Review: Remington Spin Curl hairdryer

Greetings, Dollfaces! Today I come to kill you, mwahaha!

OK, OK, I jest. It’s not a strangely-shaped weapon, it’s a hairdryer. To be specific, it’s the Remington Spin Curl hairdryer, and it’s responsible for the huge pile o’frizz you see attached to my head in this photo.

I’ve actually had this since Christmas, but it’s taken me this long to put together a review of it, because, to be perfectly honest, that’s how long it’s taken me to work out that either I just can’t work the thing, or that it’s not designed with my hair in mind. I’m betting on the former option. I mean, it took me a few minutes to work out which end of it I was supposed to feed my hair into, so I’m not the brightest, and hair really isn’t my strong point. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, the obligatory product description.

The Remington Spin Curl, as I’m sure most of you know, is a hairdryer with a special attachment which creates loose, beachy waves as you dry your hair. It looks like – and, in fact, is - a regular hairdryer without the attachment:

(There’s also a nozzle, but I took it off weeks ago and haven’t seen it since.)

And like this with it:

I’m going to be lazy now and give you the instructions provided by Remington:

Step 1:Wash and condition hair as normal. Towel dry and detangle and for added bounce and shine apply styling spray.

Step 2: Rough dry the roots of the hair with the accompanying concentrator nozzle.

Step 3: Remove the concentrator from the dryer and replace with the Spin Curl attachment. Section off hair and place this inside the attachment before turning on the appliance. Switch on and move the dryer up and down the length of the hair until dry.

Step 4: For maximum curls and waves, separate the curls.

I managed Step One fine. Even I can shampoo my hair without too much difficulty.

Step Two was where things started to get a little trickier. For reasons unknown (but probably connected to my complete inability to do anything with my hair), I found it really hard to dry the roots to the correct level: either I’d dry them too much, and end up drying the rest of my hair along with them, or I’d fail to dry them enough, and once I’d completed the rest of the steps, I’d be left with wavy hair, which was still damp at the roots (and sometimes the rest of it).

Moving onto Step Three, however, this, at least, was much easier than I’d expected it to be: you basically just take a section of your hair, put it into the top of the attachment (there’s nothing for it to get caught up on in there, so fear not) and then move the dryer up and down until the hair is dry. While the “spinning” itself was easy enough,  I found it slightly tricky to know when to stop, (And yes, I’m aware that I’m admitting to being unable to dry my hair properly here…), because I could never quite work out when the hair was completely dry. I know that sounds ridiculous, but when each section comes out of the spinner, it’s rolled up like a dreadlock, and although it felt dry to touch, I’d often find that when I brushed it out, it was still a little damp. I’m willing to accept that this is probably my ineptitude at work here.

Here’s what the hair looks like when you’ve finished “spinning” it:

Nice, isn’t it? I had quite a lot of fun the first time I did this, by telling Mr Dollface this was the finished look, and that it was a trial run for the dreadlocks I was thinking of getting. He wasn’t very keen, for some reason.

This stage of the proceedings is quite time consuming for me. I watched a few tutorials before I tried this, and many of the girls reviewing it said it was no slower than blow-drying your hair normally, but that may not be the case if you have particularly long or thick hair, because obviously you’re blow-drying in small sections, and that will take longer than normal blow-drying. For me, I find it takes at least twice as long, and even then, as I said, I sometimes have to give my hair another quick blast with the hairdryer on its own to make sure it’s completely dry. So it’s not quite the quick and easy route to waves that I was hoping for.

Finally comes Stage 4 – separating the curls. Again, this isn’t totally straightforward for me (nothing is, really…) because as you can probably see from the photo above, while the sections of my hair that have been spun aren’t proper “dreadlocks”, there is a bit of tangling at the top of some sections, and that requires careful combing to get it all out. For the rest of the sections, I use either my fingers or a comb, but it can look a little ratty, which means I normally end up brushing it normally, and ending up looking like this:

There are some waves in the front, but as you can see, it’s mostly frizz. To be fair, I have managed to get it looking better than this a couple of times, with more of the wave and less of the frizz, but I think my main issue with it is that the results are quite unreliable: I never really know what it’s going to turn out like, so this definitely isn’t something I’d be using for a special occasion, say. I will, however, practice some more with it and see if I can try to refine my technique and get the gorgeous waves I’ve always dreamed of.

If you want to try this, it costs around £20 and is available from most electronics retails. Click here to buy one from Amazon.


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8 Comments

  • Beth says:

    I’ve got one of these – in fact my hair in the picture I use on my twitter profile was achieved with it. It’s quite a good effect, but only if the planets align correctly and you’ve got a lot of time. I found the same thing, it took twice if not three times as long for me to dry my hair with this than with a normal hairdryer and the finished look was often inconsistent.

    If you want a wavy look, I can’t recommend the Babyliss Waving Wand highly enough. It gives perfect waves in ten minutes tops and is only about £30.

    Bx

    Bx

  • Nikki G says:

    I know I shouldn’t be laughing, but I had to giggle at your dreadlock picture. For some reason, it just cracks me up. That being said, it seems like it would be easier and far more reliable to get waves with rollers or a curling iron than this contraption.

  • drea says:

    I get the not knowing when it’s dry because when it’s hot it feels dry. I’ve just given up with my hair. I curl it, it goes straight, I straighten it, it goes back to it’s curly state. Blow-drying it only makes me look like I’ve come from the 80’s XD

  • Fi says:

    Next time, don’t bother blow drying the roots first. I find that they will dry just fine as you spin the lengths and there’ll be less frizz at the top that way too. I’m going to see if I have a pic from when I used my spin curl last summer.
    x

    • Dollface says:

      Fi, I didn’t bother the first time I tried it (um, mostly because I hadn’t read the instructions properly…) and I just ended up with damp roots! I think I have some kind of hairdryer dyslexia or something :)

  • Ilana says:

    That looks downright frightening… I have enough problems with frizz, so i think I’ll stick to braiding my hair while it’s wet and letting it dry that way overnight, brush it out in the morning with a little anti-frizz detangler and it turns out alright with less fuss.

  • Ana says:

    The 1st photo is amazing!
    But I didn’t enjoy the final result.

  • Eileen Curtis says:

    You may already have done so, but make sure you comb through a good anti-frizz styling product right after you wash your hair. Then comb it gently with a pick. Also, try not to touch your hair when it’s damp–and definitely NEVER brush it (I know this because I have wavy/curly hair and live in New York, where the hot, humid summers bring out the frizz even in gals with straight hair).

    When you’re done styling–and when your hair is dry–finger comb the curls to loosen them; otherwise, frizz is sure to follow. Above all–NEVER brush you hair–damp, wet, or dry–if you want to achieve frizz-free curls. I gently comb my hair with a pick. I learned these helpful tips from two of NYC’s top, curly-hair salons: Ouidad and Devachan.

    Hope this helps. Also, I love the foundation suggestions for fair skin. I have the toughest time finding one that’s right for light skin with neutral undertones.

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