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Revo Styler

How'd you like to know the secrets to perfect hair?  The Revo Styler promises to tell all.  It's a self-spinning brush that claims to calm frizz and curls.  Amy Jacquin roots around with the Revo Styler, and puts it to the test.

 Deana Todt is a graphic artist for Heartland News. She mentioned her Mother gave her the Revo Styler as a gift, and Amy jumped on the chance to test it. This $80 rotating brush is one of our most requested test products yet!

"I just have really curly hair, and if I brush it out plain, like this, it just frizzes," says Deana. 

The Revo Styler comes with it's own charger, a comb, and two clips... which we quickly discovered are not enough. Directions say to start with lower sections of hair -- which should be about 20% damp. And you need a blow-dryer to set the style.

"I've got to hold the blow dryer and do this at the same time," Deana says as she switches hands and tries to figure out a way to do her hair. 

Deana clips her hair into sections as best she can with only two clips, and starts to dry her hair.  You can see the hair next to the Revo Styler spinning into a tangle. "Yea, it's tangled," Deana says. "Like in a knot! One more clip would help me do it right."

You don't use any styling products with the Revo Styler, so your hair stays feeling clean. "It does seem to be straightening it," Deana says after the first few minutes.  "Yea, a lot. Usually, for me, it would be frizzy."

You hold the brush a few inches from your head -- yet it straighens the entire length of the hair, down to your scalp. And makers caution it is awkward at first. They suggest giving it a couple of weeks before you decide if you like it or not.

"The other claim it makes, is that it's 10 minutes or less. Ha!" Deana laughs because she just can't imagine it going that fast.  

A safety catch automatically pauses the rotation if it senses too much pressure, like pulling against a knot. And Deana gets the Revo Styler stuck, to where it starts clicking and sticking. "You can hear it, it just catches, but it doesn't hurt at all!" Deana demonstrates.  "That safety catch doesn't tangle your hair. Still, you don't want a very sensitive scalp. And  I'm worried about the back, because it's going to be really hard to see what I'm doing."

The instruction video shows someone else helping with the Revo Styler. So we call Deana's Mom in to finish the back of Deana's head. It even takes her a couple of minutes to get the hang of it! And the loose hair still gets swirled into a tangle -- again stressing the need for plenty of hair clips.

It takes Deana a while to figure out where to point the blow dryer for the best results. But she says all the trouble is worth it. "Honestly, I never had my hair do this," she says as she feels her straight hair. "It really does work as far as straightening it out."

We move on to Deana's daughter, Chelsea, who has a shallow, but stubborn, wave at the back of her head. Deana has her own struggles with the styler at first. "I'm not getting all her hair because of too large of sections, I think," Deana thinks out loud as she wishes for more clips.  But she eventually becomes more comfortable, and Chelsea's wave disappears. "You can really see the difference."

Our final test is on Deana's niece who has short, straight hair. The video shows Revo Styler giving incredible body and bounce -- and Lexie would like to see that, too!  "If you want to add body or curl, there's a particular technique to use," Deana explains, and tries to copy that technique. "It's supposed to be a fluffy curl. That didn't work so good! Ha!"

And Lexie scrunches her nose a time or two, showing she's not enjoying the Revo Styler too much. One more try, then Deana holds the brush to let the curl cool. "I guess it's adding body," Deana says. "But it's not doing the same thing the commercial showed."  Maybe it takes practice.

Still, overall, the Revo Styler works. You can see one side of Lexie's head is fuller than the other... Chelsea's wave is rolled away... And Deana's perpetually curly hair is soft and straight. 

However, at $80, it's way more expensive than it's worth. It isn't as quick and easy as promised, even with two people... And it just doesn't give you enough clips. So we give the Revo Styler a 'B.'

 

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