T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Bring Out Your Inner Goddess*

Now that my hair is longer, I'm obsessed with finding stuff to do with it. I want it straight. I want it curly. I want it big. I want it braided. I want a top knot. I'm full of want and not so great on the how-to part. While I want to be good at roller setting, I'm just not. But I want big-bodied, Bardot-like hair. Sexy-time hair. Curling irons do a good job, but it's different.

While complaining about my extreme hair dilemma to a girl friend, she suggested I try T3's Volumizing Hot Rollers. In case you were curious, here is why these rollers may be a great option for you:

A set of eight hot rollers that feature T3's Tourmaline technology and a design reinvented for shoulder length and longer hair types. T3's Voluminous Hot Rollers Set uses proprietary T3 Tourmaline technology, which emits maximum ionic, infrared heat. This technology safely penetrates the hair shaft, effectively styling the hair from the inside out while sealing the hair cuticle against frizz. Along the roller surface, velvet flocking enhances the effects of T3's Tourmaline technology, imparting natural shine to hair during the styling process. Each roller contains an advanced, high power density ceramic heater that warms to 250 degrees F in just three minutes and self-regulates for precise temperature control. 

I know. I said I can't do rollers, right? These are slightly different in how they are intended to be used. Instead of having to roll a perfect roller, you get to cheat. You'll still get big body and waves in your hair, but even the most klutzy of klutzes can master this. Here is how you do it.

You plug it in and push the on button (I constantly forget that last part and wonder why the rollers don't get hot. The button is small. It's easy to do.).

Then you let the rollers heat up for a few minutes. There are little colored dots that go from red to white when they are hot.

You get eight rollers, four large and four medium. My hair is specifically hard to curl on the underside, so that is where I use the medium rollers to make the wave tighter. It may not work for you, but that works better for me.

Then divide your hair into eight sections. Two on each side, two in the back and two on the top.

(Here is a video that is way better than I could demonstrate!)

Grasping one section of hair, place the roller near your midshaft. Then wind your hair around the roller. Finally, roll the curler down to the scalp, being careful to tuck the ends into the roll.

Add the clip to secure the roller.

Do this all over your head. Personally I like to position the rollers as follows, but again, it's just me:

For the sides and back of the head, I like to have the curlers vertically, with the hair rolling back, towards the middle of the back of my head.

For the top, I like to have the front roller facing forward, and the roller on top of my crown facing backwards.

I then leave the rollers in while I get ready and apply my makeup. I don't know why, but I really, really like to do this. It makes me feel like a fancy girl. Or an old Hollywood starlet. Or the Bloggess. Whatever, I like the process. :-)

Then, when I'm ready, or when the white dot is red again, I take them out, careful to turn off the roller base. I let them cool, spray with Sebastian Re-Shaper hairspray, and let them cool. I specifically like this spray because it gives decent hold without feeling sticky. Once my curls have cooled, I tousle them with my fingers and spray it again. If it looks great, I'm done. If I'm not 100% thrilled, I'll pull half back loosely and fasten with a cute clip of some sort. Either way, it's a great hair day.

It's especially awesome for stretching out the time between washings if you start with a straight blow out. Add a bit of dry shampoo or texturizer, like Oscar Blandi's Pronto Texture and Volume Spray, and you'll get body, texture and another day without washing your hair.

These rollers are portable and come with a cute case. They retail for about $100 from Lock and Mane.

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  1. These rollers heat to 250. Many people use curling irons at over 350. There is far less damage from these rollers, but you will not get the same kind of curl you get from a curling iron or flat iron. It's more about adding volume. That said, you can use these without worry. Studies have shown that temperatures of 347 to 419 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes or more can cause hair damage, leading to breakage*. However, if hair is chemically treated, that temperature may be reduced. Your best bet is to use a thermal protector and keep high heat styling to a minimum.

    *American Academy of Dermatology, 2008

  2. How damaging do you feel the heat from these curlers are to one's hair as compared to a curling iron or flat iron.? And do you think one could use these curlers several times a week without causing heat damage? Thanks much.

    kleimanlaw at aol dot com


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