Completely unrelated to this post, but as I type it I wanted to let all of you know the irony of my current situation. In an attempt to finally have a skin-tone that isn’t pale I used a self-tanner spray… well it turns out that I’m allergic to it and now completely covered in hives. As a ginger, I find humour in the fact that I’d be allergic to something that imitates sunlight.
Today we’re going to talk about the Moonstone Automatic Steam Curler from Irresistible Me! I was contacted by one of the lovely ladies from their PR and offered hair extensions – unfortunately another problem with being a natural redhead is the lack of matching colour options available. Instead I asked if I’d be able to try a hot tool and opted for this! (Trust me, it’s not always bad having red hair…)
The Moonstone Automatic Steam Curler looks a bit scary at first, especially because the words automatic and curler can be associated with tangles and/or hair pulling. Have no fear though because despite the fact I want to rip off all my skin, my hair is looking pretty awesome.
This hair tool comes fully loaded with the option to use a steam function (similar to when you iron your clothes,) rotate in the direction of your choice, set a timer (8, 10 and 12 seconds) for the type of hair curl you would like and change the heat settings (190, 210 and 230 degrees celsius.) Some other notable features are the anti-tangle sensor (which really works!) and the brushless motor which makes it really quiet.
Upon arrival, the set came in a simple black box with a little doo-hicky, or as they call a black u-shaped accessory to keep the barrel clean and a small bottle to fill the water chamber with. I did notice that they tested it after it was made because some water had leaked out of the chamber and into the box – very minimal though.
How to use it?
Make sure to brush your hair first – this does have an anti-tangle sensor which works surprisingly well, but you want to minimize the chances of hair pulling. I also like to separate my hair into two sections (top and bottom) and then take about an inch of hair – not too thick! You feed it through the tool and straight out the other end.
If you want to create curls that face away from your face or want to control the direction there is a right and left curl button – for your right side use the ‘right’ button, for the left use the ‘left’. If you want more natural curls you can set the moonstone automatic steam curler to switch between the two by setting it on the ‘auto’ button.
If you want loose curls you can set the timer to 8 seconds which will create a more beach wave effect – If you use this setting I recommend starting halfway up the hair strand rather than at the top. If you want semi-loose curls then you can use the 10 second timer setting which creates a much more tight look. And if you’re looking for a more defined curl you can set the time for 12 seconds.
What do I think?
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous that this would suck up my hair and rip it straight from my head (it didn’t.) It is weird to get used to at first, and you learn very quickly how much hair can actually fit inside the barrel before it begins to tangle. Once a tangle does occur it beeps at you and stops spinning!
Speaking of the beeping, it’s nice in concept and I do enjoy the fact you’re not left to wonder how long your hair has been inside it… but it can get annoying very quickly. My boyfriend made a comment asking how much longer he’d have to listen to beeping when I was doing my hair in a different room. Plus, when you’re curling near your ear the beeping is loud.
I used this with and without the steam function and I found that by using the steam function my hair was not full of static. However, I did have to turn the temperature up and set the timer for longer because my hair did not want to curl as well as it did without the setting on.
The water chamber for the steam chamber is a bit leaky – water didn’t come pouring out of it after I filled it up, but a couple drops did escape which made me a bit nervous because water and electricity aren’t great friends. I’m moving in a week so I’m interested to see whether the water chamber will leak during the moving process because I’m not 100% sure how to drain it.
Did it save time?
For someone who hasn’t mastered the art of the curling iron this would most likely save them a lot of time. However, I’m very quick with a curling iron and I found that this took me a similar amount of time – 15 minutes. At first when I was messing around getting used to it I took upwards of 25 minutes just to ensure I tried a bit of everything. If you are going to buy this I recommend giving it a trial run before using it for a big event just to make sure you get the hang of it!
I do think it’s worth it if you’re looking for a new curler that doesn’t leave you twisting your arm every which way. The cord is long and it has a swivel base, so it’s really easy to use. If it was possible, I’d love to have varying size barrel options. I think that the timer settings are nice, but the barrel size is also what dictates how loose or tight your curl will be. Otherwise I found that the Moonstone Automatic Steam Curler is a pretty neat and innovative product.
Would you try the Moonstone Automatic Steam Curler?
**This post contains a product gifted to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**