The InStyler Rotating Iron makes quite the claim on their website. It promises to "polish" hair instead of crushing or pressing your hair into place. The rotating drum and brush bristles are supposed to align hair easily for styling that is quick, less damaging to the hair, and leaves the hair looking and feeling "like silk".
To be honest, I had no intention of ever using or trying the InStyler for myself. Until my mother purchased one. Like all television ads, if you "act now" you will receive, not one, but TWO InStylers for price of one. So, when my mom received her InStyler, she thought I'd like to try the second.
The InStyler Rotating Iron: How it Works and What it Promises
According to the InStyler's web site, the unique design of the rotating drum coupled with the the brush bristles gently sort and separate your hair strands while the rotating heated polishing cylinder gently glides over your hair, smoothly polishing, straightening, and styling each strand. The second set of bristles locks in the shine as a finishing touch on your hair. The InStyler promises to leave your hair styled, polished, full of body, shiny, and silky.
The InStyler boasts that, by using less heat, your hair won't get smashed and baked as it does with the super-intense heat of a flat iron or other hot tool. And, the InStyler claims that gentle heat in conjunction with the rotating motion of the polishing cylinder gives a polish to your hair strands in a more individual manner, requiring less heat for better results.
Additionally, the InStyler is a versatile styling tool, with promises to be a flat iron, curling iron, volume boosting machine that can give you amazing results in a fraction of the time. With the InStylers, you can flip, curl, straighten, volumize, and style with just one tool. The InStyler's website gives great tips and video-how-to's to achieve every style imaginable.
Putting the InStyler to the Test with Three Different Style Techniques
I'm going to admit, I was skeptical about using this InStyler on my hair. Prior to each styling, I washed my hair normally, used my regular daily protein spray and leave-in treatment, and then I blow-dried my hair. No volume sprays, no round brush blow-out, no frizz-reducing products. Did I mention that I have giant hair when I do this? My natural wave becomes natural frizz and well, let's just say that it's not pretty. But, I figured if this InStyler was all it claimed to be, it would tame my crazy mane, right?
My first attempt was a little clumsy and it took a bit to get used to handling the InStyler. After a few minutes of monkeying around with it, I got the hang of it. Small, thin sections are necessary to get the best results, and I discovered that the slower your move the InStyler down your hair shaft, the nicer the hair seems to come out.
Style One: Straight and Curled Slightly Under
This style wasn't particularly difficult after I got the hang of handling the InStyler. With the bristle side up, I simply pulled my hair through with the InStyler as directed. If you want the hair to bend slightly under, you will need to rotate your wrist slightly to direct the bend of the hair. I started at the nape of the neck and, moving in small sections, worked my way up my head. As I got to the crown/top of my head, I directed the hair up to get more volume (as demonstrated on the website), which worked quite nicely. I thought the final result was rather impressive. My hair was smooth, soft, with nice shine, and pretty impressive volume that stayed through the evening.
Style Two: Flipped Out
In order to achieve a flipped out look, I simply reversed the InStyler so the bristle side of the device was down and directed the hair to flip up. Working in the same manner as the previous style, from the nape of the neck up, I was able to get through my hair a little quicker this time. Through the crown/top layers of my hair, I opted to have the hair curl under instead of out. I found my hair to be shiny, full of volume, and the style stayed throughout the day rather well. I flipped my hair out in a rather exaggerated manner, but it's just as easy to achieve a slight flip.
Style Three: Straight
In all honesty, getting my hair to be more straight than curled under or out was my biggest challenge with the InStyler. I imagine it's more of a flip-of-the-wrist technique that my brain didn't get just right. With time, I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out.
Overall Impression of the InStyler
The InStyler's website claims: "Get lift and fullness – right from the root! Get a sexy flip in seconds. Straighten even the toughest, most coarse hair – and still get fullness and style without the stick-straight "flatness" of a flat iron. Do a full style in 8 minutes… and change it again in two minutes! Wrap your hair around the rotating polishing cylinder – and get an amazing curl that lasts all day!"
Did I think it held up to all those promises?
Just about. I was impressed with the lift and fullness. The InStyler provided great volume. It certainly had the ability to flip hair out from a slight degree to a severe flip. I found that the InStyler had the ability to straighten all types of hair quite effectively. All the styles I tried lasted for hours and the InStyler, was pretty simple to use after I got the hang of it.
The only area that I felt the InStyler fell short was the speed factor. A full style in 8-minutes, for this user, was a little out of context. I didn't feel that the InStyler was any faster than a flat iron or curling iron. Effective; yes. Speedy; not really.