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. Loni

    November 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    How amazing do you look???? I want to look like that!

  2. Akiko

    November 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

    You look amazing with bouncy curls!

  3. janet

    November 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Ooh, I used to use hot rollers in high school, I love that this trend is coming back.

    Now can someone bring back the French Braid?? :)

  4. Linda

    November 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Gorgeous! I’d love to try!

  5. parsingtime

    November 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    You’ve turned me onto Frye boots so why not hair rollers!

  6. Adriana

    November 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Sign me up! No burned fingers alone would make it worth it. Not to mention it doesn’t seem to take up a lot of room.

  7. Mina

    November 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I would love to try these!


  8. Rafaella Rauber Kopper

    November 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great curls! I want it!

  9. Courtney

    November 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Me likey!

  10. lisa

    November 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

    looks awesome! i definitely want to try.

  11. shelley

    November 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Ooooh, love the results! I would love to try the Caruso on my hair!

  12. Lauren

    November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I can usually get this same look fro ma curling iron….buuut the heat is an issue—I’d wanna try the steam!

  13. sarah

    November 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Oooh your hair looks fabulous! I just recently cut mine and it’s now shoulder-length and very layered – i wonder how these would make my hair look…

  14. Shanna

    November 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Pick me! Your hair is gorgeous!!

  15. Tracy

    November 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Looks like fun!