Rosemary Mac Cabe

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The Instyler, or, the hair tool everyone should own

I’m not a big advocate of expensive or fiddly hair tools. I am the ashamed owner of one wand (is that really what they’re called? Just “the wand”?); I own a ceramic hair straightener that is not a GHD but …

Mon, Nov 7, 2011, 16:00

   

I’m not a big advocate of expensive or fiddly hair tools. I am the ashamed owner of one wand (is that really what they’re called? Just “the wand”?); I own a ceramic hair straightener that is not a GHD but was expensive enough to be “serious”; I purchased a curling tongs one day in Boots when I realised I had roughly €10 on my Advantage card that I felt warranted a splurge; and I am also the girl who never straightens / curls / tongs her hair. Go figure.

So when I got a blast from Boots telling me about the InStyler, did I think, “no, Rosemary, you don’t need another hair tool”? Did I heck! I saw the words “3 in 1″ and somewhere the words “easy” and “straightforward” were bandied around and, well, I put 2 and 2 together and said, “want someone to try it out?”

And then it arrived. In a box, with instructions and – my least favourite thing – an instructional DVD. So I put it beside my hairdryer and went on having curly, unruly hair for approximately two months while thinking, “I must try that out”, usually followed by “I’d love some peanut butter”.

Until today when I found myself inexplicably and unexpectedly in possession of a free two hours, during which I had pledged to take a nap but instead I took in the wash, put on another wash, folded some clothes, tidied my make-up, sorted out some things for the recycling (seriously, this is a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle) and, finally, eventually, got around to trying the Instyler. And oh my God, it is amazing.

I am not, as I said, a big effort person – so when I can get really good results with absolutely minimal effort, you know this has to be something special. Plus, it looks a bit rude, which I’m always going to like. Basically, you section off your hair – in my case this means grabbing random lumps of hair and stuffing them into the slot between brush and barrel – and either straighten it, by pulling the Instyler down the hair shaft, or make waves, by, um, rolling it – or curl it, by wrapping your hair around the barrel. I did a vague combination movement that involved all of these things, and what did I get?

Obviously, I got an excuse to put my mug on this page again! In all seriousness, I got rather nice wavy hair. Now, I didn’t do it all – but, having curly hair, I think you could get away with just doing the front bits – and, as I said, I didn’t put a huge amount of effort into it. I reckon with some time and patience, you could get a really incredible result out of this. I love it and will, for sure, be using this in the mornings from now on to bring me from “crazy” to “barely in control”. Top marks!

The InStyler costs €134.99 and is available in Boots stores nationwide.

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