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Looking to give hot rollers a twirl? In 7 Reasons to Try Hot Rollers we talked about the advantages of hot rollers (or hair setters) vs. curling irons or wands, but how do you know what type of hot roller is best for you?

The best place is to start is by considering roller size, roller quantity, roller surface material and heating technology.

Roller Size

Your hair length and what style you want to achieve are one of the first few things to consider.

One key point is that, with hot rollers you always want to make sure the length of your hair can wrap around the roller body at least twice. The general rule is short hair smaller rollers, long hair larger rollers. Case in point, if you have short hair, rolling your ends around a 1.75” roller would be difficult.


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0.85” to 1.00” - Tight curls
Imagine more defined ringlets for longer hair. These also work best on shorter shoulder length hair.

1.25”- Medium curls
Traditionally a popular size that delivers soft feminine curls and body for any hair length.

1.50” to 1.75”- Big curls
Just stepped out of the salon blown out look with lots of body and volume. Best for shoulder length and longer hair.

Remember no matter what your hair length is, one advantage of using a hot roller is that it will give your hair volume at the roots! That’s why so many wedding stylists use them as a precursor for beautiful up-do’s and looks that last all day long.

Results vary depending on hair type but in general long set times lead to longer lasting curls. If you decided on a smaller roller set like our The Spiral (0.85” – 1.25” rollers) , you can still achieve larger voluminous roller looks. You can try to set your hair for a shorter time, or try tugging your hair immediately after taking out your rollers to get a similar look.

For examples of hair styles using large rollers view our tutorial Voluminous Curls Day To Night and for an example of tight curls view our tutorial Bring on the Romantic Curls.

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Roller Quantity

For first time users this is may be easily unnoticed. However, knowing how many rollers you need beforehand can help alleviate a lot of frustration later. Some women with short fine hair may only need 8 rollers, while others with long thick hair may need 12 or more rollers. It’s always a good idea to see how many rollers a full set includes!

Our Jetset Hot Roller Collection comes with 16, 18 or 26 rollers, depending on the model.

Roller Material and Surface

The roller material and surface can vary from simple hard plastic to flocking (or velvet) and Velcro rollers.

Hard plastic rollers are quite common and usually the least expensive. These often have ribs or bumps on the roller’s surface to act as a guide for rolling or combing hair, but the overall smooth surface tends to cause slippage when the hair is clipped into place.

Flocking and Velcro rollers are designed so that fine or slippery hair is easier to grip. Flocked rollers have short fibers all over the surface of the roller that helps polish and shine hair.

Velcro rollers also have long plastic “hooks” on the surface to catch hair, sometimes too well. Unfortunately, often users find that when unrolling the hair from Velcro rollers, freshly rolled hair gets tangled and undone due to too much pulling and snagging.

Some rollers offer additional ceramic, ion and tourmaline infusions to help fight frizz and boost shine. Our Jetset Hot Roller collection uses all three.

Heat Technology

There are mainly 3 types of technologies that heat-up rollers. The most commonly found are conduction sets and the less common alternatives are steam and induction.

Conduction rollers heat all the rollers at once and usually takes anywhere between 5-10mins to heat up before the actual hair setting process starts. PTC based sets can be easily identified, since each individual roller is placed on a post or slot that conducts heat to the roller. Prices for conduction hot rollers are probably the most reasonable.

Steam technology has been around for a while. Each roller has a foam surface and heats one at a time taking about 10 seconds. Some disadvantages are that hard water can cause flaky buildup and impact the performance over time, foam can become mildewy, plus, if you leave the roller heating for too long the foam becomes over saturated with hot scalding water.

Lastly, there is induction. Advanced induction technology hot rollers like ours are known for heating up extremely fast. For example, our patented Jetset Hot Roller Collection only takes 8 seconds for the rollers to be ready for use. It requires less time and the hair styling process can start immediately. To achieve longer lasting curls, the Jetset is also designed so each roller reaches higher optimum temperatures for styling and curling compared to traditional rollers. Plus, did you know, our roller caps stay completely cool to the touch?

Turn heads with this elegant and classic red carpet ready hair style. In this tutorial, learn how to achieve this glamourous look with stylist Mirna Jose featuring our Jetset Hot Roller.


  • Jetset Hot Roller – for this look we used The Volumizer so you can take on the limelight, and be a stunner no matter where you're headed.

  • Heat protection spray

  • Hair spray

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Amplify your hair. Let your hair speak volumes in a stunning day to night look with stylist Mirna Jose featuring our Jetset Hot Roller. 


  • Jetset Hot Roller – for this look we used The Volumizer so you can take on the limelight, and be a stunner no matter where you're headed.

  • Heat protection spray

  • Hair spray

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Whether it's everyday hairstyles or glam looks inspired by the latest runways and celebrities, we hope you'll have fun recreating timeless looks by following our tutorial series using our Jetset Hot Roller.

So you're wondering why hot rollers are back and are here for the long haul? In our post 7 Reasons to Try Hot Rollers, you’ll find out why professionals and die-hard hot roller fans are gaga about the versatile tool.

With gloomy days gone and the arrival of spring, let your hair down and enjoy these romantic curls! Here's how to get the look:



  • Jetset Hot Roller – for this look we used The Spiral set for more defined face framing curls.

  • Heat protection spray

  • Hair spray


Step 1:

Apply heat protection spray all over your hair and comb through. Also, when possible start with dry day-old hair. Why? Hair that’s too oily or freshly washed won’t hold curls as well.


Step 2:

Decide where you want your hair partitioned for your final look. Next, take a strand so it’s no wider than the width of the roller.

Step 3:

Set the rollers in your hair. For this look, all rollers will be placed horizontally.

Place the heated roller at the end of your hair, wrap your hair around the roller and finish rolling towards your scalp. Secure the roller with a wire clip, butterfly clip or, for a stronger hold use both by placing the wire clip first, then place the butterfly clip on top.

Does your hair have a lot of layers? Try placing the roller 2-3” from the ends of your strand, wrap the end around the roller first then roll the rest towards your scalp. This method will help capture any loose strands.

Step 4:

When you’ve finished placing all the rollers, mist a touch of hair spray over your entire head (optional).

Step 5:

Once all the rollers are in your hair, it’s time to let it set and cool. The amount of time for the roller to be set depends on the amount of hair you have and its texture. As a rule of thumb, we recommend 15-20 minutes for longer lasting curls.

When the color dots turn from white back to a solid red, the rollers are completely cool and ready to be taken out.

P.S: If you’re the master of multi-tasking, when your hair is setting it’s a great time to do your make-up, send emails or spend time with your kids

Step 6:

To take out the rollers, hold one end of the roller and gently unwind. If you decided to take the rollers out before the rollers are completely cool, it’s best to leave your hair untouched for about 5 minutes so the curl can set before styling for longer lasting curls.

Step 7:

Working from the scalp outwards, use your hands or fingers to style your hair.

Step 8:

Once you’ve got the look you adore, finish with a lightweight hair spray and you’re ready to take on the world!

For our behind the scene video visit us on Youtube.

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