This is my first time using hot rollers. I was recommend to try them out by my hairdresser who said she saves so much time by popping these in her hair before a night out. I opted for the Diva Stay Hot Rollers. They come in three sizes; large, medium and small with colour coded grips and big spring clips. I was really impressed with how many grips came with the rollers - more than enough and they are really easy to use. The rollers themselves are in this neat stand-up box and at first I was worried I wouldn't have enough. My hair is fine but I have a lot of it and I didn't think 20 rollers would do my whole head...
But in fact even when using small sections of hair I still had a couple of rollers left over. I used the biggest barrels at the crown of my head, the medium sized barrels around the middle layers and the smallest orange rollers underneath. They heat up in 5 minutes (door closed) and then stay hot for quite a while giving you time to leisurely put them in.
The rollers weren't burning hot to the touch - I'd say 'very warm' so I didn't think I'd be able to achieve a god curl but I was surprised that although I could hold them they did a great job of creating big ringlets! I imagine these are better for your hair that a curling wand or straighteners as the heat levels are kept low. I left them in my hair to cool for about 30 minutes. The instructions say the longer the better. You want the rollers to have cooled down completely for longer-lasting curls.
Removing the rollers gently (not pulling on the curl) I had a full bouncy head of curls that needed taming! The curls were smooth and soft, so I just used my fingers to comb through my hair and shape/style them. I prefer big waves to tight curls and this is exactly what I was left with.
Diva Stay Hot Rollers* - Fragrance Direct
Leopard Print Tee* - Sugar Hill Boutique
The second time I used the rollers I was much faster at putting them in - so I think with practice it would really cut down my 'getting ready' time and whilst you're waiting for them to cool you can potter around, put on makeup and choose something to wear. I'm yet to test how long the waves last on a night out and this style is definitely bigger and bouncier than I'm used to (see my mermaid waves) - so one to save for special occasions.