I managed a salon and I can tell you it is very damaging to your hair to immediately apply a direct heat source to wet hair. However, if you are looking for opinions from those that have bought them as Christmas gifts, I can also tell you it was a 50/50 as to who liked them and who didn't. We were selling the InStyler and for every two people that bought it, one brought it back. I guess it's something you really have to try. As a stylist's perspective, it is damaging. If you want to try it out, go to a salon like Trade Secret and ask them if any of the stylists have one you can try out. They will let you look at it and maybe sample it in the back before you buy it.
at 12:27 PM on Dec. 25, 2010