I was lucky enough to meet Mark Hill at the Boots press event recently, and he took some time to run me through some of his products. The one that really caught my eye was the Glam Rock Hair Rollers as I absolutely love the effect of Velcro rollers, but I’m not a fan of the faff that comes with them.
For my seriously straight hair, I have to heat hair, then get the rollers in, then heat hair again, let it cool, then heat again, spray, then let it cool before I have a hope in hell of a curl that’ll last anything longer than 10 minutes. So I had high hopes for these rollers, which are kind of a hybrid between standard rollers and Velcro rollers.
I’m not too fussed about achieving height in my hair, I instead prefer to try and gain width at the side of my face as I have quite a long face and if I add volume I also end up adding length to my face which isn’t ideal. Therefore, I normally use various products and tools to try and add volume to the sides, which then balances my face a bit more.
I can’t imagine these rollers would be great for adding volume to roots as they’re very heavy and tend not to stay in place. Whilst they’re supplied with an ample quantity of clips, clipping the rollers in place is really tricky as there’s no middle part in the roller for you to slide the clip into, so instead you have to find a way to clip both the hair on your head and the hair on the roller (hopefully that makes sense…) to each other to make the rollers stay put. I tend to wear a large head band that I put over all the rollers which helps them stay in place. The kit contains 2 extra large rollers, 2 large rollers and 6 medium rollers which I thought at first might not be enough for my hair – which is fine but there’s lots of it – but I rarely use all the rollers and tend to leave a couple of the mediums out.
Generally, if you’re after volume at the roots then you need to roll the roller on to the hair whilst holding the hair vertically to your face, whereas if you want width at the sides (as well as definition and texture which things like Velcro rollers are actually very good for) then you need to roll them in horizontally to your face. This approach stops you rolling them too close to the roots and instead focuses the styling on the lengths and ends.
These worked fairly well in adding texture and width, although I do think the main negatives are that they’re not easy to clip in and they are also quite tricky to handle as there’s not much space on the rollers that you can hold without burning yourself. However, up until my recent, drastic hair change (post imminent!) I was using these regularly as the width definitely stayed in place all night; I put the rollers in, spray with hairspray, do my make-up and by the time I’m ready to take them out, the texture has set.
It’s worth noting that I’m not the best person to review things like this as my hair is astoundingly straight naturally. I’ve now got a hairstyle that works with my hair, so I no longer have to battle it! For anyone with wavy hair or hair that isn’t naturally poker straight these would probably work a lot better.
Available now from all the usual spots including Boots for £44.99.
Disclosure: PR sample sent for the purpose of this review.
Did you find that there was a difference in the heat dots on the rollers/indicator on the unit before and after you heated them? The manual says they should change from green to grey, but mine always seem to look grey (both before and after heating). I wondered what your experience was as I am not sure if there is a malfunction in the design or it is just the set I purchased.
To be honest, I didn’t even realise there was supposed to be a dot that you look out for a colour change with, I just waited until they felt really hot and put them in! I should probably have read the manual 🙂 xx