Rated 4.49 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love the Curls
I saw this on an Ulta email with the video, I thought I'd give this a try. I was a Hot Roller Expert in my day, but the time came and I moved on. I have natural curly hair (more like wave to curls) and it can easily be brushed straight. I've been using a curling iron and while it's nice and I have curls, I've burned myself from time to time so now I wear the "Glove." It also takes a while and no matter how fast you think you can go, caution not to get burned is the utmost, so it's a bit slow process.
So my take on this Pro Spin. Much better than the brush ones that are out there (I tried), which does tangle a lot! That went back pronto!
The Pro Spin was cumbersome at first and went slowly. It stopped and beeped when the hair tangled , but it actually wasn't hardly tangled, so I appreciated the beep. There was only one time it was tangled more so and I unplugged and slowly released my hair, but I didn't lose any hair and no damage! I think because it's a ceramic slippery cylinder that it releases easily.
However, once I got the hang of this unit it went very fast and I never heard the beep.. beep.. beep.. beep again (4 beep tangle).
I like that it does also beep once when the curl is finished and the hair does come out of the unit quite easily. The picture I have my head turned so you can see the curl ringlets. I was waiting for them to cool and then I'll brush. Btw my hair is about 5-6 inches from my shoulder.
I did this without any kind of heat or curl product, I think they actually do damage the hair. I saw a demonstration once and you could see the burn. That's just a side note.
All in all don't give up, my arm wasn't tired like it gets from a curling iron, no fear of burning fingers or ears and goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it which took me about 6 curls. Then it was easy peasy!
Most Helpful Critical Review Great for fine hair - Frustrating for thick hair...
The idea behind this product is amazing! However, the functionality is lacking in ways... The "Tangle Mode" kicks in if you put even the most conservative sized section of hair. The consistent Start-and-stop nature of the process, due to the tangle mode, is frustrating and makes the process even more tedious.
The curls produced are beautiful and flowing! but if you want tight curls that would gradually loosen throughout the day for "all day curls"- this is not your product. Even with copious amounts of expensive "strong hold" hairspray (Applied sparingly before the curling process AND generously afterwards) The curls produced only lasted about 2 hours or so in the humidity leaving me with an unruly, brittle mess of a do. In theory, this is a wonderful product! and there are many great things about it! But, if you have long, heavy, THICK hair + you live in a hot, humid area - Stick with the hot- stick curlers, curling irons, and overnight curlers.
Reviewed by 249 customers Love it
TShell from Franklin TN
I rarely do reviews but this thing is amazing! I had a wedding this past weekend and after seeing the curls
In my " very thick long coarse" hair I had to do the mother of the Grooms hair and 2 other ladies with us. It's quick easy and the curls are beautiful. If you have short fine hair It does not grip well but with a little work you can get it to curl.
Linds from Bethlehem
I bought this product because I suck at curling my hair. It does make it a lot easier but doesn't come out as good as the wand however this was a game changer
I bought it to try it, never been a fan of curls for myself.
Julia from Arizona
If I'm going to have long hair I want variety in style. My hair is medium to thin and straight. This tool is a keeper!
Used and Hairy
MiMi from Cape Cod
I can't review the quality of the tool as I was never able to use it.
As soon as I opened the box, I could tell it was a return that was just put back on the shelf. The box had someone else's hair in it and pet hair.
This is a yes
Gabs from New haven
This curled my hair in about 15 minutes. Easy to use. Love it.
Don't like this at all
Carly from WV
I rarely leave negative reviews but I absolutely hate this product. the directions weren't clear and I had to youtube how to use this. Even then, I just guess I'm not compatible with it because all it did was tangle my hair. Not easier or quicker than curling by any means
Ak from Florida
Love how this works. Always had a hard time wrapping my hair around the barrel. Burnt my fingers many times. Not with this. And even if it angles, it's not really a tangle. Very easy to use!
Better than I expected!!
Tina from Ohio
I absolutely love this product!! It was a bit pricey for what I usually spend on styling products BUT it has surpassed my expectations. My hair is thick and poker straight. Rarely would hold a curl. With this product the curls last ALL day and even can be refreshed on day 2 with minimal effort. It is fairly easy to use. Takes some practice but I can curl my mid-back length thick hair in about 20-30 mins. It is worth the time for the ease of use and longevity of the curls. I use it 2-3 times a week, sometimes more. This product has become a favorite for me!
WendyB from Michigan
This thing is a game changer! I have shoulder length hair that is a mix of wavy to straight. I can curl my entire head in about 10-15 minutes. It is so easy to use. At first I was worried my hair would get stuck in it but no problems so far.
Love it! Super easy to use!
Erica from California
I love this tool.. once I got the hang of it, it's pretty easy to use. I do have a lot of hair so it does take some time to curl it since you can't put large amount of hair in it but I also I love that when my hair would gets caught it beeps and let's go of your hair right away so it wouldn't pull my hair.
This product saved my life!!!
Sam from Ohio, USA
I have long thick hair that curls easy, holds curl and looks beautiful when curled. However, I spent the first 23 years of my life before this product never being able to curl my hair myself. I have so much hair and using a curling iron was always such a painstakingly long process, and a wand always resulted with many curls going the wrong direction. This tool makes curling my hair into a 10-15 minute task and my hair looks beautiful for about 3 days!!!
I cannot say enough good things about this. If you are even remotely considering this, buy it!!!
I bought this on a whim and I'm so glad I did.
LOVE IT! So easy and fast!
Kate from Minnesota
I've always hated trying to curl my hair. Normal curling irons didn't hold the curl. Wands were a pain to use and I could never get my curls to all go the right direction. The chi lava is AMAZINGLY easy, fast and holds the curl. I rave to all my friends about it. Seriously a great tool for a busy working mom!
I am so in love with this piece of magic
LoriV from Houston Texas
This thing will change your life. Simple to use. Creates beautiful curls and easier than I could ever dream. I can't believe I have gone all my Adult life without this tool.
Read the Directions, You'll be Fine!!
Leigh from Pennsylvania
This curler is great, if you know how to use it. When I first started using it, I didn't HOLD down the arrow button, I only pressed it once. I saw comments about how the curler only curled half of the piece of hair, THAT'S WHY. You need to HOLD the arrow button down until the barrel completely rotates the strand of hair. The barrel will actually stop rotating when it has your hair fully wrapped, and then you can let go of the button and wait 15 seconds. Once I did that, I had a perfect curl!! Read the instructions, because some people who wrote negative reviews did not!
Love this product
Mel from Savonburg KS
Only used few times but so far Love it. Works great
Great results..Easy to use!
Treeseelee from NM-New Mexico
I only have one hand to work with and found this extremely easy to use. The girls seem to be very long lasting.
Lifesaving ...well hair saving
Anne from Beaumont CA
I'm in my early 40s and I've never been able to curl my hair... like ever!! This is life changing , it is so incredibly easy to use and my hair turned out amazing!!
Call me the pastor of the church because I am PREACHING
Autumn! from Atlanta, GA
I cannot praise this product enough. This thing has changed my LIFE. I love to curl my hair but, generally, my hair has to be dirty and *crunchy* with all the products to make it stay for even half a day. I have a lot of hair but the hair itself is fine - a blessing and a curse for us blondes. This is the first curling iron I've ever used that can curl my clean hair and stay all day. DID YOU HEAR THAT, LADIES?? It STAYS all DAY! Of course, there will be some curls that are looser by the end of the day but you still look like a dream. And the SPEED!!!! Usually it takes me 30-40 minutes to curl my hair with a traditional curling iron and this thing has cut my time in HALF. I've been searching for a new curling iron I could trust...and I am so happy to find this. I've gotten so many compliments. I feel like a goddess. On top of all this, it is so easy to use. 15/10 would recommend. My best purchase this year - easily!
Beautiful curls... So easy to use!
Georgia the Travel Agent from Daytona Beach Florida
It was so easy to use. I read the instructions, turned it on & had beautiful curls in less than 15 minutes! I have long full hair that goes about halfway down my back. My husband came home & said:
You look like Farrah Fawcett with your beautiful hair! You need to wear it like that everyday!
Such Nice Curls!!!
Melanie from Kissimmee, FL
I have super straight hair and I'm also really bad at using wands and curling irons. I saw a video about this on Instagram and instantly fell in love.
This is honestly great for straight hair. I can put more hair inside the curler and the curls look amazing. At first, they are pretty tight curls BUT once you put hairspray on them and run your fingers through them, they look amazing!!!! 😍😍😍
Exactly what I needed
Ashley from Illinois
I have never been able to curl my hair properly with a curling iron. This product does the work for you and you get perfect curls every time. I love that you can control the heat setting to fit how curly you want. I like subtle curls so I put this on 350 and they come out perfect!
Chi Volcanic Lava vs. Chi Arc
Falls for New Curling Devices from Pittsford, NY
I have fine, shoulder length, color treated, pandemic hair. I own the Chi Arc and now have the Volcanic Lava. The Chi Arc is like a curling iron with a short clip. Like the Lava, you push a button to curl up the hair onto the wand. The Arc is more like a traditional curling iron and with that comes the accidental burns (for us clumsy few) to your head and fingers.
The Lava has an enclosed curling apparatus. You place one side against your head and take a strip of hair and lay it into the slot. You push the button and it spins your hair into the device. It took me a couple of tries but then it was very easy. I do have fine hair and it did not ever get tangled into the device. I don't know if that would be true for thick hair. The device beeps when finished.
Here is the big difference between the Arc and the Lava. The Lava weighs a lot more. I am fine with this, but if you have any problems with muscle strength this could be a problem. It takes much longer for the Lava to beep with one section of hair. This means the time to curl your hair is much longer than using the Arc (or a curling iron).
I do feel like the curls hold longer with the Lava. The bottom line is that I like both of these devices. The Lava would be used for going out but in these pandemic times that's not really happening.
I should add that I bought the Lava on sale and then had 20% off which made it very affordable. My hair also holds a curl.
Butternut from PA
My new favorite thing. I have very thin straight hair. I have never been able to curl my hair well. But this has made a world of a difference. It's so easy and takes minutes to do my entire head. Wonderful. I would give this 10 stars if possible.
Soft Bouncy Curls!
Baby RN from Hayward, CA
I love how easy it is to use this curler and not have to worry about burning your fingers. I have fine medium length hair and I say it takes about 10-15 mins to curl my hair. I love how the curls come out...soft and bouncy!
High quality product but wouldn't recommend for thick hair
NKT from TX
If you're looking to create ringlets/tighter curls, then this the product for you. I returned this for two reasons: 1. It didn't give me the style of more relaxed/tousled curls that I was looking for, and 2. I have lots of thick hair and it would have taken me FOREVER to do my whole head because the product gets stuck VERY easily if you put too much hair in the chamber. It heats up quickly and does product consistent style throughout if you have the time and patience for it!