Best Steam Hair Rollers you should try out

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Do you want full bouncy hair with less damage?

Let me introduce you to steam rollers…

Yes, rollers are back in fashion and have been for a while now…

Steam rollers are a really great alternative to the traditional heated roller.

Generally heated rollers use heat to curl the hair, whereas steam rollers use the steam to lock in moisture as well as the curls.

Once the steam starts to cool it evaporates, leaving the hair soft and shiny, they also help you get volume in your hair without any frizz.

Benefits to the hair include:

  • Long lasting curls
  • Added moisture
  • Smooth and shiny
  • Added volume
  • Healthy looking

What do the different types of steam do?

Molecular steam: This steam has small molecules that enter the hair cortex, improving the bonds for creating healthy curls.

Ion Steam: This is great for frizzy hair, the negative ions are able to generate up to three times the steam than normal, they help reduce static and frizz by making them smooth and soft.

When picking your steamrollers, I think it’s really important to decide what you need them for i.e., to de-frizz, you can then pick the steam technology to suit you.

Read related page on –  best hair steamer.

Choosing your roller size

This is a really important part to get right, it will determine the success of your hair style.

Extra Large rollers: (2 inches +) These are great for long hair and will give you more of a bounce than a curl and will give lots of body.

Large rollers: (1 inch) These are ideal for mid-long length hair, they will give you large bouncy curls or waves, and will give the hair a good amount of volume at the root.

Medium Rollers: (1/2 and inch) Great for mid to bob length hair, will give a soft curl and volume at the root.

Small Rollers: (1/4-3/8 of an inch) These rollers are ideal if you want tighter curls, or have shorter hair, however they will not give the hair much body.

To pick the correct roller I would ask you these questions:

  • Do you want volume to your hair?
  • What length is your hair?
  • Do you want to tight curl, curl, wave or just a bounce?

Once you have answered these questions you will be able to tell which roller is best for you.

Let’s now have a look at my top 2 steamrollers:

Top 2 Steamrollers

Caruso C97953 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter with 30 Rollers, 1.0 Count, (Pack of 1)

Caruso is a really great brand of rollers that really give the hair long-lasting curls. You can create tight curls, curls and waves with these rollers (refer to the ‘choosing your roller size’ part of this article).

INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Gentle Curls Steam Rollers; 3/4-inch Hot Rollers

These rollers are designed with a gentle steam heat, meaning they are great for finer hair types, they also reduce the risk of any damage being done to the hair.


How to use your steam rollers

Before starting, ensure that your hair is freshly washed and completely dry. Always make sure you have used a heat protector prior to using any heat on the hair.

I would 100% recommend the Milkshake Incredible Milk, not only is it a heat protector, but it has eleven other benefits that will also assist with making the hair look and feel healthy.

milk_shake Incredible Milk, 5.1 Fl Oz
  1. Fill the water tank up with cool water, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you’re using the correct amount, and turn on.
  2. Once you have given the steamer a few minutes to heat up, place the first roller in and wait three to four seconds for the steam to soak up into the roller. Check this on your manufacturer’s instructions as some may take longer.
  3. Always start at the top of your head, take a section about half an inch wide and 1-2 inches long, comb the hair up, and roll the roller down from tip to root (you may then want to clip this in place).
  4. Repeat this technique – I would always recommend you working from the centre of your head, right down to the back of your neck first.
  5. Once this section is complete, work down both sides at the front and then the back.
  6. Leave to cool for around 20 minutes.
  7. Remove all rollers from the hair.
  8. Dress your curls out! You can do this in a few different ways:
    – Run your fingers through to loosen the curls.
    – Give your hair a shake, this will look slightly messier.
    – Softly run a brush through them for more of a wave.

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Stephanie, a native Floridian, has spent the majority of her 25 year career as a licensed Professional in the Hair industry, specializing in Chemical Processing and Curly Hair cutting.

She began learning about natural hair care while working at Aubrey Organics. More recently, she has been taking on the challenging question of hair loss and regrowth as a Hair Coach for Kerotin Haircare.

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