I have tried many curling irons for my unruly, hard to manage hair and I have found the Hot Tools Curling Iron to be one of the best. Here are some of the pros and cons that everyone in my group of friends agree with although they have each used different sizes of this same product.
The Hot Tools Curling Iron comes in a variety of barrel sizes ranging from 3/4 to 2 inches making it perfect for all hair lengths. The smallest 3/4 inch barrel is perfect shorter or thin hair. Once you set the hair, the tighter curls last all day. The 2 inch barrel is great for hard to tame hair specially if you have a lot of it and it’s thick and long. The barrel is not only large but can grab a lot of more hair at one time so it doesn’t take forever to style. One of my friends with long hair even uses it to straighten – not bone straight – but to get good volume & fullness. Depending on your hair length and texture I am sure one of the seven sizes offered will work fine for you. I also really like the shiny, smooth, fullness I have been able to achieve.
This curling iron does heat up fast, in about a minute, and stays at the set temperature all the while you style your hair. There are up to ten different temperature settings which is perfect to handle all types of hair. It does get very hot so I would recommend you start at a lower temperature to determine what works best for your hair type. If you are new to this type of tool, you should know that for thin, fine, damaged or chemically treated hair lower settings are best but for thick, coarse or ethic hair you may need to go up to the extra high settings. The high settings are hotter than an oven at about 430F so watch out for burns specially around the hairline and ears.
The soft grip handle is comfortable and the 24K gold plated barrel moves smoothly through the hair and does not tug or pull. I found the clip that holds the hair to have enough tension to hold your hair properly. The long 8 foot cord is great to have because you are able to style your whole head in a comfortable position. Short cords was the one thing I found most annoying in other curling irons.
One problem with these curling irons is that the springs that hold the clip wear away in time and the tension lessens allowing hair to slip out of the clip. I am guessing the manufacturer must have realized this after customer complaints because now they give you two extra springs when you buy this product. The springs are not very hard to replace.