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I've been on a constant quest to find the perfect hair curler, to give me the bouncy, full curls I so long for. I'm also lucky enough to have had the opportunity to have road tested a number of different hair styler's in the last few months, this Remington Easy Curl being one of them, and so have a fair bit of experience and comparison between different brands and contraptions.
The Remington Easy Curl (Model CI6219) is unique in that rather than a wand or a shaped waver it works by clamping the ends of your hair into it and winding it in the spiral guide, holding for 10 seconds then releasing. The 19" ceramic barrel heats up to 170 degrees in 30 seconds, has a swivel cord, cool tip and comes in a nice hot pink colour if that kind of thing is important to you. Remington claim this will revolutionise the ease with which you curl your hair and give you shiny, frizz free curls. I'm going to dispute this however, because in reality I found this styler awkward to use and it left me with a birds nest effect hair style.
When I first unpacked this styler I wasn't impressed by it's aesthetics. While this model is a low budget one retailing between £20-£30 (depending on where and when you buy) I've come to expect good quality from Remington. This product looked cheap and flimsy. I also didn't like the indicator switch, which goes red as soon as you plug it in but doesn't let you know when the styler is at the desired heat. There's no heat control either, there's just the one setting of 170 degrees.
But if the curler lived up to it's promise of easy to create, beautiful curls I'd be willing to forgive these minor issues. I separated a piece of hair and tried to secure the ends into the clip. And tried. And tried. It must have taken me five minutes to eventually get the required (thin) amount of hair, positioned correctly and secured enough to hold it in place. Frustrating doesn't even cover it! Once I'd (sort of) achieved this step, I did find winding my hair through the spiral guide easy to master on the right side of my head, however when it came to doing the back and sides it was difficult to even achieve this correctly. My arms got in a tangle trying to get the styler positioned to wind my hair with the spiral rather than against. After 30 minutes I was sweating, stressed and ready to throw the evil contraption out of the window.
And was all that stress worth it? No. I had a head full of messy, tatty curls with straight bits sticking out all over. It appears this styler doesn't work well with layered hair and fails to catch shorter bits resulting in a god-awful mess. I tried using the easy (ahem) Curl on my daughter with much better results, probably due to a) being able to see what I was doing and b) she has shoulder length hair with no layers, compared to my very layered long hair. Her curls were passable, not great and certainly not long lasting but not a fright (like mine)
There were a couple of pro's. If you have shortish, fine hair that is all one length like my daughters, and someone on hand to actually do the styling for you, then while not the best out there, it does work pretty easily. It's design means that you avoid burning yourself unlike more traditional wands which will burn your scalp, ears and hands. It heats up very quickly and comes with a handy heat protector bag.
In principle, the Remington Easy Curl is a great idea. For me, however, it just didn't work and proves far too complicated and stressful. Being the owner of several Remington hair-care products, this is the only one I wouldn't recommend, which is a shame. I'll be sticking to my wand from now on. And make a not to myself to remember in future-if it claims to be easy, it probably isn't.
The Remington CI6219 Stylist Easy Curl Curling Tong is a 19mm curling tong with a spiral guide for easy curling. The spiral curling guide guides hair around the barrel for easy styling while the advanced ceramic coating gives curls that are up to two times smoother and three times longer lasting than previous Remington models. Comes with a manufacturer's two-year guarantee.