November 28, 2012

John Frieda Volume Curls 1-1/2" Barrel Curling Iron - pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

John Frieda is one of my favorite hair product brands; I've used their styling products for years but have never used one of their styling tools. I recently received the Volume Curls 1-1/2" barrel Curling Iron and I was excited to give it a try.

Check out my pics, info, and review... click on pics to view them larger.

John Frieda
Volume Curls 1-1/2" Barrel Curling Iron


John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2" Barrel Curling Iron Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $29.00. Check it out on the John Frieda website, and purchase at Ulta, on, and everywhere else John Frieda products are sold.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses

Create voluminous waves with a 1 1/2 inch curling iron powered by advanced ionic technology.

True ceramic heat reaches up to 400 degrees F for salon quality results while 11 professional digital settings create customized style for all hair types and textures.

Use lower heat setting for fine hair, medium settings for medium hair, and the highest settings for coarse and/or thick hair.

I've been using a clamp-less curling iron for over a year now, so switching back to a clamp curling iron worried me at first - but it was like riding a bike and I remembered how easy it was to curl hair with a clamp iron. This curling iron heats up quickly: in just 30 seconds you have heat! Has a swivel cord, which makes using it easy. Auto shut-off too.

Since it does heat up so quickly, and to such a high temperature, you need to be careful using this. I would have really liked to see a heat glove included since the tip of the curling iron gets hot to the touch and typically that is the spot one of your hands touches to help start the curl up (at least for most people). It got very warm, although I could still tolerate the heat on the tip. I do have a heat glove from my clamp-less curling iron that I could use with this if I choose, but I really don't find it totally necessary. I've read that this comes with a heat mat, but mine did not.

This curling iron easily and quickly curled my hair, giving me soft, large, loose curls. I liked the size of the curl it produced because it makes my hair look better than blah but without looking like I put in a ton of effort. I have long hair (mid-back) and I was able to do my entire head of hair in about 10 minutes.

Overall it was a nice curling iron that could use a few upgrades (would love to see it clamp-less and with a heat glove) but I still think it's a great iron and would recommend it - especially for anyone looking for larger, looser, effortless looking wavy curls.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this curling iron? Have you tried this or is this on your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. This curling iron looks like something I would like to try. I haven´t used this type of curling irons for years.

  2. I don't like the curling iron with the clamp, that's why i love my karmin clipless curling iron :)

  3. thank you for the recommendation, looks nice, but my favorite is the karmin g3 clipless, it's amazing. :D


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