By Jeff Jumper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - You may remember Lauren Keith.  She's an honorary Southwest Louisianan because she helped us through our coverage of Hurricane Gustav IN 2008.  She works for our sister station KFVS 12 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and has this week's "Does it Work?" test.

"Isn't that amazing?" says Missy O'Kelly who is the test subject for the InStyler.

Lauren Keith explains: Yes, but Missy admits it takes a bit to get used to the swiveling, hot barrel.  The InStyler straightens the wave left behind by Missy's clip.  It also flips out her locks as promised, and it curls your hair.  But I jump in on this with good reason.  Missy's uneasy about wrapping her hair around the wide and now very hot barrel.

"If you hold it there for a second then it would probably curl it," says Missy.

"It did!" exclaims Lauren.

The InStyler also promises to give your hair lift or "over-direct" it, as the product makers call it.

Missy explains, "And the over-directing is actually why I wanted to get one.  Just because when I do straighten my hair, it's really flat to my head.  I'm an 80s girl so I don't want that.  I like the lift."

Lauren continues: Sure enough, that's pretty good volume on top, so is there anything wrong with this styling tool?  Well...

"It's $120 for two of 'em and I didn't' want two," said Missy.

Lauren further explains: And that doesn't even include all the shipping fees, but yes you heard right, the company won't let you order just one for now.  Instead, you pay monthly installments adding up to about $140.  I'm assuming the company ships you two InStylers so they can bilk you on the extra shipping.  Although, they brag about throwing in that second one for free.  I'd know for sure, but when I called the InStyler customer service, they wouldn't comment.

"Can I just be charged for one?"

A rep did tell me if you're only interested in trying the thirty day non-refundable $14.99 trial offer, your trial period begins once you receive the two InStylers, which they supposedly track.

I conclude:  Lauren gives it a B plus which translates to a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test.  Lauren shipped her InStyler back within the thirty day trial period, and was only charged the $14.99 trial price promised by the offer.  She made the trial period transaction online.  The majority of the content from this segment was produced by Lauren Keith.  If you'd like to see Lauren's original report from KFVS 12, click here.

***After our story aired on KPLC, one viewer wrote in to warn that she was charged an additonal $5.95 priority charge by the company for returning the InStyler within the trial period time frame.  She stated it was difficult to use as one person because of the high temperature of the rotating barrel.***

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