I’ve probably been using the same curling iron for the past 10 years. A 3/4 inch barrel, made by Bed Head. I decided it was time to part ways. My hair is getting longer. I wanted a bigger barrel. Something nicer, and something newer. This is not my first rodeo trying something new. I purchased 2 irons (Hot Tools) last year, none of which really held a curl. I went back to the Bed Head curling iron.
I was in Ulta a few weeks ago, and decided that I was going to try yet another curling iron.
I was teetering between a T3 wand, and the 3-Day Bender curling iron, made by Drybar. Drybar is a hair styling franchise. They only wash and style your hair. No cuts or color. They also have a slew of special tools that are solely used by the stylists in store, which you can now buy on the market.
I asked the Ulta employee for her opinion, which was not very helpful. She told me to watch YouTube, and suggested that I would like the 3-Day Bender based on my need for a clamp. I find that it is easier to sometimes have a clamp, especially for the back of my head when I am in a hurry.
I found a 20% off coupon, and purchased The 3-Day Bender by Drybar. It retails for $145. Let’s talk about the 3-Day Bender. I will preface this by saying it is a huge fail. Some people do swear by it, but I cannot praise this iron.
The 3-Day Bender: “Rotating clamp creates perfect curls and waves in half the time of a traditional curling iron.” The rotating clamp is not a motorized barrel/clamp, do not get the two mixed up. This is simply a rotating clamp, manually twisted by your wrist. It wraps your hair around the barrel. In theory, this is great. It’s ergonomically friendly. But when you put it to practical use, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. There are too many variables.
You can read all of the iron specs here. 9 ft. cord. Heats up within 60 seconds, up to 440 degrees. Automatic shut off. 2 year warranty. Ergo handle. Yada yada yada. I did buy the 1 inch barrel. They also have a 1.25 inch barrel for longer hair.
The clamp does not lay flat against the barrel. There is a gap, and you are supposed to start curling your hair at the top of the barrel, all while using your wrist to manually rotate the clamp. My hair is silky and fine. It would slide right down the barrel, as it was too fine for the clamp to actually hold, given the gap. Then, add the manual wrist twisting. This may work for thicker hair, but I really don’t know.
In my opinion, the iron also has a design flaw. There is a gap between the bottom of the barrel, and the iron itself. Pictured above. My hair got stuck in there, and I thought I was going to burn off my precious locks. I even practiced the motions of curling, prior to heating it up. I watched a myriad of YouTube videos, and I just could not figure out how to efficiently and effectively use this thing. I don’t want to think when I am doing my hair, I just want to do it. Therefore, I returned this iron, and purchased Drybar’s wand, The Wrap Party, and I absolutely love it. Scroll down for my review.
I am thrilled with my purchase of the Drybar Wrap Party styling wand. It retails for $165. Yes, I know this is a hefty price tag, but it is definitely worth it.
It is described as having a, “Reverse-taper, no slip barrel creates perfect waves and curls, and holds hair in place while styling.” Usually, wand barrels are thicker at the base and get thinner towards the top of the wand. This is the complete opposite. It’s a thin base, which gets thicker as you go up the iron. This creates the perfect blown out look. This iron actually creates curls that hold. These are not tight curls. These are wavy, looser curls.
This iron heats up to 450 degrees very quickly, also has the 9 ft. cord, automatic shutoff, etc. Similar specs to the 3-Day Bender. See the specs here. This wand comes in one size, 1 inch - 1.25 inches, due to the tapered barrel.
I hope this helps you make a decision if you are teetering between these two products, or if you are just looking for a new iron or wand. Read reviews, watch videos, and do your own research. Like I said, people do love the 3-Day Bender. It was just not for me. And don’t forget to look for coupons. Drybar styling tools usually work for Ulta coupons, just not their liquid products (shampoo, sprays, etc). Sephora coupons should work for all Drybar products.
If you are looking for an effortless blown out look that does not require much practice or thought, opt for the Wrap Party wand. You can see the final result of my hair below, after using my new, beloved wand.
Comment below if you have any of these products. I would love to hear your opinion! Let me know if you purchase one of the two, or both!
See you late-hair (later).