The Battle of the Rollers Winner Is…


The Caruso Steam Hairsetter!

*cue trumpet fanfare*

Let me break it down for you. There are 5 reasons why I chose the Caruso Steam Hairsetter over the Babyliss Hot Rollers (or any hot roller, for that matter…)

1. No Heat – no heat means no heat damage. No breakage, no brittle ends, just HEALTHIER HAIR.

2. Easier to use – Since the rollers aren’t piping hot, you can take a little extra time perfecting your roll. I found myself hastily rolling my hair while using the hot rollers because my fingertips felt like hell on earth in the process. With the steam rollers, you can take your time smoothing the hair and being careful not to leave any strands of hair out.

3. Curls last longer – Many of you asked about the lasting quality of the curls and have to say the Caruso curls lasted well into day 2. Now, the volume was definitely turned down on the second day, but my hair still had the wave pattern from the rollers. The Babyliss hot rollers on the second day? Nada. No waves left at all.

4. Takes up less space – When using the Caruso hairsetter, you only need counter space for the steam unit itself, which is much smaller than a traditional hot roller set. Perfect for traveling and smaller bathrooms.

5. Cost – The Caruso rollers are significantly less than the Babyliss! ($40 vs. $60)

You can’t get much better than that, peeps. Am I right?

I also wanted to address some of your questions from the comments.

Do you need salt for the steam rollers? No.

Do the clips make kinks in the hair? Not in my hair, but I can see how they could in super fine hair.

Do the Caruso rollers come in more than one size? Yes, the set comes with 4 sizes. Small, Medium, Large and Jumbo. I use the Jumbo rollers for my hair.

Did you use a product beforehand? Yes, I used Kerastase Nectar Thermique, which is the heat protectant cream I use before blowdrying. However, you could use serums, gels, mousses or whatever your personal hair type needs before rolling.

What did you mean in regards to using the Caruso rollers in the middle of your hair shaft? Here’s a quick video demonstration.

Let me know if you have any other questions about the rollers! I will be happy to answer whatever I can in the comments.

  1. Sarah, The Ohana Mama

    November 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I am SO sold! Thanks Sarah!

  2. Lucy M.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Okay. Just bought them. I guess that goes in the “impulsive purchase” category, but your hair just looked that good.

  3. Refinnej

    November 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Hmmm how do I know if I should be using jumbo vs large? I want my hair to be wavy. I think I’m sold on this set ;)

  4. Refinnej

    November 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Just kidding! I went to Amazon and saw that the set came in different size. It’s all about experiment. Yay ;)

  5. Christina

    November 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I was just lamenting that my regular foam rollers aren’t cutting it because it’s taking too long for my hair to dry. I was seriously coming to your website this week to ask a question or see if you had done any roller reviews recently, and here is this post. This is now on my Xmas Wish list……IF I can resist the urge to make an impulse purchase before then!

    Thank you so much for the information!!

  6. Rachelino

    November 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I love rollers and have a tiny bathroom, so I think these are perfect. Thanks Sarah! I have a question; you said ytou start with the product in your har, but do you start with damp hair, blow-dried hair, or air-dried hair?

  7. Amanda

    November 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’m the original poster who asked about how to start from the middle to avoid problems with layers — that totally made sense once I saw you demonstrate in the video. Thanks so much!

  8. Roxanna

    November 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Can I say that I’m so glad that you’re back? Also, I love rollers and these sound perfect. Thank you!

  9. michelle

    November 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I bought the Caruso set about 5 months ago, and felt like I didn’t get the look I wanted. Well I got it back out, and I’m so thrilled and glad I gave it a try again. Thanks for the reminder, and the layered hair rolling advice.

  10. mrsmcj

    November 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    i just purchased it on amazon– free shipping!

  11. Black Hair Extensions

    July 11, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Well Caruso Steam Hairsetter is better to use rather than Babyliss Hot Rollers.