The Calista Tools ION Hot Rollers Set in its complete glory.
One late Friday night, I got sucked into the QVC vortex and found myself transfixed as the hosts sang the praises of the Calista Tools ION Hot Rollers Set. Purported to heat up instantly, be a breeze to use and yield the bounciest, most voluminous curls in mere minutes, I must admit I was curious. However, in light of the fact these rollers were retailing for $99, I didn't want to rely on the mail order process to test drive this product. I was delighted when I discovered that these rollers were also sold at my local Sephora. I picked up the set for long hair that weekend and so began my love affair with curling my hair.
|My long, straight, heavy hair.|
Allow me to provide a bit of background on my hair type and texture...I have a very long, thick, heavy, bone straight mane that can get tangly underneath and doesn't hold a curl for more than an hour or so. I am not a fan of brushing my hair, but I do make a point of washing it everyday (it usually gets brushed after my shower). I usually go to bed with it wet, and blow-dry what moisture remains in the morning. I love having long hair but am decidedly low maintenance when it comes to styling it! In turn, spending the time to curl my hair never made a lot of sense since the payoff was so short-lived. These hot rollers, however, have changed my mind! The Calista Tools ION Hot Rollers Set claims to use:
"...technology that infuses 32 mineral powders, infrared rays, and wave motion into each roller when it is cast, lasting the life of the roller. This new technology infuses moisture, which results in extra body and added shine."
The first selling point of these rollers is their packaging. The set comes with twelve rollers for long hair (the rollers for short to medium hair are the same price and are just a bit shorter in length), twelve clips, a heating station and a very practical carrying case in which all components fit comfortably. This case is an asset to the set because it makes these curlers easily packable, abundantly storable (my case neatly sits on a shelf in my bathroom) and quick to clean up when in a hurry.
When I want full, voluminous curls, all I do is follow this simple procedure:
1. Plug in the heating base and wait about 5 minutes
2. Divide my hair into six sections at minimum or twelve at maximum. If you decide to use more than six curlers, then you just add a curler to the heating base as space becomes available. It really only takes a few minutes to properly heat, so by the time you've put in the heated ones, the newly heated ones are the perfect temperature to be effective.
3. Roll the curlers into my hair and use the clips to fasten them. This takes less than three minutes. I love the clips because they are the speediest and easiest way, hands down, to secure the curlers. Then, I can walk around and do what I need to do to get ready while my hair is "getting done!"
4. Anytime after about 10 minutes, remove the curlers one by one and shake out your hair for the softest, fullest mane anywhere! It is important to note that the ION technology guarantees that you can leave them in as long as you want (I've lost track of time and had them in for even an hour) without incurring damage to your hair shaft...the longer you wear them, the more pronounced the curls.
|In this picture, I divided my hair into eight sections and use eight curlers...one on the top, two on each side and three in the back.|
AND THE RESULTS ARE IN....
|Here is an example of the more pronounced curls that result from abut 20 minutes of curl time.|
|These loose, softer curls developed from ten minutes of wearing the curlers...it is key to note that this volume lasts ALL DAY (which is nothing short of a miracle for my naturally straight hair).|