Babyliss Pro Professional 30 Piece Hot Roller Set

I have a new obsession and it’s not makeup for once! It’s my Babyliss Pro Hot Rollers and I don’t see this obsession dying anytime soon! Before I get on with the review, let me warn you that this review is very lengthy. I struggled to find information and pictures prior to purchasing it so hopefully the info and pictures I have included will help you in your research.

I had been debating purchasing rollers for so long and had my heart set on the Cloud Nine ‘The O’ but I just couldn’t justify handing over more than $300 for it no matter how cool the concept was. Then I saw the Babyliss one on Beauty Bay for $47.40 and, with the free world wide shipping that they’re offering, I was sold!

The pod thing that the rollers sit is so space agey and I love it! The ‘pod’ has two doors which you swing open to access the rollers.  One really simple but genius feature of this pod is the swing out stand that it has at the back. When you’re heating the rollers, the arm is pushed in so the pod lies flat on the table but once you’re ready to use it and the rollers are heated, you swing out the stand so the pod is standing upright. This makes the rollers really easy to access.
The set includes 30 rollers in 4 different sizes with 6 small (yellow), 8 medium (white), 8 large (blue) and 8 jumbo (red) rollers.  I wish the colours of the rollers weren’t so primary and that they had the same colour scheme as the US version (pink, purple, lime green and teal) but I’m not going to fault the product for that. You also get 30 metal pins which are colour coded to match the roller they belong to and 15 black butterfly clips. I don’t mind using the pins or the butterfly clips to hold the rollers in place so it’s really a matter of preference.
The rollers themselves are ceramic (but feel plasticy) and have a hole on one side which allows them to sit on the metal poles in the pod which heat them from the inside out. The safety instructions that come with the rollers is really uninfromative and brief but I think all the rollers have to be in and the door shut while they’re being heated.
The pod has 2 heat settings and I’ve just been using it on heat setting ‘II’ which I assume is the highest heat. What frustrates me about the product is that it doesn’t tell you how to use it! I know that it should probably be simple enough but it’s not. This product doesn’t have any kind of indicator to tell you when the rollers are heated but only has a little red light which turns on when the product is on. You kind of have to do a bit of trial and error to figure out how long to heat the rollers for but I’ve found that heating the rollers for about 15 minutes is good. I usually turn it on before I go and brush my teeth and wash my face in the morning and then, by the time I’ve moisturised my face, the rollers are good to go.
The rollers can get very hot so avoid touching the middle part. The roller’s have a cool grip on either end which basicaly refers to the part of the rollers that don’t get heated. I would recommend closing the pod door any time you pull out a roller so you’re not losing too much heat because I’ve found that the last few rollers can be substanitally cooler by the time I get to them. The pod heats most of the rollers well but I do find that there’ll sometimes be 2 or 3 that aren’t as hot as the others.
Now on to the actual use of the roller. Everyone has their own method but the way I do it is to start from the front middle section of my hair and work back and then I then do the sides, starting from the front again and work back. That probably sounds really confusing so just look at the picture above. My preference is to use the jumbo (red) rollers for the whole middle section and large (blue) rollers for the sides and then any remaining hair at the bottom gets rolled with the medium (white) rollers. This combination of rollers you use will depend on the look you’re going for and the length of your hair so you’ll need to play around. As a rule of thumb though, bigger rollers on top will give you looser waves and more volume at the crown.
You have to let the rollers cool competely before taking the the rollers out and that usually takes about 15-20 minutes. I put mine in before I do my makeup and by the time I’m finished getting ready, the rollers are ready to come out. My friend kindly volunteered to provide her beautiful hair for my before and after shot so you can see the effect. She has lots of hair so I ended up using about 24 rollers from memory and that’s about the amount I use on my own hair. Her hair has a bit of a wave in it before but after the rollers she had beautiful va-va-voom curls! Once I take the rollers out, I put my fingers into the hair and then gently loosen up the curls by shaking them out at the roots and  gently working down.

I find that the curls I get from the rollers will stay in my hair for a few hours without product but I also have a natural curl in my hair. If you have straight hair then I would definitely recommend putting some sort of styling product through before and after to set the curl.

I highly recommend this set and think it’s worth purchasing. Like I said at the start, I picked mine up from Beauty Bay for unde $50 but this sells in Australia for between $110 to $140 which is a massive increase! The set I bought online is made for the UK market so it comes with a UK plug but a $10 adaptor will solve that problem. If you’re out of the UK or Australia, you may need a transformer so that the voltage difference doesn’t cause any issues. Make sure you research before buying it!
What do you think you of these hot rollers? Do you have a different hot roller set you’d recommend?
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16 Comments on “Babyliss Pro Professional 30 Piece Hot Roller Set”

  1. March 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

    I love hot rollers! My sister has a babyliss set that I borrow. She actually has two, because we've found that most sets don't have enough of the larger rollers. Definitely going to look into these ones, thanks for the review!

  2. March 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM #

    Gorgeous!

  3. March 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM #

    I will look more into these. I have been on the lookout for good heated curlers!

  4. March 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM #

    Your hair looks fab!!

  5. March 15, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

    I do not have a hot roller set but after seeing these pics it looks like something I should invest in!!! These seem so old school but glad to see them back in action!

  6. February 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

    Hi,
    Do you know why the UK version is so cheap compared to the US version? Is there any difference apart from the colourings?
    Everywhere I look, the US version is $100+ whereas the UK version is like, half the price.
    I’m so glad I found this, it’s the only place I’ve found that reviews the UK version.
    Thanks!

    • February 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM #

      Hi Tiffany. Sorry I’m not too sure why there’s a price difference. The only thing I can say is that If you live in the US, the voltage is probably different so you might need to get a transformer if you get the UK version as well as an adaptor. Sorry I can’t be more help!

      • February 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM #

        I’m in Australia actually! I just found that the US version was more appealing, and no matter where I searched, it was not sold for less than $160. ):
        thank you for the help!

      • February 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM #

        Lol sorry about that!

        All I can figure is that since we’re in Australia, everything is always more expensive. Apart from the colour though, there doesn’t seem to be much difference.

        The US version says it has an ‘Ionic generator’ though which isn’t mentioned on the UK version.

        I really wanted the US version but just couldn’t justify spending so much more for something that seems to work the same!

  7. Prajakta
    March 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM #

    Hello, Nice Review. I was looking for reviews of this particular roller set. I came across yours,nicely written, quite in detail.
    Oh,I got a question for you though. Do you keep the lid close while heating the rollers? I saw in one of the review on Youtube about US version of this set, there was instruction to open the lid when it is on. This will be my first ever roller set & it is quite confusing.
    Your help will be really appreciated as this the same set I am planning on buying from Beauty Bay.

    • April 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

      Hi Prajakta,

      sorry for the very late response but yes I do keep the lid closed when it’s heating.

      Having the lid open causes the heat to escape and would take longer for the rollers to heat. I’ve seen my hairdresser use this too and she leaves the lid closed.

      It’s actually pretty easy to use once you start using it. Good luck!

  8. Christine
    May 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM #

    Hi! Do you find that the plastic spikey bits in the body of each roller causes small kinks in the hair? Thanks!

    • May 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

      Hi Christine- I haven’t had that problem or at least not that I’ve noticed! Is that something that you’ve found with these rollers?

      • Christine
        May 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

        Thanks for the fast response! I am deciding between these ones and velvet covered ones. I know this set to be massively popular and was initially my first choice, but an established hair salon that also teaches classes offers that velvet ones promotes smooth/shiny hair whereas plastic spikey ones are less so and have small kinks after removing them that can be brushed out. Anyway, I am probably over thinking this whole thing :p

      • May 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM #

        I haven’t tried the velvet covered ones or even seen them before! It is a big decision though!

        I was tossing up between these and ‘the O’ by Cloud nine and in the end price won. If I used rollers every day I might have gone for ‘the o’ but I really only use these on special occassions and I couldn’t justify the price.

        In the end I guess it’s really about how you’re going to use them. I always use heat protectant and product in my hair and I feel like it’s always smooth after I take the rollers out.

        I’m sure you’ll be happy with whichever one you go with. Sorry for the rambling comment! 🙂

  9. Preesha
    March 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM #

    i just got these rollers and they are amazing! i have a thick and straight hair but they work just fine! 🙂

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