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.
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.
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!
In my opinion, five things made these rollers work for me:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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
- Putting a hair net over the lot before bed to give it an extra chance at staying in place
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
What do you think – authentic looking?
Oh and by the way, UK folk mine were bought from Audrey Stars Boutiqu