Battle of the Rollers, Part One – Caruso Hairsetter

In case you haven’t noticed, big hair is everywhere. Fashion runways, magazine covers, you name it. It’s all about VOLUME this season. (Hallelujah, by the way. I’m ready to give my flat iron a rest.)

I decided it was time to revisit my high school ways and bust out the rollers. I fondly remember the days of driving to school with 39 rollers in my hair, as I was the Hot Roller Master. However, that was, ahem, quite awhile ago. What changes have come about in regards to rollers? What kind of rollers are considered the best? I decided it was time to figure it all out, so I tried two best-selling sets, the Caruso Steam Hairsetter and the BaByliss Pro 30 Professional Hairsetter.

Let’s chat about the Caruso Steam Hairsetter today, shall we? I am loving on this super easy-to-use hairsetter. Just fill a little water into the reservoir (shown below), let the water heat up, place individual rollers on the stand for 5-10 seconds and roll into your hair.

Now, I have to say right off the bat when reading reviews about this product, a few people mentioned that they “just didn’t have the time to wait for the curlers to be steamed.” You all, that is pretty much the most ridiculous statement ever. It takes 5-7 seconds to steam an individual roller, which is less time than it takes to prep a section of your hair to be rolled. A helpful tip – place the roller on the stand, then section off and smooth the hair. When you are finished with prepping the section, the roller will be properly steamed.

Take small sections of hair and roll onto the roller. (Bonus – steam rollers aren’t wicked hot like ceramic rollers, so you don’t have to worry about burning your fingertips!) If you have layered hair, one of the best features of a sponge roller is that you can start in the middle of the hair shaft and roll around, instead of starting at the very ends. This was super helpful for me because nothing is worse than trying to roll your hair while shorter pieces are falling off the roller.

Continue rolling all the way to the scalp and clip the holder into place.

Once all the rollers are placed, leave them in for however long you want. I prefer to put on my makeup and catch up on very important US Weekly reading while waiting, which is give or take 10-20 minutes.

After the allotted time, carefully remove rollers without pulling on the hair. Here’s what the hair looks like directly after. I usually let a couple minutes pass before touching, and then I prefer to flip over, spray a little bit of hairspray and then run my fingers through the curls to separate and smooth.

Voilá! Bouncy, healthy curls that last and last. And remember since these are steam rollers, you don’t need to worry about the effects of heat styling. Truly loving this hairsetter, you guys.

The big question – will the Babyliss Hairsetter be able to hold its own against the Caruso? Click here for the Babyliss post!

  1. elle

    November 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I want it!

  2. duchessbelle

    November 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Those look amazing!

  3. Micki

    November 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I love me some hot rollers!

  4. Marina

    November 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  5. Jilly

    November 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Incredibly sexy!

  6. MelissaOklahoma

    November 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I so used Caruso steam rollers in highschool!!! Do you still have to add salt to the water? Your curls look fantastic… maybe I should reinvest in another set.

  7. Gimmy

    November 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Wow, looks fantastic! I used to use steam rollers in college, but lost the thing in one of my many moves since. I loved it.

  8. Ilse

    November 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    these sound great! :)

  9. Amanda

    November 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous!! I had one of these once upon a time, but would love to give it a go again!

  10. Korinna

    November 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Holy snakes, I could use some volume. Sign me up!

  11. kathleen

    November 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    those look awesome! I have shorter hair- but I want to try!

  12. Katie Bonk

    November 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful hair! This would take some practice for me, but I’d love to try!

  13. Rachel

    November 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Ooh! Pretty hair.

  14. Melissa

    November 8, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Me, me, me!! You look beautiful by the way!

  15. Megan

    November 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Whoa! I want, I want! Those curls are gorgeous, and a bonus for the steam instead of heat. My split ends thank you :)