Hair curlers are here to replace your curling iron

If you are a true Mane Addict, your curling iron is probably one of the most used hair tools in your beauty practice. Whether you want volume, loose curls, tight curls, or waves, you’ve probably hit your curling iron. But what if we told you that there is a simpler and more efficient alternative to section after section and strand after strand curling? Well luckily there is. Enter: curlers. The most overlooked way to curl your locks.

That’s right, we’re here to advocate for hot curlers. They’re not just for your grandma or cheering competitions anymore. To achieve this, we’ve rounded up the different types of curlers to use when you want defined curls, big curls, long-lasting curls, or just a little bit of volume. Each set of hair rollers will save you time and create even styles without hassle. Shop our favorite hair curlers below!


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For a head full of defined tendrils, the Conair Hair Tool Masters have a set of 20 ceramic rollers that turn your straight mane into a spiral in just 20 minutes. The set includes curls of all sizes, making them perfect for people with thick hair. After plugging in Conair’s handy case, the rods will take about 10 minutes to heat up. Once your hair is completely dry, you can start at the back of the head to section the hair and wrap each section around a rod and clip the roller into place. After about 20 minutes, you will pull out each rod to find some bouncy, defined curls. Secure with long-lasting hairspray and you’re good to go!

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T3’s Deluxe Hair Rollers come with eight velor rollers, a sleek heated platen, and eight large clips to hold each section in place. The rollers should be used on dry hair and when removed it results in shiny and voluminous curls. Since you only need to divide the hair into eight sections, T3 curlers are an amazing alternative to big barrel curling irons to get the big and flowing old Hollywood vibe.

Paul Mitchell T3 Luxe Volumizing Hot Rollers
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Drybar’s super convenient Velcro Rollers come in packs of six and thanks to their Velcro-like texture, they don’t require clips to hold them in place. This makes them very easy to use for those new to hair curlers. Rollers should be applied to damp hair and once set you lightly dry each section for best results. Once the hair is completely dry, you can pull out each roll and find voluminous, primed hair ready to style.

Drybar High Tops Hook-and-Loop Hair Rollers
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Afraid of heat and velcro? Prefer to stick to the original? These Conair foam curlers are simply the best. They are easy to use and will give you tight curls or luscious waves, the choice is yours. And there’s so much of it in one bundle, you’ll probably have enough for your entire hair.

Walmart Conair Foam Hair Rollers
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We told you how to use these curlers in the most conventional way, so how about unconventional ways? Check Out The Best Unexpected Ways To Use Heat Rollers HERE!

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