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.
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.