How much is the most you would ever be willing to spend on a hair styling tool? This post is dedicated to all of those who are looking for a budget-friendly curling iron option…one that actually works incredibly well and lives up to the claims it makes. Revlon’s Nano Ceramic Digital Ionic Styling Iron is quite the mouthful, but in simpler terms, it basically means that it is a curling iron that will help reduce frizz and heat-damage. This curling iron is a Target exclusive and comes in really fun designs, too. Inside I’ve got my full review, as well as a fully styled head of curls that I achieved using this curling iron.
These curling irons are a limited edition Target exclusive, meaning you can only find them in Target stores nationwide. They come in a variety of fun designs and colors, as I’ve seen them in hot pink and leopard print.
The iron comes with digital controls, which is really amazing considering the price of the iron. The maximum temperature this iron can reach is 390 degrees Fahrenheit which is plenty hot and will definitely curl even the thickest hair. I love the digital controls because you can choose exactly how hot you want the iron to be, and simply turn it up or down a few notches to suit your needs. I also love that the LED sensor tells you when optimum temperature is achieved.
The actual barrel of this curling iron is unique. It’s not one size all the way through the entire barrel, but rather a conical shape which starts out thick and gets thinner toward the tip. I like the effect that this type of barrel gives, because it gives your curls or waves a more natural look to them.
The very tip of the curling iron allows you to grasp it without being burned. This is probably one of my favorite features! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve burned the heck out of my fingers, and I love that the end grip stays completely cool and has plenty of room for you to grasp onto it while curling your hair.
This thing heats up in record time. Thirty seconds, and it achieves your desired temperature. It’s great for when you’re in a pinch and you need to do your hair quickly. Since my hair is fine to medium texture, I kept the heat about midway so that the curl would stay in my hair well.
The first thing I always do is clip half of my hair up. You can be precise about parting it, but as you can see, I just threw it up in the interest of working in small sections. I also sprayed my hair with a heat-protectant spray.
Wrapping my hair around the barrel was a cinch, and the tapered end gave me a curl that was both tight and loose. For this specific look, I curled about half-inch to inch wide pieces of hair at a time.
I hear a lot of people tell me that their hair “doesn’t hold a curl.” Usually the number one mistake made is touching or messing with your curl before it has set and cooled. You can see in the above picture that all I did was slightly cradle the curl with my hand, allowing it to cool for a few seconds. The most important part about long-lasting curls is to make sure you do not touch or mess with your curls until they have cooled off.
At first, your hair might look lifeless or like your curls are too tight. The trick is to allow the curls to cool and then flip your head over and hairspray your entire head. You can lightly tousle your curls with your fingers, as well. This will give you body and volume to your hair and help loosen and break up the curls.
The end result is voluminous, soft, cascading curls with absolutely no frizz. This iron did an amazing job at keeping frizz at bay, and it left my hair looking bouncy and shiny. The end result is very Victoria’s Secret inspired!
Overall: I think the Revlon Nano Ceramic Digital Ionic Styling Iron is a fabulous, inexpensive styling tool that will help you achieve anything from tight curls to loose waves. The digital controls allow you to heat the tool up to your specific needs, and the tapered barrel gives you natural looking results. This is a product that proves that you don’t need to buy a fancy, expensive hair styling tool in order to achieve beautiful curls!
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