Rockin’ Rollers reviewed – get a head of vintage curls the easy way!

I hate curling my hair.
I have absolutely no talent for it and I find it so frustrating… I’m useless with tongs, I don’t have the patience for pin-curling and every time I use hot rollers it looks promising until the curls fall right out at the mere sight of a brush. I love the idea of a nice bouncy, curly, retro head of hair, but nothing so far has got me there. At this point I should note I have very long hair and lots of it, which no doubt is some of the problem.
Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review
But I hadn’t tried a sleep-in method until these soft rollers from Lauren Rennells. I was sceptical they were going to work, if I’m honest. Much less that they’d work fairly effortlessly and exactly as she says they will do… I was convinced when I wrote this review I’d be writing this off as another method that just doesn’t work, but amazingly – I’m not!
This is what they look like in – the idea is that you form loops that you link together like a paper chain to hold it all to your head.
Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review - set


Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review - set


Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review - set
It’s worth noting I had absolutely no idea what I was doing at the back, but I was following the instructions to sit the rollers at the nape of the neck to get a more vintage set of curls that is smoother against your crown (for hat wearing!).
Here’s the kind of curls the rollers produced on me… they really are very bouncy, cascading retro curls!
Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review


Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review


Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review


Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review
Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review
In my opinion, five things made these rollers work for me:
  1. The little instruction booklet you can see me with above is extremely helpful at explaining how to place the rollers to get a ‘vintage’ set and also gives some extra ideas about further styling and using the rollers as fillers (I can confirm they make it simple to fake Bettie bangs). I’d have paid money just for this on its own!
  2. Not trying to use these as a complete wet set – a) my hair is too long to dry completely and b) the advice I read on the internet suggested the fabric rollers just get wet themselves and it takes longer for the hair to dry. The booklet suggests using setting spray on dry hair but as I didn’t have any I sprayed good ‘ol water on instead to make my hair damp – and it worked wonderfully!
  3. Using my instinct to pin the ‘first roller in a chain’ with a simple kirby grip/bobby pin to my head, meaning everything was more secure
  4. Putting a hair net over the lot before bed to give it an extra chance at staying in place
  5. Spending some time brushing the curls out into the shape I wanted – just as you would with a pin-curl set
I don’t think you have to be particularly neat at putting them in as you can see I wasn’t above – especially at the back – and it seems easy to achieve very pretty retro curls regardless.
If I was going to be critical of these rollers, I’d say:
  1. They’re supposed to be comfortable to sleep on and ok, this was my first experience of sleeping on any kind of roller, but because I had pins in odd places and I sleep on my side where a high concentration of curls were (for face framing), it was a bit awkward. Bearable, but awkward.
  2. If you don’t pin some of the rollers to your head I have literally no idea how they’d stay in place… perhaps this doesn’t matter, but I felt like they would have come loose if left to their own devices
  3. The first time I tried them I wound some of the curls far too tightly and the sponge got a bit misshapen, but seems to have recovered


So there you go, they work and at just over £20/$20 they’re a bargain for what they can help you do with minimal skill (believe me, minimal skill sitting right here). I think they’d easily work on hair as short as shoulder length too as the rollers themselves are rather thin (in fact, check out this video from Lisa Freemont Street for further tips on how to use them).
Now I just have to work out how to style them… it’s now I realise I don’t really like wearing my hair completely down like this! Heh.
Rockin' Rollers soft hair rollers review

What do you think – authentic looking?

Oh and by the way, UK folk mine were bought from Audrey Stars Boutiqu


  1. August 2, 2015 / 8:35 am

    You've done a really great job, a very bouncy, flirty curl. And the hair flower is super pretty! Fantastic result!

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      I didn't do a great job – the rollers did! Let me be clear that there's very little of my skill actually involved here 😉

  2. August 2, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    You look fab! I've been trying to link them all together instead of in sections like you've done, maybe that is the key to stopping them fro falling out. I will report back!

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Yes definitely try doing it in sections and pinning the first 'link' in the section to your head. That's all I did, but it totally worked as they didn't budge.

  3. August 2, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Those curls look great! I'm super tempted to go and order a set of these myself now!

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      I can see them working well on your length of hair 🙂

  4. August 2, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    You are so pretty. Just had to get that out there.
    I know you have some difficulties with your hair, but I would love to have that kind of thickness and length. I have a lot of hair, but it's quite fine, and I'm forever cutting it/growing it out thinking that it will look better or be more versatile when it's longer/shorter, and it never works out quite the way that I want it to.
    To get back to your review, I found this really helpful. I've used regular sponge rollers, and those always end up so kinky and frizzy (or don't dry all the way) that I've started doing the "tong and pin", as you Brits put it. I would give something like this a try, although I don't know how well it would work on hair as short as mine. I love the result that you got, though – those curls are really lovely.

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      You always give amazing compliments – you can come again 😉

      I was just saying to Chronically-Vintage-Jessica that I know I'm blessed for having this hair, but yes it does get frustrating sometimes. I know it's my choice to wear it long, but that's actually so I can put it up creatively, as I'm so bad at styling it when it's down!

      I've never tried sponge rollers as will be obvious as the stories of kinks really put me off. I haven't invested in the right kind of clips for the tong and pin either, although it's a technique Lauren Rennells herself uses a lot in her books as a fast method of curling… I just know I don't have the expertise! If you can wrap hair round something about 1.5cm in diameter I would have thought you'd be able to use these rollers, but obviously, that's total guesswork!

  5. August 3, 2015 / 12:38 am

    Oh my word, your hair looks absolutely amazing!!! I understand what you mean about trying to get those vintage curls. I had my hair long for years and years and struggled with any and all ways of getting it to take and hold curl. Even If I did get it to curl nicely (very rare) it ended up driving me crazy down and eventually I'd tie it back up in a pony. Now that it's short, I wear it down all the time and curls last much longer. Really, this did an amazing job on your hair. Seriously, AMAZING!!

    She Knits in Pearls

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      It did drive me a bit crazy wearing it all down like this, but I rolled up the sides and then I was much happier with it and it still looked nice. Agreed, though, that these rollers did an amazing job with my stubborn hair!

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Very true – especially when you finally get vintage curls that stay in!

  6. August 3, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Your hair looks STUNNING!! This is a really fabulous look, I love it on you – I think the simple hairflower adds something more 'you', but honestly, you're knocking it out of the park with how much this suits and flatters your already gorgeous self! I'm going to order some, I've decided! Thank you for the review. Have a super week! xxx

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      Aww you're too nice! I felt a bit naked without my usual volume on top, but as I said to B I think it's just that I'm not used to seeing myself without it now! My own fault for wearing my hair the same way all the time 😀 I'm really excited to see how you get on with them – definitely following my pinning and wet spraying advice, it made all the difference I think. xx

  7. August 3, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Oh wow, your hair looks amazing!! Looks quite simple too! x

    • August 3, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Honestly, if I can do it anyone can! It's a bit fiddly with super long hair like mine as it's an art to get it all rolled up neatly, but really some of what I did wasn't that neat and it still ended up looking great! x

  8. August 3, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Wow, this really caught my attention because I have the same frustrations with curling, but in theory would love soft curly hair. I'm definitely going to have to try this! I'm nervous because whenever I sleep with a bun or braids or whatever, I get that frizzy curly thing :-/ You make this particular method look amazing though, so I wanna see for myself! By the way, you're SUPER pretty! I've noticed before, but something about all of your head shots here made your beauty really stand out. XO
    -Lauren Blair

    • August 4, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Believe me I am the queen of frizz usually so I thought the same thing would happen, but the curls come out so cleanly with these rollers! I don't know if it was my spraying-water-on technique, mind you, so worth bearing that in mind. And that's an amazing compliment, thank you! I'm also the queen of the flattering camera angle, so that might have something to do with it (you should see the shots I didn't use 😉 ) x

    • September 9, 2015 / 2:19 pm

      Sleep with a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair with a silky scarf before bed. The frictio between the cotton and your hair is what's causing the frizz. Argan oil (very small amounts) work well to keep frizz away on high humidity days.

  9. August 5, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Goodness, you have incredibly lovely hair to start with, but with these curls– wow! You may have just convinced me to grow my hair out.

    • August 6, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      How exciting! Although let me be the first to admit that 80% of the time my hair is a total pain in the behind…

  10. August 5, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Completely gorgeous – like movie star-esque – curls. Wow!!! My real hair was straight as a pin and fine as as silk, so the only way I could get it to hold a curl was with over night methods, too. Pin curls, rag curls, or foam pillow rollers (akin to these) were my only hopes and even then, I'd be lucky to get two good days from a set.

    ♥ Jessica

    • August 6, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      I couldn't believe how pretty they turned out! My hair is best described as 'fluffy' naturally (not straight, wavy or curly, just a fluff ball), but it doesn't really like holding a curl – until now. Not sure if it'd go two days though – who are these miraculous people who have curls that hold for two days!

  11. August 5, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Those curls look AMAZING! I need these rolls. 😮
    x Angela //

  12. August 6, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Wow! These came out beautifully! I think I would have a hard time sleeping in them but for the beautiful curls you achieved if I ever get around to ordering them I would say it's definitely worth a shot!

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