How many of you have heard of or seen Conair’s Infiniti Pro Curl Secret? My friend Heba texted me asking what I thought about it, a new patent-pending curling iron which clasps on to hair and automatically curls it. That was my first time hearing about it, but when I did look it up, I was curious to see if it really did work.
The way it works is you clasp down on to about 1/2 inch section of your hair from where you want your curl to start, and the motor will spin to automatically curl your hair inside the iron. After a few seconds, the iron will beep, and when you loosen your grip on the iron, your hair will fall out curled. If all that was too hard to follow, here’s their official how-to video on using it.
So back to the original question, does it work? The short answer is, yes, but it comes with a few caveats that I observed from using it a few times:
– First of all, it’s easy to use once you get the hang of it, but it does take some practice. The first time I used it, I was amazed by the shiny, bouncy curls it delivered, but the second time, when I was more impatient, my curls didn’t come out nearly as nice.
– Check your settings. I didn’t realize it there are 3 settings for how long you want to keep your hair curled (3, 10, and 12 seconds), and I always had it at the highest setting, which meant the longest amount of time. I kept loosening out my curls before letting it beep which meant looser, but sometimes weaker curls. Make sure you adjust it to whatever time you want it set for!
– If you clasp too much hair, your hair can get caught in it. Amateur mistake, but if this happens, just unplug and slowly untwist your hair out.
– If you clasp too much hair, your hair will also come out twistey, instead of curly. Just make sure you’re working with smaller sections especially if you have longer hair.
– I didn’t feel like it saved a ton of time compared to traditional irons. Yes, it does automatically curl it for you, but you still have to wait a few seconds before letting it fall to get the same curl.
– You don’t have as much control over how your curl looks, but with a little practice you can adjust to have tighter or looser curls.
But I would note that one big thing this has on traditional irons is that you are way less likely to burn yourself with it since the iron isn’t exposed. This is coming from someone who is regularly fielding picture texts of her friends sending their burn marks from a clipless curling iron. I think they do this is their way of saying WTF to me since I’m all about them normally, but I concede that if you’re not used to them, clipless irons aren’t always the easiest to use either.
And while it did take the same amount of time for me to curl my hair with this compared to a clipless, for others who don’t use regular curling irons, it can be a time saver and may be easier to use. So the jury’s out. Have you used it, what did you think?
Infiniti Pro By Conair Curl Secret is available at conair.com for $120.