My Review of the Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Heated Clip Hair Setter
I recently purchased a new hot roller set, which I shared in my Mini Hair Haul -- April 2012 post. I used to use hot rollers back in the day (back in the day meaning college years ;-)), as they were a quick way to get big, bouncy curls without having to use a lot of damaging heat, such as that which stems from the use of curling irons and curling wands. For one, hot rollers generally don't get as hot as other heat styling tools, and thanks to the now prevalent use of ceramic technology, they are considered more safe than before.
Before testing out my new set, I washed, conditioned and flat ironed my hair:
Next, I added about a dime-size amount of Moisturizing Hair Lotion by Bronner Bros. to the underside and top side of my hair, making sure to concentrate most of the product on my ends:
I needed the moisturizer to protect my ends from drying out and to also serve as a slight setting lotion.
This curling set comes with 8 medium sized (1") velvet coated rollers and 12 large (1 1/4") velvet coated rollers, which make for a total of 20 hot rollers. The rollers also come with pink clips that also absorb heat to aid in the curl setting process.
Unlike other hot roller sets I've used in the past, these rollers actually don't get very hot, which I guess is a good thing. I've used some rollers that were too hot to pick up, but that's not the case with these. In fact, these come with "cool touch" end rings so your fingers won't get scorched when rolling. They do however get hot enough to where you can burn your ears if you're not careful about placement (trust me, I know this from firsthand experience :-P).
Unfortunately, there is no "ready" indicator light other than the red one you see at the bottom of the machine (see very first pic at top), so you just have to wait approximately 90 seconds for the rollers to heat up before using. The red light just lets you know that the machine is plugged in.
Once the rollers were ready to go, I applied them to my head, placing most of the large rollers in the back and the medium rollers in the front:
It takes about 5 minutes for the rollers to completely cool, so pretty much by the time I was finished rolling up the front, the back rollers were ready to be taken out. Here are the results:
Although the back shot is blurry, I decided to include it so that you can see how loose the curls were in the back versus the front. I got a lot more curl definition in the front thanks to the medium sized rollers than I did in the back (the larger the roller, the looser the curl; the smaller the roller, the tighter the curl).
Overall, I was quite pleased with the results. I was actually thinking my hair wouldn't curl much because the rollers didn't seem to get as hot as I'm accustomed to them getting, but apparently, the heat was enough. My biggest gripe about this roller set is the size, for I'm having trouble finding a place to store them. I know there are travel size roller sets you can get because I used to have one and loved it. So, if I had to do it all over again, I would have bought a set that was a little more convenient in terms of size and space, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased with my purchase.