Firstly, I would very much like to say that this little thing is the most amazing hair styler I have ever had or seen in the whole world ever! It's brilliant, to be blunt. The idea is that each section of the barrel corresponds with one of the numbers and so you can control the heat setting in each section to create different effects.
I have had numerous hair curlers before and I have never really liked any of them, they all seemed to take about a decade to actually curl my hair and then the curls would fall out in a matter of minutes which was incredibly annoying after having spent about a hour getting it to curl in the first place but these babys are amazing!
They come in the most gorgeous deep blue metallic magnetic box which is seriously beautiful. They had me as soon as I saw the box if I'm totally honest. I was so sad to see all the corners have been bashed in en route though! They also come with their own heat proof case which is a bonus because I can't stand having wires and things everywhere.
They heat up so quickly and curl my hair effortlessly. They take less than 10 seconds to create a ringlet which in my hair, which is blooming amazing! Usually I'm stood there for a good minute or two with my old tongs so needless to say I was very pleased!
The wire swivels as you style which makes is SO much easier, I didn't think it would make a lot of difference but it really does. To change the settings you literally twist the dials round to whichever code you want and off your go! The dials are a little stiff and sound like something is getting filed down inside (if that makes sense) like you get with cheaper models but it's only ever so slight but perhaps that could be looked at in terms of improving in the future but that's actually the only negative thing I can say about this styler.
L-R 1-1-1, 2-2-2, 3-3-3
The photograph above gives you an idea of how the heat setting differs with each number. I just used three of the same numbers for each curl holding the styler upright and using the flipper (I think this way gives you a better idea of the contrast between the heat settings). The first curl is done on the lowest setting, 1-1-1 and is a lovely beachy loose wave which I love. The second is using the code 2-2-2 and is a tighter, more defined curl and finally the last one is done using the highest setting, 3-3-3 which produces a nice, tight ringlet. You can be more creative with the codes or change the angle of the styler to make endless different looks.
Same as above but after running my fingers through each curl
If you want to see a better idea of what my hair looks like when I've used this see here. This look I did in about 5 minutes just playing around with it. I think my favourite combination so far is 1-1-1 but there are so many combinations I've not tried yet so I'm sure there will be many more favourites!
It retails at around £74 depending on where you buy it from which is on the expensive side but I feel personally, that it is entirely worth the money. The packaging is well thought out and beautiful and the actual product lives up to the claims, what more could you want?
Do you have the Encode Totem Styler? What do you think of it?