When I first saw the infomercial for The InStyler rotating flat iron a year or so ago I was intrigued, but thought there is no way it could work and just wrote it off without another thought. I had all but given up on wearing my naturally curly hair straight except for the occasional blowout (when I actually have a few extra minutes to myself). Ever since having my son a year and a half ago, I'm lucky enough just to wash my hair. Sure I used to blowdry and then flat iron my hair once in a while, but it never looked as good as a professional blowout and now, I just don't have an hour to spare to mess with my hair. Besides, the whole process just leaves my hair looking fried. And blowouts? At $40 per pop (not to mention a tip) it adds up!
My interest was recently sparked again when I was checking out celebrity stylist Robert Verdi's Holiday Giftguide. If he suggests something it has to be good so now I really wanted to give this baby a try. Mind you, I was a little apprehensive since the last time I tried a flatiron given to me. I still cry when I think about what the Remington Wet2Straight iron did to my hair (resulting in a trim of 3 inches mere weeks after having cut my hair!). The word 'fiasco' doesn't even begin to describe it.
So I managed to get my hands on one and as it turned out I had a holiday party to attend the same evening it arrived. As soon as I ripped open the package containing my new InStyler I read all of the material and watched the DVD. There was no way I was going to try this on my hair before feeling 100% comfortable I knew what I was doing.
The device made by Tré Milano is the first-ever, rotating hot iron. The InStyler easily allows you to style your hair like a pro. It claims you can straighten your locks, curl your tresses and do everything in between. Created by esteemed hair stylists, Bruno Meglio and Claudio Marino and design engineer Michael Ragosta, this device is supposed to work with just a few easy steps.
The InStyler is a multipurpose styling tool,designed to offer maximum styling benefits without the difficulty of managing a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron or big round brush. Plus, The InStyler gets hair ready in a fraction of the time of other styling tools and allows you to achieve many looks with just one hair appliance. With this one convenient tool you can:
• Straighten hair without flattening it
• Create soft curls
• Flip ends in or out to finish a look
• Enhance volume and body at the root
• Quickly style from damp to dry without damaging hair
Simply run The InStyler through your hair, allowing the first set of bristles to gently sort and separate the individual strands. Next, the rotating, heated cylinder gently glides over your hair, smoothing, polishing and straightening. Finally, the second set of bristles finishes the hair leaving it shiny and smooth.
So armed with this information I felt I was ready to give it a try. Worst case, I could always pull my hair back into a chic bun. My hair was already completely air-dried and curly so I set the heat to the maximum heat setting and divided my hair into sections. I was totally shocked and giddy when I saw my hair straightening before my very eyes with little effort. I was able to get my hair party ready in 10 minutes! Not only that, it was shiny and looked as good as my expensive blowouts! I truly had tears in my eyes…The InStyler I am convinced has changed my life! Between my iPad and The InStyler…my holidays were made!
THE INSTYLER, $119 is available at getinstyler.com.
Since I am so enamoured with The InStyler we are lucky enough to be able to give two (2) away to two women who are dying to try this life-changing styling tool. What do you have to do? Simply tell us why you deserve The InStyler (tales of hair woe help influence us) as a comment to this post. Please make sure to leave us your email address and enter only once. We will pick the winners on Tuesday, January 11 at 5pm EST and send you an email if you have won.
- Lauren Dimet Waters