I rarely am able to get a good, long-lasting set of curls with any kind of heated appliance. I’ve tried it all – curling irons, hot rollers, flat irons… Nothing works!*
Interestingly enough, my hairdresser is magically able to curl my hair with the same flat iron I have, and I have no idea what he’s doing that I’m not. But I digress. A friend of mine let me borrow her set of Voluminous Hot Rollers by T3 last week, because they gave her too MUCH volume, and she thought they might work better on my longer hair. I wasn’t very confident that they’d work, but T3 is a great brand, and who turns down a chance to use high-end products for free! (hint: not this girl)
For quality of build, I almost give this a perfect score. Everything is so beautifully designed! The rollers have faceted accents on the ends, and the carrying case is luxe-feeling (faux?) quilted leather. It’s very simple to use, just plug the base in & press the button to turn it on & start the heating process. The rollers have temperature sensitive dots on the tops (red=cool, white=hot), which makes it easy to tell when they’re ready to roll or unroll. The body of the roller is flocked so they stay put easier, and the clips are perfect – I didn’t have any dents or anything from them. I am docking a point here because the original set comes with only 8 rollers, and I don’t know what baby-headed women they expect to be ok with that, but I have a normal-sized head, and a lot of hair. My friend had an extra 4 rollers for a total of 12, but I still had to set in stages. After I rolled the back, I just pin-curled (standing up kind, not the kind that lays flat against your head) a few sections in the back & re-used those rollers up front. You can buy additional rollers if you want – $20 for 2, and they come in 1.5″ & 1.75″ diameters. The set on Sephora has 4 of each size, but the set my friend had were all 1.5″.
I started with freshly washed & blowdried hair. I forget if dirty hair holds a curl better or not, but my hair was dirty and definitely couldn’t hold a style. I didn’t use a flat iron, just blew it out straight (see my go-to method).
I waited until all the dots were white, then started rolling.
After waiting for the dots to turn back to red (and pin-curling back sections so I had enough to curl the front, and waiting for those to turn red too), I took them all out with much anticipation. Volume is definitely what I had! I don’t think I’ve ever had body like that, and I don’t know what I’d do with it! At first I was disappointed that there weren’t any curls, but I didn’t know that their purpose is more for volume than curls. After seeing the actual name of the set I guess I can’t be mad – they promise volume, and that’s exactly what they deliver.
I literally didn’t know what to do with all that volume, and ended up using my flat iron to go back to normal levels of body.
These work as promised, but I don’t really have a need for them… especially at a $140 price point (ETA: Amazon has the set for $64). I’m definitely going to experiment with alternate ways to get body like that again & will share if I come up with anything!
*If you’re like me & heat doesn’t work, try one of these methods instead – they always come through for me: Satin Rollers | Caruso Steam Rollers | Curlformers | Bantu Wraps | Bantu Knot-out (blowdried vs. air-dried)
Although these pumped my hair full of body, I think they're too expensive for what they do.