I Tried CHI’s New Rotating Curling Iron — Here’s What Happened
If you’re like me, you love a head full of curls. If you’re also like me — someone who unfortunately wasn’t born with curly hair — you’ll do just about anything to achieve those enviable spirals. As such, I’ve gotten my hands (and my hair) on everything from traditional curling irons and sleek, clamp-free wands to self-spinning devices that claim to create effortless curls with a single press of a button. While some tools (well, one — wands) work wonders to create long-lasting, Elle Woods-inspired tresses, others leave me with unintentional crimps and burns, paired with curls that fall flat within minutes. In other words, not exactly #HairGoals. Unsatisfactory experiences aside, I’m always game to try a new hot tool that promises the hot hair look I forever crave. Which leads me to my latest adventure in beauty: CHI’s new Volcanic Lava Ceramic Pro Spin N Curl ($140).
The tool is designed to create flawless waves and curls in just four seconds per one-inch section. The ultra-fast curl speed is thanks to a chamber made of some of the most effective heat conducting materials found on earth: ceramics infused with volcanic lava powder derived from actual lava rocks. And with ceramic part of the equation, the brand promises not only lightning-fast, top-quality curls, but a high-shine finish too. To find out if this much-anticipated extension of the ever-popular CHI collection is actually worth the hype, I did what any reliable beauty editor would do: I unboxed the tool, plugged it in, and tried it out for myself. Read on for all the hair-happy deets.
Okay, so I have to be honest: One look at the Spin N Curl design and I was intimidated AF. I’ve tried my fair share of rotating hair tools that tangle my tresses and haphazardly rip chunks out. So, the idea of yet again putting my hair at the liberty of an electronic spinning device seemed like a recipe for disaster, even after reading the instructions three times. That’s because unlike other supposedly fuss-free curling irons, this one has a chamber that surrounds the actual wand. So, while I could easily un-clamp other spinning wands, this one would be trickier to detangle, potentially leading to burned-off bits. Nevertheless, I pressed forward and started to curl my hair.
The tulip-shaped chamber may look confusing at first, but once you lay your hair across the valley (the directions recommend doing so in one-inch sections) and press the left- or right-pointing arrow, the curl process proceeds in a straightforward way. The chamber pulls your hair in, wrapping it around the wand in the direction of the arrow button you press, and stops spinning after a few seconds once a sensor recognizes that there’s nothing left to curl. From there, your hair is heated through for a few seconds, at which point a four-second timer sounds off, alerting you that it’s time to gently pull the tool down to release the curl. I’ll admit that I didn’t think this method was going to work much magic for my fine, hard-to-curl hair, but y’all, how wrong I was.
After the first four seconds of curling, I was honestly shocked to see that the chamber lived up to its big claims. That initial one-inch section of hair looked shiny, perfectly curled, and totally crimp- and frizz-free. As with any true test, it takes more than one review, so I curled my entire head of hair, continually pressing the left-facing button. At the end of the curling session, I flipped my hair to loosen the debutante-style curls, hoping for a more effortless, beach wave effect, and came to a few conclusions.
First off, I love that this curling tool leaves little room for error. Since the actual curl mechanism is housed within the decorative chamber, there’s pretty much zero chance you’ll burn yourself while attempting to curl your hair. Second, unlike other rotating curling tools, the CHI Lava knows when enough is enough and stops spinning at just the right moment each and every time. While it’s a bit nerve-wracking at first to put your trust in a tool, this one seems to have a firm grasp on healthy hair styling practices. Third, it’s the ultimate lazy-girl hair styling accessory. Where regular curling requires really paying attention to your hair and the amount of time you apply heat to it, this product takes out all the guesswork.
One thing I’d note, however, is that it’s probably a good idea to do a curl test before doing your whole head. When I curl my hair with a wand, I always curl back toward the back of my head so that it flows really nicely away from my face. Since this chamber is more about buttons than actually maneuvering your hand a certain way, that totally escaped me, and I ended up curling my hair towards the front of my head. Anyways, after a good hair flip, it looked like the effortless waves I wish I woke up with, especially when I pulled them up into a voluminous pony. But next time I’ll definitely switch directions for a free-falling good hair day.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)