Rated 4 out of
More of a wand with a wrap assist
I don't have issues with my hair getting stuck, but there is a little learning curve.
Traditional curling irons, we are used to clamping hair at the ends and rolling up.
This you section out and clamp near the scalp (not on it).
The clamp is designed to be loose as it's a guide.
As you twist the barrel with the tip, it brings the hair up around the barrel and it's a loose wrap.
I end up with more of a beach wave.
I appreciate the adjustable temperature as not all hair requires the same amount of heat.
If you are expecting/wanting a more traditional tightly controlled curl.. This is not the tool you're looking for.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 4 out of
I usually don't purchase expensive hair tools, however, I thought I would try this since my curling iron wasn't working well. I really noticed a difference the first time I used this! My hair was extremely shiny and had a lot of volume in my curls. The only reason I gave it a 4/5 stars was because I cannot use the clamp- my hair slides right through (I need to practice with it more). I love using it as a wand though! I have naturally straight hair and my curls usually fall almost straight by the end of the day, but with this mine lasted all day (I do re curl the next day). Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of
The worst feature of this Curling Iron is the cord. It is a Heavy Duty large round cord. It has zero flexibility and it's just way too much for this extremely light hair tool. The second worst part is the rubberized material that covers the clamp button. No matter what you do to avoid your hair getting stuck at the very base where the iron meets this rubberized section, it tears your hair out. I was super excited about this iron. I watched some youtube video's and even those mention the hair getting stuck as a recurring problem. It could have been better designed.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 2 out of
I have the Beachwaver and don't use it because it is so heavy. I have a lot of hair and due to an injury, I need something lightweight to style my hair. I have been trying to figure out how to do beach waves in my hair forever with a regular curling iron. I thought this one may give me the results I wanted and it is lightweight, but so far I haven't been able to figure it out. I just get tighter barrel curls with it so I think I am doing something wrong. Also it doesn't get as hot, as I thought it would. I am pretty good with a flat iron so maybe I should just stick with straightening my hair. I just wanted a different look but so far I haven't found any iron that I am able to use that will give me the look I want with loose messy waves. :(
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of
There is a definite learning curve on this item. In the process, if you are like me, you will lose some hair. There are a lot of places for your hair (especially if it's long) to get wrapped around the barrel. Then when you try to untangle it, it unwinds the iron from your hair. The clip felt flimsy to me. It does make pretty curls but I've had better irons for less money.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of
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.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of
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.
Date published: 2016-12-01