Don’t dismiss hair rollers as something old fashioned that you watched your mom or grandmother use. The glam women in your life loved them for a great reason. Unlike the skills (some!) needed when using a curling iron, you basically just set and forget hair rollers. With them rolled up in your strands, you can do your makeup and finish getting dressed. When you remove the rollers, you’ll have bouncy waves, ultra-tight curls or any other variation your heart desires.
There are various sizes and techniques when it comes to hair rollers. Choose a jumbo size (such as 1 1/2″) for larger, more bombshell waves. For curls that look like you were born with them, grab a multi-pack with various sizes because that’s how curls grow naturally. If you have shorter hair or want tighter curls, try flex-rods on wet hair. They even work without heat and people have been loving them for decades.
We rounded up some stellar hair rollers to shop when you’re in the mood for some curls. Even if you already have a natural curl pattern, these hair rollers can smooth out frizz and create healthy-looking waves without a ton of heat damage. It’s a win-win.
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1. Remington Ionic Conditioning Hair Setter
Get those frizz-free, no-crease and shiny curls that you’ve been envisioning. Just wait until the red indicator light switches on, and then your rollers are hot enough to use. This set has thermal wax core rollers that handle high heat for longer. The rollers are color-coded and come in three different sizes, so you can curl your hair at various tightness. The included J-Clips will secure your hair to the roller, ensuring that they don’t fall out.
2. Conair Instant Heat Travel Hot Rollers
If you’re going on a trip and want your luscious curls to make an appearance, you should make this hair roller set your pick. The set comes with five 1.5 in. flocked velvety rollers. They come with a compact pouch that heats up your rollers within two minutes. After you put the rollers in, the ends of them will stay cool, keeping your hands from burning. If you go to Europe, no worries. This roller set has dual voltage, so it can handle the power.
3. Caruso 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter with 30 Rollers
With this steam hairsetter, you stick one foam roller in at a time and watch the steamer heat it up for mere seconds, before it’s ready to put into your hair. You get a set of 30 rollers, including six petite, six small, six medium, six large and six jumbo, and a storage bag. These curlers are made for both super fine and coarse hair.
4. Aimin Hair Rollers
For curls without heat or hot rollers, check out these rollers. Flexible and soft, you roll your hair up in a specific way—check the seller’s guidelines and photos for how to use—on either dry, wet or hair with styling spray. Let them sit for a minimum of 30 minutes and then go to sleep in them. You can control how wavy or tight you want your curls.
5. Jumbo Size Hair Roller sets
These bright color rollers look inviting and like something out of a movie. You get 12 jumbo size rollers, 12 large size rollers and 12 medium size rollers. Depending on what size you use, you can create loose curls or tight ringlets. These curlers use velcro, so you don’t have fuss with hairpins and clips. The seller recommends that your hair should be half-dry for it to work.
6. BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Roller Hairsetter
For glam, Old Hollywood waves, try this 12-set of jumbo rollers. You’ll get 1-1/2″ curls that stay put without damage to your strands. That’s thanks to the curlers’ gentle, far-infrared heat that leaves hair feeling healthy.
7. Self Grip Hair Rollers Set
You get a whopping 36 rollers in this kit. There are small, medium and large rollers that self-grip. You roll them in your hair when it’s slightly damp or mostly dry to create curls and waves in your hair. They should stay put as you dry them, but in case they don’t, you can use the 12 vibrant duckbill clips. The duckbill clips can be repurposed for regular hair styling or can be used while you’re doing your makeup.