When I was a little girl, I always wanted curly hair, just like my mother’s. Since this was back in the days when spiral perms were incredibly fashionable, my gorgeous mum totally rocked the style and I longed to look just like her. As I was too young to also have my hair permed, my sweet mother patiently rolled little pink plastic curlers into my hair every night before bed.
Unfortunately, these little curlers were rather awkward to sleep on, so eventually I progressed to having my hair in rags. This method was consequently more time consuming. Honestly, my mum did well to get me to sit still long enough! However, rags seemed to be a more comfortable alternative to the little rigid plastic tubes, which felt like I was sleeping on an echidna! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but they surely weren’t the most comfortable things.
It is for this very reason that I can appreciate the ingenious concept that Sue, the mastermind behind Twisted Retro, has devised. Via amalgamating the swiftness of tube rollers with the comfort of rags, her new retro rag rollers were created.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to trial this new product and provide my feedback. Since I genuinely loved these rollers so much and have continued using them after being the guinea pig, I wanted to share them with you! After all, I know that many of you will love this method of obtaining heatless curls as much as I do.
The Twisted Retro rag rollers are a great alternative to heated rollers or curling irons if you are looking for a heat-free method of creating beautiful voluptuous curls or waves. For me, the easiest is to roll my hair in them before bed. I simply sleep with the rag rollers in, so that by the morning my hair dries into bouncy spirals. You can then either break them up with your fingers, or alternatively brush them out, which I often do.
I would highly recommend that you also use some sort of a curl enhancement product when using these rollers, just as you would with any other curling tool or product. My favourite way at the moment is via the application of a setting spray through damp (not drenched) hair before rolling your hair with them.
A good quality setting spray, when used before curling, will assist you to brush out your hair into your desired style, without completely destroying or loosing your curls. I prefer setting sprays because they don’t make my hair brittle and crunchy and find that they really help my hair to maintain a curl. I think it makes a massive difference to the overall result, especially in my hair, which is naturally fine, dead straight and can be uncooperative when it comes to maintaining a curl. Although I can still achieve some delightful styles, I personally do not get the same result without a setting spray, regardless of whether or not I use heat to curl my hair.
Another thing that I have discovered, is that dirty hair holds a curl better than squeaky-clean tresses. So when it comes to long-lasting curls, it often pays to skip a shampoo. I know myself that curling my hair after I’ve washed it is like trying to curl cotton candy!
I find the elastic loops on these rollers make them super quick and easy to use. So easy, in fact that I often just sit in bed before I go to sleep and shove them into my hair in a zombie-like manner. However, if you are after something a little more polished than random curls or beachy waves, then you would of course carefully part your hair and direct which way you roll, just as you would when styling with heat.
To secure the rollers in place whilst you sleep, I would recommend wrapping a scarf around your head. The good news for you is that a one is included when you buy these rad rollers, which can be purchased via the Twisted Retro web store.
These roller kits are really great value and quality, made with love, right here in Australia! They contain 15 rag rollers, as well as an organza scarf to secure them (or wear in your finished style) and 6 pin curl clips. Everything is presented in a cute carrying case that is a quirky take on the vintage vanity cases. You really have to check out the website to see them! The reasonably priced ready-made sets come in an array of different fabrics and colours.
Although there are many delightful options listed on the Twisted Retro web store, you can alternatively have a set custom made for you in your favourite fabric, out of the many available to choose from. Whether you like polka dots, leopard print, zombies, sugar skulls, flamingos or something else, I’m pretty sure Sue has some in her fabric stash. She has a LOT of gorgeous fabric.
All you have to do is message Sue from Twisted Retro and she will customise your roller set to suit your personality and individual taste. If you have thick hair and require more than 15 rollers, also just message her so that the quantity and price of your order can be revised.
Unlike many things that shops sell these days, these rollers are built to last and are well worth the investment. I’ve been using mine for over 12 months now in both my pastel pink and blonde coloured hair. I am honestly very pleased with these rollers. They are well made, just like everything else that I have from Twisted Retro, including my makeup brush roll and a growing collection of purses. Oh, I should probably warn you that you will find lots of pretty things on the Twisted Retro website and you may not want to stop at just the rollers!
Ultimately, if you want easy, heat-less curls whilst you enjoy your beauty sleep and love something unique and pretty, these rollers will be perfect for you. These rollers are quicker than rags and much more comfortable to sleep in than metal or plastic rollers. They are also extremely time efficient so that you can spend less time styling your hair in the mornings and more time snoozing!
♥ Mallory xoxox
P.S. If you would like to see some more selfies of the various styles that I have done with these amazing rollers, be sure to follow my Instagram account; @mallory_holley or my High Heels & Whitewall Wheels & Mallory Holley Studios Facebook pages.
P.P.S. In order to compliment the little unicorns on my Hell Bunny ‘Mystical’ dress, I wore my amazing pink and purple hair flower. This gorgeous accessory was made especially for me by the talented (and gorgeous) Taylor Pheonix from the United Kingdom. She also has an amazing blog called ‘A Little Pin Up Everyday’. I would highly recommend that you check it out too!