Curl Secret

Published On: Feb 05 2014 03:57:00 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2014 10:57:56 PM CST

We headed to "Planet Hair" looking to unlock a secret—how do you get salon quality curls at home?

"I usually tell them to take big sections and just practice.  It's kind of hard to curl hair by yourself, without burning yourself all the time,” stylist Mel Thornton said that’s what she tells her clients.

But what if it were easier?  That's what Conair's "Curl Secret" promises.  The commercial says it’s "a revolutionary new way to make curls in seconds."

We bought it for about $100  from "Bed, Bath, and Beyond.”

The instructions say your hair should be clean and dry before you use the device.  Next, Mel plugs it in, and waits for a steady red light.  Now, she's ready to put some curl into volunteer Emma's hair.

It takes some getting used to, but Mel waits for the "Curl Secret" to suck in Emma's locks.

"There we go,” Mel said.

Mel plays around with the different settings.  You have one for the temperature.  Another controls the curl's tightness.

"There's a really curly one,” Mel said.

Mel learned you have to wait for the beeps before you release the "Curl Secret."

"Okay, there we go,” Mel said.

After seeing her hair disappear for a few seconds into the device, Emma is ready to get her hands on it too.  But it takes some getting used to.

"I wish you could do bigger pieces,” Emma said.

Emma says she would have better control with her own curling iron.

Does it work?

"I think so.  I think a normal curling iron for people used to curling their hair would be best.  If you're not used to curling your hair, I think it would be good,” Mel said.