Remington CI9538 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand, 1-1 ½ Inch is the product that we are focusing on, today. As you know, the ideal beauty product is the one that has all the best features, along with an affordable price tag, so, since Remington CI9538 is pretty close to this ideal, today we are going to check this one out.
Design and General Info
Let’s talk about the design first. Remington CI9538 is a lightweight device, weighing only 8.8 ounces. It’s also relatively small, at 12.9 x 1.9 x 2.1 inches, so it’s perfect for carrying around when you travel. It has pearl ceramic coating and this coat combined with high temperature, creates greater, faster results.
The device is 18 inches long and the handle is 6 inches. The cord is straight, it’s 6’ and it moves 360 degrees. It’s easy to maneuver and the cord doesn’t tangle because of this design.
But, since you wrap the hair around the wand, you won’t need to move it very much. You have 3 buttons to control the temperature. It has a digital screen and a Plus and a Minus button to adjust the temperature up to 410 degrees F. As a recommendation, if you have fine hair, consider not using this device above 350 degrees F. It will heat up in about 30 seconds and after one hour, it will automatically shut off, so no more getting anxious when you leave the house and try to remember if you unplugged something.
You can clean it by gently wiping it with a cloth and alcohol. Of course, clean it after you make sure that the device is cold and unplugged.
This product cannot be used in a country that has 220V or more because the device can only be used at 120V (you can always buy an adapter if you’d like to use it in Europe or other continents that don’t have this kind of voltage).
How to use it?
First, you rest it on its stand on a flat surface. Then, plug it in and press and hold the ON/OFF button until it turns on and the LCD screen lights up.
Then, set the temperature with the + or – buttons. To lock the temperature, press the – button for about 2 seconds until the key will appear on the screen and press the same button to unlock it, again for about 2 seconds. You will need to use the glove, to protect your skin.
If, afterwards, you manage to use it without the glove, then you truly managed to master it, but it’s recommended, for your protection, especially at the beginning, to keep on using it. You will have to wrap pieces of hair around the wand (you need to experiment a little with this, because each type of hair is different). If you want waves, hold it for around 15 seconds, while if you want tighter curls, consider holding the hair on the wand up to 25 seconds. People with thicker hair might need more time.
An interesting tip is to use hairspray before and after wrapping the hair, the results will be better. My recommendation is to always use some type of protection when you use heat on your hair, no matter how thick it is, as it keeps it safe.
Which version of the product should you use?
If your hair is longer, go for the 1-1 ½ inches version, but if it’s shorter, the 1 ½-1 inch is better for you. If you want beach wavy hair, it’s good to choose the 1-1.5 version. This is just a recommendation; you can buy the 1 to 1 ½ if your hair is shorter or vice-versa. The only thing to take into consideration is the size of the curls you want: the wider the wand, the bigger the curls and more natural-looking. There are some people that don’t enjoy the fact that the wand doesn’t have the same width and it gets thinner at the end, causing sometimes the hair to slip off. Remington says that this is for a range of curls with different sizes.
As a conclusion:
• It’s an affordable product.
• It comes with a glove, to protect your hand from burns.
• It’s easy to use.
• It heats up very fast (30 seconds).
• The curls last well through the day.
• It has a digital screen, where you can see the temperature.
• You don’t get the bends at the end of your hair you can get with the curling irons.
• If you are clumsy and it’s the first time you use it, you might get burned, so you must be careful.
• It has a 6’ cord, which is a bit short, for me.
• You might find it difficult to use if you have short hair.
• The glove can make it harder to use, but after a few uses, you can get used to it.
• You have to be careful when you wrap your hair, because the device has a little gap between the handle and the iron, and the hair can get caught there and get ripped.
This product has a label on the box about a chemical used in the making of this wand that can cause birth defects and reproductive harm. The chemical is called BPA and the state of California requires companies to write this warning on their products if they contain any amount of these harmful substances. BPA (bisphenol A) can be found on jar lids and bottle caps, so this way there is a risk of ingestion. It’s a good thing that it’s written on the box, because people can be aware of the substances that were used in this product and make an informed decision.
From what I’ve read, BPA is dangerous if you ingest it (if it gets in your mouth), but the plastics that contain BPA that touch the skin, cannot really hurt you, because by dermal expose, it leads to a negligible amount of BPA exposure. I would think that it’s better to wash your hands after handling the cord or even the device.
Overall, we’ve discussed the pros, the cons and I can say that I think it’s a good device, especially at its price-range.
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