Tried & Tested: Enrapture Encode Totem Styler

Posted by Lipglossiping On August - 2 - 2011


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Three new styling tools designed to give a variety of curls, waves and va-va-voom to your locks.  The new Enrapture range isn’t about the everyday, roll out of bed and make yourself look presentable.  The tools have been designed for when “everyday hair just isn’t enough”.

But what does that marketing guff actually mean?  Well, it means that this trio of hair styling tools has been created for those times when you want extra-special hair, going-out hair, sex-kitten hair (ok, I made that last one up) – you see what I’m getting at?  I wouldn’t use these on my hair before heading down to Lidl on a Friday morning because a).  By the time I’d mastered my ‘do’ the shop would be shut and b).  I might get chatted up by ‘Art’ the fruit n’ veg guy.

The tools in the range include:

Encode Totem Styler – A curling wand with a teeny flipper and independent heat zones to customize your curl.

Amplify Jumbo Waver – A waver with bigger-than-normal barrels to create beachy hair.

Extremity Heated Rollers – Heated rollers with the ability to heat hair from BOTH sides of the curl.

I’ll be reviewing all three tools but initially I want to show you the Encode Totem Styler* which at first glance looks rather complicated.

It’s basically a curling wand with the addition of a flipper (which you can choose to use or ignore) and three individually heated zones on the barrel that will heat to a temperature of your choosing.  The point of this is to give you the option to customise your curl.  Do you want a looser wave near the scalp getting tighter toward the end?  You need to dial in a 1-2-3 (1 being the lowest heat setting).

The styler incorporates a 25mm, titanium-plated barrel that ensures a fast heat-up and snag-free styling.  I did find the ‘cool-tip’ to be a little uncomfortably warm after around 10 minutes of styling, so that’s something I’d like to see improved in future versions but I can’t say I had any other ‘technical’ problems relating to the tool’s build quality.

The styler is light enough to hold comfortably for long periods of time and once you become accustomed to the way the coding system works, it’s all rather intuitive.

I can see a Facebook group in the company’s future, asking their fans to unlock their ‘codes’ and share their hair results with other users.  “Hey, check out my hair – I’m a 2-2-3!” etc. etc. – It’s a neat idea and whilst it could be a little gimmicky if it didn’t actually work, the whole independent heat zones provides tangible results so I’m not complaining.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the styler came with 2 extra pairs of hands?

Well, I tried to recreate the Katie Melua-esque (in my dreams) curls that I was given at the launch event in the (dis)comfort of my own bedroom and for a novice,  I didn’t do too badly!  Sure, I may have given myself a minor scorching on the wrist but I’m not used to these wand things!

I’m looking forward to trying out some more coding combinations for different effects (the above was 1-2-3, loose-med-tight), I wanna know what a 2-3-2 would turn out like… it sounds weird in theory!

The Enrapture Encode Totem Styler is set to launch this month into all major retailers (Boots, Argos, Debenhams etc.) with an RRP of £74.99 (ouch) – for more information, check out or talk to the hair gurus on Facebook or Twitter

It’s all about big hair this year isn’t it?!  Do you curl your hair for special occasions?

* press sample

11 Responses to “Tried & Tested: Enrapture Encode Totem Styler”

  1. Your hair looks really pretty – but I think your comment about the extra hands is right!

  2. This does sound a little complicated but I’m loving the idea in theory! Your hair looks lovely and your make up is amazing!
    Nic x

  3. Your hair is very pretty, but you’re right about needing extra hands!

  4. Shortiee31 says:

    I’ve seen the Amplify Jumbo Waver in action in another post I read and absolutely loved the results – However with the price tag in mind it means it’s a no-no in my books! :(

  5. Vijaya says:

    My hairs naturally a giant curly mess. You look so lovely with your hair curled, BTW. =]

  6. amina says:

    love the hair but loving the lipstick even more – what is it pray tell??
    amina x

  7. Sydney says:

    I want this, rather badly.
    I love me some curlers – and the idea of being able to hand choose the effect is rather nifty!

  8. Leah says:

    Looks good. I do curl my hair for very special occasions. I have a Babyliss (I think) Angel curler thingy with steam for such purposes. Works for me, but it never lasts long because of my uber fine hair.

  9. Chelsea says:

    I have really long, thick hair and to be honest I think the barrel would be too small for me.. I’d be there forever. Why can’t we have 2inch barrels like the Americans :(

  10. Jenn says:

    I work for the company that is representing Enrapture so I just thought I might write a quick message in response to some of the comments on here.

    Chelsea – On a personal level, I have really thick hair (part afro actually) and I have tried all three stylers. My hair always dropped out when I have tried to curl it before but with this the style has stayed in all night! If you’re still unsure why not try the Amplify Jumbo Waver as you can still control the heat setting to get a more defined look AND it has very large plates so you can do large sections of hair quickly and easily.

    Shortiee31 – Although they are RRP £74.99 they actually come with a 3 year guarantee!! Unlike most hair stylers that only come with one. That means that effectively you are only paying £25 a year – doesn’t seem so bad now!? AND the Waver and Totem are made from ultra smooth Titanium which means they last a lot longer than most ceramic spray finishes and they don’t snag your hair!

    Hope this helps 😀

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