After reading ALL of the instructions last night, washing & conditioning my naturally curly-frizzy hair to free it of product residue as instructed; detangling it, towel drying, and letting it air dry fully, Penny decided to test the product this morning. The product heated up fine and I decided to use it at the highest setting (approx. 385 degrees). After lightly spraying each section of hair with CHI 44 Guard Thermal Protection, (the instructions said you could use a little product if your hair is thick), Penny proceeded to straighten out her untamed mane. Here are the results:
- It's not hard to use but you have to take your time.
- It straightens your hair about as well as any flat iron.
- It's not heavy.
- It heats up quickly and easy to turn on and off.
- It has an automatic shut off and comes with a heat protection shield (snaps onto the barrel) if you need to put one on; prevents you from getting too close to your scalp.
- It is difficult to get to the roots. They actually have a technique to help you get to the roots on their website, but you're not using the brush side; you're just pulling the hair away from the scalp and using the hot barrel to tap at the roots and smooth them out. Same as you would with a curling iron or flat iron. Can still burn your scalp if you're a novice.
- Does not save time; have to part the hair in 2" sections so it takes just as long as a flat iron or curling iron to completely style the whole head
- The barrel is a little over an inch thick, so depending on the length of your hair, it will only give you a wide curl or bump at the end.
- Too damn loud! The motor on this thing is almost as loud as my kitchen blender!
- The unit shut off automatically several times after just 20 mins of use. I went back to the instructions to see if maybe I was doing something wrong, but there is no "trouble shooting" page in the brochure. Less than half way through, I had to plug in my flat iron and finish styling my hair.
Be blessed. Be beautiful.