Curling Irons: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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Best Beauty Buys 2010: Hair
by Editors of InStyle
Our AssessmentInStyle magazine editors test products and interview hundreds of beauty pros for their annual beauty awards. This year's list of winners includes 150 makeup, hair, skin care and nail products. One curling iron and one flat iron make the list of best hair tools, but testing criteria are not explained, and non-winning products are not mentioned.
Best of Beauty 2009: Tools
by Editors of Allure
Our AssessmentEditors of Allure magazine test hundreds of beauty products and list 189 top performers in several categories. The Hot Tools Professional Jumbo 1-Inch Spring is the only curling iron to make the list, because it prevents limp curls. Judging criteria aren't clear, however, and non-winning products aren't mentioned.
Frizz-Fighting Tools for Women
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentIn this video, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests the efficacy of ceramic flat irons and curling irons. The Vidal Sassoon Studio Tools 1-Inch Ceramic curling iron is chosen as the best curling iron because it creates spiral ringlets in less than one minute, but it isn't clear which other curling irons were tested. Editors recommend spending just two minutes per section of hair in order to avoid heat damage.
by Contributors to Folica.com
Our AssessmentAt retailer Folica.com, top hair products are reviewed by customers who rate each on a scale of 1 to 5. Although most curling irons are only reviewed a couple of times, the best ones have more than 60 reviews. Hot Tools products are reviewed most often.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentHundreds of curling irons and other hairstyling tools are sold by Amazon.com, several of which are rated and reviewed by dozens of consumers. Conair curling irons are reviewed most often. Hot Tools Professional Spring curling irons also get good reviews overall. Revlon Perfect Heat curling irons, on the other hand, receive low ratings.
Curling Iron Sizes 411
by Editors of PurseBuzz.com
Our AssessmentThis informative video discusses different barrel sizes and demonstrates the curls that you can create with each of them. The reviewer says 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-inch curling irons are the only sizes needed to create a variety of curls. Hot Tools gold curling irons are used for most of the video, but a T3 Tourmaline curling iron is used for comparison purposes in the 1-inch-barrel demonstration. The reviewer concludes that Hot Tools performs as well as T3, but for a fraction of the cost.
Finally! An Idiot-Proof Curling Iron
by Andrea Lavinthal
Our AssessmentAndrea Lavinthal, beauty blogger for Cosmopolitan magazine, recommends the Enzo Milano Clipless Curling Iron because she says it is easier to use than other curling irons she has tried. Because it is clipless, it doesn't leave crimp marks that are common with traditional curling irons. It also comes with a heat-resistant glove to protect fingers.
Curling Irons That Won't Damage Hair
by Editors of Marie Claire
Our AssessmentEditors of Marie Claire magazine recommend tourmaline and ceramic curling irons to protect hair from excessive heat damage on this fashion and lifestyle blog operated by Yahoo. Both kinds of curling irons are explained, and some tips are given for further protection. Three curling irons are suggested, but nothing further is said about any of them, and there's no testing or comparison.
Top 5 Curling Irons
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentJulyne Derrick, About.com's beauty guide, recommends five curling irons for waves, "curly" curls and corkscrew curls. Derrick says the Hot Tools Professional marcel is a longtime favorite of professionals, while the Rusk Professional Ceramic Spring Curling Iron is said to "last a lifetime." What judging criteria were used for the products listed here isn't very clear, however. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
15 Best Hair Styling Tools
by Perry Sun
Our AssessmentEditors of More magazine list top hairstyling tools for brushing, detangling, drying, straightening and curling, among other purposes. Each item is given a brief description, but judging criteria are not clear. Only one curling iron, the Jilbere Porcelain Series Spring Curling Iron, makes the list.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentFlat irons are reviewed more often than curling irons at Drugstore.com, but most of the irons listed for sale in both categories receive no user reviews at all. Among curling irons with the most reviews, Conair products get the highest ratings.
Hair Styling Tools
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentThere aren't nearly as many reviews posted for curling irons at MakeupAlley.com as there are at Folica.com and Amazon.com, but most of the reviews posted here are in sync with other review sources. Conair and Hot Tools curling irons do best in reviews overall.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentMost of the curling irons posted for sale at Target.com are not reviewed more than one or two times, but a couple of products are reviewed more than 30 times by users. Interestingly, the reviewers give a better idea of what doesn't work than what does. The Conair Split-Barrel Iron and Straightener, for example, gets poor reviews from nearly every reviewer posting comments. The Vidal Sassoon Gold Series Professional 3-Barrel Waver gets an average rating.
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 100 curling irons posted for review at TotalBeauty.com, but most only receive a few reviews, if any. Conair Instant Heat curling irons are reviewed most often, with above average ratings for every size. Both the Vidal Sassoon VS132 1 1/2-inch and the Conair Satin Finish Ceramic Curling Iron also do well in reviews.
Curling Iron: Which One Do You Need?
by Editors of Style-Hair-Magazine.com
Our AssessmentAccording to this article, there are several factors that differentiate one curling iron from the next. Barrel sizes, handle types, construction materials and barrel shapes are all discussed. Specific brands are not rated or compared, but the Enzo Milano collection is said to be the "best selection by far" of clipless curling irons.
Get the Hair You Want
by Caitlin Gaffey
Our AssessmentThis article explains the techniques behind several popular hairstyles. The FHI Heat Ceramic Curling Iron in 1-inch or 1 1/2-inch sizes is recommended for "deconstructed" curls. Nothing more is said about the curling iron, however, and no other curling irons are mentioned.
The Hair Tool How-To Manual
by Megan O'Neill
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine editors describe how curling irons, hair dryers and flat irons are made and how they work. Each tool includes buying tips as well as suggestions for proper use. No products are rated or compared in this article.
A What's What Guide to Curling Irons
Our AssessmentThe history and progression of the curling iron is briefly discussed in this article. Various features of modern curling irons are described, and a buyer's guide is included, but specific brands are not mentioned.