Best Hot Rollers for Long Hair – Consumer Reports

​Hair, the crowning glory of most women. Whether it be for prom night, a wedding or a great time out getting our hair right is a must. Long hair, however, can be a pain. After using my curling iron, dealing with my damaged hair was a stressful and daily occurrence. I used to spend hundreds on oils, different irons and velcro curlers (that ultimately just got stuck in my hair). My beauty routine was an absolute mess. Until, one day, my hair stylist recommended I look at something called hot rollers. For those of you that may not know, hot rollers are the heated version of a velcro roller, and they’re an absolute Godsend. They now form an essential part of my routine.

They work in much the same way as a velcro roller would, though they don’t get stuck in my hair. They’re much faster, and they add far more volume and bounce to my otherwise thin hair than I’d usually get from my curling tongs. After this epiphany and much trial and error, I’m ready to show you which hot rollers I consider to be in my top 5.

Conair Infiniti Pro

This was the first hot roller set that I bought and it still consistently impresses me! The ceramic rollers take no time to heat up whatsoever,and they come in different sizes, which works well for those of us that like to change up their style once in a while. The fact that the rollers are flocked helps too as it minimises burns. However, I do have to mention that although the clips are fantastic at keeping the rollers in place without marking my hair, they are fragile. Unfortunately, some of my clips are now unusable,andI’ve had to resort to using other clips instead. It’s worth a look if you’re after volume though!

Cloud 9 O the Ultimate Set

I was recommended I try this by one of my friends in the States and it is now by far one of my all-time favorite hot roller sets. The rollers heat up very quickly (4 seconds),and they only heat at the core rather than the surface, meaning no burned fingers or scalp! Now, these rollers work really well for my hair, though I do need to use clips from another roller set, as the clips provided just don’t work very well. I also need to add a disclaimer here that I have long, somewhat thin hair and though I love this set, I’ve heard that it isn’t any good for those with frizzier hair. It’s not the cheapest set in the world, but if you have the cash to spare- go for it!


Now, this hot roller set is perhaps the most unconventional on this list, but also one of the most interesting. Because this set uses steam, I find that my hair ends up with much shinier curls than most other hot rollers can give me. On the one hand, the rollers themselves heat up pretty quickly (about 15 seconds) and don’t burn your fingers or scalp when putting them in, but on the other hand, you need to keep the rollers in for a while if you want the curls to last. I do need to mention that this set has (seemingly) never damaged my hair, and is the best option to go for if you think your hair is fragile.

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Professional Jumbo Roller Hairsetter

One of the most popular hot roller sets out there; it just had to be on my list. It’s popular for a reason! I’ve woken up in the morning, curled my hair and found that the curls are still there late at night without me having to do anything! They’ve even lasted me through to the next day! Definitely the set to buy if you want seriously long-lasting curls. However (there’s always a “but”), I have heard that the rollers aren’t the sturdiest and can melt if overused,so buyer beware. When all is said and done though, I use different rollers for different occasions,and this set has yet to disappoint me!

Paul Mitchell Neuro Cell Premium Hot Roller System

This set made this list simply because as a hot roller system in of itself; it’s very good at what it does. I have to admit that when it works forme, it works. If I have the time (and inclination) using this set gives me amazing curls. It adds volume,and the curls are pretty long lasting. The rollers heat up pretty quickly and, again, it does an excellent job of protecting you from burns. Nevertheless, I need to mention that it is a hassle to use if you have thin hair. The clips just do not work for me. I have tried time and time again and almost always have to resort to clips from another brand. Thick hair? Buy this. Thin hair? Probably best to avoid this unless you’re super patient (which I’m not).

Now, everyone is different, so please keep in mind that this list mostly comprises of hot roller sets that I consider to work best for me. Other women (or men) with different hair lengths and hair types will all experience these rollers in different ways. Some of the hot rollers I’ve talked about have had their fair share of bad reviews and some of the rollers that dominate the market today just don’t work for me at all. You’re the one that’s going to buy yourself a set of hot rollers, so be ready for a bit of trial and error along the way. Good luck on finding the right set for you, trust me, it’s worth trying out!