Take one look at the Perfecter Fusion Styler’s website, and you’ll probably notice that the manufacturer makes a whole lot of claims: That it can work as a flat iron, a curling iron, a styling blow dryer, and a round brush—and perhaps most noteworthy of all—it can do all of this for any type of hair.
But are these claims based in reality? In other words, does the Perfecter Fusion (or other 4-in-1) Stylers really perform all these functions as well as it claims? In order to find out, we asked a licensed cosmetologist to take a good look at the product and to give us her professional insight. Here are her thoughts:
Why Isn’t Everyone Using This?
The first thing that should be noted is that, if the Fusion Styler was as amazing as it claimed to be:
- Every hairstylist on the planet would be using it,
- It would be heartily endorsed by other professionals, and
- It would be sold in many of the top salons.
But the reality is that this just isn’t the case. I know of no professional stylist that uses the Fusion Styler, nor anyone that endorses it. But why is this?
In short, the 4-in-1 Fusion Styler simply tries to do too many things at once. To simplify, how many 2-in-1 products can you think of that perform better than—or even as well as—the original “single” products they’re intended to replace (think about the poor performance of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner)?
Here’s an example: If you have thick, curly hair, and are searching for a tool to make it silky straight, the Fusion Styler will take too long, because it’s trying to be too many things for too many different hair types. For instance, when a stylist straightens your hair using a blow dryer and a round brush (two separate tools), they will apply a generous amount of tension to your hair, while simultaneously pointing the blow dryer downward in order to keep your hair cuticles sealed. In the end, it’s these two primary components that give you a “silky soft” effect.
However, unlike a blow dryer, the Fusion Styler blows air in all directions, which causes an already laborious process to become even more tiresome. With this perspective, doing it yourself would be even more difficult.
Four Reasons Why the Perfecter Fusion Styler Won’t Give You the Results You’re After
When looked at from multiple angles, the Fusion Styler probably isn’t a solid choice for any of your hairstyling needs, regardless of your hair type. Here’s why:
As previously mentioned, a 4-in-1 tool like the Fusion Styler doesn’t provide the “human touch” needed to efficiently give you smooth and silky hair. However, if you are looking to achieve this on your own (e.g. without going to the salon), I would recommend applying a shine serum to your already damp hair after washing.
Unless your hair’s texture is normal to fine, or unless it’s already straight, I can’t foresee the Fusion Styler doing anything to straighten your hair, other than reducing frizz.
If your hair is long and heavy, there is no way this product has enough power to effectively curl your hair. Sure, it may create a light wave effect, but in order to get good curls with a hot tool, you must prep using a working spray. This acts to protect your hair from damage caused by heat, while also helping your curls to last.
Despite its claims, I just don’t see the Fusion Styler as a “quick fix” product, because you’ll still need to section your hair neatly, and put effort into styling it. However, the company may have already anticipated that your hair will tangle, simply due to the fact that they include hair clips and a detangling comb.
Here’s How to Make the Fusion Styler Work Better
If you already own a Perfecter Fusion Styler or think it’s worth taking a risk on, here are some quick tips to help you get the most bang for your buck:
The Fusion Styler will work best if your hair is 12” or less in length.
Use high-quality shampoos and conditioners that are best suited for your hair type, as well as your styling goals. For example, if you’re using the Fusion Styler to obtain volume at your roots, but are simultaneously using a moisturizing shampoo for thin hair, your hair will end up feeling heavy. Instead, you’ll want to use volumizing shampoo in this instance, as well as a root lifter or mousse, so the style will hold better. If you need assistance, be sure to speak with your stylist, or click here for more information.
Always use a shine serum. This will act to protect your hair from heat damage and to enhance shine all the way from mid-lengths to the tips.
Last but not least, a good holding hairspray will work wonders at keeping your styled hair in place. One that we typically recommend is Bed Head Hard Head, which provides a good hold, while still allowing it to be brushed out the following day, without any leftover residue.
Whichever styling products you use though, they should be applied to damp hair immediately after exiting the shower, and then used with the Perfecter Fusion Styler. If you wait too long and your hair dries, it will start to set in place, and you won’t achieve maximum results.
Bottom Line: Is the Perfecter Fusion Styler Worth It?
Bottom line: As a beauty professional, I don’t believe that the Fusion Styler can achieve what it promises without a significant contribution from quality hair styling products.