What Is Spinwand 360?
Designed for short, medium, and long hair, Spinwand 360 is a healthy hairstyling tool that uses an innovative five-finger design to detangle hair, hold it evenly in place, and deliver a full head of gorgeous curls. And all of this five times faster than a standard curling iron.
This way, the company claims you can transform your hair from stringy to stunning, plain to playful, and dehydrated to full, bouncy, and alive in minutes. Just set the dial to your custom temperature, choose the direction you want the curl to go, and the smart indicator will beep at eight seconds to guarantee a perfect, healthy curl, without worrying about sticky sprays, mousse, or gels.
Together, the manufacturer claims that Spinwand 360’s five-finger design will create the perfect curl in just eight seconds, saving you time, eliminating heat damage caused by traditional wave and curling irons, and delivering professional styling, without a stylist.
In fact, the website reports the device is so simple and easy to use that it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake.
Is this what you’ll experience once you have Spinwand 360 in your home? Regardless of your hair type or length, will it deliver on its promises and provide a solid value for the money? Here, we’ll explore questions like these and provide some insight to help you decide.
How Do Hairstyling Tools Like Spinwand 360 Work?
FutureDerm’s Natalie Bell tells us that each hair shaft is made up of a protein called keratin and melanin, along with small amounts of metallic elements.
While all hair is made up of this same stuff, the shape of each shaft is determined by the shape of its follicle. “So,” she explains, “a circle, which is even on all sides, produces straight hair; while an oval, which is uneven, will produce a curly hair.”
But, as we all know, whether we have naturally straight, curly, or in-between hair, heat (and water, to a lesser extent) allows us to change its shape.
How? By temporarily weakening or breaking the hydrogen bonds—“the glue that holds the shape together”—found in the hair’s protein. Then, these results can be maintained for longer periods of time using a styling product like hairspray or gel.
Whether using Spinwand 360 or another device, or hairspray or another type of product, though, these hydrogen bonds will eventually return to their original position and leave you with your natural hair shape.
Spinwand 360’s Functionality
From heated brushes and flat irons to rollers and curling irons, there are perhaps dozens of different tools you can use to temporarily break the hydrogen bonds in your hair and style it accordingly.
Of these, Spinwand 360 is perhaps closest in functionality to a curling iron, which presses hair between a lever and a heated barrel. Then, the user gently twists their hair around the barrel, holds it in place for seven to 12 seconds, and releases the lever, leaving the curl in place.
Comparatively, while Spinwand’s handle might look a lot like a curling iron’s, it also features a bi-directional button that allows you to spin the head in either direction, along with an on/off switch and a dial that allows you to manually adjust temperature up to 400°.
Spinwand 360’s thicker, offset “finger” is what holds your hair, while the remaining four fingers help keep it in place and avoid tangling while spinning. Credit: Tristar Products
Speaking of the head, it features a “5-finger” design; four outside plastic fingers and an offset one that’s closer to the barrel. Users place their lock of hair between the larger finger, press the directional button, and Spinwand’s central heated barrel will spin for eight seconds and automatically stop.
Finally, you’ll just release your hair from the large finger and move on to the next section. Let’s take a look at what you’ll pay for this functionality.
How Much Does Spinwand 360 Cost?
One Spinwand 360 device is priced at two payments of $19.99, or a single payment of $39.98, plus $7.99 S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second device for a separate $9.98 fee.
Each unit you order will come with a bonus heat-proof traveling case, along with a 60-day money back guarantee and warranty against manufacturer’s defects, less S&H.
In order to request one, you’ll need to contact Tristar Products’ customer support department at 973-287-5122.
Are There Other Curling Irons Like Spinwand 360?
While there are obviously thousands of different curling iron brands and models competing for many of the same customers as Spinwand 360, did we encounter any others with automatically rotating or spinning heads? There was a handful:
|Spinwand 360||$47.97 (incl. S&H)||N/A||5-finger, tangle-free design; 8-second spinning time, heats up to 400°, works with all hair types and lengths, bi-directional operation|
|ion Auto-Rotating Titanium Curling Iron||$50||1"||Traditional curling iron-style head, automatic bi-directional rotating control, titanium barrel for even heat, 60-min auto shut-off, extra-long barrel|
|Kiss Products Instawave||$40||1"||Functionally identical tangle-free spinner design to the Spinwand 360, ceramic ionic technology, high/low heat settings|
|xtava Black Magic||$30||1"||Temp 370°-470°; 8, 10, or 12-second curling times, rapid heat up, 60-min auto shutoff|
|VAV Automatic Hair Curler||$23||1"||Heats up to 400° in 60 seconds, ceramic-ionic technology, 6-finger design|
How to decide which of these options—if any—is right for you?
Writing for Allure, Maddie Aberman points out that when choosing a curling iron, the first place you should start is size—specifically, barrel size. Why? Because this directly dictates curl size, or the style you’re able to ultimately achieve:
- ½-inch barrels are useful for creating tight ringlets
- ¾-inch for touching up naturally curly hair
- 1-inch (which she calls “the perfect size”) for everything from tights curls to beachy waves
- 1 ¼-inch for “glamorous, Kardashian-style waves”
- 1 ½-inch for giving long, heavy hair some lift
- 1 ¾-inch for slept-in waves
- 2-inch for a fake blowout
We reached out to several support representatives for Spinwand 360’s barrel size, but none had this information available.
And while rotating curling irons like Spinwand 360 typically don’t offer interchangeable barrels for the ultimate in versatility, Bustle’s Emily Estep adds that thee devices might be “best for straight or slightly wavy hair types that don't easily become tangled.”
If you have thicker hair, she recommends focusing on automatic curlers “that can get extra hot in order to hold the curl,” while those with thinner hair might want to focus on “lower temperature options, since you never want to apply more heat than you need.” Finally, she adds:
“Another thing to consider is that automatic curling irons tend to create uniform curls around your head, so if you're interested in a more natural look, opt for an iron that can rotate in either direction. This will allow you to vary the curls, creating a curl pattern more similar to natural curls.”
In addition to these important factors, based on our experience reviewing hundreds of hair care products over the years, we’ve learned that you’ll also want to focus on companies who stand behind their devices with a robust refund policy, and come with mostly positive online customer feedback.
How does all of this line up for Spinwand 360?
Our Bottom Line About Spinwand 360
Tristar has been in business for more than a quarter century, and in addition to Spinwand 360, they’ve released hundreds of popular products in that time. They also held an A+ Better Business Bureau rating at the time of our research, so it seems most of their customers are pleased with their purchases.
With this said, other than its eight-second timer, we didn’t encounter anything about the device that would necessarily prevent potential heat damage caused by traditional curling wands. Additionally, its eight-second spinning action might not be suitable—or prevent damage—in all instances, such as those with shorter or finer hair.
Furthermore, while Spinwand 360 might make the actual curling process easier (we didn’t test it ourselves to provide firsthand feedback), we don’t think the manufacturer’s claim that it can help you stop using “sticky sprays, mousse, or gels” to be realistic.
In other words, while the device might make curling your hair more straightforward, in order for these results to last throughout the day, you’re almost certainly going to need some kind of product.
With all of this said, in addition to their online reputation, Tristar seems to stand behind Spinwand 360 with a 60-day refund policy, which should be plenty of time to decide if it meets your styling needs. But if not, keep in mind that you’ll lose your original $7.99 in S&H, plus whatever it will cost to ship back to the manufacturer, which could vary widely depending on your location.