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InStyler Rotating Iron: Does it Work?

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By Lauren Keith - bio | email

The InStyler promises to curl, flip, straighten, even volumize your hair with its rotating iron, but Does it Work and is it any better than similar products like the Chi flat iron?

Missy O'Kelly's interested, but the high price tag isn't all that tempting---so, let's try it before you buy it.  The InStyler costs around $140.

As instructed, Missy has clean, somewhat damp hair with no products applied.  With one sweep of the Instyler, a strand of her hair is pretty straight and shiny, but she admits it takes a bit to get used to the swiveling, hot barrel.

The InStyler straightens the wave left behind by Missy's clip. It also flips her locks as promised. It curls the hair, too, but I jump in on this. With good reason, Missy's uneasy about wrapping her hair around the wide and now *very* hot barrel.  The InStyler also promises to give your hair "lift" or over-direct it, as the product makers call it.

"That's why I wanted this product. Other flat irons make my hair too limp and flat to my head. I'm an 80's girl, so I like that volume," Missy laughs.

Sure enough, the InStyler leaves some pretty good volume on top, so is there *anything* wrong with this styling tool? Well.....

"It's $120 for two of 'em and I didnt' want two," says Missy.

That doesn't even include all the shipping fees, but yes, you heard right. The company won't let you order just one for now.  Instead, you pay monthly installments adding up to about $140. I'm assuming the company ships you two InStylers, so they can bilk you on the extra shipping, although they brag about throwing in that second one for free. I'd know this for sure, but when I called the InStyler customer service, they wouldn't comment.

A rep did tell me if you're only interested in trying the three-day non-refundable $14.99 trial offer, your trial period begins once you receive the two InStylers, which they supposedly track.

I found that to be true, but I was vigilant in shipping the products back in the middle of that free trial period and calling several times to double check I would not be charged in full.

Meantime, Missy O'Kelly won't be shipping hers back---she split the cost with a friend, and likes the InStyler a lot.

 "I would give it an 'A'. I use it a lot," she says.

I'm not going to go quite as high as that because as a Chi Flat Iron user miyself, that tool does the same things the InStyler does, but for $20 cheaper, and I'm a stickler on those unneccessary shipping fees. Still, the InStyler seems to be a good *styling tool* itself, earning a B plus on this Does it Work test. 

You can buy the InStyler Rotating Iron online at

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