125 of 129 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I'm puzzled by the reviews for this, since I have had a really good experience with these.
I usually air dry my below-shoulder length hair, which is naturally just a bit wavy and fine but a lot of it. But for my wedding rehearsal dinner, I had my heart set on using rollers to look a bit more special and I've been using them since. I tried the Remington travel set off Amazon, and didn't like them since a) three prongs didn't work, b) 10 was too few and too small and c) they never got hot. (http://www.amazon.com/Remington-H-1015-Ceramic-Compact-Medium/dp/B000EPJNMW) I also tried the Conair Instant Heat Compact set, and no dice. Too small, too few, not hot enough. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002G21GI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00). Neither set did much for my hair to make or hold a curl, even with hairspray.
However, these! They worked like a charm and were perfect. They're like the old school ones my mother used to use on me and I love them for that. (No ionic crap, which I suspect is more marketing gimmick than science). I didn't do anything different, just shampooed my hair with my usual organic shampoo, no hair spray or product otherwise.
The middle curler has a little indicator that goes from red to white when they're ready, and I found that would take about ~10 minutes. Not instant, I know, but not too long and it's worth it to wait it out. Also, make sure you heat them with the lid closed--this is what the instructions say--otherwise, yes, they won't get hot enough.
I liked the combination of sizes, though they're a bit smaller than the old school ones I remember (maybe my head is bigger now?) I rarely used all 20, but I definitely mix up the sizes depending on how much curl I want. Very nice that they have 8 of the smaller ones and 6 of the other two sizes as a result.
Personally, I like the pins and not the clamps. The clamps I find make ridges that look funny. These pins have a good tension so when I put them on the curler in the opposite direction of the roll, they stay nice and steady. Also, the case has a little slot for the pins, which the other curler sets didn't have. Nice touch.
All this, plus the size is hardly bigger than the compact sets. Overall, I'd recommend.
122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
I am one of the few that like these. Yes the curls will not stay with these as well if you don't do a cool shot of air on them before taking the curlers out. Doing a cold shot of air with your hair dryer while these are still in your hair will then set the curls in place and make them not become loose. Some days I like the looser curl look which sometimes looks like a wave, I find it really pretty in my long hair. But just remember you can make these curlers work very well if you just use your blow dryer on them before you are about to take them out and use the cool shot function or put on cool air and blow on your curlers with it till the curlers are no longer warm at all. That should do it! And this allows the curls to last all day!
76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Love these hot rollers. For some reason, the plastic rollers hold my curls, unlike the velvety rollers. I let the hairsetter heat up for approx. 20 min (while I am in the shower). I have to admit, I have hard to curl hair, especially when it comes to hot rollers. If I don't prepare my hair, my curls won't hold.
Here are a few tips: while my hair is still wet, use a volumizing mousse and a "styling" heat-protectant spray (adds hold to your hair/won't weigh it down). I also learned a little trick - add salt to your hair; for some reason, it helps hold the curl. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray does the trick, and smells great! It sounds dumb, but it works, and won't make your dry/matte! Anyways, I let my rollers set for 20 min., then spray my hair w/a flexible hairspray after the rollers are out. Sounds like a lot, but it's fast and my curls last until I go to bed. :)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
dont waist your money :( I usually love conair products but these are cheep plastic rollers that DO NOT retain heat. by the time you get them in your hair they are already cooling off. One comment said to use cool air from a blow drier - doesn't work.
Years ago I had some that were actually filled with wax and were amazing, these look similar but don't be fooled (like me) they are NOT the same and they don't work. I ended up buying the remington wax-filled hot rollers after these didn't work
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
I only had it on for a few minutes and the rollers MELTED ON THE POSTS! Evidently, there is no thermostatic control. Also, there is no core element within the rollers to retain the heat. The rollers are just pieces of plastic set onto hot metal posts. Sure, there is a "ready" light but it only indicates that the unit is "on". The hairsetter never turns OFF!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2013
These work well but you have to give them plenty of time to heat up. It had been years since I used hot rollers and I was living in flat iron land (in my head) where things heat quickly. When I adjusted my expectations and started giving them about 10-15 minutes to heat, I got a lot happier with the product. These do what they are supposed to do and I recommend them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
Good for thin, fine hair. The clips stay in unlike some sets I've tried. I bought 2 and leave one packed for travel.