I have seen some amazing hairstyles done by fellow braiders on Instagram utilizing the Sam Villa Textur Iron. It gives the hair such incredible texture and volume. It helps braids done on fine hair to stay in. Since the first time that I saw a style done with it, I wanted one for myself.
After having it on my want list for awhile, I decided I would buy it. I went to the Sam Villa website and stopped dead in my tracks.
It was $188.
I know that’s not a lot to some people, but it is to me. That would buy my family a couple of nice meals at one of our favorite restaurants. So I decided to keep looking, I went on Amazon and I found the Hot Tools Micro Crimper.
It was $35.
Whew! That was so much more reasonable! I ordered it right away. I have never heard anyone using it, but I thought it was worth the risk.
Then I started thinking – how can I review the inexpensive one without knowing how the expensive one works? I couldn’t say that one was better than the other unless I actually tried both of the micro crimpers out. So I decided to suck it up, spend the money and order both of them so that I could give a fair review and recommendation to you guys.
The Sam Villa Textur Iron has 5 grooves on the iron plate vs. the Hot Tools 4 grooves, which gives the hair crimped with the Sam Villa Textur Iron just a little bit more detail and intricacy upon close examination. It’s really hard to tell the difference though. Here is a picture of both sides of my daughter’s head below. I bet if I didn’t tell you they were done with two different tools, you never would have guessed!
I found the Hot Tools was faster to use, that side took half the time as the Sam Villa side.
After trying them both, I would definitely recommend the Hot Tools Micro Crimper to anyone that asks. They both do a great job, but I don’t see any reason why you need to spend more than 5x the amount of money to get the Sam Villa texturizer.
Here is a style that I did on my daughter Hope’s hair for Day 9 of the 30 Day braiding challenge using the Hot Tools Micro Crimper.
I hope that you found this review helpful! If you have any experience with either of these and would like to share how they worked for you, I would love to hear so leave a comment. If there are any other products that you have seen and think look cool but don’t know how they really work, let me know and I see if I can get it added to my list of things to try.
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