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March 15, 2015

T3's Twirl 360 Curling Iron may look like your traditional curling wand, but it's equipped with Jetson-level robotics. With the help of motion-sensing technology, the tool actually tracks the movements of your hand and winds the barrel in the appropriate direction. We asked InStyle.com Associate Producer Katie Donbavand to take the curling iron for a spin (pun intended) and report back to see if it really works. Keep reading to get all the details!

The T3 Twirl 360 curling iron ($230, nordstrom.com) is literally a magic wand. The sounds-too-good-to-be-true curling iron uses gyroscopic technology to predict which way your hand is turning and curls your hair in that direction, automatically.

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I admit, I was worried about testing this one out. A curling iron that can sense your movements seemed creepy to me, in a HAL 9000 way. What if the curling iron became sentient à la Skynet and suddenly had a mind of its own? How much can you trust a robot when it's controlling a burning, rotating cylinder centimeters from your face?

In the end, all my Luddite fears evaporated the moment I used the curling iron. The T3 Twirl 360 is a game changer.

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First thing's first: you choose from 5 different heat settings and two speeds (start slow on your first try). Next, you clamp your hair at the end of the iron as you would with any other curling iron. Now for the fun part: while holding down the "Go" button, slightly move your wrist in the direction you want the iron to rotate. You barely have to move for this part; the T3 Twirl 360 senses even the subtlest movement. The curling iron will continue to rotate until you stop pushing the "Go" button. Let the heat works its magic for a few seconds and then release your clamped hair. That's it! With the slightest flick of your wrist you get gorgeous curls, every time.

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The T3 Twirl 360 definitely made it easier for me to curl my hair, you can skip the contortionist act.

So there you have it! The answer to "Can you really trust a robot to curl your hair?" is apparently a resounding "Yes!"

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