Wash Day (with Hourglass Rollers)

Note: I recorded this ponytail roller set and hope to have the video up by Monday. I started off by pre-pooing with Hair Trigger on my scalp and hemp oil on the length of my hair. Who loves ceramides? *Raises hand!* I shampooed with Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Shampoo. This was my first time using this shampoo (and I only purchased it because it has “extra moisturizing” stamped on its front) and it’s an okay shampoo. It didn’t leave my hair feeling stripped. My felt clean but still soft. After shampooing I did a tea rinse with green tea and peppermint tea, letting the tea sit on my hair until it stopped dripping before rinsing and applying Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for a few minutes to smooth out my hair and rid it of any stiffness the tea caused. Next, Ideep conditioned Silk Dreams’ Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream (you can check out my review here) under my steamer (review here) for 20 minutes.

I decided to revisit apple cider vinegar rinses this wash and I finally found a ACV mix that works for me. I used a spray 28 oz (828 mL) bottle I bought at Dollar Tree for a buck and added 50 mL of ACV and then filled the water bottle with 778 mL of water – filtered water since my apartment has hard water. After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I sprayed my hair, from root to tip, with the ACV mix. I didn’t use the whole bottle. I sprayed maybe a third of the bottle and put the rest in my fridge until my next wash.

I let the ACV sit on my hair for a minute to work its cuticle sealing mojo and then wrapped my hair up with a t-shirt for 20-25 minutes. After removing the -t-shirt my hair felt nice and smooth. Then I sectioned my hair into 6, applied my leave-ins (sprayed CHI Keratin Mist to strengthen my hair, and then a little Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave In Conditioner and PM Super Skinny Serum) and detangled my hair.

Next, I parted and tied my hair off into nine sections. I tried out two different types rubber bands: cheap-y girls rubberbands I got for a buck at Walgreens and Goody Ouchless rubber bands. I prefer the cheap-y bands because a) there were 1,800 in the box! and b) they were easier to snap off and remove once my hair was dry.

After sectioning off my hair, I sprayed my hair with water and split each ponytail into two before rolling my hair onto the rollers. From experience (with Diane mesh rollers) mesh rollers leave indentations if I don’t use end wrap papers… I wasn’t sure if that would be the case with these rollers so I used end wrap papers on some sections and left them off on others. Turns out, I can go without the end wrap papers. The little “nubs” on the rollers also helped the rollers grip my hair while I rolled. They didn’t cause breakage, just a gentle grip which I liked.

After setting my hair (with 18 rollers) I hopped under the dryer. In total, it took an hour and 40 minutes to dry my hair. I did get impatient and removed some rollers too soon so those curls fell, but oh well. Once my hair was dry, I snapped the bands and finger combed my hair into a wrap. Since I didn’t want to flat iron the indentation of the bands out, I covered my hair with saran wrap and sat under the dryer for another 15 minutes to smooth out my hair.

My camera died, so pardon the decrease in pic quality. I snapped the next set of pictures with my phone. After taking down the saran wrap I finger combed my hair out. I’m not 100% pleased with the final results but it’s my fault. I should have sprayed my hair with water more when setting it and I should have rolled tighter. I get the best roller set results when my hair is wet and the hair is taut when rolled. The rollers gripped my hair nicely but I could’ve made sure my hair was rolled tighter. Walking into this set I knew the thicker texlaxed hair wasn’t going to be as smooth as the rest of my hair… which is why I really should’ve done a better job with the setting. Oh well, not the end of the world.

All in all, I like the Hourglass Rollers. They’re larger than my Diane mesh rollers, they shortened my drying time, gripped my hair nicely, and the nubs weren’t rough on my hair. I definitely plan on using them again. Oh, and because of the shape I also found that it was easier to keep my hair centered on the roller. There were one or two sections that were a bit too big and would normally slip off the ends of a regular magnetic roller but stayed on Hourglass Rollers.


  1. Where did you buy your rollers

    1. On Amazon. Search Hourglass Rollers. They come in different sizes too.

  2. Thanks for your quick response. I saw a lot if new growth on those pictures! Would you say your normal growth rate is .5 inches in a month?

  3. You have really beautiful hair! I think I make need to use this method because I have a really hard time doing my hair period. LOL!

  4. I think i might give them a try

  5. Does using the ponytail method help with roller placement? I do it using the mohawk method and by the time I get to the end, I'm always running out of space to put my rollers.

  6. I think I'm going to do a ponytail rollerset this week. Thanks for the idea. Lovely results!

  7. I don't know how you do it with all that length, Jeni! I just finished my ponytail set. My arms were killing me and I'm barely APL. As I was rolling the back I was thinking I'm not going to bee able to keep this up when my hair is longer. lol. amazing and great results!

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      Wait til you see the video of this set… When it came to rolling the back and my crown I was making all types of faces because my arms couldn't comfortably stretch that far lol. Roller sets are upper body work outs I tell you

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      It's been a while, this is only my second roller set for 2013… can't believe I used to do roller sets every week. Thank you!

  8. Hey Jeni,
    Did it take a shorter time to put these in because of the shape? I love roller sets but it takes an hour for me roll my hair even though I used to do them twice a month. Your Saran Wrap came out lovely.

    PS I finally self-texlaxed my hair! Notjustmyhair.blogspot.com

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      It took 30 minutes but that's because I did a pony roller set. When I do a regular roller set it takes me an hour to put in the rollers and I think it would take just as long with these rollers.

      Your self-texlax came out nice!!

  9. thank you for your thoughts on this, jen. did u leave the acv in or did u rinse it out? was the reason u took long under your dryer because u used large sections with the rollers?

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      My pleasure, I left the ACV in. My normal drying time with magnetic rollers is over 2 hours, with these rollers it took an hour and 40 minutes so the rollers helped shorten my normal drying time.

  10. Yay! The rollers worked! And I've been missing your roller sets so much, they always come out so nice.

    I don't think you've ever tried the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment mask, but it works for me, and from what I have read, we have similar hair (mine is fine, half to three quarters texlaxed, and my hairs are densely packed, loves ceramides), and a lot of the products you use, I do, too, and I have not had a miss yet (haven't tried tea rinses yet!).

    Not trying to feed your product junkie tendencies…haha. But! The Shea Moisture conditioner is what I'm using while I wait for my Silk Dreams Vanilla Conditioner.I recommend giving it a try.

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      Hair twins! haha, and you've totally got my PJ tendencies tingly haha.

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