Our Top Picks: The Best Hot Rollers For Short Hair
There are those who prefer to keep their hair short and sweet, making it much easier to manage. But just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up a little and style it. In fact, styling short hair takes significantly less time and effort. As long as you have the right tools to use, you can easily give your hair some variety.
Curls are one way to add some spice to your hairstyle. Whether your hair is naturally wavy or sleek and straight, having the right rollers will help you add some volume and style it any way you want. Below are the best hot rollers for short hair:
1. Conair Compact Hairsetter
To style your hair with curls, Conair gives you a complete set off 20 rollers in 3 different sizes (8 small, 6 medium, 6 large). The rollers and stainless steel clips are all color-coded so that you won’t have a hard time matching them.
Even with the clips, each roller has the ability to grip hair and keep it secure, and this is because it’s made with a starter grip patented design. Twenty rollers may seem like it’s too many, but what this actually gives you is flexibility in styling your hair, because the roller size determines the size of your curls.
With 3 different sizes, you can experiment with different curls and even mix them up if needed. Aside from this, all 20 rollers and clips can easily be stored in the compact setter, which has a red light indicator when rollers are being heated.
Most customer reviews show that this Conair hairsetter works really well for short and thick hair. However, there are also some mixed reviews saying that it’s not ideal for thin and fine hair. Some have also mentioned the poor grip of the rollers as they keep slipping out. They also find that there are too many small sized rollers in the set (definitely not ideal if you have long hair).
2. Calista Tools Ion Hot Rollers
Calista has its own set of hot rollers that are ideal for short hair. It basically has 12 ion hot rollers that can curl, nourish and strengthen your hair with style. These rollers come in two different sizes: 6 that have a 1” diameter 6 that have a 1 ¼” diameter, all rollers being 2 ½” long. When you put the rollers in the charging stand and plug it in, the rollers will heat up in under 5 minutes. This means that the whole curling process will take minimal time and effort on your end.
What really makes Calista rollers unique though is that each roller contains an individual PTC heater, and this is why it’s so effective. The rollers can then give your hair the added body, wave, and curl that you want without damaging it or compromising its identity.
Because of all this, users have been very positive about their experience and how these rollers have helped make hair styling so much easier for them. They’ve also noted how easy it is to bring it around because it’s very lightweight and convenient. Most users are very happy with how the curls turned out, and this positive experience is the same for those with thick hair as well as those with thin and fine hair.
3. Caruso Traveler Steam Setter
With Caruso Steam Setter, you get all the molecular foam rollers that you need to curl your hair. This is a revolutionary product because it allows small molecules of steam to penetrate your hair shaft and reform the chain bonds in the hair itself, giving you healthy and strong curls.
The steam makes it safe enough to give you curls without the damage, and the rollers come in 14 assorted sizes for maximum variety: 2 petite, 3 small, 4 medium, 3 large, and 2 jumbo. It also comes with a patented roller and shield design that helps in moisture penetration, maximum airflow, and fast evaporation.
Because these steam rollers work well with almost all types of hair, this product is great for salons or even for home use or when you travel. The steam setter comes with a dual voltage, and it can set in as fast as 5-10 minutes. If you still find that too long, you can go for the 30-second curl by blow-drying your hair while the rollers are on, so the moisture evaporates faster. While this Traveler set contain 14 rollers, Caruso also offers another steam set with 30 rollers.
Users are raving about the curls that they’re now getting without having to worry about damage. In fact, this is one of the best hot rollers for short fine hair because the steam makes it delicate enough. One of the qualms that most users have, though, is that you have to set the rollers to steam individually and they find that this takes some time.
4. Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Roller Set
If ultra fast heat-up is what you’re after, Babyliss can give you 20 velvet flocked rollers that you can place in a heating console with its very own on-off switch and indicator light. The 20 rollers come in various sizes (8 large at 1 ¼”, 6 medium at 1”, 6 small at ¾”) as well as their own butterfly clips and color-coded metal clips, although by itself each roller already has an added easy-grip ability.
Its ability to retain heat is largely due to its titanium core, making it a great heat conductor that can maintain stability even at high temperatures. The rollers are also able to emit far-infrared heat that is distributed evenly throughout your hair and can penetrate the hair from within. Even with this capability, you get gentler styling so you don’t have to think about damage.
Those who have tried the product agree that the heat-up is one of the fastest in the market and this buys them more time to do other things. Customers have also noted that the rollers are effective in giving bigger and softer curls, which are great for some but those with shorter hair who are expecting tighter curls will be disappointed.
5. Bed Head Roll Call Bubble Haircutter
If you’re after a more youthful and fun-looking hairstyle, then this product may be the one for you. These bubble-shaped rollers will give your hair a tousled texture and fun, loose waves. They even come in bright, youthful colors. You’ll get a total of 10 rollers (5 medium, 5 large) with color-coded butterfly clips to secure each one. The bubble shape makes it unique because rollers typically come in cylindrical form, but it’s what gives your hair that unique bedhead texture.
Most users agree that these rollers are definitely unlike anything they’ve ever tried before. The resulting curls are beautiful and tousled, and this is something that many satisfied users are quite happy about. The two different sizes also allow for different styles.
While the reviews are generally positive, a user has commented that you need to take extra care because the rollers could get really hot, and you should also be careful when clamping the butterfly clip because if you don’t clamp them properly, your hair will end up with ugly kinks and ridges. Some people have also had a hard time keeping their hair from slipping while wrapping it onto the bubble rollers, but this one just takes some getting used to.
6. Infiniti Pro by Conair Instant Heat Flocked Rollers
If you want a product that treats your hair like a professional, Conair has a great option for you, made up of 20 ceramic flocked rollers that heat up instantly (~2 minutes). The ionic generator emits more ions for fast heating, and the argan oil fusion (includes a bonus 0.25 fl oz. bottle of argan oil) helps condition hair and minimize frizz. Additionally, you get 2x more flocking than usual hair rollers, which gives your hair added protection from the heat.
This set also gives you maximum flexibility in styling, first because there are 3 sizes that you can pick from and mix up (a small one at ¾”, a medium one at 1”, and a large one at 1 ¼”). Aside from the size variety, you also get 12 temperature setting that makes the product suitable for all hair types. All the rollers and clips can be contained in the heating console, which has a retractable cord reel for convenient and easy storage.
The rollers are highly recommended by those who have used it, as they really do the job of curling the hair. They also find the adjustable heat to be refreshing, as it gives users a lot to experiment with. However, some have commented that this isn’t as compact as they would’ve liked it to be and that the clips don’t work very well.
7. Remington Silk Ceramic Heated Clip Setter
With 20 rollers for full curl coverage and styling flexibility (1” and 1 ¼” roller size), Remington can give you its exclusive silk ceramic ionic technology, wherein silk powder is actually molded into the resin of the heated clips. What this technology does is it helps seal the hair cuticle while repelling frizz-causing static and humidity. The rollers also come with heated or hinged clips with end rings that are cool to the touch.
With the dual heating system, it only takes 90 seconds to heat up both the rollers and the clips. You can use the 3 sectioning clips to divide your hair into sections, and once the rollers are in your hair, the curls are set in as short as 5 minutes.
Most users who have tried these rollers are pleased with the fact that the clips are also heated because this means that hair is heated or curled both from the inside and the outside. This is probably why the curls are so effective and last longer than usual. The curls are definitely above average in quality, but some reviews have mentioned that you need to take extra care in handling because the rollers can get too hot. The fast heat-up time lives up to its promise, but if you’re not careful you can burn your fingers. There’s also been some issue with the plastic material melting if it comes into contact with the hot metal base.
8. Hot Tools Professional Ribbed Hot Rollers
This hair setter from Hot Tools gives you 20 contoured and ribbed rollers with an indicator dot for when it’s ready, as well as built-in storage and an on/off switch with an indicator light. The extended posts distribute the heat evenly, keeping the rollers hot and effective.
Tangle-free curls with reduced frizz and static can be achieved using 20 rollers (4 small at ¾”, 10 medium at 1”, 6 large at 1 ½”) that come with special hair guides and their very own color-coded U-shaped clips. Because of the variety of sizes, you are able to style your hair any way you want it: bouncy waves, trendy and tight twists, and even the prettiest spirals. The heating container doubles as storage, with a locking lid that makes it portable and quite convenient to bring around.
Many users are happy with how their curls turned out, although those with thicker and more challenging hair wish that the heat could hold up more. Some have also mentioned that it’s easy to mix up the clips or pins.
9. Conair Instant Heat Compact Hot Rollers
If a compact set is what you want to be bringing around then this offering from Conair could be the one you’re looking for. It has a worldwide dual voltage, which makes it ideal for travel, and it comes with a soft heat-resistant zippered pouch.
The entire set gives you 10 rollers of different sizes (4 small and 3 each for medium and large) as well as corresponding clips, so you can style your hair in a variety of sizes. With its patented design, the roller can instantly grip hair for a fast heat-up (90 seconds). This makes it ideal for those who want to curl and style their hair but are also on the go.
One major thing that users are quite happy about is the fact that is perhaps the most compact set of rollers you can find out in the market today. It can easily fit in any purse, backpack, or tote, so styling short hair becomes super easy and convenient. They’re also happy with the size variety because it totally changes the misconception that you can only do so much with short hair. One user has commented though that for even more style variety, she wishes the set also came with rollers that are jumbo in size.
10. Revlon Ionic Professional Hairsetter
Revlon’s ionic hairsetter can give you 40% more curls than other normal electric rollers for short hair. It comes with tourmaline conditioning minerals and natural ions to produce frizz-free curls that are silky smooth.
The fast heat-up, styling, and conditioning are done by the 20 ribbed rollers (in 3 sizes) with metal clips that are capable of holding the hair in place. The rollers are quite easy to wrap hair around, and they also come with cool touch ends that help make it easier for you, reducing tangles. The rollers and clips are included in storage, and it even has a cord wrap to make things extra convenient.
The users who have already tried this out are quite happy with the curls, how long they last, and how professional they look. This is the same experience for both thin and thick hair. The only complaint is that the rollers get too hot and even the cool touch end is not enough to protect your fingers, so styling hair gets a bit tricky if you’re not yet used to it.
Check out this video tutorial by Pammie on how she styles her short hair with hot rollers: