I have very long thick and stubborn hair. It is neither wavy nor straight and kind of has a mind of its own and it quite uncontrollable. I have always used some kind of curling tool whether it be straighteners to curl, curling tong or a 1 inch curling wand. The latter being my most recent purchase last year and I thought I wouldn't get a better product because, although it was time consuming, it gave me the perfect waves or tight curls I wanted without having any creases from a clamp.
I was at home at my mum's house recently and she always uses rollers, but the normal kind you use which are kind of like velcrow. I don't like the sound of those for long hair because I imagine they would get kind of tangled and frayed from sticking to the Velcro. I then started to google and dooyoo search for some kind of modern day rollers, and that's when I discovered heated rollers. I had also read about them in glamour magazine and thought I have to buy them. They seemed like the perfect compromise between nice curls but not time consuming.
Unfortunately when I went to Boots I just bought the boots own cheapest version of heated rollers which I then took home and realised they had none of the big clips to keep the rollers in and only the little slidey pins. I also then checked dooyoo and google for reviews of these and the reviews were terrible so the next day I went back to boots and exchanged them for the slightly more expensive Babyliss version at £29. They come with a 3 year guarantee though so if you think about it its not even £10 a year, and they will probably last longer.
On first look they do look quite professional with the 8 big, 6 medium and 6 small roller sizes sat each in their own compartment in a plastic case with a see-through lid. Once you take the rollers out you see that they have a slit through 2/3 of the roller which allows them to sit on a metal sheet inside the case which heats up and therefore heats the roller. The rollers are covered in felt and have plastic tips, so unless you aren't careful at all, you won't burn yourself.
They heat up in about 5/10 minutes and it's VERY simple. you just take a bit of hair (small if you want tighter curls or big if you want a wavy look like the girl on the box) and what I do it twist it a bit then wrap it around the roller at the end then twist the roller up the length of the hair and then secure with a big clip. If you don't twist the hair first you end up getting strays which aren't taken by the roller when you start to twist it.
You have to make sure you smooth and twist the tips of the pieces of hair before you twist the roller up otherwise if it's caught in a bad position the ends will be all frizzy and not smooth and curled. It's all about technique but I got it after my second try. The silver clips may take some getting used to but they hold the smaller rollers in quite well. I usually just use the 10 big clips provided to do my whole head though.
They say to use on damp/dry or dry hair but I prefer it on dry hair because then you just spray a bit of heat protector on it and put them it and the minimum amount of time you have to keep the rollers in to get a curl that lasts I'd say is about 30 mins. Whereas with damp hair you'd have to wait hours for it to dry since the heat in the rollers doesn't last very long.
Saying that, it still lasts long enough to give a great shape, and the good thing is that you can prepare your hair in 10 mins in the afternoon and leave them in until the evening and take them out just before you have to go out. This is perfect for me because I used to always be rushing doing my hair just before going out but this saves me the time. Also because you don't have to individually curl each piece of hair like you do with tongs or a curling wand. It's just wrap and go!
Amazing purchase and it has even made my mum give up her old normal curlers which she has used for over 30 years to upgrade to some heated ones! If you're not willing to spent £70+ on a set, definitely buy these heated rollers and you won't regret it. Time-saving and don't dry out your hair like 200 degree curling tongs too. Gentle, smooth and curly hair for just £29!!
Recently rollers have become very popular with many celebrities or wannabe celebrities using them to either create volume or smooth, sleek, loose curls. In the past I have used the 'velcro' style hair rollers, however I often found that these would get tangled in my hair or I would have had to keep the rollers in all day in order to create enough volume for the evening, so I decided to buy some heated ones.
The particular ones that I purchased were the Babyliss 3035U Thermo-ceramic rollers, mainly being due to he fact that they were some of the cheapest I could find. They cost me £29.99, which was the price with supposedly 1/3 off, though I have never seen them priced much above this. Personally, I thought this was a good price as you recieve many rollers and a good amount of hair grips/clips in order to secure them and they also heat up to a rather high heat and the price seemed very good compared to that of the 'Enrapture' ones whic can cost £100 or above.
In the heated rollers you get a mixture of small, medium and large rollers which are almost 'split' in the middle where there is a ceramic plate on either place and when you place the rollers back into their case this is where they heat up. You also receive some metal grips and hair clips that fit around the hair roller in order to secure them in the hair.
There are different heat settings with these which you change with a little dial, however, there is no heat display box so you do not know what actual temperatue they are set at, though the further you turn the dial to the right the higher the temperature gets and the further to the left the lower the temperature is and depending on which heat setting you use will depend on how long they take to heat up.
On average I would say they take between 10 and 15 minutes in order for them to reach a good, high heat, however they could be used any time after they've been on for about five minutes as this is when they begin to feel warm to the touch and will lock in a subtle curl with volume. The thing that annoys me is that there is also no way you can tell when they heated rollers are fully as the light does not flash/beep, etc so it is a bit of guessing game, though the lid of the case does seem to become a little steamed up once they have reached a decent temperature.
They are very easy to use and glide through the hair very easily. Unlike the velcro style ones which can often get caught due to these being coated in a velvet like material they can be rolled in and out of the hair very smoothly without them being caught on any loose colours. I personally find the metal grips very hard to use in order to secure the rollers and find that when using these the roller often ends up slipping out or is not held in as tight as what it should be. When using the hair clips that fit around the rollers it is very easy to secure the roller in place and it holds it their tightly and firmly.
It states to leave the rollers in for twenty or so minutes, however I often leave them in for longer than this whilst I apply my make up or get on with other jobs. They aren't uncomforable to wear, though can sometimes feel a little 'weighty' and if you have the rollers all over the ones nearer the shoulders can sometimes get caught on the shoulders. The thing I like about these is that they are not as damaging a heat product for the hair as straighteners and normal curlers as although you leave them in for longer, the minute you remove them from the case the heat will obviously begin to decrease.
When removed the smaller the curler you use the tighter the curl will be, despite saying this all the curls have that loose hollywood look to them rather than the tight pagent curl to them. The curls are quite structured with the curler themselves adding 'lift' to the roots and volumizing the hair. The curls are also quite shiny and do not leave any stray aways or make the hair seem dry like sometimes the velcro style ones do and the hair looks very smooth and sleek. You can then brush over these curls if desired to create the hollywood wave, rather than leaving the hair curly, I personally prefer this look as although it is glamorous, it is also slightly more natural.
I personally prefer the use of the larger rollers as these add lovely volume and lift to roots and create really big/bouncy waves which is what I wanted to purchase the rollers for. Again, if desired you can brush this out to create larger, bouncier waves and it is just up to personal preference. The only thing that I find annoying is that there is not enough larger rollers to cover the whole head and create this look all over, unless you lose very large sections of hair which can make the hair look messy. Therefore you have to section your hair into two lots and once one half is done, you then have to reheat the rollers in order to do the second section in order to complete the hair which can be time consuming.
I am really pleased with the overall look of these rollers as I would definitley say it is often quicker than curling all of my hair and adds a lot more volume than curling does. It is also great for if you just want to add some volume to the top sections/fringe as then you only have to use a few rollers. The look is often very smooth and shiny and there are very few strayaways.
I always use hairspray, though find if I leave the look too curly then these curls often drop, this is not a problem for me as I often brush out the curls to achieve the bigger wave look and then hairspray, however, if you wanted to 'curl' rather than 'volumize' then I would reccomend a hair curler/ wand. I find that the rollers do lock in the style for around 3-4 hours before it may begin to look tired / drop and then you may need to rehairspray or if you're home you could just pop in another roller.
Overall I am really impressed with my purchase and it achieves the look I wanted it for very well. I would find it easier to use if they had more of the hair clips, rather than the metal hair grips as I do find these a litle fiddly to use, nonetheless this is a really good item and I think the price is really good considering some similar items cost in the excess of £100.
I currently own a pair of babyliss heated rollers and I absolutly love them! They come in a portable plastic holder which stores them efficiantly. As I have hair that doesn't take curling very well I was eager to try them as I had been told by friends that they work really well.
The plastic storage case has a plug attached that plugs into the mains and after pressing the on button the rollers will begin to heat up! One of the rollers has a spot on the top that starts red but gradually turns white as the rollers get hot and this tells you that they are read to use! This usualy takes about 15 minutes. To use all you have to do is hold the roller at the bottom of a piece of hair and roll them up and secure them with the metal pins provided. One downfall I would say is that you can sometimes burn your fingers a little bit at this stage!
There are three different sizes of roller which is good for the top middle and back of your head. I use the bigger roller at the top and the smaller underneath for the best effect. You can leave the rollers in for as long as you want! I usually leave them in for as long as possible in order to ensure my hair is really curly when I take them out, however if your short for time, you can leave them in for about twenty minutes and the curlers will have worked just as well! When the rollers are cool you just remove the metal pin and the roller rolls out without getting tangled. This then leaves a gorgeous curl that lasts for ages! My hair took to them really well and as a curl would usualy fall out quite easily its lasted all night!
I have tried the rollers on my sisters who have thicker hair and longer hair and it works just as well so I would recommned them for any type of hair!
I am a newly qualified hairdresser who is trying to build up on my hairdressing equipment, so i finally got round to buying some heated rollers.
These are so easy to use and only take about 5 mins to heat up. One of the larger rollers has a heat sensitive spot on it which is red normally and turns white once the rollers have heated up. Unlike other rollers i have used, these don't get t to hot to handle, so no burnt fingers. They come with a few plastic grips as well as metal pins to secure so you can chose which is easier to use.
Once in spray with a quick blast of hairspray if you like and leave the rollers for anything between 10-20 mins or until they feel cool, then remove. The come out so easily too, no knotting or tangling so it doesn't damaged your curls or your hair. if you forget to turn them off they have an automatic switch off after about 70 mins too.
I have used these on all different hair lengths and types and it gives Perfect curls every time. Definitely one of my favourite hair buys.
For months I have been trying to curl my hair with a pair of Straighteners. The curls fall out instantly. It is rather tricky and always ends up with burnt ears and burnt finger tips!
After moaning to my hairdresser about wanting voluptuous curls, he recommended the BaByliss ceramic curlers. BaByliss have a long resounding reputation for delivering great hair care products at affordable prices and these are no exception. I am more than happy with the product and would recommend them to anyone wanting to achieve long lasting sexy curls of any size in the comfort of their own home.
The set comes with 20 ceramic curlers set in a case. The case is light enough and small enough to store away, coming in at 15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm.
The curlers come in three different sizes; 6 x small, 6 x medium and 8 x large. This gives you more scope for experimentation and different rollers are needed for different looks.
I mainly use the medium curlers as these make looser curls that still full of bounce and last a long time. I would prefer it if the set came with more medium rollers seen as these are the most versatile. I find the larger ones make the hair more wavy than curly and don't seem to last as long, however if you have longer hair these may be more appropriate. The small curlers provide tight small curls which are perfect for use on the hair underneath adding body and support or for making tight little ringlets to frame the face. If you have shorter hair you may find that using these all over give you the desired look you want to achieve.
Also with the set are 20 pins to hold the rollers in that are coloured so you know which one to use with what size. The ten metal butterfly clips are cheap looking and break easily. A pointless addition for this reason and I don't really use them. I guess you could use them to section off the hair, making it easy to style.
The curlers heat up in the base unit. There is a dial you use to set it to the required temperature depending on the length and type of your hair. There is no dial on the machine so it isn't the easiest of things to figure out when you first start using it. I have quite thick hair so normally set it to a fairly high temperature. No matter what setting you use, they take about ten minutes to heat up. One of the large rollers has a heat sensitive spot on and when the required temperature is reached the dot turns White. You can then set them in the hair quite easily. They are not too hot to happen which at first made me think they wouldn't work. Once in they feel comfortable and light as there are no sharp edges that scrape the scalp. You have to really spend some time digging the pins in though as they will fall out or work loose if you are moving around too much.
The recommended time to leave them in is around 20 minutes but I leave mine in as long as I can as my hair is quite thick; usually around forty minutes.
Because the curlers are made from ceramic, the curls look well conditioned and smooth rather than fizzy. This means I can get away with just a little bit of hair spray.
Overall for the price I think these are a good buy and would recommend them to any one wanting to experiment with a new look.
My sister kept telling me how good these rollers were so I finally caved and bought some to try. I have long hair that is reasonably thick. I straighten it daily as when left to its own devices it can be a little frizzy. I have tried, without success, to curl my hair using straighteners, so was keen to see if these would do a better job!
Price - I paid a pricey £32.99 at Boots, but have since realised these can be bought on-line for as cheap as £19.99. If you manage to get some at that price they are in my opinion well worth the money. Not only do you get the base unit and 20 rollers, but you also get 10 hair clips and 20 metal hair pins. The item also comes with a 3 year guarantee. So overall price wise these are pretty reasonable.
Ease of use - These rollers are really simple to use. Simply turn on the base unit, keep the lid closed, and wait for the dot on the front centre roller to turn white. When this dot is white, it means the rollers are ready to use. Take one at a time, and roll a section of your hair, securing with either a clip or a pin. I find that doing random placement of the rollers, in terms of size, gives me a better finished look, but this is down to personal preference. I leave the rollers in my hair for at least an hour before taking them out and the result is a nice loose curl, similar to that in my profile picture.
I will mention at this point that the first time I used these, I had straightened my hair that day and the rollers did not have the same affect on my hair. I find that it is best to blow dry my hair and then apply the rollers, using a crème or wax to smooth the hair. There will be an element of trial and error with these as everyone's hair is different.
Performance - As I have mentioned above, the curls that are produced are relatively loose, which I like. If you were looking for tighter curls, perhaps a curling wand would be a more suitable product. If the rollers are kept in for long enough then the curls last really well. A spray of hairspray is usually all I need to last the evening.
Overall I find these rollers to be a real godsend when i want a curl look for my locks! They are easy to use, effective and don't take up too much time in the grand scheme of getting ready. I'd definitely recommend this product!
I bought these thermo ceramic rollers for around £30 so amazons price of less than £20 seems a bargain. You get twenty rollers made up of eight large, six medium and six small. The set comes complete with twenty metal pins to match the correct size roller - each one is colour coded for size. You also get ten super clips which is handy if any do not feel really secure.
The variable temperature control means you have a choice of temperature settings ranging from high to low to suit all hair types. Personally i have a lot of thick long hair so i always set it on the highest and they are ready in as little as five minutes.
They claim to retain the heat for fifteen minutes - im not sure i agree with this point but i have been pleased with the results every time i have used them. If you want a tighter curl then leave them in for as long as poss, but a softer look requires less time, but at least ten minutes is recommended.
One of the large rollers has a heat dot on the top of it indicating when the required temperature has been reached.
The rollers can be cleaned in warm soapy water and air dried. i haven't tried this yet as i have only had them for around two months.
I have one complaint about this set - there is no where to put the pins within the case. I used to have a set of Charles Worthington rollers and they had place for pins within the lid so it can be done. Thats my only critisism so not bad really. - Overall i would definately recommend. I feel like a hollywood star when i use them for a night out! :))
I have wanted rollers for ages, I do have quite wavy/curly hair anyway but it can get really frizzy so I wanted something to curl my hair without the frizzy and to gives my existing curls more definition and volume... and thats what I got!
*About the product*
The set comes with eight large, six medium and six smaller rollers. It also comes with the instruction booklet, ten large plastic clips and twenty metal clips of varying sizes. The rollers sit and are stored in the container in which they heat up.
The set has a temperature dial on the front which can be turned around either to make the rollers hotter or not has hot, depending on your hair type. The rollers have 'ionic technology' for frizz free results.
I have used these rollers on four occasions (one being this morning) and for all the times I have used them they heat up really quickly. All you have to do is plug them into the mains and then switch them on, on the front and you have to make sure the lid is down otherwise they wont heat up.
In the set there is one roller (near the front) which has a red dot on the top of it, which at first looks odd, but it does have a purpose, which is to turn white when they are heated to the temperature you selected on the dial. Then they are ready to put in.
*Putting them in my hair*
I separated my hair in half (left and right, not the to and bottom of my hair). I then brushed my hair really well as any tangles and knots will not look good when the rollers are taken out.
Then once you get a section of hair that fits the size of the roller you have chosen then all you do is put the roller at the ends of your hair and fold the ends under and then roll it up to the roots of your hair.
There are then two options. 1. To use the three sizes of metal pins which are good and look a lot better in than the clips but I find then a bit difficult to put in especially as you have to hold the roller in place while you try to push the metal pin around it.
Of 2. You could use the plastic clips - there are not as many of them but I used them today with my long (quite thick) hair and I used all of them. They fit around the different sizes really nicely and they secure it well. And they don't affect the curl, they don't put a kink in your hair while it is cooling down either which is good.
You can use either method that you want and then you repeat with the rest of your hair. It would be so much easier with shorter hair, as I have long hair it was more difficult and the hardest part of this process was separating my hair into the section after I have just done one. As they can sometimes pull on each other when putting another one in. But it does not affect the end result if they are not perfect.
I leave the roller set on after they have heated to the right temperature as I find that they just cool down really quickly in the set and don't curl my hair well, but I just turn the heat setting down and leave them on while I put them in. The rollers do get hot, but not really hot so that you can't touch them.
I have tried velcro rollers in the past and it has just turned out horribly, but these ones do not have velcro on them. The surface where the hair is wrapped around is like a velvet material and it is really soft and smooth - so the curls turn out soft and smooth!
*Taking them out*
Taking them is really easy, you just take you the metal pin or the plastic clip that you put in to secure them. Then I just let the roller fall out until the end and then catch it and pull it out gently. Then to make the curl smoother and more curly I just twist/spiral it in my fingers.
I put them in this morning for example, at 10:25 and then I waited until 11 to take them out and they were super curly. That is the longest time I have had them in for and they came out really really curly! It was quite amazing and then were really smooth, frizz free and soft - even though I did not put them in really neatly.
Then thats all you have to do. It is really easy, I just then put some of the twisted sister anti frizz serum just to smooth the curls down and quite a bit of hair spray.
I love the results and with all the times I have used them they have turned out really well. And I am very impressed with these rollers. Since I took them out at 11 this morning they have dropped very very slightly - but that may be from my touching them all the time! You can see the results from this morning when I took them out on my member picture and hopefully you can see how curly my hair is!
I bought them from boots for £29.99 which is a but expensive but they create gorgeous curls and they are just really great. They are also available from amazon, argos and next.
They work really well, they look great. The only downside is that they look a bit silly in and they do take some practice getting used to but other than that they are wonderful!
*Big bouncy defined curls
*No kinks in my hair
*Heat up fast - about 5 minutes
*Relatively easy to put in - but you do need practice
*Feel durable and strong
*Soft touch so that they create smooth curls
*Dont take that long to cool down and create curls - about 30 minutes
*Does not heat up that much to burn my fingers
*Easy to use
*Small - does not take up too much room, especially as I store it in the box it comes in
*A bit tricky to put in - the first few times and it does get easier with practice
Thank you for reading my review
My long hair is poker straight and although relatively thick, tends to lie completely flat to my head. I much prefer having voluminous, curly hair and I've tried many ways to achieve this look. I've tried putting it in a wet bun overnight, curling it with straighteners, curling tongs, the list goes on, yet I've found all of these methods unsatisfactory in providing curl AND volume so have had to resort to copious amounts of hairspray and backcombing, which creates as much frizz as it does volume.
It was for this reason I decided to buy a set of heated rollers.
In the set you get 20 ceramic coated, flocked rollers in 3 sizes (8 large, 6 medium, 6 small) along with 20 appropriately sized metal pins which are colour coded for ease of finding and 10 plastic butterfly grips.
They heat up very quickly, maybe about 5 minutes, and one of the rollers has an indicator on it which turns from red to white when they are fully heated.
The tips of the rollers remain cool to the touch and the body stays cool enough so as not to cause burns if touched accidentally (unlike my curling tongs from which I've received many a careless facial burn) and as such they are easy to put in.
Once in, leave the rollers until they are completely cool. This is great as it means you can put the rollers in then go and do your makeup or have breakfast in the meantime.
The curlers can take a while to put in if you are inexperienced with rollers, however as you get used to them it gets much quicker. You also discover the best positions and angles to place them at, so I would recommend a few trial runs and experimentations if this is your first set to get the hang of them.
If you have very thick hair you may find that there are not enough rollers for your whole head, however this isn't too much of a problem as you can use the rollers for the top layers and then curl the lower remaining layers with curling tongs, or simply use larger sections in the rollers if you are after a more wavy than curly look.
I am honestly so glad I bought these as they are a lifesaver, especially on day two hair which can be much flatter than hair that has just been washed and blow dried. Bye bye frizzy back-combed hair, hello smooth, healthy, glossy curls at a reasonable cost. (See my profile picture for pictorial evidence!)
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Simply turn on the base unit (the unit has a dial so you can select the best temperature for your hair type and length. The dial isn't numbered, which some people will find a pain), when they've reached the selected temperature (In about 10 minutes. one of the large rollers has a heat sensitive spot. When the spot turns white, you're ready to go), simply set them in your hair, put your makeup on, remove the rollers and go (Leave the rollers in your hair for at least 10 minutes. My hair is long and thick, so I leave them in for 30/40 minutes).
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The BABYLISS THERMO-CERAMIC ROLLERS were my first hot rollers - and I still love them. I can't believe I waited this long to try them. No more time using traditional rollers on damp hair and no more painful tangles and third degree burns from a hot brush or curlers.
You, of course, get 20 ceramic rollers in the set; 8 large rollers, 6 medium sized ones and 6 smaller ones. You also get 20 metal pins to hold the rollers in your hair (the ends of the pins are coloured. Use the purple pins for the large rollers, blue for medium and pink for the smaller ones) and 10 metal butterfly clips you can also use to hold the rollers in place, or you can use them to section your hair while styling.
As the rollers are ceramic, my hair looks shinier and there is no frizz. After use the rollers are stored in the base (which has a lid), so my cat's can't wonder along and burn their noses!!
I love the fact there are more of the larger rollers. When I haven't got the time (or effort - I'm lazier with my hair, then with makeup) to use all sizes together for a curly style, I can use a few of the larger ones to create a loose wave and body in my hair.
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