Philips ProCare Auto Curler

Philips ProCare Auto Curler Review

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Philips ProCare Curler Review #1

by Pia on 07.29.2016
“Very pleasing curling results, even among different hair types!”


My hair is longer than shoulder length, really fine and straight, and often refuses to take on any other shape. Most of the time I just end up with droopy waves or my hair is completely straight again after just an hour.

I get the best curls using curling papers that I have to leave in damp hair for 24 hours – very impractical and uncomfortable.

My curls don’t hold for long when I use a straightener so now I tend to use a curler with a very narrow tip. The problem is I often accidentally burn my face, forehead, neck or chest.


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How to use the Pro Care Curler?

The Philips Pro Care Curler looks really elegant and is amazingly light at just 600g.

Using the curler is pretty standard – it has a plug, temperature settings from 170°C to 210°C, time settings from 8 to 12 seconds, settings to adjust the direction of the curls (left, right, alternating) and a button to start the curling.

The curler also comes with two useful accessories; a hair sectioning accessory, which helps you get the right amount of hair, and a cleaning tool.

One by one, you insert each strand of hair into the curler, press the button and your hair is automatically rolled up. It beeps at regular intervals, and beeps faster and clicks when it’s done.

The Philips Pro Care Curler is heated up in less than 40 seconds.


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What is else important when using the Philips Curler?

I’ve come up with a few tips for the best result for my hair type (fine, long, straight):

  • Never use the curler on damp or wet hair (applies to all hair types!!).
  • Try not to wash your hair the same day you curl it, otherwise the curls won’t hold well.
  • Use a heat protection spray (I use this one) and hairspray before starting, making sure to let your hair dry again before using the curler.
  • Split your hair into sections and work from the bottom to the top.
  • After the curler has clicked, I wait another three seconds and let my hair slide out to avoid the curls being stretched.
  • You can also let the hair slide out and hold it for a bit, still rolled up, to stop it from hanging down and losing its shape quicker.
  • For more defined curls, rub your fingers lightly at the hair roots but don’t run your fingers through your hair.
  • One by one, hold the tip of the strands and with the other hand, tease the hair from the bottom up – in other words, push the hair upwards along the strand with your finger and thumb. Then spray well with hairspray.
  • If you use these tips your hair will stay curly even until the next day. They’ll be a little less defined but they’ll still look great!

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My experiences with the curler

Using the Philips Pro Care Curler, my hair is completely curled in 25 minutes and with thicker hair it takes 45 minutes. I now curl my hair without using a mirror and I don’t even find it that difficult to curl the back of my head.

Another great thing is that the casing hardly gets warm so you can’t burn yourself at all, even when you guide your hair in without looking.

I once did get a strand caught in the curler. I immediately turned it off but because it’s still hot you have to get it out as quick as possible. I found, the best way was to pull smaller strands out one after the other. My hair didn’t seem damaged afterwards at all.

I’m very happy with the curler; it’s light, stylish and has a lovely finish.

I definitely prefer it to the Babyliss Pro Curler (*CLICK*). The casing doesn’t get hot after half an hour like the Babyliss Curler and you can therefore use it closer to the scalp.

My field testing

The results are very pleasing, even among different hair types. I asked my friends to try the curler out:

Their hair types and hair lengths:

  • Chin length, normal, curly
  • Shoulder length, thin, curly
  • Shoulder length, normal, slightly wavy
  • Long, thick, stubborn and curly
  • Very long (hip length), thick, straight

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Results of the tests:

  • The thicker your hair is, the longer it takes to curl all of it. Thin hair takes about 20 minutes, and thicker hair, 45 minutes.
  • Long hair looks really nice curled. The curls are more defined and last longer the thicker the hair is. Hair that’s curly and coarse curls into tight little corkscrew curls.
  • Hair that’s shoulder length or longer can be curled a second time for more defined curls. You can get a similar effect by curling your hair once but starting a little further away from the scalp.
  • Very short hair curls inwards at the tips, but you can get the same effect with a cheaper curler. (for example this one).

The participants particularly liked:

  • How easy it is to use, even when you can’t see the back of your head.
  • Your fingers don’t get burned because all the heat is enclosed in the casing.
  • Using the curler doesn’t get tiring because it’s not that heavy.
  • Your hair doesn’t get pulled or tangled when you guide your hair into the curler or when you let it slide out.
  • The cable swivels 360° so you don’t have to worry about getting it tangled.
  • Your hair is still tidy and healthy-looking after use, and it doesn’t feel burnt.
  • The curls look beautiful and last a long time.
  • The curler heats up very quickly.
  • You can change the direction of the curls.
  • The cable is long.
  • The curler has a high-quality and glamorous design.

Negative feedback:

  • Curls didn’t hold longer than an hour for participants with long, straight hair.
  • Participants with chin length hair were only able to get wavy hair.
  • The Philips Pro Care is more expensive than other straighteners and curlers.

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My Conclusion for the Philips ProCare Auto Curler:

  • I’m really happy with the result: beautiful and even curls that last the whole day.
  • It’s quite time consuming for people with thick hair so it’s not really suitable for everyday use – but for Christmas, New Year or any other special occasion it’s perfect.
  • For a more natural result, I comb my hair with a wide-toothed comb (*CLICK*). I use a fine, misty hairspray to keep the curls in place.

 

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