The last time I used a curling iron was when I was 14. It was my mother’s, and I think it was from 1985. I never liked it, but I spent a really good portion of my life crouching by an electrical outlet trying to give my hair “bounce.” I don’t know why I did that. I should have been straightening my hair like every other 14 year old in the world in 2000. But I discovered hot rollers soon afterwards, and used them ever since, so it all worked out fine.

Until yesterday, when Remington sent over their Curl Perfect Curling Iron (seen above). Which, in addition to looking like a space alien’s sex toy promised perfect curls. RIGHT THERE. IN ITS NAME.

So, we tried it. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Blow dry your hair. Or let it dry. Have dry hair, I guess is what we’re aiming for. Here’s how we’re starting out:

Step 2: Pick up the perfect curling iron. It’s grooves are intended to help guide you in forming the curl. The idea is that you clamp a piece of hair at the bottom of the curling iron (there is a clip that clips your hair in place) and then you gently twist up. I left the curling iron in for around 1 minute on each, though I suppose you could go longer or shorter. Here’s how the curls look:

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Step 3: The problem I have here is that I can never get the tips of my hair to not look straight when I’m using curling irons. Maybe because I’m overly nervous about burning my fingers and thus don’t make sure that the very bottom of the hair is clipped in to the heated metal part of the iron. Maybe this is about bravery, and what it means to each of us. Or maybe that’s just a way in which even really good curling irons are not as great as hot rollers. I do think that it’s worth pointing out that you’ll be stuck sitting in place curling your hair for 20 minutes with a curling iron, whereas you can just clip in hot rollers, which gives you the freedom to put on your make-up, or return e-mails, or make pancakes, or basically do anything you want except go outside. But I guess it’s not that bad to sit on the couch watching The Shawshank Redemption, so, you know, okay.

Here is how it came out:

See what I mean about the ends looking straight? Does anyone know how to avoid that? I tried to go back and re-do them a bit, and used Frizz-Ease, which helped the ends be not be quite as noticeable.

Still, the curls are a lot bouncier and more free flowing than when I use rollers,which might be good for some parties. I could do this, sometimes. Or not! Please tell me what to do, decisions are hard.

Here’s a picture of me with curling iron hair on the left (I am clutching the Curl Perfect Curling Iron here) and the hot roller hair on the right (I am not clutching anything, there, but I use Remington hot rollers). Try not to pay attention to the fact that I am wearing identical make-up and holding my head in a similar position in both photos. Which do you like?

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