Friday, December 12, 2014

How to get straight hair fast and effortlessly.

Big thanks to Vocalpoint and Instyler for sponsoring this discussion. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links through which I will make a small percentage from your purchase. Thanks for your help! 

If you're like me, you have naturally curly hair that you love to straighten pretty often. You may also have two heads of hair that tend to frizz like me too. Well, I have just discovered up and coming revamped products by Instyler that make both of those nuisances a lot easier to control. 
Instyler has  3 different styling tools.

Each tool is a workhorse! They make waves, give you body, flips, get your hair dead straight or give you big or tight curls! They do it all in their own ways. 

The Instyler Max 2 way straightener and curler 

I chose to focus on the Max 2 way barrel straightener with a brush attached.  The special thing about this tool is that you can just close fast two times and the barrel changes the direction of it's rotation! I love the barrel technique and it is actually better than my flat iron. No joke! 

It does so much in so little time. Seriously, I thought I loved my flat iron, but I still get slight waves with it sometimes. With the 2 way, it just gets it dead straight, because of the soft brush and barrel motion pulling as it heats your hair. Yet it gives you the shape you want, depending on which way you turn. I like the classic inward flip for my layers. And it stays so shiny and bouncy. Sometimes, I like to follow it up with my own wave shape. It's just fun to play with!

 I always put a heat protectant in my hair when using tools and this gets pretty hot, so make you sure you put on protection ;) ! I started out low and realized I had to get up to the 3 out of 4 settings to get the results I wanted. 3 is my perfect heat setting. For those with very tight cork screw curls, you will want to use a 4, but a 3 may work too, depending on the thickness of your hair. 

Using this took me about 20 min. I found that I had to go over every spot twice, but it gets it pretty straight just going over it the first time. The second time is to make it lay with less poof. I am not kidding when I say I have thick unruly poofy hair! As you can tell. 

After I straightened I tried out a light curl. 

It is a little confusing at first to grasp exactly how to hold the iron, roll the hair over the barrel and twist your wrist a little. Not gonna lie, it took me a few tries, but I like to make everything complicated! You have to be sure the barrel is facing your scalp when wrapping the hair around it. When I got the hang of it I thought the curl was very nice. I was looking to do a bigger cork crew type of curl, but I think I need more practice to get it bigger.  You have an insane amount of variety with these tools!

Another amazing feature to this tool - the automatic cooler

There's an automatic cooling off switch after a certain amount of minutes. So if you happen to leave it on, which I don't recommend, it'll eventually turn itself off with the handy dandy attachment that comes with it. (See first closeup. It's the little ball at the top of the barrel)  so make sure to screw that into the top. The directions will tell you this.  I also find this much safer to use than my chunky flat iron that I have come close to burning myself with more than a few times.

There you have it. You can't see me using sections of my hair, but I did. The trick is to use small sections and work your way slowly down. Don't tug hard, let it do it's magic! 

 Here's a short video of  me proudly flipping my newly straightened mane with the Instyler Max 2 way. ( Note, there is a wave on one side from the curl I demonstrated,  to show the waves you can make.) Shampoo commercials, where are you? I'm here! ;) 

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  1. Super cute! I've wanted one of those for a while now!!!

  2. I am currently looking for a new brand of straightener to get my daughter (her current one is a cheap Wally World special), so catching this review is great timing. Definitely putting this brand in the running for a future purchase. Thanks!

  3. I'm always looking for something to help with my hair. Its heavy and straight. I want to try that auto curler!