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Have you planned your New Year's Eve hair yet? I'm no stranger to procrastination (or impulse buys), but spotting this product left me imagining myself ringing in 2009 with cascading waves. The set was on sale and small enough that I could bring it anywhere – if NYE had me jetting off to LA for the night, I could pop this in my carry-on and go!

I got home fingers crossed and went for a trial run. Even though it says instant heat, I gave them about 10 minutes (hunger called). Picking up the rollers found them hot to the touch – don't wrap your hand around them and squeeze – but far less hot than I expected. I liked the large and small sizes for different sections and went all out, adding the entire set of 12 to my head.

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I settled in to watch TV and, at the end of the show, went back in the bathroom to remove the rollers. While I did have undeniable waves, I felt like my hair got much more voluminous (not necessarily a good thing) than when I started and, by about 20 minutes later, the curls were nearly flat and full of frizz. Definitely not gonna hold up to a long night of dancing no matter my NYE destination.

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Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Bella, I purchased this about a month ago and have been having good luck with it. I do find I need to use some kind of hair spray or gel before I put the rollers in to make the curl last. But this makes curls that last and last!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Bummer Bella...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Bummer Bella...
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
For a night out on the town, I ask my sister to put in her hot rollers, and my hair always turns out beautifully. (My sister gets this job because I am lacking the girl gene and am unable to curl or straighten my own hair).
neonbee neonbee 8 years
My hair would never curl, no matter what I use. I gave up years ago.
fashionrox fashionrox 8 years
I would love a flat-iron curl tutorial!! Pretty please with sugar on top!!!
emalove emalove 8 years
I love using hot rollers for hair doesn't hold curl too well at all (too baby-fine and thin), but rollers give my hair volume at the roots and a little bit of wave to the ends.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I never have good luck with rollers. EVER!
esweet esweet 8 years
I'd want to see pictures of this next time! Also, I'm dying for a "how to" with a flat-iron curl, I can only get one side of my head to matter how hard I try...
Allytta Allytta 8 years
bella, i'm on board with rc4480, i don't know how to do it too, please teach us :)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
it's your hair's fault, not the rollers' that it went flat, darling :) i bet it'd hold mine much longer.
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
erin, i'm glad you made that comment...ive tried and tried to curl my hair with a flat iron and it doesnt seem to work for me. bella, do you have a tutorial :) ?
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
erin, i'm glad you made that comment...ive tried and tried to curl my hair with a flat iron and it doesnt seem to work for me. bella, do you have a tutorial :) ?
erinflower erinflower 8 years
Having very fine and straight hair, the only way I can get a curl to stay for any amount of time is with a flat iron.
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