangling so I have no idea how I could ever use this frequently.
I decided a couple days later that I would give this one more opportunity, I thought maybe it was me and that it would be better. I was so wrong. The second time was even worse, it had my hair in so many knots that I actually gave up, had a shower and started over with my hair straight.
Since this is a gift I felt really bad about not enjoying this curling iron, but my sister didn’t enjoy hers either. Her hair is much longer than mine and she didn’t enjoy the kind of curls it made or the time it took. She usually curls with a straightener and this method is much faster. I will say that when I could get it to work, it did make nice curls for me but with all of the other issues this was not worth it. I have a wand curling iron that is just fine for the occasional time I curl my hair.
Overall this was a gift that I was so excited for, but it just didn’t measure up. After the second try it went back into the box and back to Walmart to be returned and my sister did the same. Thankfully this could be returned, so neither of us have to keep this and can choose something else. With all the positive reviews this must work for some people, but I am not one of them obviously.
I hope everyone has a great NYE and I will see you next year,
*Sorry there are no pictures in this post, but I didn’t take time to take any pictures of this before I returned it.