Hot Curler How-to

I’ve always been a huge fan of hot curlers. They’re super easy to use, inexpensive, and make you look like you spent a lot of time on your hair, when in reality, you totally didn’t.

Hair curled with hot curlers

One thing I’ve noticed is that all hot curlers are pretty similar, but what you want to look for is a set that will heat up quickly and contains a decent amount of large and medium curlers –they work well for most types of hair. Also make sure that the curlers are textured and have little spikes on them that you’ll use to comb the hair as you put the roller in. The ones without texture don’t hold quite as well.

Here are the hot curlers I’ve been using:

Conair hot curlers

The Conair Travel Set from Amazon– only $20.

I’m not a stylist or anything like that, but my madre is, and she’s shared a lot of her knowledge with me over the years. These are just some tips that have helped me, since I’ve been using these for so long. If you’re new to hot curlers, please be careful, turn them off with your done, and please don’t fry your hair off or anything like that and then be mad at me, mmm k?

Tips for Using Hot Curlers

-Always make sure the curlers aren’t too hot. If you can comfortably hold them in your hand, they should be ok.

-Worried about heat damage? Don’t use the curlers every day, make sure to let your hair air dry as much as possible, and if you’d like, try using a thermal protector spray before adding the curlers to your hair

-Make sure your hair is totally dry before curling

Tips for Fine Hair to Make the Curl Hold

-Use the curlers on freshly-washed hair and spray with a light coat of hairspray before and/or after curling as necessary

-You may need to leave the curlers in a little longer to make sure that the hair holds the curl. Play with it and see what time works best for you

-Medium-sized curlers will probably work best, as the large ones may not hold as well

Tips for Thick, Dry Hair (like mine) That Holds Curls Well

-You can use the curlers on freshly-washed hair, or hair that was washed yesterday. If it’s freshly washed, you won’t need to leave the curlers in as long (maybe 3-5 minutes, as opposed to 10 minutes or so)

-If your hair gets too curly, curl at night and try sleeping on it, or if you’re about to leave, put your hair in a low ponytail and remove when you get where you’re going

-Try using the large curlers, or a mix of large and medium

Here’s a hot curler video that I put together the other night while I was getting ready for the squadron party,

Hot Curler Tutorial

It’s goofy, but I hope it will help those of you who have been curious about hot curlers, because they really are easy to use.

Have a great night <3


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  1. Christena on January 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Just catching up. I LOVE that you posted about hot rollers! I didn’t think anyone was using them anymore (besides me)! My hair is similar to yours and they work well for me!

  2. Morgan on April 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I love the color of your hair, do you color it?? Or is it natural?

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2012 at 2:07 am

      thank you! i used to color it before i got preg- so that was natural in the video 🙂

  3. Sundara on April 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I found your site a few months ago-I love it! I bought some of these and am about to go do it for the first time!! Your daughter is lovely too. I have two girls and its just about the best thing ever! Keep up the good fight for fitness!

    • Fitnessista on April 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      thank you so much, sundara! nice to meet you 🙂

  4. Jeannie on July 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Gina – I bought these hot curlers and tried them yesterday. My hair curled so nicely but then within an hr or two the curls were gone. 🙁 I’m guessing my hair is way too thin..
    Should I spray my hair before putting in the curlers or spray the hair when in the curlers are in or both?
    What hair spray do you recommend?
    Thanks! I’m horrible with hair so any advice is welcome.

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