Perhaps, one of the most unique products in our reviews is the InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron, with its one of a kind rotating barrel which – straightens and curls hair at the same time. There could be some confusion as to whether it should be categorized as a hair straightener, because it seems that it is more of a curler.
But the hair straightening features are quite efficient so it is still one well qualified straightener. It is not as inexpensive as the basic flat irons or curlers, but its multifunction design makes up for the extra cost. But how does it really perform on the straightening department? In this review, we will look at each of its functionality and how effective they are based on tests and customer reviews.
Important Features and Specs
Its most significant feature, of course, is the state of the art motorized rotating barrel. If you take the time to watch some demo videos from users, you will see how differently it straightens hair.
You just put some strands between the barrel and the brush on the base; and as you run it through your hair, you will actually hear the barrel’s rotating action against the brush. There is quite some noise. It runs in fast speed with heat, and straightens hair about twice as fast as you would using a flat iron.
It does not look as compact as a flat iron, because of the circular design of the barrel. The handle is a little bulky but still ergonomically designed for easier grip. It still resembles a flat iron tong, except the base is a brush split in two – between a ceramic plate, and the top is a metal barrel. It comes in a nice deep purple housing in glossy finish and is quite lightweight, with dimensions of 3.2 x 6 x 14 inches, Width, Depth, and Height, and weighs about 2 pounds.
The biggest advantage of using this type of straightener is it does not flatten the hair as it straightens it. The rotating barrel will even add volume to your hair and give it a shinier finish. Now, this is something you need to consider based on your styling preferences. Not everyone wants a voluminous hair style.
It will sort of flip inwards because of the barrel. So if that is something you don’t like, maybe a flat iron will be more suitable for you. It will not give a stiff straight finish; rather, just a natural, frizz free straight with a softer body.
It features multiple heat settings which can be adjusted up to 410 degrees, for fine, medium and coarse hair. This setting is easily accessible on the base of the handle, right at the power button. Simply press and slide the switch to low, medium, or high. No exact temperature control is available.
It also heats up fast, at thirty seconds upon initial startup to reach your preferred heat setting. It also features automatic shutoff for safety reasons and to save you on energy costs. The unit will automatically power off after a few minutes of inactivity.
The purpose of the brush on the base is to speed up the process. The first row bristles align the hair and the second row bristles reduce frizz and add volume. This mechanism is what makes it very efficient in straightening and at the same time, polishing the hair. The swivel cord makes it easy to move around and avoid getting tangled as you reach through the back of your head.
- Really easy and fast to smooth hair because of the barrel
- Adjustable temperature
- Does not damage hair
- Adds volume
- Heats up quickly
- Ceramic plates
- Swivel cord
- Auto shutoff
- Not dual voltage
- Makes some noise while it straightens or curls
- Not too compact
- More expensive than standard straighteners or curlers
Who Should Buy
This barrel type straightener and curler will be quite appreciated by those who want a little body on their hair. If you want a full straight finish, you might be better off with a standard flat iron. The body or volume is quite unavoidable because of its barrel design.
It creates a little inward flip so it is not a stiff straight look. It is quite fast and efficient. It straightens hair twice as fast as basic straighteners so this is great for those who are always on the go. It does create some noise so those who are very sensitive to noise may find it inconvenient.
The InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron, Purple, 1-1/4 Inch is a perfect styling tool for those who want a little volume on their hair, whether it’s straight or with some curls. It uses a unique technology with its barrel and ceramic plates which makes it quite fast and efficient. It is not as inexpensive as traditional hair straighteners but the price is nothing quite outrageous, especially with its various features and versatile controls.