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Revlon Style Expert Crimper

| Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Revlon Style Expert Crimper
Revlon Style Expert Crimper

The claim: The Revlon Style Expert Crimper creates instant waves and crimps. Its Tourmaline Ionic Technology natural gemstones deliver healthy, hair-conditioning ions and infrared heat for faster styles, maximum shine and frizz-free results. Ceramic technology provides heat that penetrates quickly and evenly from the inside out, styling in a fraction of time with superior results. It features an easy dial turn and revolving crimping barrels for consistency and ease.

Cost: $34.99

Where: Target

I used the Revlon Style Expert Crimper every day for a week. Wearing your hair in a crimped fashion is pretty popular with girls my age, so I was excited to try it. I have very long hair and anytime I use a curling iron, flat iron or crimper, it often takes a very long time to go all the way through my hair and style it. This product was different. It immediately crimped my hair. It only took me about 10 minutes to crimp all of my hair and it stayed that way all day, and lasted even the next day. The crimper was light and easy to use and travel with and cooled down quickly. I would recommend this product to anyone, especially preteens and teens who are looking for a product that is a breeze to use in the mornings before school!

— Riley Greenwood, 11

Some things are better left in the past. After my experience with the Revlon Style Expert Crimper, I can definitively say that crimping is one of them.

I was excited to try crimping again, probably because it reminds me of carefree childhood days, when I had jelly bracelets up my arm, New Kids on the Block pins on my jean jacket, and long division was my biggest worry. I liked crimped hair so much as a child that I still have my trusty purple Windmere crimper stashed in my parents' basement somewhere.

I thought the perfect night to try the crimper would be for a trip to the casino last month to see my favorite 1980s cover band. Thank god that, in true Jill fashion, I was running late and didn't have time to do it. If my friends would've seen the hideous, matted mess that my hair became after using the crimping iron, they would've assumed that I gave up bathing.

The crimper was easy enough to use. You position a section of hair in it and turn the dial on top as you move from root to end. Whereas, the 1980s crimp was a big, smooth wave, this crimper gave a smaller, more-defined look. And not in a good way.

If I decide I want to crimp again, I'll revert to another favorite thing from childhood: I'll braid my hair at night after washing it and take it out in the morning to get my waves.

— Jill Leonard

As a child of the '80s, I have great appreciation for big, crimped hair. I rocked that look for the better part of my youth, so when the opportunity to try it out again presented itself, I was on board.

The Revlon Style Expert Crimper was lightweight, quick to heat up and easy to use. The dial made getting the perfect crimp a breeze. I have long hair and lots of it, so it occasionally gets trapped in devices like this, but not this time.

In a matter of minutes, half my head was crimped out to the max, in all its poufy glory. It was fun, albeit, pretty outrageous compared to my usual straight-down and style-less look. As I let the crimps take me back to the days of leg warmers and jelly bracelets in my mind, my fiance walked past the bathroom door. He quickly doubled back, his jaw dropped at the enormity of my hair.

I decided to stop at that point. I could see this crimper could be fun for an '80s-themed party or a night out on the town, but it was a bit much for a Wednesday evening at home.

— Rachel Weaver

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