I love hot rollers. Why? They’re fast to put in, easy to multitask with once in, and create gorgeous soft curls. When I was reading Reese Witherspoon’s new book “Whiskey in a Teacup,” she discusses her love of hot rollers. It’s the only way she knows how to do her own hair and I second adoration of this “old fashioned” way of doing hair. 

Yes, it does take a bit of practice, so my suggestion is to try to learn to roll your hair when the rollers are cool. You’ll be able to figure out how tight you like to wear them (too loose rollers move around too much and fall out- too tight rollers hurt) without the heat of the rollers burning your fingers. Below you’ll find a short video of my updated curling routine.


  • The more hair you have, the more rollers you’ll need. I use the ENTIRE set of these travel rollers.
  • On that note, if you have a lot of hair, get old fashioned roller hair pins. They stay in waaaaaay longer than those short ones you’ll find in the kit or the clips.
  • Bigger rollers = bigger curls and volume. If you want big poofy hair, spray your entire head with a flexible hairspray WITH THE ROLLERS STILL ON YOUR HEAD. Leave for 10 min or until rollers completely cool. (Actually, the rollers should always be cool when you take them out- it sets the curl and it lasts longer.) If they’re already cool- let the hairspray dry 10 min before taking them out.
  • Take rollers out, finger comb the curls a bit to break them up and spray with hairspray again. Trust me.
  • Note: it also helps to have a layered haircut if you want to wear it curly. It gives more dimension to your hair!

While I have had many sets of curlers, this travel set is my go-to no matter WHAT. My hair doesn’t hold curl well because it’s not color treated, so I need the curls to start out smaller so when they fall, they’re still curly. If I use the kind that Reese uses above my hair will still be cute, but not curly by the end of the day.

I’ve been doing my hair like this since I was probably 5 or 6 years old, and although I like a curling iron now and then, I will never get rid of my hot rollers.

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