Cortex 4-in-1 Clipless Curling Iron:
The box has:
tapered 1/2-1″, 3/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″
The device where you will attach your barells
Heat Resistant Glove
To protect your hand from heat when doing your curls
Cortex Clipless Curling Iron is from flatironexperts and it retails for CAD$149.99 and currently on sale for CAD$99.99 (saving you CAD$50.00).
I find that it is very easy to curl my own hair using this curling iron since when I was starting with clipless curling irons I tend to not know where to twist / turn my curls. I am more familiar with the traditional curling irons with the clamp so this clipless / wand like curling irons are new to me. When I got the hang, trying to curl other people’s hair and mine, I find that these wands tend to hold curls a lot better than the traditional clamped curlers. I have had my Nume Curl Jam (click here for my Nume Curl Jam Review) and what I noticed is the Cortex has a heat level control while the Nume doesn’t. To me it is not a deal breaker since my hair strands are coarse and thick so it can take the highest level of heat the Nume gives but for those who has very fine / thin hair, the Cortex is a better option for you.
One thing I noticed though is after a few month’s of use, I would say not even 10 full hair set, everytime I use the 1 1/4″ barrel, the screen displayes “Err” and does not heat up. To me, how can this be travel friendly if it doesn’t even survive a few months of home use? Maybe I just got a faulty set but I saw a few other reviews that say they get the “Err” message too. When using other barrels, I don’t see the “Err” message so I’m thinking that the one barrel I have is probably loose or has something wrong with it. I will see what the warranty is for flatironexperts (pretty sure it is for a year). One downside too is that since you are constantly twisting the wand, you are prone to pressing the control buttons getting your settings all screwed up but I guess it can be improved once you get the hang of using the wand.
Below is my model’s hair – combination of fine and coarse strands
Below is my model’s hair after using the smallest barrel 1/2-1″ tapered
Also, below is another model with fine pin straight hair. I had no problem curling her hair whatsoever but she mentioned that before, her hair doesn’t hold the curl, so I tried the same barrel size as above on her hair, and it held the curls for more than eight hours and even then, it still looks the same before she went to bed she said considering we didn’t put any setting pray or anything. She was really impressed!
The curler heats up fairly quickly, I would say 10 seconds and it gives the hair a nice shine as opposed to the cheap drug store brands that give a dry look. Of course the swivel cord is given but what do not like when I first tried changing the barrels were the buttons that you need to push all the way in to pull the barrel out. It probably took me a good 5 minutes trying to push the buttons in and pulling the barrel out! It got better after changing the barrels for a few more times, I guess it needs to loosen up a bit. I also think that this is the reason why manufacturers change their push buttons to twist ins on newer curling wands.
I used the skinniest barrel to see how the curls will hold without any setting spray since both of my models’ hair is are fairly straight. The curls were perfect and it stayed for a good amount of time. The first model didn’t wash her hair the next day and it lasted all day on day2. It fell and loosened up a bit but it still looked great, even better and sexier!
I am very pleased with this set, not to mention I can bring this everywhere – dual voltage tools make me happy! 🙂