Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4 out of 5 by kayybrii Anything Worth Having Takes Practice!
First off, this takes practice!
Many of the other reviews I've seen complain about the product but I would have too if I'd stopped at the first or second try! It isn't complicated, per say, but it's a simple motion that takes practice to execute quickly and effectively.
The product itself is well made. It heats up in about 3-5 minutes? You wrap sections of hair around two fingers and then tuck the curl you've created into the heated shells. They can be a little hot at times but never enough to burn your fingers by mistake while you're putting your hair up. After anywhere from 4 - 10 minutes your let them loose and you've got great curls!
I used to curl with a flat iron and was never bothered by it but I was astounded by how soft my hair was while still holding curl! Some complain that there aren't enough C-shells but if you replace them as you go (it comes with 5 more than fit on the unit) and then use the two or three from the beginning (you'll be able to take them out by then) you have enough. Only a very light spritz or two of hair spray and I'm good to go! I haven't gone crazy with experimenting but I am now comfortable with the standard curl and can do it in about 15 minutes.
Overall, it's a little pricy, but I haven't touched my flat iron since I go it! Practice, practice, practice, and you'll find it worth your while.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sammy3 The clips work quite well. I am still learning how to use them so I get the look I want. For just curls it great but if you want a certain look you have to practice. It comes with a DVD and you can go online and get questions answered.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mcculc Difficult to use on coarse hair
I spent a lot time setting my hair. Waited until the c shells cooled. Got great curls at first, but they didn't hold. 15 minutes later the curls were gone. I even put styling spray on each strand before applying the shells. Too much work for that kind of result.
Rated 3 out of 5 by redkim Difficult to use
I was very excited to receive this item. It looked so easy to use...however, I have been struggling to get the hair into the clam shells everytime. The curls turn out nicely when I can finally manage to get the hair in the shells...however...the curls don't stay in my hair for long. Using my straightener to make curls is better because the curls actually last all day long.
This item is frustrating to use...wish I had spent my money on some good old fashioned hot rollers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ErmaViola Excellent Product
I was surprised to see that this product only had 3 1/2 stars from reviews. I love it. So much in fact, that I'm buying one for each of my 4 daughters for Christmas. I've been experimenting with it using all the clips and then using only six. I get different results depending on the size and number of clips used. The cost may be a down side to this purchase, but I have been searching for something like this for years and was willing to pay just for the convenience of use.. I have thick long hair. Tradition curling irons took forever to use. With the Topstyler, I'm ready to walk out the door just 18 minutes after turning it on. The curl really does last all day.
Rated 2 out of 5 by AshlynGrace Not a fan of this
My daughter just had to have this top styler, but it is so hard to use it correctly. We have practiced LOTS with it and I just don't like how our curls look. A curling iron is much easier and turns out with prettier curls than this. Plus, we have to wait for some of the curls to cool down in order to take the clamshells out and then reheat them to finish one head of shoulder length hair.
Rated 5 out of 5 by euss I really like the topstyler, it only takes a few minutes to put the clips in and after they cool great results that last. At first it took practice to get used to putting the clips in. They can products different effects depending on how you put them in. I get lots of compliments on my hair. Love using it, have not used any other styling tool since. Would highly recommend this product, don't give up.