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Sultra The Bombshell 1 Inch

What it is:A curling iron with a one-inch rod.What it does:The Bombshell curls your hair in half the time of traditional clip irons. The Japanese Kyocera Ceramic Technology mends and defends hair while you style. It has a durable, lightweight construction and you only need to simply wrap the hair around the rod barrel for smooth, sultry curls.What else you need to know:Sultra's complimentary pink Safety Glove protects fingertips from heat while you style. Universal Voltage.
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Questions & Answers for Sultra The Bombshell 1 Inch

Question
Where can I get an extra heat glove?
I like to work side to side, and switching the glove back and forth is too time-consuming. Any chance of getting another glove?
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
pickyvirgo
(Chicago, IL)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
10 answers
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answer 1
I have tiny hands (ugh!) and that glove was like a flipper! Also my hair is super straight and crazy long so the fuzzy glove created static, which was not easy to curl (imagine placing your hand on a Van de Graaff Generator). So I was like, grrr! because this curling iron is the bomb! I tried the super tight icetoner gloves (leather) and it did the trick :) However if you really dislike having things on hands (like I do) I found something that works wonders...rubber finger tips (look like rubber thimbles). Best thing ever!!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
bellahrose
(Winston-Salem, NC)
answer 2
I am starting to suspect the whole one glove included only has a purpose considering most clipless curlers come that way. I think they're trying to have you grip the handle with bare hand for safety reasons (ie, would be bad to drop it on you foot, no?) I'm sure most people will argue they can hold the curler perfectly well with the glove, but hey... nothing beats bare hand when it comes to control and you don't want to mess with something that is over 300F hot.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
gaiya
(Austin, TX)
answer 3
Amazon.com has heat resistant gloves for Enzo Milano which should be fine to work with Sultra since they are both clipless curling irons.
They are about $13.00 each.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
happycty
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 4
Use an old glove that you have around your house. Cheap and effective
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
chanise
(New York, New York)
answer 5
Same material as those thick shower gloves. You can try it if you have it at home.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
hchan2
(Winnipeg, ON)
answer 6
look on amazon for heat-protective gloves to find some made specifically for curlers and irons.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
lilorphanne
(sherman oaks, CA)
answer 7
i dont think they sell theirs. but i found this!
http://www.sallybeauty.com/heat-glove/SBS-487110,default,pd.html
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago,Ill)
answer 8
If you are right handed, hold the Sultra styling tool with your right hand, and place the glove on your left, and vice versa. There is no need to switch the glove from hand to hand. Curling each side of your head will work the same way. They may eventually sell the glove on its own if someone happens to loose the one it comes with, or if you really want to wear two.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 9
I bought an Ove Glove and it works much better then the one that came with it...
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
jenshelby
(Linden, VA)
answer 10
no. the gloves are not for sale anywhere...in stores or online
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
amk9lovers
(Queens, New York)
Question
can you use it on wet hair?
Can you curl your hair while it is wet or does it have to be dry; curling your hair when wet is really bad but it saves lots of time.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
kapow
(Quincy, MA)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
8 answers
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answer 1
Absolutely not! You should never curl or straighten your hair while wet.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Kathleen93
(Wainwright)
answer 2
The answer is NO.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
NikkiChicky
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
i would highly recommend not curling your hair or straigening your hair with any product. it is not only horrible for your hair but it will eventually leave built up on your product. beleive me i am pressed for time too, but in the long run you will want to have completly dry hair.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago,Ill)
answer 4
No, I would not use this tool on wet hair. It may singe, burn, and damage your hair. Blow or air dry first, then use the Bombshell to syle!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 5
Absolutely not! Not only will you damage the product but most importantly you will damage your hair!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
cegxo
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 6
No, you cannot use this tool on wet hair.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
wavygirl
answer 7
Thank you so much for the response, but I really wanted to know is if you can use it on wet hair and not if you should use it when hair is wet.

Does the product claim it can be used on wet hair?
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
kapow
(Quincy, MA)
answer 8
I wouldn't use it with wet hair because it might fry your hair. I think it would be better and healthier to use the curling iron with dry hair.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
cutes
Question
Can anyone recommend a less expensive alternative?
This looks like what I need. I have very long hair that I would love to curl sometime. But, I'm sorry--$130 dollars!!!!! Give me a break, can't afford it !!
Any alternatives to try, another curling iron?
Thanks
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
daysty
(Tampa, Fl)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
8 answers
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answer 1
I've never used one but Conair makes an Infinit Curling Wand that looks almost identical--except with a tapered end. It's under $50 and the reviews online are great!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
cleanclear
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
YES THERE IS!!! The CONAIR iNFiNiTi (and yes, that is the way it is spelled out on the iron?(: )This iron does not have a comb on it, it has a black tip on the end so you really do not need to use any glove,and it has it's on temp. control where you can put it on 310*F, 330*F, 360*F, or 400*F. One of the great things about it is that ,the rod starts off smaller at the bottom, for smaller curles if you want, and is big the rest of the way up the iron!!! I love it . I get every look that this product gives you, seriously!!! The price is the only differrence(besides the glove use!!). At the time I found it on sell for $18.00, but know I think it may have went up into the $20's. still better than over $100.. Right?! I swear by it!! But to each there own!!!!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
proudmommyof3
(Valley, AL)
answer 3
All curling irons that Sephora sells are going to be in the same price range. This tool is definitely worth the money, is made well, and will last you for years. It's faster and easier than any other curling device I've ever tried. It's soo worth it!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 4
Enzo Milano
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
JustMe610
(Laguna Niguel, CA)
answer 5
The 1 inch professional Tourmaline Ceramic Infiniti by Conair. It heats up to 395 degrees farhenheit. Like the one pictured here, it too does not have a clip. However, it does have bristles which do help guide and line your hair up to help you achieve the kind of curl you want. It has multiple heat settings. Because it gets so hot when using it on higher heat settings, I would try to find a safety glove (your own cheaper alternative) on your own to use with it. Before I used the conair, I considered my hair hard to curl - now I use the conair on the higher heat settings and have been very happy with it. I use it with a spray thermal heat protector and this has helped keep my hair in good condition. I got mine on clearance for $20, but have seen it online at Ulta I think for about $30. If you want all over waves in a short amount of time, I can also recommend the Bed Head Tourmaline Ceramic DEEP WAVE. Also use with a spray thermal heat protector to keep your hair in good condition. I believe it is at Ulta.com online also, for under $30-$35. They have two similar ones so be sure it's the DEEP WAVE, as this one provides bigger, more natural looking curls.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
Christinazz
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
As most people own a flat iron already, that would be a more inexpensive alternative. The only problem is, a flat iron will not achieve uniform curls that this product can!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
cegxo
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 7
Go to a "videos website", and look up: how to curl hair with a flat iron. Most people who use this method have very long hair, tourmaline 1in. works the best.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
solid
(WA)
answer 8
Yes.. There is a less expensive alternative. If you don't mind sleeping on them, sponge rollers work great. At night I wash and blow dry my hair, leaving it slightly damp, put on the sponge rollers and wake up to beautiful bouncy curls. In the morning you don't need to do much but toss the curls around or pull them back. Saves time getting dressed in the morning. I just bought a set of 48 sponge rollers for $10 .
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
hipsyd
(Keaau, Hi)
Question
would this be ok for a beginner?
i have thick, wavy, frizzy hair and i'm not very experienced with curling irons. do you think this would be ok for me to use...or can someone recommend a more basic alternative.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
amk9lovers
(Queens, New York)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
7 answers
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answer 1
Absolutely not for a beginner. It is to hard to juggle the intensely hot appliance while twirling and positioning. I strongly suggest you not use it until you have had lots of experience with extremely hot hair appliances. I realize some people say it is easy, you do get the swing of it after a few tries, but I wouldn't suggest it as a starter.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
beauty4cutie
(FL)
answer 2
This is really easy to use and to me it seems safer than the traditional iron with the clamp. Because you start high and wrap hair, there's less chance of getting burned because it doesn't get moved around in the process. Watch this video for information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhzY5qEXICk
I curled my daughter's hair without any risk of burning her because of the control I had over the rod. The last time I curled her hair with a traditional rod and clamp iron, I accidentally touched her ear with the rod. Not a problem with this iron.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Danville,CA)
answer 3
I used everything else before from $19 - $300 curling iron or thirly irons to flat irons. Everything!!! This is the simplest and most effective way to curl. Well worth the investments.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
hchan2
(Winnipeg, ON)
answer 4
i'm a total beginner, and i'm certain every cent was worth it.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
cleopatraeyes
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 5
I think it is a much easier tool to use than a traditional curling iron. You don't need to worry about layers falling of of the clamp, or anything like that. All you do is take a piece of hair, wrap a small section of hair around the Sultra starting at your hair root, let sit in curl form for 10-15 seconds depending on the thickness of the desired curl, then release. Perfect and easy to use for any hair type, thick or thin, straight or frizzy! Just make sure to brush out smaller sections before beginning to curl.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 6
I honestly think this is a brilliant tool for a beginner because the directions are so easy to follow. Plus there are instructive videos on YouTube that can give you more tips and tricks for using this product.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
Neekaloo
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 7
I have curly, frizzy hair too, and I loved the results. I started with my hair after I had already blown it straight, but I'm definitely going to use it for my all curly days to fine tune the top. As for your skill and dexterity issues, that just takes some practice (I consider myself a styling expert and I had some trouble at first, but got used to it within a few tries.)
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
pickyvirgo
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Do you have to have the safety glove to use the curling iron?
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
7 answers
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answer 1
Do you HAVE to use a glove? No. Is it safer to use a glove? YES! I don't know how anyone uses Bombshell without a glove and gets the bottom pieces of hair to curl! For me, I feel more heat when I'm cradling the curl to cool down than I do when I have the wand around my hair.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kallison
(Anchorage, AK)
answer 2
unless you have very thick skin you will need the included glove or something even thicker. look on amazon for heat-protective gloves meant for use with hair appliances.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
lilorphanne
(sherman oaks, CA)
answer 3
Yes, there is nothing else to protect your hand from the heat, and no where else on the tool to hold that does not get hot. It also allows you to gently hold the end of your hair around the base of the rod so that you don't end up with any stick straight edges like curling with a straightener may do.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 4
I didn't use the glove on my left hand (and I kept switching back and forth), and I ended up burning the inside of my wrist. Now I'm trying to find out if I can buy an extra glove!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
pickyvirgo
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
You dont have to, but i highly recommend it. You wrap your hair manually around the stick, so when you get to the tips it can be a bit hot on your fingers... however if you dont want to curl the ends of your hair, then you wouldnt "need" to wear it, although again i would recommend it. (it heats up to 360 degrees and I burn the inside of my arm by accident once, not fun.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
tbananas
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
The glove is optional. However, if you're fairly new to using a product such as a clipless curling iron, a glove would be the safer option. The only downside to the glove is that it may cause your hair to become static. But if you use it enough and practice, you will realize that a glove is not needed.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
cegxo
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 7
Yes! You have to use the glove, because you have to hold your hair to the iron long enough for the curl to set, and because theres no clamp to do that, you have to hold it, I dont know another way to use the rod without the glove. However I know many girls who have had thier safety glove burn threw, because they've held it to the iron for to long, and they all use a mit, (winter mit!) because it works almost the same and is inexpensive.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
2NE1
(Edmonton)
Question
Do you have to put a heat gel in your hair to use this product?
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
cutes
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think you have to. I have very fine hair and it kept the curl with no product in it.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
squishie123
(Ontario)
answer 2
Nope. I have not use an holding products and it is holding up like a charm all day. Maybe a heat protectant if you use it everyday. I like the fact I don't need sticky products unless I want to set it in a bun or 40's Vicky Lake style. I have very hard to curl hair and I cannot use any other tool to curl my hair. This thing is awesome!!!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
hchan2
(Winnipeg, ON)
answer 3
nope, i gave myself awesome, super shiny curls on a test drive with absolutely nothing in my hair.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
cleopatraeyes
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 4
its really good to use. it will help protect your hair from drying out and getting damaged. plus it will define your curls. but you can get that kind of stuff anywhere. you dont have to use theirs
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago,Ill)
answer 5
Nope! Not required. If you do use a thermal heating product it may protect your hair more and hold the desired style longer. Even without your hair will still curl and not burn with the ceramic rod!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
brittany000
answer 6
I was told that you do not need a heat protector product with this because it has a coating on it to protect your hair already.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
tbananas
(Boston, MA)
Question
How to curl the ends
I have tried to use this many times already and I can't seem to get the hang of it. I can't get the ends of my hair curled because I end up burning my fingers through the glove. Any tips for this or am I missing something here?
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Toledo, OH)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
6 answers
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answer 1
a tip is to wrap the first 2/3 or first 1/2 of the section first, wait a few seconds, then wrap the rest of the end and wait a few more seconds before letting it go. That way, the thicker portion will be curled first and the thinner portion (the ends) doesn't take too long to curl = no burned hand
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sofr
answer 2
I layer the tips over the the hair wrapped on the iron and that seems to work. have you seen teh online video? Sultra.com
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
sobechef
(South Beach, Miami)
answer 3
I think that is a problem with this product. It is not you, it's the iron. The only way to avoid it is to get a regular curling iron.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
leslie421
(TX)
answer 4
Yeah, I found this to be an issue at first as well. After working with it, I found twisting my hair helped with this. However, having straighter ends is a trendy look now anyway, so don't worry about it.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
ohmirosa
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I curl the ends by wrapping the hair on top of itself as I wind it around the iron, that way the ends curl but I don't burn myself. I can definitely feel the warmth of the iron through the hair/glove but I count to 8 seconds and am finished with a great looking curl. Hope this helps you!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
redd1
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 6
Use your fingertips to hold onto the last half inch of your hair as you wrap is around the barrel. Once it's fully wrapped, just hold onto that last half inch so that there's tension in the hair and hold on for 5-8 seconds. The half inch should be enough to keep the shape of the curl without interfering with it.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
mizred
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
Is this easy to use for a beginner who has tried straighteners and curling irons?
I have tried using curling irons and straighteners, but I can never get the loose curls I desire. Is this easier to use/more effective than those alternatives? Has anyone else found that they could not work curling irons/straighteners, but are able to use this product?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
lauren24
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
6 answers
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answer 1
I am certainly no pro when it comes to hair styling but after perhaps 3 times of using this iron I feel very comfortable with it. I am rarely this enthusiastic about any product, let alone a curling iron but this thing is just plain amazing!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
boisemom
(boise, idaho)
answer 2
I'm horrible at getting curling irons to work and this was easy for me. I use straighteners often and have no problem working those, but this was the first curling iron that I was able to use with ease.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
londongem
(NC)
answer 3
Yes! There are videos online on the Sultra website. Easy to use!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
sobechef
(South Beach, Miami)
answer 4
I think this iron is much more effective if you want loose waves than a traditional curling iron, but it may be harder to use. It is also harder to use than a flat iron, but once you practice with it a couple of times, it's not that hard to master. Its really worth the time and effort because the results are awesome!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
beautyqueen999
(West Warwick, RI)
answer 5
I heard so many times that straightening irons were so simple to use when curling hair, but I just couldn't do it. I tried lots of times, but just ended up with mostly straight hair with small (not to mention frazzled-looking) curls on the very ends. Then I got the Sultra Bombshell...this curling wand is so easy and quick! I really couldn't believe it! And every time I use it, I get quicker and the process gets easier. I've used it three times and can already curl all of my hair in 15 minutes! That is just incredible to me! That's quicker than straightening my hair!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
noyoureschmoopie
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 6
I found that this was easy to use. I usually don't feel confident going out with the curls I get when using the regular type curling irons, but with the bombshell I got the loose wavy curls that I have always wanted (on the first try too). I have always had trouble using curling irons. I find that the curls are not uniform, but with this one the curls look pretty good. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
kags12
(Flanders, NJ)
Question
Can this thing be set down?
How would you set it down, or let it cool down/up w/o holding it?
wouldnt it burn the table?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
youloveemma
(Seattle, WA)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
6 answers
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answer 1
It comes with a heat-resistant pad, also useful for travel protection for the iron. You can set it down on that without any danger to your counter-tops!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
wilson88
answer 2
It comes with something to s et it down on while it cools. Its this felt matt type thing and I always set mine down on that and ive never had problems with burns on counters or anything.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
rachhhhhhh
(Saint Clair Shores, MI)
answer 3
it comes with a mat that u put it on, the mat is heat proof, so no, u wont burn ur table
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
tdotpink
(Toronto, ON)
answer 4
This comes with a black cloth mat to set it on. It's not super thick, so I'd exercise caution, but it does have a pad included.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
jojostarbuck
(Wilmington, DE)
answer 5
A complementary black iron pad is included so you can set the Bombshell down on it. You can wrap the pad around the curling iron when you're done using it to protect it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
enrilynne
(CA)
answer 6
You can totally set it down no problem. The lip around the handle where it meets the iron part actually keeps it from touching the surface that you put it on. I thought this was easier because you don't have to fuss with the little stand that swings out to keep traditional irons from touching a surface.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
msvolition
(Seattle, WA)
Question
Is this worth the money? Or should i just go with the conair you curl?
I want a good one. They both have great reviews but this is soo much more expensive. But this one will prob last me longer, it also looks sleeker and nicer? HELP!
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
hanner333
(Tampa, FL)
on The Bombshell 1 Inch
6 answers
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answer 1
Don't waste your money on the cheap curling irons. This is worth every penny and if you hate it, Sephora has a generous return policy. I doubt you will though
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
loutut
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
i would not suggest the conair one, but i also wouldnt suggest paying so much for this one either. i have the herstyler 3p and i LOVE IT! its like getting three for one and all sizes work amazingly! its also cheaper (depending where you buy it) and it comes with a waranty!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
shopperdiva
(morgan hill, california)
answer 3
The you-curl is amazing. Heats up very fast, easy to use, and gives a beautiful wave or curl! If you have the money, go ahead with this; if you want to save, (and get the same results) get the you-curl!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
lucyreed37
answer 4
I just talked about this in my review! Basically, if you have the money to spend on the iron and have a good amount of clampless curling iron experience, get it. It will save you a lot of time. It gets extra hot, extra fast, and creates really pretty waves. On the downside, since it lacks a clamp it is harder to control. If you want more freedom in styling your curls/waves, I would go to the drugstore and pick up a couple Conair irons that have different barrel sizes. That way, you can vary your curls and you have the option of using a clamp. This will take a bit longer, but I think the Bombshell iron is overpriced. Hope this helps (:
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
bubblegumbeauty
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 5
Honestly, I would go with the bombshell. Its worth it and it works and it will last for a long time. Conair is a good brand but I dont know how good that one will really work/how long it will last. I have long thick curly hair and it worked on mine. My sister got a newer model straightner/curling iron from them recently and wasnt particularly impressed, especially when she ended up trying the bombshell out at my house.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
rachhhhhhh
(Saint Clair Shores, MI)
answer 6
I have both the Infinity by Conair You Curl, as well as the Bombshell. Both are without the clip, but the structure of the barrel is the big difference. I get more of a ringlet look with the You Curl, since it's tapered. I can achieve bigger, bouncier waves and beach-head curls with the Bombshell. Also a big difference- i don't think the You Curl gets quite as hot as the Bombshell, but for my fine hair, that's not really an issue. I actually wish the Bombshell was adjustable. I say, get the Conair version, and get used to it. Once you are comfortable with a barrel minus the clip, if you feel you want more of a variety of looks, then get the more expensive item.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
pastrychef23
(Santa Rosa, CA)
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