Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Review of the InStyler Wet 2 Dry (With Pictures!)

Hey, y'all! As part of my beauty/makeup review series, I thought I would give y'all a review of the InStyler Wet 2 Dry!


I bought my InStyler at Target for roughly 90 dollars on sale. That's actually one of the less expensive prices I've seen for this. I've seen these sold for 120 dollars or more, and I believe that it was normally 100 at Target. My InStyler came with the heat guard (shown attached to the InStyler in the picture above on the right), a heat resistant countertop mat, and some instructions on how to use it.


The InStyler Wet 2 Dry has 3 heat settings (high, medium, low). The instructions suggest that "low" should be used for fine hair, "medium" should be used for thin to medium hair, and "high" should be used for thick hair. It also says that for wet hair, the high setting should be used.

Pre-use Impressions: I have thin/fine hair and was extremely skeptical about the "low" setting being able to adequately do anything to my hair. I was also really skeptical about how well this could straighten/curl wet hair. Upon reading the user manual, it does suggest to towel dry hair before use, which seems to defeat the purpose of the "wet 2 dry" feature. The instructions also suggest that when it's used on wet hair, you should do two passes with the InStyler- one to dry, and the other to style, which seems like it adds more of a hassle.

One of my bigger concerns was that nearly every video I saw about it highlighted the ability to curl under or flip it out. But really, who styles their hair like that anymore? I get annoyed when, throughout the day, my hair starts to curl under or flip out, so I was hopeful that the InStyler would be able to straighten without any sort of flip.

Also, as an aside, I'm a bit curious as to who thought that "wet 2 dry" was good branding. Maybe they thought it reinforced that the InStyler could be used for both straightening and curling? I'm not sure, but I think it seems dumb.

I used the InStyler both on my dry hair and on my wet hair, both curling and straightening, and these are the results.

Dry:

Although the instructions said to use low heat on fine/thin hair, I used medium because I figured that it wouldn't do that great.


I straightened my hair on the "medium" setting, and this was the result. I actually did two passes with the InStyler because I went a little faster with it than it suggested. I was glad that I was able to straighten it all the way to the tip, rather than it curling under or flipping out. 



I was really unimpressed with the "curl" I got with the InStyler. I tried multiple times, keeping it clamped for varying lengths of time, and these were the best curls I could get. Clearly, it did do something to my hair, but it's literally just one little wave. 

Wet:

For wet, I used the high setting, per suggestion of the instructions.


I used damp hair to do my "wet" comparisons. I feel like my hair looks about the same. The only difference is that it took a little longer since drying was involved. I also think that my hair seemed a bit more fluffy when it was straightened while dry, but that's more of a preference thing rather than quality. 


It was really difficult to get it to curl when wet. My first curl failed, so my hair was partially dry before doing the curl that is pictured above. While the curl is better than the dry one, it doesn't curl as evenly, especially at the tips.

Difficulties and concerns: In general, I found it very difficult to curl my hair. The bristles make it hard to get the hair all the way around and close the clamp. I was really concerned about burning my fingers every time I tried curling. I feel like both wands and clamping irons are easier to use. The bristles were also problematic because they got stuck in the hair, so when I tried to get the curl loose, it messed up the curl. Another concern was that when it was wet, this weird smell came off of my hair. This may be because I have my hair dyed, but it was a concern. There was a lot of steam rising when I used it on wet hair, but the instructions said this was just because of the water evaporating quickly. My hair didn't seem to be damaged, so it seems like this is nothing to be concerned about. 

Overall: I think that the InStyler Wet 2 Dry is great for straightening, both wet and dry. It saved me time and worked better than my current straightener. Also, the heat guard made it easy to use as a straightener without burning myself. However, curling was difficult whether using wet or dry. The bristles got in the way a lot and it would be easier just to use a wand curler. Although I wasn't impressed by the curl I got while it was dry, I feel like someone with longer hair might get a more pleasant result.

Bottom Line: Impressive for straightening, underwhelming for curling. 

I hope you enjoyed my review of the InStyler Wet 2 Dry! Let me know in the comments what you thought of the review, if you want to know more info about the product, or what your experiences are with the InStyler. If you want to see more from me, don't forget to check out my other blogs, The CDs On My Shelf, (where each post is about a random CD I own) and One Day Tumblr Challenges (where I do Tumblr challenges in a single day)! 

16 comments:

  1. thank u for ur post i did not know if it would be good or bad

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  2. Is there a difference between the original in styler and the wet to dry in styler, or do they do the same job?

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    1. I haven't used the original InStyler, but I'm under the impression that the original InStyler should not be used on wet hair. Perhaps it could damage wet hair in the same way that a regular straightener or curling iron might damage wet hair? That's the best assumption I can make.

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  3. Appreciate ur blog. So which would u purchase ...
    orginal in styler or wet to dry in styler?

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I haven't tried the original, but what I will say is that the wet to dry is able to be used on wet hair, whereas the original is not supposed to be used on wet hair, and both can be used on dry hair. So the wet to dry is probably functional in more situations than the original.

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    2. I had the original instyler and it works great. Unfortunately for me a hater broke it on purpose and I ran into the wet 2 dry one. The only difference is you can use one while your hair is wet. They both work great for me without causing damage to my hair. Would recommend this to any one with any hair type

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  4. Thanks for your review, it is nice to have some recommendations before purchasing.

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  5. My daughter had the original (2). She has thick naturally curly hair. I would not purchase the wet 2 dry that would be defeating the purpose of keeping the hair in good condition.

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  6. Very clear and thoughtful review. Thank you!

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  7. I've been using the original Instyler for 3 or 4 years now (lost one traveling, & had to replace it - but loved having a colored one!), & absolutely love it! I appreciated this review of the Wet2Dry, because I was wondering if I should get one. However, I think I'll stick with the original -- seems like damage would be more likely, and I like the body I get from a short blow dry as well. Thanks for the review!

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  8. Thank you for helping me decide not to spend that much money on something that wouldn't curl my hair like I'd want and expect it to,I thought I found something that would actually curl my uncurlable hair.

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  9. I got one of your instylers first gen. I loved it for about 3 months. Because that was as long as it worked! The roller stopped working and the damn thing would not turn off. I had to unplug the damn thing! When I contacted you people who made it, I was told not there problem. It was only warranted 30 days. What a piece of crap. They also said I could buy another one for half the normal cost! Yeah like I would gave you guys another $139.00 or even half of that. If you want something that costs a lot of money and work for less then 90 days buy one of these pieces of crap. Mine has been in the trash and at the dump for about 2 years. Never ever would I buy another one! I have talked to a lot of other people about these instylers and have got the same stories. They are great for 2 or 3 months and the roll stops and the company doesn't stand by it styler! Bottom line the thing is not worth the money!

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    1. I'd just like to clarify that I'm not affiliated with InStyler in any way, shape, or form, nor was I paid to give a review.

      Yes, I've heard several unfortunate stories about people ordering the InStyler and having a tough time with customer service. That's why I chose to purchase it through a store with a return policy that I trust, and that's what I would recommend that other people do as well.

      It's really unfortunate that you had a terrible experience with an InStyler, but it sounds like you got a dud. Plus, there are always kinks to get out in the first gen of anything. Those things happen to even the best of companies, (and I'm not saying this company is one of those) but it sounds like that was poorly handled. Mine still works great after almost a year!

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  10. Yes right like you are going a bad review on here!

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    1. This is a very honest review. I'm not part of the InStyler company, and I wasn't contacted by the company to give a review, nor was I paid for a review. I simply wanted to try it out and give my honest opinion.

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  11. This is an excellent product that can help you get shinier looking bouncy hair after every use. The InStyler is a made up of two metallic rods that get heated up when plugged in, it comes with the heat controlling buttons that can help you regulate temperature. The rod is cylindrical as well as flat, which can be used for different hairstyles.

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