What they say: According to the product description at Sally's: Finally a way to easily create quick and perfect curls! Curlformers are revolutionary because the hair is curled inside the curlformer - it does the work for you. Curlformers take on average a third of the time to apply than other curler. You get a perfect curl style in record time while giving you the choice to have exactly the curls you want, where you want them. Visually dramatic and are fun and safe for everyone to use. Curlformers give perfectly defined curls, whether you have straight or wavy hair. The rollers come in a range of lengths and widths to enable full creativity.
What I say: While I've never used the bonafide, real CurlFormers, I will say that these generic "knock offs" live up to everything promised by the real deal. Some of the biggest pros for me include the speed of application (about 35-40 minutes with the extra wide and long size), the speed of drying (30 minutes!), the "perfect" curls (no matter what!), and the fact that I can use my table-top dryer to dry my hair in them. The only (huge!) negative is the high chance for snagging your hair if you try to feed too much hair through the device. It's so important to be very careful when using these guys! The best advice I've read is to just start over if there is any difficulty feeding the hair through. Additionally, the price of these puppies is a bit excessive (even getting the generic version, in my opinion.)
Final Word: Though I am not able to give a comparison between the "real" and "fake" CurlFormers, I will say that the generic curlformers that I have serve me well as a quick, cute style. However, due to the risk of snagging, this is a style that I use with moderation. Overall, I'd give the generic CurlFormers 3.5/5 stars.
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