Hair Rollers are Back — How to Choose the Best Hair Rollers

This is a monotone image of hot rollers in their heating case and a few placed on the surface of a table. This image is used in the Ippodaro Natural Salon blog post titled, “Hair Rollers are Back! How to Choose the Best Hair Rollers”.Ready to embrace the versatility of hair rollers and unleash your inner curly goddess? Hair rollers are a popular styling tool for achieving voluminous, natural-looking curls with minimal effort. They offer a convenient way to curl your hair while protecting your tresses from excessive heat damage. With the right rollers and technique, you can enjoy low-maintenance, long-lasting curls while keeping your hair healthy.

This comprehensive guide will explore the different types of rollers available and provide insights on selecting the appropriate size based on your hair length and desired curl pattern. We'll also discuss hair type and condition considerations to help you choose rollers that cater to your specific needs.


Types of Hair Rollers

This is a monotone image of hot rollers placed in a model’s hair. She still needs to add some rollers to finish the setting process. This image is used in the Ippodaro Natural Salon blog post titled, “Hair Rollers are Back! How to Choose the Best Hair Rollers”.Hair rollers are versatile hair styling tools that come in various types to cater to different hair lengths, textures, and desired curl patterns. Here are the popular types of rollers to consider:
  • Ceramic Hot Rollers: These rollers are coated with ceramic, which helps distribute heat evenly and prevents damage to the hair. Examples include the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Roller Hairsetter and the Remington Ionic Conditioning Hair Setter.
  • Steam Hot Rollers: Instead of using direct heat, these rollers use steam to create curls and waves. The Caruso Ionic Molecular Steam Setter is a popular option in this category, known for being gentle on damaged hair.
  • Velcro Rollers: These rollers feature a self-gripping velcro surface, making them easy to use and suitable for creating both curls and waves. The Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers are a well-known brand in this category.
  • Foam Rollers: Designed for overnight use, foam hot rollers are comfortable to sleep in and can create soft, natural-looking curls. Hot Tools Soft Foam Rollers are a popular choice for this type.
  • Flexi Rods: These flexible, bendable rods are versatile and can be used to create various curl patterns on different hair textures. The Tifara Beauty Flexible Curling Rods are a highly recommended option.

Roller Type

Best For

Notable Examples


Even heat distribution, preventing damage

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium, Remington Ionic Conditioning


Gentle on damaged hair

Caruso Ionic Molecular Steam Setter


Easy to use, versatile curls/waves

Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers


Overnight use, soft curls

Hot Tools Soft Foam Rollers

Flexi Rods

Versatile curl patterns, all hair textures

Tifara Beauty Flexible Curling Rods


The type of hair rollers you choose should depend on your hair type, desired curl pattern, and personal preferences. Considering factors like roller size, material, and heating method can help you achieve your desired styling results while minimizing potential damage.

Selecting the Right Size

Selecting the right size hot rollers is crucial for achieving your desired curl pattern and styling goals. Here are some key considerations:

  • Roller Size and Hair Length: Generally, larger rollers (1.25-2 inches) are best for longer hair, creating loose, voluminous waves and curls. Smaller rollers (0.5-1 inch) are ideal for shorter hair lengths, resulting in tighter, bouncier curls.
  • Desired Curl Pattern:
    • Tight, spiral curls: Opt for smaller rollers (0.5-0.75 inch)
    • Loose, beachy waves: Choose medium to large rollers (1-2 inches)
    • Vintage, glamorous curls: Combine different roller sizes, using larger rollers at the back and smaller rollers at the front

When selecting a hot roller set, look for options with multiple roller sizes to accommodate versatile styling. Smooth, velvet-flocked roller coverings and secure metal clips/pins help prevent kinks, damage, and ensure long-lasting results.

hot rollers with customizable sizing options, like the T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers, offer longevity and versatility for ['protecting your hair'] while achieving stunning curls and waves.


Hair Type and Condition Considerations

Selecting the right hot rollers based on your hair type and condition is crucial for achieving optimal results while ['protecting your hair']. Here are some recommendations:
  • Fine Hair: Opt for smaller rollers like the Remington H1018 Compact Ceramic Rollers, which heat up quickly and help smooth frizz. The hot rollers are great for adding volume at the roots, especially for fine hair that easily falls flat! Additionally, these are less damaging than other hot tools.
  • Thick/Coarse Hair: Caruso Molecular Steam Rollers, which use steam instead of direct heat, are recommended as they are safe for natural or synthetic hair. The rollers are treated with ceramic, argan oil, and keratin to help smooth and add shine.
  • Long Hair: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Rollers and Calista Ion Hot Rollers are good options as they heat up and set quickly, making them suitable for longer lengths.
  • Short Hair: Remington Ionic Conditioning Rollers and Conair Compact Multi-Size Rollers are lightweight and work well with shorter lengths.

For all hair types, it's recommended to:

  • To prep and protect the hair before drying with rollers, we suggest the following. For thin hair, use Aquage volumizing treatment. For normal to medium hair use O&M style Guru. Then For thick/frizzy hair use Oway smoothing cream and the OWAY Silk n' Glow Serum
  • Ensure the hair is fully dry, especially at the roots, before removing rollers.
  • Consider smooth coverings like foam or velvet-wrapped rollers, which are gentler on fine or damaged hair.
  • Use larger rollers (1.5 inch) on top for volume and smaller rollers (1-1.25 inch) on the sides for tighter curls.

Hot rollers are ideal for second-day hair that has fallen flat or hair that struggles to hold a curl. Overdirecting rollers forward in the Mohawk section can help create volume at the roots.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right hair rollers can elevate your hair styling game, providing voluminous curls and waves without excessive heat damage. The key lies in understanding your hair type, your desired curl pattern, and then selecting the appropriate roller size and material. Whether you prefer ceramic, steam, velcro, foam, or flexi rods, there's a perfect hot roller set tailored to your unique needs.

Pro tip for hot rollers: Investing in high-quality hot rollers will not only protect your hair but also ensures long-lasting, beautiful results. With proper technique and the right tools, hot rollers can be a game-changer, transforming your hair from flat to fabulous with minimal effort.