Well, folks, it rained all weekend (and all of the week that preceded it, actually), so rather than the weekend outfit shots I normally bring you on a Monday, I thought I’d do a quick Sleep In Rollers review instead. By which I mean a really LONG Sleep in Rollers review. Because you know me: why use 20 words, when you can use 2,000 words instead? Exactly. Also: why post photos of yourself in a nice outfit, when you can post photos of yourself with a head-full of bright pink rollers? On second thoughts, don’t answer that..
Here are the rollers in question:
Sleep In Rollers: £19.96
Sleep In Rollers are, as I’m sure you already know, rollers. That you sleep in. The name kinda gives it away, huh? This is not, obviously, a new idea: little old ladies and 50s-housewives have been sleeping in their rollers since time began (or since rollers were invented, I guess), but lately they’ve become popular thanks to the cast of TOWIE, and other reality TV shows. Or so I’m told, anyway: I don’t actually watch TOWIE (I had to Google it to find out what it was, when people started mentioning it on Twitter etc. I thought it was some kind of internet-speak, like LOL, or something. “Haha, that’s so funny, TOWIE”. God, I feel old sometimes.), so the first I knew about Sleep In Rollers was when beauty bloggers starting reviewing them, and honestly? I wasn’t particularly sold on the idea.
The idea behind Sleep In Rollers, just for those of you who haven’t heard of them, is that you put them in before bed, go to sleep, and wake up to a head full of bouncy, voluminous hair. Sounds great in theory, but I’m a light sleeper at the best of times, and although these rollers are specifically designed to allow you to sleep in them, I somehow doubted that would happen for me. Also, although I just said that TOWIE etc makes me feel old, I don’t yet feel QUITE old enough to be heading to bed in rollers and a hairnet, you know? Even if I did, I normally try to work out in the mornings, before I get showered and dressed for the day (“try” being the operative word here…), so any bouncy curls I managed to cultivate overnight would be lost to the sweat and the shower, so it didn’t really seem worth the sleepless night I suspected I’d be subjecting myself to.
So I bought them anyway. Because OF COURSE I did.
My hair before using Sleep in Rollers
HOW TO USE SLEEP IN ROLLERS
The Sleep In Rollers come in their own bag (Which isn’t anything to get excited about, being a cheap plastic number. Mine ripped right away, which is why it doesn’t feature in these photos…), complete with an instructional DVD (which I haven’t watched, so can’t comment on), and a little pouch filled with grips to hold them in place. You get twenty rollers in the bag, which I found was more than enough for my hair, and they’re really easy to use: you basically just wind them into your hair, as you would with any other rollers.
There are two ways to wind, and two different effects you can achieve: winding clockwise creates the big, bouncy hair I was after, while winding anti-clockwise will give you that “flicked out” look at the ends. I decided to roll mine clockwise, and this was the result:
I used 17 of the 20 rollers in these photos, and while I could have gained more volume by using them all (and rolling smaller sections of hair), I wasn’t sure I’d have been able to fit the extra three on my head. Once you’ve rolled all of the hair, that’s it: you get into bed and have a wonderful night’s sleep. Or… not. For the purposes of this review, I only wore the rollers for a couple of hours during the day , which is why I haven’t used the grips in this photo: the rollers actually grip the hair well enough without them to stay in place if you’re just wearing them around the house, as I was here. If you ARE going to be wearing them overnight, though, I’d suggest using the grips, just to be sure. Speaking of wearing them overnight, I did try that too, which brings me to the next question…
ARE SLEEP-IN ROLLERS COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY SLEEP IN?
In a word: no. When I first got into bed with these in, I had no idea how I’d ever manage to sleep in them, because although they feel spongy and soft when you’re putting them in, once I tried to actually lie down in them, they felt as hard as rocks. Part of the issue is that they’re so bulky that when you lie down, your neck isn’t supported by the pillow: I solved this problem by taking my Save My Face Pillow, folding it in half, and placing it under my neck. By doing that, I was able to lie on my back with my neck supported, and my head just resting on the pillow. It wasn’t the most comfortable night’s sleep I’ve ever had (I find it difficult to sleep on my back even when I’m NOT wearing a head-full of rollers…) but I actually fell asleep quicker than I’d expected to, so it wasn’t TOO awful. (If you don’t have a Save My Face pillow, one of those little travel pillows which fit round your neck would probably work just as well.)
SLEEP-IN ROLLERS: THE RESULT!
When I woke up the next morning, I was quite surprised to find the rollers more-or-less in place. I’d expected to wake up with them all over the bedroom, but while some strands of hair had escaped, and the overall effect was pretty messy, they had actually stayed in pretty well. The best advice is to leave them in for as long as you possibly can: I, of course, couldn’t wait to begin my new life as the owner of big, bouncy hair, so I took them out right away, and here’s the result:
The important thing to note here is that rollers this large won’t really CURL your hair: the effect is of volume more than anything else. I had expected this, and was quite pleased with the volume I’d achieved, but Terry was quite surprised to see that after lying like a statue all night, I didn’t even have any curls to show for it! If you are tempted to try these, it’s important to know what to expect (volume) – and what NOT to expect (curls).
As I said, this photo shows my hair after wearing the rollers for just a couple of hours, and on dry hair. When I wore them overnight, though, the effect was much the same: there was perhaps a little more volume immediately after removing them, but it quickly settled down, and the end result was pretty much the same as the one you see above, which definitely isn’t enough to justify wearing them overnight, as far as I’m concerned. On damp hair, meanwhile, there’s a little more volume still, but I personally find it doesn’t really last, and it takes my hair literally HOURS to dry in rollers, so, again, it’s not worth the effort for me.
Sleep In Rollers Before and After
SO, ARE THEY WORTH BUYING?
Actually, yes, I think they are . Although I don’t use these overnight, or on wet hair, I do use them at least a few times every week, and find they really help my poker-straight hair look smoother, and, well, BIGGER. For day-to-day use, I’ll put them in while I’m doing my makeup etc, and that’s generally long enough to create a little bit of bounce, and also to define my layers a bit. For a night-out, meanwhile, I’ll leave them in for as long as possible – as with most rollers, the longer you leave them, the better the effect.
Although I wouldn’t want to be without these now, I don’t think you need to buy this exact brand: they are, after all, not anything revolutionary. Velcro rollers have been around for a long time, and that’s all these really are, so if you’re not planing to sleep in them, and can find a cheaper version, I honestly don’t think you’d find much of a difference.