The Hot Roller Experiment

Hot Roller Hair A couple of weeks ago I still had long hair. Okay, okay, I know some of you that follow me on Instagram will contest that it is by no means short now.. But I did voluntarily have 15 centimeters of my precious locks cut off. Exhibits can be found on my Instagram. I blame Pinterest, because with all of those mid length hair pictures in my feed it was nearly impossible not to take one of the pictures to the hairdresser and have her change my hair style. My hair is naturally quite lifeless and a bit frizzy (my untamed manes are not a pretty sight), so I often opt for styling tools to add some life to it or to maintain the frizz. After years of using a styling iron, I’ve been converted to the religion of The Curling Wand during the Summer. Curls are the bomb! But of course I couldn’t just stop there.. I had seen this hot roller set in action on YouTube and I had my mind set on it.

When I got to browse around on this pretty extensive webshop called Fonq that also sells a decent amount of curling sets, I knew exactly what I was going to pick for this article. Time to see if we’d get along just as well as all those hair styling gurus on YouTube. First of all I was a bit surprised at how easy it is to mess it all up by not dividing your hair properly. Rollers and clips all over the place. The right way to do it is to start by dividing your hair into two equal parts, and then roll in section by section, securing every roller with a butterfly clip. Yes, this requires some patience. I’ll admit that I don’t always have enough of it. The set I chose by Babyliss also has some metal clips which were nice to use whenever I couldn’t fit in any extra butterfly clips when there were too many in one area. I think you’re probably on to the fact that I seem to be incapable of really dividing the rollers equally. I always seem to have a huge concentration of rollers in one place, but I’m sure your skills might well be better.

Hot Rollers Hair

Most sets have rollers in different sizes, which obviously make different kind of curls. I like to use the biggest ones, since my main goal with these hot rollers was to obtain some more volume and to look like I’ve just paid big bucks for a blowdrying session. It’s more about the volume, and less about the curls. The rollers heat up inside of the box & get quite hot, I found that sometimes I had to drop one because I was afraid to get burns on my fingers. The trick is to keep your fingers on the plastic edges at all times! It’s recommended to leave the rollers in until they’ve cooled down, which is about fifteen to twenty minutes. Moving around too swiftly will definitely result in hot rollers everywhere, so watch some tv, read a book or read some blogs while waiting it out. Then unwind the rollers very gently, don’t pull!

Hot Rollers For Hair Clips

The result on my long (very slightly layered) hair is, if I may so, quite nice! I got quite some compliments about the amount of volume in my hair when using the rollers, even when the curls had already vanished the day after. If you really want the curls to stay exactly like this all day through, I recommend using a lot of styling mousse before styling your hair as well as finishing off with a decent hairspray that has some holding power. So why the little rant about my shorter hair in the first paragraph? Right. I can’t seem to make these hot rollers work in my shorter hair. It just doesn’t look the same.. It’s all poofy and nineties-like. Unless I’m doing something seriously wrong here.

In the hot curling rollers section of Fonq you can find these sets in different sizes & shapes.  I got the BabylissPRO Ceramic set (courtesy of Fonq.be), but in hindsight I might have been happier with two sets of huge volume rollers. Either way, I found them way easier to use in long hair than I thought! If you have any tips on how to make these work for shoulder length hair.. Hook me up!

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