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Are Hot Rollers Making A Comeback?


Remember when Blake Lively’s daughter’s blonde curls and blue eyes stole the show at her dad (Ryan Reynolds’s) Walk of Fame Induction last month and everyone was all like “Omg she has her mom’s hair!”? Well, her mom’s hair (that day) was styled by Rod Ortega using a super old school styling method: hot rollers. That and my never-ending search for the perfect natural-looking curl had me wondering; are hot rollers making a comeback?

Hot rollers have been around forever and were the lifeblood of glamorous curls and unapologetic volume in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It’s kinda hard to believe they’re still in the game! But hey, everything comes back eventually, right? (I’m looking at you, chokers) Personally, I’ve always been a little intimidated by rollers but for the sake of ‘research’, I took a trip to my local Ulta to grab a set of basic rollers to try. I went with Conair’s Xtreme Big Curls Rollers.



After a few failed practice runs, I was able to create the curl I wanted. It wasn’t ‘easy’ per say but I feel like after awhile I’d be able to do it on autopilot. Nothing can really speed the setting part which I guess is a downside but I kind of liked that part. While I waited for the curls to ‘set’ (10-20 minutes), I dipped into my fanciest face mask and brewed some herbal tea.   


It’s a little too early to tell if I’m a full blown convert because the lengthy process is not the best for my morning schedule but the body, curl, and volume you get is unmatched and worth the wait. Ortega said “The look is meant to be soft and smooth, not too contrived. The rollers add body, shine, and bounce to the hair.” and I agree 100%! Hot roller curls don’t feel too fancy for an everyday look and added a ton of bouncy body to my otherwise flat hair. 


For reference, here’s how to create Blake’s look by Rod Ortega as told to Hollywood Life:

“I used the 1-inch rollers on Blake to create waves. The size depends on how much body and wave you want. If you prefer more body and less wave, use larger sizes like the 1.5- or 1.75-inch rollers. If you want more of a wave, use the smaller rollers.”

  1. Hair Prep: With a round brush, blow dry freshly-washed hair with T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer.
  2. Tease: Once hair is dried, take 1-inch sections and tease at the root.
  3. Apply Rollers: Part hair to the side, separate into small sections and brush hair up, holding ends of hair straight up. Using T3’s Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe place at the end and roll down in the direction of the part. Expert tip: Roll hair down, wrapping ends first, concentrating the heat there so ends get a bend (note: you don’t want limp ends).
  4. Set the hair: Allow hair to cool with the rollers in – anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes depending on hair type.
  5. Remove Rollers: After removing rollers, brush through hair and back tease for extra volume.
  6. Finishing: Spray with L’Oréal Elnett and brush — hair will have elasticity and memory with the rollers, so don’t be afraid to brush through.

Would you try hot rollers? If you do, tag us in your roller selfies + stories. 


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