Remington T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand Review (Big and Small wand)

If you’ve stumbled upon this review than you’ve probably read the other reviews with people stating: “I have hair that does not curl! And this curling iron curled my hair!” and you’re probably wondering if those people were just idiots that didn’t know how to use a curling iron, or if they really had hair that would not hold a curl.

Well, I am here to tell you that I am NOT an idiot that can’t use a curling iron…. and I am cursed with hair that refuses to curl. This is easily displayed in my first grade picture when I got a perm because my hair would not curl, even though it was naturally wavy. Go figure.

I color my hair (I am not a natural redheaded bombshell…. shocking!), as already mentioned my hair is naturally wavy/frizzy, and I battle getting it smooth everyday. Both of my parents are in the hair industry, so I get to sample all different kids of products and hair tools so I keep up with latest hair trends and products, and I LOVE styling my hair.

I use a large 1.5” professional curling iron to kind of toss/volumize my layers after I straighten my hair but that is about the extent of my curling adventures because I long ago gave up on the idea of my hair holding a curl. However, for New Years Eve I was determined to sports some loose effortless Victoria’s Secret model curls/waves (I totally thought my sequin dress paired with sexy VS model hair would totally lure in the men!). I am well aware that if I am going to have ANY chance of my hair holding curl I have to curl it a few times within the day. So I woke up, washed my hair and curled it with a 1” and 1 ¼” ceramic regular clamp irons. Mid afternoon my curls were gone. I re curled it. 7pm rolled around and yet again I was re-curling for the final time of the night. I was positive this ‘curling my hair repeatedly’ method would work! Then, in my doorway rolling her eyes my four-year old niece stood with her hand on her hip and said: “You’ve been curling your hair all day! I think your curling iron is broken! YOUR HAIR IS NOT CURLING!”….. I realized she had a good point, curling my hair 3 times in one day with results so poor was ridiculous and this time a perm was NOT an option! I decided there had to be something out there with all the latest fancy spinning, ionic, ceramic, tourmaline technology that would freaking curl my hair!

New years day, as I was recovering from a hangover (note that I did not get any action that night and I entirely blame it on the fact I did not have Victoria’s Secret model hair!) I hit YouTube to look up some reviews on the latest clampless curling irons I had been seeing and hearing about. I had figured that they were just like any other curling iron I had tried and had tucked away in my curling iron graveyard.  Then I started reading reviews so similar to mine- “My hair wouldn’t hold a curl!!” Blah, blah, blah.

I was dead set on getting a professional one (my parents get a discount), but still was looking at a 100 bucks or so. I got tired of saving money- then spending it on shoes and having to start saving all over again for a curling iron I was convinced still wouldn’t work. Then the other day at my local drug store I spotted the Remington T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Professional Curling Wand 1/2”-1” and I bought it on a whim- which is so not like me.  I figured I could spare 21 bucks and it heated up 410 degrees- and I need 400+ degrees to do ANYTHING with my hair. Yes, I use lots of thermal protector!

It was the best 21 bucks I have ever spent. I raced home and started curling my hair, and within 15 minutes I had unbelievable results!

I had spent enough time on YouTube to get my learning curve up on how to use a clampless iron, and I’m always trying new things with my hair so I got the hang of it within wrapping the third section or my hair and went sans glove after that. Since this does get extremely hot I recommend using the glove until you get the hang of it.

Now here is the important thing to note. I have hair past my shoulders and it’s layered. I wouldn’t say my hair is extremely long but it’s got some nice length to it. All the tutorials I found on YouTube the girls seemed to have pretty long hair, longer than mine. They all stated that you could achieve the ‘wave’ look with this iron by using less heat, using bigger sections, and wrapping/holding it on the iron for less time. …..I beg to differ!

For my hair length and type since it needs such high heat to get anything done I can’t reduce the temp, like I mentioned I need a solid 400 degrees. I can’t use too wide of sections because my hair type won’t curl well with wide sections, and I have to keep my hair wrapped around iron for a solid 30 seconds for it really curl- so while I LOVE this curling iron I want to warn people who have shorter hair- meaning not crazy long hair like all the girls on youTUBE, that because this a ½”-1” it CURLS your hair. It’s not a beachy/wave look, at least for my hair type.

While the curls lasted ALL day and through the NEXT day, it was not my desired Victoria’s-Secret-model-I-just-had-sex-hair (I wanted more messy curled waves and no matter how much I brushed, fluffed, raked through my hair the curls remained fairly tight and uniform. The fact I couldn’t get these curls to fall out and loosen up is actually awesome because it goes to show that this curling wand is badass and not messing around!). It was as if Taylor Swift and Shirley Temple had a baby together, and as you can see in the pictures it was/is a great look and if my hair was a little longer I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more (since the curls were so tight it shrunk my hair up quite a bit) thus, making it more Shirley Temple especially with my red hair!

Well, I will admit it… I got cocky and magically thought any clampless curling iron would curl my hair. I ended up buying the Bed Head Foxy Curls 1”-1 1/4” curling wand. I figured this would work as well as the Remington (after all it sounded like they were using very similar technology and both irons were conical shape) I thought it would give me looser curls since it was a bigger barrel. Boy was I wrong! It didn’t get hot enough. I should have known better when on the package nor anywhere online stated what temp this iron maxed out at- low, med, high was all the info I got! The Bed Head wand gave me these horrible limp barely there curls that fell out within an hour. It was a vivid reminder that my hair fights holding a curl and likes to give me a big F off.

Back to the store I went and bought the Remington wand in the 1 ¼”- 1 ½” barrel (large) size and ironically while I was there I sold TWO of the Remington small wands because I had curled my hair with the small one the DAY BEFORE and my curls were still intact (and looking fabulous!) and two separate confused lost souls drowning in the curling iron isle asked me about my hair. Anyways, I was hesitant in buying the bigger barreled wand because I had read reviews that the curls didn’t have much lasting power. But with such amazing luck with the small wand I gave the big one the benefit of the doubt.

I can officially say my quest to achieve loose Victoria’s Secret wave/curls has come true with Remington pearl 1 ¼”-1 ½” (big) wand! FINALLY! I will be honest and say that I think with the bigger wand the curls do lose some staying power. With the small wand my curls stayed perfectly springified ALL day without losing any bounce or shape. With the large barrel I do notice that the curls will fall out a little as the day goes on. However, it hasn’t been a big issue for me since I am going for the loose tossed curled look anyways.

If you’re going for Taylor swift curls, or you can get away with using less heat and bigger sections of hair when curling to obtain looser curls go for the small barrel wand.

If you’re like me and you have to curl your hair on high heat, and use smaller sections but want a beach wave look get the bigger wand. I know most girls say the bigger wand is less versatile, and while that may be true it really depends on the look you want and I think for the price you can get BOTH sizes because they really do give you two very different looks.

If you’ve read all this I am impressed! I hope I helped some of you out and I highly suggest that if you’re looking to wean yourself off of clamp curling irons and into the world of clampless irons then the Remington pearl line is the way to go. I am honestly majorly impressed with the result. I also want to mention that with the clampless method I find it cuts down the time it takes to curl my hair, like dramatically. I don’t know what makes the clampless so much easier (but maybe a little more scary), but I dig it. I’m just blown away that I can have a head full of curls/waves that lasts ALL DAY within 15 minutes or so.

P.S. The pictures are the results of the ½”-1” iron- I haven’t gotten around to taking pictures with the 1”- 1 ¼” results, but hopefully I’ll get un-lazy and do it soon!

Happy curling!


February 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.