Micro Crimpers Face Off

Micro Crimpers Face Off

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.

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Above is one of the styles that made me want the Sam Villa Textur Iron.  This gorgeous style was done by my friend Christina @hairandnailscat on IG.

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. 

Here is the video of my box opening, demo and review of both the Sam Villa Texturizer and the Hot Tools Micro Crimper.

To sum it up, they both work and are sooooooo cool!  I love using a micro crimper as much as I had imagined! 

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!

Micro Crimper Review

I divided her hair in half, the left side was done with the Hot Tools Mirco Crimper and the right was done with the Sam Villa Textur Iron. 

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. 

5 strand braid with micro crimper 5 strand braid with crimped hair

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.

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll stop back by my site soon!

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10 thoughts on “Micro Crimpers Face Off

  1. Thank you so much for such a great review. I have been wanting the Sam Villa textur iron since the first time I saw a hairstyle done with it, but I can’t afford one. I ended up buying a cheaper brand and have been wondering if it works as well as the Sam Villa iron. I will be sticking with my cheaper iron. It works fine for the occasional times that we use it for. Thanks again for the review!

    1. Hi Annie! I’m so glad that it was helpful to you! I know exactly how you felt, the Sam Villa is the only brand that I ever seem to hear people talk about. Because it was so expensive, I assumed it must be superior. I was so glad to find that the cheaper version was my favorite! Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I can let my husband know that we helped someone so it was totally worth us purchasing it! (hehe, he’ll just shake his head at me, he didn’t realize that there were any hair tools that were as expensive as the Sam Villa is! 😉 )

  2. Hi my name is Gina. I’m a hairdresser for 30 years. I’ve had the Sam Villa crimper for over 2 years…..love it! I do understand how expensive it is and it’s kinda cool that there’s a hot tools crimper that’s comparable….but you must be careful with less expensive products like that because they are not as good of quality and if you plan on using it alot….you will certainly get more damage to your hair. The Sam Villa is a solid ceramic plate and alot of times when a less expensive tool that says ceramic. …it has just a ceramic coating on it with a metal plate under the coating. And I have seen hair become severly damaged with too much use with lower end tools. Now if you use it only once in awhile. …it probably wouldn’t harm your hair too much. Choose wisely…good luck and have fun! They are amazing!

    1. Hi Gina! Thanks for taking the time to comment! It’s great to hear about your experience about the Sam Villa! I hear nothing but positive things about it aside from the cost. It really is such a cool tool, the hair looks so amazing when it’s texturized. And thanks for the warning about damaging the hair, it’s definitely always a great idea to use caution when using any hot tool. Do you have a heat protectant that you love using? I have used a few different ones and am looking to try some more to compare them better. I’d love to hear if you have a favorite!

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing these products! I am in awe of all the amazing styles that I’ve seen done with the Sam Villa iron. When I looked into it, just like you, I was shocked by the price. I am so relieved that I can achieve the same look with a iron with a realistic price. Thank you for doing this review it was super helpful! I’ve just ordered the micro crimper right now and am so excited to try it out. I’m from Canada and the price is over $10 more expensive on the Canadian amazon, but it should be worth it!

    Thank you again!!!

    1. Hi Kalyssa! Thanks for taking the time to check out my review. I’m so glad that you found it helpful! I can’t wait to see the awesome styles you’re going to do with the Hot Tools micro crimper. You’re going to love it, it’s so fun to play with!

  4. Hey Lori! Almost 2 years later I wondered if you’re still loving your Sam Villa! I got a cheaper brand up here in Canada that I LOVED but it just quit on me… Maybe a year later? If the San Villa lasts then I’m considering biting the bullet.

    Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Trellyn! Sorry for the delayed reply! I actually ended up giving my Sam Villa away and have just kept using my Hot Tools Micro Crimper. I think that the Sam Villa is quality and I’m sure it’s still holding up great, but I really do love the Hot Tools brand one. It’s still working great for me! So that might not be a helpful answer, I apologize!


  5. Hi Lori,
    Thank you for that great review, it’s super useful!
    What would you think of Voloom? Especially comparing the crimper to it? Would be great if you could review that also 🙂

    1. Hi Kate!

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I’m glad that you found it helpful. I actually had not heard of Voloom before but I just looked it up now after reading your comment. I am definitely intrigued!! I am curious if it gives the appearance of texturized hair or not that the microcrimpers do, and how it is to braid hair that you use it on… I may just have to order it to try it out!! If I do, I’ll try to remember to come back here and let you know how it goes 🙂


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