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Love My Curls : GK Hair C880 Curling Iron

I’ve never considered myself extremely fashionable. I tend to go with the basics black slacks and nice tops, easy to mix and match. However I’ve ALWAYS been one that loves to play with my hair. When I was in high school I never came to school with the same style. From curly locks to buns, and pony tails to french braids. There was however one thing that remained the same and that was I always had curly hair (compliments of a perm).


It was within the last 15 years that I ditched the perms and began letting my hair grow naturally. It is amazing how much my hair has changed in that 15 years. Currently I would say my hair is straight with just a touch of wave. If I let it dry naturally you see the wave. If it drys naturally after a salon visit it looks great, but for some reason at home it ends up with more frizz. So I often have to play with it to get it to look nice. With my recent weight loss I’ve been spending a little more time on everything from clothes to hair. Just feeling a little better about how I look and feel.


One thing that drives me crazy is putting hot rollers in my hair or spending a half an hour with my curling iron to find my curls falling out after an hour or two. I’ve been wanting to get a new curling iron for some time. Not just any curling iron but a salon type curling iron. One that will hold its heat, one like the GK Hair C880 Curling Iron at I want to be able to curl my hair and go. Currently I will curl half of it and do something else in the morning until my curling iron would heat back up so I could do the second half. The GK Hair C880 will heat up from temperatures of 122 F to 410F. I definitely don’t need 410 but I love being able to change and see the temperature reading on the curling iron.


So far I am really enjoying this curling iron. At first I wasn’t quite sure how to turn it on (sounds funny I know). However to be fair I would push the on button and nothing would happen. I found that you have hold down the on button that is to the right of the up and down arrow. The up and down arrow is used to increase or decrease the temperature of the iron.


It heats up lightening fast, in a matter of seconds it was up to 180 degrees. Another great feature is the cord. I don’t know about you but I hate when my cords get “twisted” from continued use. You know what I mean that big mess of cord that will no longer stretch because it is so twisted. The cord on the end of this curling iron swivels so that when you are turning the curling iron it turns with you, meaning no “twisty” mess.


An unique feature of the GK Hair C880 Curling Iron is the spinning barrel. The barrel itself will spin making it easier to release your hair. The clip on the curling iron is not too tight but also not too loose. I know they make curling irons now with no clip where you twirl your hair around the iron yourself but those are not for me. This clip is loose enough that it doesn’t cause a crimp in your hair but tight enough to hold your hair while you curl.

I really can find no fault with the curling iron, if I had to find something the only thing I was surprised at was when increasing and decreasing the temperature it does so in increments of one which I guess means it gives you a lot of flexibility with the temperature. However if you are at 180 and want to get to 410 you are going to have to push that button a lot.

The first day I used the curling iron and went into work I got a lot of compliments because the curl stayed in my hair all day!


Disclaimer: I received the GK Hair C880 Curling Iron while participating in the review program. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. AH I HATE the twisty wires so I like that the end swivels while you’re turning it. and your curls came out amazing so I’d say this iron works great :)

  2. Looks like a great product! I love the idea of a swivel cord.

  3. I have had a curling iron on hand since I was 14. That was a LONG time ago. I love the idea of ACTUAL temperature you can see. And the cord thing is a blessing. You should SEE our sink counter with all the “hairapheralia” around here! My husband wants them all to require a retractable cord though…he has stepped on ONE too many plug in ends.

    You look FANTASTIC Colleen! Now AND then!

  4. Rich Hicks says:

    love the digital readout of the temp. Swivel cords should be mandatory on all small appliances!

  5. i need a new one myself

  6. Betty Baez says:

    I need to update my curling iron. this one sounds great i like the swivel cord i hate getting tangled up. You look beautiful!

  7. This sounds like a great iron. My hair is extremely thick so I wonder if this would work well since it gets extremely hot. Curls refuse to stay in my hair.

  8. Gina Brickell says:

    Wow your hair looks amazing like that!!! I have the same issue with mine with the irons I have. It’s like i spend all this time putting the curl in and then an hour later you can’t even tell i did it.. I finally gave up on it, but maybe it’s just the curling iron I’m using!!

  9. looks very nice, I personally love my karmin g3 clipless, it’s really good too. :)

  10. Great picture! My daughter needs a new curling iron. she is like you, she hates the ones where you twirl your hairs around them. I will have to check this one out. Thanks!

  11. you look fabulous as always!

  12. Look how pretty you look wiht curls!

  13. You look lovely with curls. It sounds like a great curling iron too.

  14. Oh, I like that the barrel spins! And you look beautiful!

  15. Wow I love this I so need a new curling iron mine is way to old and not hot enough you look fabulous

  16. I hate the twisty mess, too!

    Your photo is very nice.

  17. whoa! YOUR HAIR LOOKS GREAT! great picture!

  18. Okay, your hair looks so gorgeous!

  19. Cute! I like how fancy this iron looks. The temperature reader would be very useful.

  20. So you DO like the spinning barrel? My wife was curious about that but also afraid her hair might get stuck or caught in it. Do you see that as a potential problem?

  21. Your hair looks fantastic!

  22. You look great! I wish my hair would hold a curl.

  23. I love the curls!

  24. I’ll have to check this out!

  25. Curling irons have come a long way in 15 years or so. I used to use metal ones. Now they have ceramic and tourmaline which keeps the hair curly longer…I wish i had one back in the day

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  26. I have never been one to fuss with my hair. Had perms for a long time, then decided I didn’t need all those chemicals on my head. Now I swim 3 times a week and keep it short. Looks like a good curling iron.

  27. Holly Thomas says:

    I need a new one and this one looks perfect!

  28. You’re gorgeous! I used to have perms for years, back in the day. :) My hair is wavy… so I’m either using a huge curling iron or flatiron to straighten it, or hot curlers to give it curls. Like you, though, I change up my hair a lot. From brown to blonde, bangs, not bangs, straight to curly, up/down. The only thing consistent about my hair is the length. I’ve never had short hair.

  29. I’m all thumbs when it comes to rollers of any kind so I use an iron when I want curls. My curling iron is on the fritz so this is a timely review! I can’t imagine when I would ever need a temp so high as 410 degrees but this does look like a much nicer curling iron than what I’m using!

  30. That’s a great picture!

  31. Firstly, you look STUNNING!!!! Secondly, I have actually considered buying a curling iron. Even though my hair is curly, it never curls the way I want it to. LOL

  32. Your hair looks great! I need to try playing around with a curling iron now!

  33. you look GREAT! love the whole look.

  34. thank u , looks nice, although I prefer my karmin g3 clipless, it’s really good too. 😛

  35. Gorgeous photo! Kylie got a curling wand for Christmas, and she can’t figure it out, so it goes unused! She really needs one of these. Love the temp reading!

  36. You look absolutely beautiful. I have never mastered the curling iron, lol…but you make me want to try.

  37. love the curling iron and with my daughter entering teen years she’ll need a special curling iron of her own.

  38. Kathy Lane says:

    I need a new curling iron mine is wore out.Nice photo of you!

  39. Love the look!

  40. I am really in need of a good, professional grade curling iron for both myself and my daughters.

  41. You look gorgeous!

  42. You look beautiful! Looks like a great curling iron!

  43. You look fabulous!

  44. Looking good there. Love the hair.

  45. You look amazing Colleen!!!

  46. This looks awesome!

  47. i am in search for a large curler

  48. thanx for the recommendation, my favorite is the karmin clipless, it’s very good too. :)

  49. Kelly McGrew says:

    i have been looking for a good curling iron; thanks for the post!

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