Back when I was in junior high, steam rollers were the brand new thing. I begged my mom to get them for me and I used them all the time. I was the queen of hot rollers; my best friend still teases me about it to this day.
When I saw the TopStyler infomercial, I started thinking about hot rollers for maybe the first time in over a decade. I realized I missed them. I always found them easier than doing my entire head with a curling iron or straightener. The truth is, you can kind of do it halfway with tools, but rollers are lazyproof.
My frugal self prevented me from buying the TopStyler, so I started looking at Sally Beauty. There was nothing comparable, but I did see that technology has improved a lot – argan oil infused, ceramic cores, etc. I was shocked to see they were still selling the same steam rollers I used at 13.
A few weeks later, on an unplanned stop at Big Lots, I scored a shocking find – Twilight steam rollers for $19! Yes, I’m a Twilight fan, and just a vampire fan in general. My mom raised me on Dracula and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show of all time. Ok there’s my one supergeek secret, out in the open.
This set is made by Pro Beauty Tools, which I didn’t really know anything about, but it sounds reputable, right? Well, I figured if the Twilight producers were endorsing it, it couldn’t be total crap.
Overall impression? LOVE. Total bargain. The technology has improved, so the steam is ionic, which conditions your hair. The rollers are jumbo, going with the beachy wave trend. Sorry, the tight spirals of my youth are a no no. I was worried about whether there would be enough rollers (because I have a ton of hair) – but I didn’t even need to use them all.
For those of you who have never used steam rollers before, it’s pretty simple. You plug it in and after about a minute, steam starts shooting out. You place the roller on for 20-30 seconds, roll it in your hair, and put the cover on top. I remember with the old ones I had, you had to steam the cover too, which sometimes burnt my hand. No such problem with these!
I do have one negative to report, and it’s really my own fault. If you have eyebrow skimming bangs, do not put a roller in them. You will end up a giant weird flipped out piece in the front and will have to pull out the straightening or curling iron anyway. If you’re running short on time like I was, you’ll have to pin them back.