Monday 8 July 2024

Shark FlexStyle For Curly & Coily Hair (Model: HD435SLUK)

Its here!I'm so happy that I can finally share my thoughts on the Shark FlexStyle!I decided to purchase this product because I wanted an alternative way to style my hair and to test it against my thick curls as I didn't find many reviews for my curl type. For reference, my curl type is a mixture of 3b/3c.

(*Disclaimer: No ads or affiliate links on this post. I purchased this with my own money)

Many people have been raving about this product, claiming it is just as good or even better than the Dyson Airwrap. I'll be honest I cannot just drop £479.99 on a hair tool that might not even work for my hair, so when Shark released their own version for a fraction of the price, I couldn't resist purchasing it. I purchased the bundle below which is designed for curly and coily hair types.
Left to Right: Diffuser, Styling Concentrator, 32mm Auto-Wrap Curlers & Oval Brush

Straight out of the box, this product did not disappoint when it comes to quality. It feels sleek and the stone colour is absolutely stunning. Its extremely easy to switch out between the attachments and I took advanatge of every single one to see how it worked on my head of curls. 

For reference the heat settings are: Low Heat (131°F),  Medium Heat (167°F),  High Heat (203°F) and the cool shot button.

I'll start by discussing the 32mm Auto-Wraps which I honestly can say took me a while to master. I'm that person that has to get it right pretty fast and if I don't, I get frustrated at myself. I would say it took me about 30minutes to get the hang of it which I get doesn't sound long at all, but tell that to my arms after I spent 10 minutes blow drying my hair on medium heat with this tool beforehand. Even though the heat levels are less harsh on the hair compared to a hair straightener, I do recommend using a heat protectant just for that extra protection and shine.
Left side of the hair is styled with the Styling Concentrator & Auto Wraps, finished with a hair oil
The right side is from the Styling Concentrator
I found the best results by combining the Styling Concentrator first and then using the Auto Wraps on medium heat, holding for about 5seconds, and using an additional 5seconds of the cool shot. To achieve the smooth look underneath the layer of curls, you can adjust this tool to a 90 degree angle and smooth away any flyaways by gently applying the concentrator over it. It took me in total for the first time about 60minutes but once you get the hang of it, it took about 25-30minutes, including blow drying time.
These volumized waves were created with the Oval Brush. After using the Styling Concentrator and the Auto Wraps, I applied a small amount of the L'Oreal Frizz Serum to reduce any frizz before going in with the brush. I start by gently brushing out the waves outwards, not applying too much pressure so the waves aren't too loose. For the extra bit of volume at the top, I start by pushing upwards and then moving it over to the side to achieve a lifted effect. I set and completed the look with the Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Hairspray to look in the style without any crunchiness.
Lastly, I decided to leave the diffuser to the end because I have mixed feelings about it. Although I love the concept of the extendable prongs, I feel like it didn't make much of a difference when it came to defining my curls. The prongs were a lot more gentle on the hair, reducing the frizz compared to my GHD diffuser but in comparison to definition, the curls just seemed to be more flat. I tried it with the prongs fully extended, mid-extended and retracted, but the results were the same each time.

My final thoughts are that this product is definately worth the investment. Despite not achieving the best results with the diffuser, that wasn't my main reason on purchasing this product. I wanted to find something different that can straighten my hair with less heat and damage, and this product definately delivers on that. Is it worth the full price tag? Considering the amount of use that you will get and the 5-year warranty if registered within 28days of purchase, I would say it is well worth the investment. I hope this review has helped and if you have any questions, please comment below at the bottom of this post :) 

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