Hot Shot Tools Pink Titanium Curling Iron
They're makin' 'em cheaply now.
I had a 3/4 barrel iron that served me very well through many styles for many years. I recently had to replace mine because the cord went wonky and it would only stay on if the cord was swiveled at a certain angle. So I bought a second one.
First of all, the lever on the new one is angled so far from the handle, I don't know whose Frankenstein hands they thought were going to use this thing. My old one was perfect, and the new one's LEVER IS 1 1/2 INCHES AWAY FROM THE HANDLE!!!! The old model's lever measures a mere 1/2 inch away from the handle, making it much easier for my ladyhands to reach and style quickly.
Secondly, the handle fells like lighter, cheaper, and presumably less durable material. I hadn't thrown out my old iron yet, and was able to compare them side-by-side.
I've only used the new one once,and it seemed to heat as quickly, but I didn't use it for a full style to be able to see how consistently it maintains temperature.
I'm disappointed in my new Iron, because it's more difficult to manipulate while styling, and seems to be cheaply made in comparison to the same one I bought years ago. :(
January 10, 2014
I decided to try the 1 1/4 barrel size as I already have a 1 1/2 barrel curling iron. I noticed that while it did get pretty hot my hair constantly kept slipping out while I was curling it. I will return it ASAP and keep my original curling iron instead.
August 11, 2013
Worked Good at First, Then Broke
I had previously owned a Helen of Troy curling iron that last me several years, and when it finally broke I bought this one to replace it. This curling iron worked well for about 6 months (my only problem with it was the cord design, which didn't swivel easily enough to keep the cord from twisting up on me). Then one day I plugged it in and went to go curl my hair only to find that it was still cold. I checked it and discovered that the on/off switch had broken in half inside of the casing. I superglued the whole thing together in the "on" position so that it still works and I just unplug and plug it in as needed. I expected better quality for the price, but it does do a good job curling my hair.
July 14, 2012
I bought this curling iron because it had great reviews and was not too expensive. For the first use, I followed the instruction booklet and heated the iron to 380F. (This seemed reasonable as I have thick hair and usually heat my straightener to 375 or 400). I wrapped a 1inch strand around the iron and upon letting it go (10 seconds later) half of my hair was attached to the iron. The iron had burned my hair right off my head and my light brown hair had turned black and melted to the iron! Needless to say, I repackaged the iron and plan on returning it. While this may have been a malfunctioning unit, I did notice that the stand is made of the same metal as the iron and heats up just as well, making it too hot to fold back; not the best design.
May 27, 2012