Well hello there my dearios,
Yesterday my Caruso Molecular Steam curlers arrived, these curlers have great reviews all over the interwebz and after a personal recommendation from a very glamorous vintage loving friend I decided to take the plunge and just grab myself some.
The company making them are US based but also have a factory in Germany, so I managed to snag some German ones from UK eBay from this seller. They arrived very quickly, were well packaged and, as the instructions were in German, the seller had gone to the trouble of writing their own guide on how to use them. (Though I'm trying to get hold of a proper set of instructions anyway, I'm a stickler or stuff like that.)
This set comes with the base, and 6 each of the following roller sizes - mini, small, medium, large and extra large, as well as a selection of other clips and bits that I have no idea how to use yet!
Its a nifty little idea this, the curlers are made of a dense sponge with a plastic core and a plastic case holds the hair to the roller. To set them up you fill the tub with water or a water / setting lotion combo and just plug it in - it heats in about 5 seconds! You then place the curlers over the steamer to heat.
You can only heat one curler at a time, but as they only take 3-5 seconds to heat that isn't a problem. You then roll your hair and secure the curler with the plastic case/grip (which you can also heat if so inclined - I've tried with and without and it hasn't made any difference so far.)
Once you have rolled the whole head you are recommended to leave the curlers in for around 15 minutes - though the instructions state that you can speed this up by blasting your head with a hairdryer. You then take the rollers out and style as normal.
The idea is that as the rollers do not get very hot, then damage to your hair is limited. Always a good thing when you put your hair through as much stress as I do.
So, my first set.
I added a little setting lotion the the water and plugged the set in, it really was a matter of seconds before it started chugging out steam and I had to evict two intensely curious cats from the vicinity for fear they would burn their noses!
I curled my hair in the mini, small and medium rollers, heating each roller for 4 seconds:
I then left the curlers in for 15 minutes before taking them out and giving my head a good shake:
I then brushed the curls out very gently to achieve the below.
I'm not 100% sold on it, its a much softer look than I'm used to and I keep seeing the late 1950's, but perhaps I should have combed it out more gently for my preferred, slightly stronger, 40's look.
I'm definitely going to keep using it and might try to get hold of more of the smaller sized rollers for a tighter curl.
All in all I'm happy with the product so far, its certainly more effective than normal hot rollers or curling irons on my stubborn hair. It will definitely be useful for those days when I haven't set my hair the night before.
Have you tried these? Do you have any hints and tips?