Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by LeeLee&Poppy Awesome
I got this for Christmas & I LOVE it. It does seem to have a short as it doesn't always turn on but when it does, it works wonderful. I will return and definitely get a replacement. I just hate to be without it during the time it takes to exchange. It curled my hair even after I had straighten it 3 days in a row. Gave me an extra day of wear. Added tons of body! Easy to use.
Rated 4 out of 5 by WazzuCoug A bit of a learning curve, but otherwise great!
I have medium length hair that is cut into a Lob. I tried this on my hair today for the first time, and was not at all disappointed in the results. Before purchasing I read a bunch of reviews and was a little unsure of whether I would like it, but now that I've tried it, I can say that I love it.
There are a couple of things that you should know before going in, which I found to be helpful. First, if you are looking for springy curls, this isn't the right tool. This tool gives loose, beachy waves, not curls. If you are looking for springy curls, I suggest a curling wand. I have the Sultra 1.25 inch wand, which I also love, but it does give an entirely different look.
Speaking of a curling wand, if you have experience using that tool, use of the 3-day Bender will come much easier. I have been using a wand for three years now, and am very good at it. For me, it works to put the glove on the same hand as the side of the head I'm working on. So if you are doing the left side of your head, put the glove on the left hand and hold the wand with your right, etc. With the 3-day bender, you don't need a glove, but I recommend holding your hair with the same hand/side of head and hold the iron with the other hand. Don't spend time worrying about whether the clip is facing the right way. It took me a bit to figure it out, but because the barrel rotates, it doesn't matter if the clip is facing forward, backward or sideways. Do whatever is easiest for you then rotate the barrel in the direction you want to go (either forward or backward, depending on the look you want).
Some reviews I saw mention that the hair isn't held tight and gets caught in the base of the barrel. I also had this problem, but found a remedy by holding the ends of my hair and guiding it along the barrel as I rotate. This works best if you are following my suggestion above about which hand to hold the hair/iron.
As this tool isn't designed for springy curls, you really want the last 1/4 -1/2 inch of hair to look 'undone' and the rotating function actually pushes this part of the hair towards the bottom where it doesn't pick up as much heat, especially as it falls into the space between the handle and the barrel (where people have said it gets caught). I suspect this is by design because it actually helps achieve that beachy-wavy look.
For my hair type the results from a traditional curling iron generally don't last for any length of time for whatever reason. The only two tools that work and provide long hold are my Sultra wand and the 3-day Bender. Both of these tools provide results that I can sleep on and still have the next day, though a light touch up here and there is necessary.
If you are on the fence I recommend giving it a try. Don't get discouraged, it is really easy to get used to, especially if you have experience using a wand. Just remember, if you are looking for springy curls, the 3-day Bender probably isn't the right tool.