Let me start my first post by stating that, I am not and do not claim to be an expert or even an advanced user of beauty products. I would call myself an average type of user, who occasionally likes to try new styles and products. The point of these posts is not to demean a product, but to simply state the experience that I had with it. I would also like to clarify that if my opinion/experience differs from yours, that I am open to suggestions and hearing the opposing opinions.
With all of that being said, the first product I am going to review is the Tyme Iron. This is a new iron that is available for purchase that combines a curler and a straightener into one item. The reason I looked at this item was because, I have very thick straight hair. And when I go to curl my hair it take an hour to an hour and a half (and half a bottle of hairspray) to curl my hair. I had heard that this iron could curl hair better than a regular curling iron, and in half the time.
I had very mixed emotions when I was looking into purchasing this, because how can it do perfect spiral curls and straighten my hair? The reviews were for the most part positive. I had read a lot the said it was difficult to learn how to use. And on this point, I can attest that it was very difficult for me to learn how to use it. There is a special technique that the videos teach you to use to be able to actually use the curling part of the iron, otherwise it will only straighten or leave heat marks in your hair.
So when I received the Tyme iron in the mail, it was packaged very nicely. The iron even comes with a sleeve that keeps the iron closed when it is not in use. It will not stay closed on its own. I read the directions thoroughly, because I did not want to risk hurting my hair. The iron goes all the way to 400 degrees. So I let the iron heat up the way it is supposed to and tried using the technique that was shown. I was extremely disappointed that I could not get it to successfully curl my hair. I figured that with all the extremely high reviews that the error was with me and not the product. I was right. As I practiced more, and as I became more annoyed and aggravated, I was finally able (after three separate occasions) to curl my hair.
I rejoiced, because I didn’t want to think that I had waste $190.00 on an iron I wouldn’t be able to use. Once I finally got the technique down, I realized that when I did my hair the two sides of my head would have different curl types. I still have not been able to remedy this, but I have checked the technique and I am not doing it any differently than other users. This difference in curls doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that the curls don’t last very long. With a regular curling iron my curls will usually last almost all day. But with the Tyme iron they only last a couple of hours. This doesn’t change no matter how slowly I use the iron, how quickly I shape the curl, or how much hairspray I use. I don’t know if this has to do with my hair or what, but I have not been able to make them last more than four hours.
Despite these last facts, I think the iron definitely has potential. I still really like the iron, it does only take me about thirty minutes to curl my entire head. Which on mornings when I want to curl my hair that is really helpful. To make my curls last longer I have to keep twisting them to help them keep their shape. I think the iron is probably best for people with medium thickness in their hair. Probably not the best for people with thinner hair, because of how high the temperature goes. But definitely try it out and decide for yourself. In the comments let me know your experiences with the Tyme iron or suggestions on what I can do to improve my experience.
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