Sultra the Bombshell 1 inch Rod Curling Iron Review

My naturally wavy hair always makes me upset because all the girls I know pretty much have perfectly straight hair. So each time after I shampoo, I spend at least 30 minutes on a straightening iron. Until last time I talked to my hair stylist, she told me wavy and curly hair are actually in fashion now. Ditched my hair straightener, Sultra becomes my new best friend.

The box looks really sleek for a professional product.

The little sketch art on the top left corner looks really cool.

Some pictures of the packaging.

The evolution of the classic curling iron is here. Constant even 360° f heat from smooth rod barrel creates the curls or waves you want in less time with no lines caused by clip curling irons. Kyocera ceramic technology repairs hair with infrared rays while you style.

This is a pictures on the side of the box showing how ceramic technology heals and seals the cuticle during the styling process. (enlarge for detail)

The registration card, styling instruction, product manual and warranty are also included.

This little instruction card shows step by step instruction on how to style. It’s easy to follow.

The sexy hot pink safety glove will protect the hand from burning.

The 9 foot power cord is pretty long compared to some other brands I’ve used. There’s also a safety tag on the cord. Caution – This product can burn eyes.

I think this one is really cute. Burn hazard. Keep away from children. It’s really thoughtful too.

Another part of the product that sets it ahead of other brands, the plug. It even has “reset” and “test” buttons. This company really puts customer safety a top priority.

A little mat to protect your countertop.

Use this mat with your Sultra iron to protect countertops. Rub mat on iron plates while still hot to remove residue.

The size is perfect to place the iron.

It also doubles up as a wrapper.

There’s only one on and off button and once it’s on the little red light will blink. It turns solid red when ready to use.

See how smooth the barrel is. Gotta love the Japanese ceramic!

Now it comes down to personal, my thoughts about this iron.

What I like about it:

1. First of all I’m really thankful for the company paying attention to the details regarding safety issue. It instantly raises my confidence towards the product.

2. The iron heats up super fast. 1 minute 20 seconds is all it takes to get ready and go.

3. The clamp-less design create curls in no time and there’s no lines caused by the clamp. I remember it took me forever to angle and position my Panasonic iron so the curls would look more natural. But with this iron, by the time my husband steps out of the shower I’m already done. So it takes about 10 minutes.

4. The ceramic barrel is smooth and literally non-stick. Even though on the mat it says, Rub mat on iron plates while still hot to remove residue. I’ve never seen any at all.

5. I think the ceramic technology must really work in terms of healing and sealing cuticles. Because my hair doesn’t look frizzy but rather smooth and shiny.

6. 9 foot swivel cord is tangle free and long enough for at home and salon use.

7. The mat is a great accessory. It also helps speed up the curling process which I will be talking about in just a bit.

What I don’t like about it:

The safety glove could be better. The first time I saw the video on youtube, I really thought it was cute and sexy. But actually it’s not even as good as the potato scrubbing gloves sold at Williams-Sonoma store. The material is thin and the wrist area is a little too tight though it does help protect the heat from the iron.

Other thoughts:

1. Because the iron gets really hot, heat protectant is a must so you don’t damage the hair. And be careful not to burn yourself.

2. It’d be nice to have different temperature settings but I’m not complaining because it gets the job done.

3. The mat could be a little bigger. Once again it’s not that bad as is.

Tips on speeding up the process:

1. Part your hair in 4 sections and use 2 clips to hold the front 2 sections before you start.

2. Do the 2 sections in the back first because they’re the most difficult to work with. Then move your way to the front.

3. Put the glove on your hand the same side of hair that you’re working on. The iron will be on the other hand.

4. Pick up a small section of hair and start curling. Count to 5 then slide the rod off while holding the hair with your glove hand to cool it off.

5. Put the iron down on the mat and start picking up another section of hair with your bare hand.

6. Release the cooled hair and start curling the new hair. That way there’s really no down time and I find it works for me. Hopefully you get what I mean.

Final thoughts:

This iron is really great for what it does. $130 price tag is well worth it. It takes a little practice to get a hang of it but once you do, you’ll probably want to curl your hair everyday. It’s available at Sephora stores and Sephora online.

9 Responses to Sultra the Bombshell 1 inch Rod Curling Iron Review

  1. Blair November 14, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    I like that it comes with safety gloves and even a heat proof mat!

  2. Dina (XYYan) November 14, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Great review! But my now short hair doesn’t need this yet, hehe~

  3. Ahleessa November 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    You’re very blessed with naturally curly hair! 🙂 The curling iron looks really good.

  4. Kalmo November 14, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Oh thanks for all the very helpful pictures and thoughtful review. The curling iron sounds amazing but it’s so pricey… maybe I’ll ask for it as a Christmas present LOL. I really love curly hair so I’m sure your wavy hair is gorgeous. 🙂

  5. Shanghainese Dumpling November 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    I love to see the before and after curl hair, I wonder how big the curls are.

  6. Lulu November 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    looks awesome! i always wanted to try a clampless curling iron, they just look so much sleaker and convenient to use 🙂

  7. Beautie Bugs November 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    This looks really great. I also want to see the curls.

  8. Mandy Kookie November 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Wow! It looks like such a nice iron. I wish it was cheaper.

  9. Lolaa December 11, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    It always looks so easy in instructions, and it’s not really when I try to do it myself, how come? :))


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