The “Curl Secret”

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I was fascinated watching the infomercial for the Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret. The curling device miraculously draws in a strand of hair and then releases a perfect shiny curl.

It seemed impossible, so when I was offered a chance to try it myself, I was excited. I have been blow drying and twisting my hair onto electric rollers since junior high. Admittedly, I have “easy” hair; it holds a curl or blows out straight without much trouble. I have, as a beauty editor, tried no end of gadgets, but “Curl Secret” still rates as the most unusual and coolest.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret is basically an automatic, timed curling iron with a

Tourmaline Ceramic ¾-inch covered barrel and two heat settings. The ceramic barrel makes hair shine and the timer prevents burniacurlsecret.jpgng.

You feed the device a strand of hair and draws it in, wraps it, curls it and beeps when you are supposed to release the curl.

Does it work? Yes. It makes shiny and long-lasting curls. But there is a learning curve. It can be a little scary feeding your hair into anything. There a safety feature to keep it from tangling your hair, but having your hair sucked up is weird at first. The hardest part is learning how to hold it. It is tricky and it takes a while to get the knack of it. But then again, it took me a week not to tangle a round brush in my hair when drying it. And my first attempt with hot rollers, as I remember, was not flawless. Now I can blow out my hair like a pro and set my hair in less than 60 seconds.

This is a fabulous tool if you like styling your own hair. It is also versatile. I was able to make ringlets, loose curls and waves by adjusting the timer and amount of hair I curled at one time. The process is time-consuming at first, but with practice it is almost as fast as using a curling iron with no risk of burns.

It costs $99.