There’s a new hot tools kid on the block which promises unreal salon-results in the comfort of your own home. So we felt we had to do what we always do and conduct a thorough investigation! It’s called the Tyme Iron – a flat iron that curls and straightens. Firstly, it’s important to understand exactly what it is and what it does. Well, it promises any style you want in minutes (ten minutes for medium thickness, mid-length hair) so that means if you want straight hair or curls you can do it all with one, easy piece of equipment.
It looks a little like a hair straightener but it’s thicker and has a rounded barrel so it’s engineered to create tiny ringlets, big curls, loose beachy waves or poker straight hair. That makes it a round flat iron that curls and straightens. Genius – but does it work? How does it compare with other straightener and curler 2 in 1 models? Read on to find out more.
Tyme Iron Review: Key Features
- Gold-Plated Titanium plates which lock hydration in and care for your hair to prevent damage (used properly)
- Ionic technology banishing frizz and fly-away for smooth, silky hair (straight or curly)
- High heat of 400 Deg F with protective coating so provided you use the right heat-protection spray (see below for more on this) you shouldn’t burn your hair
- Rotating swivel cord meaning you can easily reach the back of your head
- Virtual styling advice on the Tyme Iron website and lots of video information online
- One year manufacturer’s warranty
- A convenient heated sleeve so you can quickly slip it inside after use and take it out with you (no waiting for it to cool down)
Styling Combo: Tyme Paddle Brush Plus The Upstaged Thermal Heat Protectant
Now, while you can use any added styling aid if you want to, the manufacturer recommends using their own brand heat protector and specially designed paddle brush to achieve the best results. The heat protector is called Upstaged Thermal Heat Protectant and you should expect to pay around $25 for this product. For that price you get a handsome gold bottle which delivers 120ml of product and you place a few drops into the palm of your hand, spread around your hair then use your Tyme Iron. This product helps to deliver extra volume and shine as well as protect your hair from the high heat. In fact it’s so good, it keeps hair protected from hair styling tools up to 572 Deg F so you can use it with other styling tools as well. It also has a remarkably delightful scent so hair smells gorgeous.
As well as the heat protectant, the Tyme Paddle Brush is another must-have. This one also retails at around the $25 mark and promises tangle-free hair brushing and smooth, soft, shiny hair. It has a few excellent added features including a very comfortable grip with non-slip technology and a clever magnetic feature so you can attach it to any metal surface (saves you hunting down your brush when you want to style your hair). It’s also fine to use on any hair type, whether it’s thin, medium thickness, thick, curly or straight.
How to use the Tyme Iron
If you’ve already got your Tyme Iron you’ll be excited to use your new round straightener and curler product but as with anything new, it takes a little time to get to grips with it. However, we’ve done the work for you and here are some of our great tips to get the most out of your new hairstyling tool.
BASIC GUIDELINE FOR CURLING
- First, start with dry hair. Wash and condition it as normal, rinse out thoroughly, towel dry and apply the Upstaged Protectant from Tyme Iron, then dry off your hair. You can use this product in-between washes to pep up your style too if you want to but never use it on wet hair
- Now your hair is dry, we’d recommend sectioning out your hair so it’s easier to manage (you don’t have to do this but it helps)
- Your Tyme Iron looks like a V shape when you pick it up. This is normal, when you style it, it will close together to form a barrel shape
- Switch on your Tyme Iron using the on/off switch inside the plates. The light will turn blue and this shows it’s working
- To use it properly, hold your thumb over the blue light and turn it so it looks like a bike handle when closed, it should resemble a gold barrel, when you open it, you’ll see the brown guideline plates inside. This is how to hold your Tyme Iron
- The brown lines are what you use to curl. The gold plates are what you use to straighten – you’ll notice this when you hold your Tyme Iron properly!
- When you use your Tyme Iron you turn your wrist toward the mirror (as if you’re revving a motorbike) this is how you style your hair
- For curls, you use this wrist-action and move your arm forward toward the mirror as you style (never upward or outward)
- To style hair at the back, you pull it up and over your head using the wrist action mentioned
- So, clamp the top of your section of hair between the Tyme Iron making sure your wrist is facing toward the mirror and then move the iron forward to near the end of your hair and release. That’s all you need to do to create a beach wave
- Remember to glide the iron through your hair rather than rushing the movement, if you rush it, you won’t achieve the curl you want. This also gives your hair more curl and gets rid of the frizz – it’s not a traditional straightener so has to be used slowly but must move through the hair at an even pace so not to burn it either
- For tighter curls, move the Tyme Iron slowly, for looser curls, move it faster – you’ll work out the speed according to the curl you want to achieve. If your curl is too tight, you can loosen it by combing through using a wide tooth comb or using your fingers to separate curls
- Styling the left hand side of your hair uses the same technique except move your right hand (the one holding the iron) over the top of your head, then take the section and place it into the iron, flipping hair over the back of the iron. Keep the wrist facing the mirror and move your arm forward toward the mirror (sounds complicated but it isn’t when you get used to it!)
- If you have fine hair, don’t comb your hair out after curling, wait for the curl to set
- Don’t use too much tension; there is no need to squeeze the plates too tightly together. If you do squeeze too tightly you will get kinks in your hair, this is more noticeable on fine hair so be gentle when using the Tyme Iron
- For fine hair, section hair vertically and don’t use too much hair at a time, you’ll get a much better result
If you’re styling someone else’s hair, you need to change your hand position and put your thumb over the Tyme area rather than the blue light. The motion you use is the same, you’ve just reversed your hand position to style someone else’s hair
- Remember to switch it off when you’re finished
BASIC GUIDELINE FOR STRAIGHTENING
Start with dry hair, whether it’s freshly washed and rough-dried or you’re using in-between styling
Always use heat protectant before styling!
Use the gold plates to guide you and using a simple action just glide hair through in one direction
So, no need to watch the brown guidelines, watch the gold plates
Take a section of hair, place the root of the section between the gold plates and slowly glide the Tyme Iron through the hair to the base without using too much tension
BASIC GUIDELINE RINGLETS TO SMOOTH CURLS
The Tyme Iron even works to transform very tight curls into smoother, softer curls – here’s how to achieve the look, even with type 3 very tight ringlets you can do it!
- Again, start with freshly washed and conditioned hair
- Towel dry and apply Upstaged, the Tyme Iron heat protectant
- Dry off hair and section it out
- Plug in your Tyme Iron, switch on the blue light
- Hold your thumb over the blue light
- Put your wrist into position (like you’re revving a motorbike, wrist always facing the mirror)
- Place hair inside the iron and wrap the rest of hair around the body of the barrel
- Gently glide hair forward toward the mirror without too much tension, use your other hand to hold the hair that’s outside the iron as you glide the iron through
- Release your smooth, shiny curl
- Repeat all over the head, making sure to lift the hair at the back of your head up and over your head and move your arm over your head to the other side rather than alongside your head
That’s everything you need to know to use your new Tyme Iron – it’s a bit tricky to handle, but once you’ve mastered the art of using it, the end result is quite impressive!