Instyler rotating Iron Review

 

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A number of months ago, I searched Dublin high and low for what was considered to be the must have tool in hair styling. The Instyler was everywhere. Everyone seemed to have one, and everyone seemed to be raving about it. I had to have it. I didn’t want to be missing out on fabulous hair. When Boots had a half price offer on, I thought to myself, it must be a sign and spent the day driving around all the Boots in Dublin looking for one. I was delighted with myself when I tracked down what I was told, was the last Instyler in Dublin and quickly set off home to sort my hair out.

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The Instyler has a rotating cylinder with a brush on one side, it is said to straighten, curl, volumes and add lift and shine, while all the time not burning your hair. It heats up really fast and can be used on both dry and slightly damp hair. There are 3 different heat setting, for different hair types. It comes with a bag to store in, as well as a comb, a protection cage and a DVD to show you how to use it.

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When using the Instyler I dried my hair full and section it off use hair grips. The first time I used it, I used it to straighten my hair and add volume. You need to take small section at a time, or you won’t see any difference. While it did straighten the hair, it was nowhere near as straight as I like it. To me you just can’t beat the GHD for straightening your hair. It did lift the hair and give it good volume, but it could have been smoother.

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When it came to curling my hair, myself and the Instyler, just didn’t get on. My hair just wouldn’t take the curl. My hair normally curls very easily, but with the Instyler, I was getting more of a kink then a curl. Not only that, but I burnt myself a number of times. Like really badly burnt myself, to the point that the burn on my ear ached all day and scabbed over after a day or too. You can only use the protection cage when straightening your hair, so even when I hit the barrel off my ear, it would burn.

Hair straight after curling

when I got my Great Lengths,  I decided to give the Instyler another shot. Again, it added good volume, but it didn’t straighten the hair well, and the ends of my hair were not smooth. The extensions took a curl much better than my natural hair and I was actually delighted with myself, as I thought my hair looked fab. Fast forward two hours and my hair was as flat as a pancake again. This does not happen when I put in GHD curls, or curl my hair with the wand.I found this very frustrating. Even with loads of hair spray, the curl just does not hold.

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Hair straight after curling and then 2 hours later

    I have held off writing this review for the last few months as I really wanted to give the Insyler a chance, but no matter what way I used it , I came to the same conclusion, the Instyler is just not for me.  I can managed my hair and I am good at putting in styles, curling, blow drying etc, but I just could not get the Insytler to work for me.   At €134.99 this is not a cheap hair tool at all. I paid €67.5o and even that is too much in my opinion. I have since bought a Diva pro Jumbo wand and this to me is a million times better than the Instyler and a fraction of the cost. ( you can buy it cheaper in salon services)  I will do a full review on the Divo pro want next week.

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Hair straight after curling and then 1 hour later

Overall, I would not recommend the Instyler. There are much better options out there, that don’t cost anywhere near as much.

Pros  

  • heats up fast
  • adds good volume
  • smooths out the hair
  • doesn’t damage your hair

Cons

  • takes a long time to work through the hair
  • doesn’t give pin straight hair
  • curls dont last
  • very very hot and far to easy to burn yourself
  • expensive
  • noisy
  • works better with hair extensions than natural hair

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20 Comments

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    YourBeauty.ie
    May 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Your hair looks unbelievable, so full and glamorous. Its not worth the hassle of curling it, if after an hour it drops – great review!

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      Sinead K
      May 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Andreea. I’m delighted with my extensions, but the in styler is just not worth it.

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        sinead o connor
        December 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        Great review. Thanks for saving me My money! How did u Find the diva Pro jumbo

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          Sinead K
          December 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

          sinéad I love the Diva Pro Jumbo. I love the wave it gives my hair

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        NW
        December 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm

        Just wondering what spray you use to hold the curl in place? Surely that would be key in the staying power. Also curious as to the change in hair colour in top picture comparing the time lapse…

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          Sinead K
          December 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm

          the change in hair colour would be due to the light. They were 100% taken in the time stated. Also I tried a number of different products in my hair to keep the curl in place including mouse, hair spray both cheap and expensive brands

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          Sinead K
          December 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

          also the picture on the left was taken by myself with the front facing iPhone camera and the second pic was taken by someone else with a proper camera

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    kel lynch
    August 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Sinead,

    Your hair looks gorgeous when you curled your extensions in. What a shame that it all drops out! The only other review I’ve read about this is from SoSueMe who absolutely RAVES about the Instyler. She wears Great Lengths extensions too so maybe that’s why :/

    Anyhow, I’m so glad to have read an honest review on it anyway. Love your page!

    <3 Kel from Dress-Addicted Law Girl

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      Sinead K
      August 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I have Great Lengths in too, but it just doesn’t hold. It defo doesn’t hold with normal hair. Some people love it, but it just isn’t for me. Delighted you like the page. i love hearing that xx

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    Stephanie
    October 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I had to laugh about it being noisy! I have been using it at 6am and thinking to myself, this might wake up the house!

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      Sinead K
      October 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

      it is like some one cutting the sunday roast. The noise doesn’t bother me as a hair dryer is noisy too

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    Kelly Petit
    October 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Great review! I’m always looking for a product that will put a decent curl in my hair. Your hair looks fab but the picture lasted longer than the curl lol. I’ll keep my money and strike it off the Xmas list after reading your review.

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      October 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

      try the jumbo curler from diva pro

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    Olivia
    December 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    So glad to have read this as I was going to invest! I’m very wary of blogs that only ever give rave reviews so find your blog very balanced thank you!

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      January 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Thank Olivia. I know some bloggers just choose not to write bad reviews,but I think it’s good to give both sides

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    Aisling
    March 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Usually I agree with your reviews but we must have totally different hair! I have think long and slightly coarse hair and could easily get 3 to 4 days if I curl my hair using the instyler – I would regard it as the best money I ever spent!

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      March 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      i’ve used it on natural hair and on my great lengths extensions. I really wanted to love this but I really couldn’t.

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    julieragesh
    November 13, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Hi,

    I have curlee hairs i want to use Instyler to straight my hairs before that i want to know how long it looks straight

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      November 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

      it might take you a while to get straight. Try the boreal steam pod

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        julieragesh
        November 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

        Thank u for ur information, does l’oreal steampod looks straight whole day

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