If it ain't broke...

We don't watch a lot of Shark Week, but we are fans of Shark Tank in my house. If the tv isn't on Naked and Afraid, it's on Shark Tank reruns. To my excitement, my husfriend started DVRing new episodes when they came on earlier this year. We saw one back in early March featuring this female inventor/entrepreneur who came up with the Sleep Styler, and in case you missed my insta-story (@nerkymeg), I'm gonna review it in more detail. You're welcome.

I just - I was so excited. I wanted this product to be as baller as it looked. I waited 4 months for it - which is a long time in this age of instant delivery (Prime same day, hollaback) - but I understood because the show took this we-work-out-of-the-garage-at-night couple and launched their product into the glory of the American dream. So the wait wasn't the issue, except that there wasn't a whole lot of communication and the product arrived 2 months after the original quoted delivery date. But even that would have been totally fine if the Sleep Styler was awesome.

Spoiler alert: It's not.

Maybe I should have known, but the girl on tv had long, gorgeous hair, so I thought it was a magical curler that we didn't deserve, but that everyone needed right now. I wanted to believe. Just FYI, this is the Sleep Styler Mini, which was the better choice for my fine hair.

I woke up like dis

I showered and rolled up my locks. I think I put them in right, but the instructions weren't clear, and I didn't realize there were videos until after the fact.

I WILL SAY - they were very comfortable to sleep on. I don't ever go to sleep with curlers in because they're uncomfortable and I've got my flat iron game down to 10 minutes, but if these would have worked, then sleeping on them wouldn't be an issue at all. Very soft.

Not the worst (question mark)

So there is definitely some curl there. I don't know that I could get away with wearing my hair like this, but maybe a fun, curly ponytail? 

That is, if the back doesn't look like morning-after hair. 

I don't...know what happened here. Why does it look like I haven't washed my hair in 7 days? This won't do. Not at all.

Zoom out

Here's a better picture of the back, my bathroom decor and my collection of body sprays and dangly earrings. You're welcome.

It looks like I slept off 27 tequila shots in the alley behind the club in the seedy part of town. So then I had a brilliant idea - what if I brush it?

Sometimes brushing out my curls gives me a subtle soft wave, like an actress from the 40s. 

Nailed it. Really captured the essence of 1940s Hollywood. Totally. Crushed. It.

The fix 

So that was clearly an epic failio. I spent 10 minutes straightening out that mess and adding a little curl with my flat iron, only to be presentable enough to mess it all up swimming with the kids later. If your method ain't broke, don't fix it.

I do like this heat protecting spray: Matrix Heat Buffer. My stylist talked me into using something to help protect my hair from my flat iron since I definitely don't go get it cut very often - once every 3-4 months max. She also talked me into grownup shampoo, aka not Herbal Essences.


So I suppose the moral of the story is you should save your time and wait for reviews before you buy a new thing. In my defense, there weren't any reviews yet at the time I bought it. I fell for tv magic, like a chump.


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