Hair styling is one of those things that I find hard and time consuming but when done well is totally worth it. One of the easiest looks that look gorgeous is the simple curling of the hair, especially the ends, to create a more textured and layered look. Many of us achieve this with the aid of a curling iron but it takes a lot of time and your technique makes a huge difference.
So, when I saw the automated hair curlers I was sold. Save time, fuss and use a technique that will be more even and reproducible. I bought myself a Glamoriser Instant Autocurler and put it to the test. Is it as good as a normal hair curler and is it worth the high price tag? Let’s find out.
The Glamoriser Instant Autocurler comes in nice outer packaging.
The Autocurler itself is made of a velvet feeling, purple plastic material. It is neither too heavy or too light and it just feels luxurious to hold.
It has 4 buttons on the side, 1 to turn the device on, a + and a – for adjusting temperature and a menu button. All options and selections are shown into a screen which is on the side of the device, exactly where you would grip it from, which makes it slightly annoying.
It has another 2 buttons at the bottom of the barrel that can be used to rotate the device left or right.
How it works
To use: power the curler, turn it on by pressing the on button, select the temperature you prefer by using the + and – buttons and then press the menu button. You then have to select curling time, meaning how long your hair will be exposed to your chosen temperature. Finally, you have to press the power button again to lock your settings. It sounds a bit complicated at first but you will get used to it in no time.
Once all these choices are made, it’s time to curl the hair. You are supposed to use 2cm sections and place it in the barrel while ensuring that the U shape (the opening of the barrel) is facing away from you. You can then press one of the directional buttons (left or right) which makes the barrel turn and swirl up your hair inside it. After 4 beeps you can pull your hair out by simply pulling it out of the device.
While the device was easy to use I found it overall very disappointing. The curls where very hard to create equal and some of them would be thinner, thicker, more bouncy, more curly etc because it really depends on how the hair gets arranged in the barrel, which you can’t really control. The device automatically picks it up and swirls it around for you which means that you are at the mercy of the device to create similar curls every time.
It is also very hard to use on medium to long or very long hair because the barrel can only hold a certain amount and length of hair. I quite often ended up with hairs that were straight at the top, curly in the middle and straight at the end. This can be eventually sorted out with practice with the device but still it means that the process is not automated at all, the only thing that is automated is the picking up of the hair. Is that really worth the £100? Definitely not.
After playing around with it for a long time and trying out different settings as well, I was never really able to justify the results for the price. My curls were beautiful but lasted only 1-3 hours at best before going back to being straight. I do have thick unruly hair but other similar processes, like for example hair straightening, work and my hair doesn’t go back in a few hours. Sadly then curling using this device didn’t give me lasting results.
If you have thin hair that is easily impressionable then this device might work for you BUT what you have to consider is whether automating the picking up of the hair is worth the £100. If you ask me, I’d give this device a pass.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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