The holidays are quickly approaching which means beauty companies are rolling out new releases left and right. One of these festive launches I was able to get my hands on was the CHI Lava Curling Iron, the latest addition to CHI’s award-winning Lava Tools Series available at ULTA Beauty for $64.99. The volcanic lava and ceramic infused barrels available in 1”, 1 ¼”, and 1 ½” make it easy to create beautiful, voluminous curls on all hair lengths sans nasty heat damage and frizz. It also features five preset temperature settings with an illuminated digital display.
Although I have a fairly thick head of hair as far as actual follicle count is concerned, my strands themselves are quite fine. I chose to review the CHI Lava Curling Iron in the 1 ½” barrel size to help give my hair added volume for more of that Pantene model look. Upon plugging the product in I noticed this curling iron heats up very quickly. I’m not sure if it’s just because my other one is quite old, but I was pleasantly surprised. Another thing that I feel is worth noting is that during the styling process I never once thought that the CHI Lava Curling Iron was heavy or experienced that arm strain I’m sure many of us regularly using heat styling tools are familiar with. Due to the size of the curling iron and my hair currently sitting a bit below shoulder length, it only took roughly twenty minutes to curl and style my hair (not including wash and blow drying time). The look I was going for had more bedhead wavy vibes, but this size barrel would also be perfect for creating 1950s-esque Hollywood curls.
When it comes to the longevity of the curls I think that heavily depends on your hair type and styling products used. As I mentioned before, my hair strands are super fine, so textured styles don’t typically last very long on me nor do they fall gracefully. However, I noticed when I used the CHI Lava Curling Iron my wavy ‘do didn’t start to look a little limp until around two and a half hours in — long enough for me to have a successful date night. For reference I didn’t use any styling products prior to curling, held each piece of hair on the barrel for approximately twenty seconds, and finished everything off with Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine hairspray before using my fingers to separate the curls. I’m not sure about other people, but that was a total win in my book! Also, a little over a week and two washes later my hair doesn’t feel brittle or damaged.
Overall would I recommend this product? Honestly, in my opinion the CHI Lava Curling Iron is a solid yes. The two biggest selling points for me were the preset temperatures which eliminates having to guess what heat setting is right for your hair and how nicely my hair turned out. I’m not someone who curls my hair all that often — in fact I’ve only done it three times this year — so this will most likely become my designated “bangs/ends curler,” but I’m also looking forward to using the CHI Lava Curling Iron to switch it up for special occasions.