27 January 2013

Sleep-in Rollers | The Good and The Bad

Sleep-in Rollers

 Sleep-in Rollers. I think anyone who craves volume in their hair has heard of Sleep-in Rollers by now. They seem to be everywhere. And mostly due to the fact that anyone who has them, posts photos on Twitter of themselves wearing them or tweets how amazing they are, and the Sleep-in Rollers account re-tweets (literally every damn tweet to the point where it drove me crazy and I had to unfollow before I lost the plot). But are they as good as they seem? Sleep-in Rollers like to shout from the rooftops that these are adored by celebrities, the best thing to come out of Liverpool since the Scouse-brow (although that being a good thing is down to personal opinion, ahem...) I saw people going wild for these in the run up to Christmas when Sleep-in Rollers cleverly marketed a 'Christmas Eve' pack. There's no doubting they are popular. But did they work for me?

Sleep-in Rollers are advertised as being the original revolutionary rollers which have been designed to flatten like a sponge when you lay down, letting you sleep in comfort and wake up with the volume, body and bounce of curls you want, without the pain of sleeping in solid rollers. Theoretically... 
Sleep-in Rollers

I've been trying out a few Sleep-in Rollers products. The Original Pink Sleep-in Rollers Set; which comes in a reusable pink storage bag with twenty Sleep-in Rollers, the Sleep-in Diamonte Tail Comb and the Sleep-in Hair Net, all of which can be found on the Beauty Chamber website. Putting the Sleep-in Rollers in reminded me of my salon days and just how much easier it is to carry out a full head set of rollers on someone else than it is to do it to yourself. But after a few you get in the swing of things and they are made so much easier to put in due to the Velcro and the added help of the (rather gorgeous) tail comb for sectioning. I didn't think I'd need all twenty rollers as my hair is very thin, but I managed to get every last one in. Before I put them in I made sure my hair was clean, and half dried. I used my MorocconOil Hydrating Styling Creme as usual before blow-drying, and also used the VO5 Plump it Up Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion. I've never applied non-heated rollers to someone else's head when the hair has been completely dry or product free, as it doesn't always hold, so it was just natural to do the same with my own. Once they were all in I applied a quick layer of hair spray all over, then popped on the hair net. The hair net is actually, in my eyes, a real necessity. To keep the rollers in place all night even though some might come slightly loose. But I didn't even last the night...


I'm sorry, but whoever sleeps in these 'Sleep-in' rollers does not have a scalp. Or a skull. Or basically a head. I have never in my life tried something so uncomfortable, and painful, on my hair to gain curls. Hell even using my first straighteners which were by Babyliss and were the steam straighteners which spat boiling water at me, burning me, was less painful this this. They were horrendous. After an hour and a half of attempting to even lie down in any sort of comfortable way I thought. "Sod this!" and took them out. Sorry Sleep-in Rollers, but your painful and uncomfortable rollers are not worth me losing sleep over. 



BUT. That doesn't mean they aren't GREAT rollers. Let me explain.

Sleep-in Rollers

They may be horrendous to sleep in. But that doesn't mean they aren't usable! They do give you volume and curls. In fact I was pretty darn surprised just how much volume they gave me. So how did I use them without having to sleep in them? 


I popped them in just as before, but this time I put them in towel dried hair. I used the VO5 Plump it Up Amplyfing Blow Dry Lotion too, and simply blow dried the curlers until they were dry. Then I left them in whilst doing my makeup, et voila, when I took them out, volume and curls! 



Would I recommend Sleep-in Rollers? Yes, I would. I just wouldn't recommend sleeping in them.  I think they give massive root volume, lovely curls and I mean, look at them, they're pink! I am impressed with them, they do work, I just won't be risking my sleep/scalp/head again. You can pop these in in the morning whilst getting ready, and you're sorted for the day ahead! And I have to admit, I'd be more than happy to have a girly night in with some friends and use these! 
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  1. I have heard so much about these but I was wondering about how comfy they were to sleep in. I tend to use pin curls, which I did a post on. It takes a night to set but they leave an amazing look

    xx

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    1. I can do pin-curls on other people perfectly. On myself? Not a chance haha :) xo

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  2. i have never bought sleep in rollers because of the same reason, there would be no chance i could get comfy in them! at least you can still use them when your not asleep :)

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    1. Yes! And when used during the day they are fantastic xo

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  3. i brought some of these and have not tried them yet, im abit scared to sleep in them now, might just try them the way you did!:)

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I would say try to sleep in them if you can and if not, definitely use them during the day like I said :) xo

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  4. I agree with this! I got the worst nights sleep ever with these in but I loved how my hair looked in the morning..so might have to try and use them during the day too :) xx

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    1. Let me know how you get on with them if you try them in the day Melissa :) xo

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  5. Couldnt agree more i did a post on this a couple of weeks ago. I had the worst headache waking up :( even sleeping on alot of pillows!! The end result is pretty good but not worth the pain in my eyes :). Wearing in the day i couldnt tell they were on my head.

    Love Emily xx

    http://love-x-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I am the same. During the day, I hardly notice they are even in! xo

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  6. I think it was mainly hype as the celebrities wore them to and from the hairdressers (not in bed ) and as you said it was a constant re-tweet hype - no roller is ever going to comfortable

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    1. Yes! I am glad someone else noticed it. I think Sleeprollers go down in history as the most frustrating and infuriating Twitter around haha! There's no need to re-tweet every single tweet! xo

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  7. i tried these loads of times and i cant get them to work for me! absolutley gutted because they seem to work for everyone else!

    minnielove-hearts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Have you tried watching any YouTube tutorials to see if anyone else puts them in differently to you Char? xo

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  8. I completely agree with everything you said! I tend to use them in the day time too because of the fact that they're uncomfortable.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. So uncomfortable at night - Would never use them at night ever again xo

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  9. I've recently been thinking about buying these, but after seeing this post I don't think I will. Like you I don't think I could cope with sleeping in them! Although I might purchase them just to use in the day to add some volume rather than sleep in them xx

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    1. They are worth it for the day-time I think, for sure! :) xo

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  10. I can't imagine any rollers being comfortable to sleep in! I'm just not really into rollers, probably because I'm so rubbish at putting them in and the velcro seems to just tangle in my hair. Definitely going to stick to my totem styler and face the heat damage! xo

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    1. I find them much easier to use when rollers have velcro! The ones without just slip and slide on me! I adore the Totem Styler though! :) xo

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  11. I've always wondered how on earth anyone manages to sleep with these rollers digging into their head - maybe they sleep sitting up, haha?
    I'm definitely interested in trying them out, but obviously for day time use! xx

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    1. I don't know but I couldn't that's for sure haha! :) xo

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  12. I want some now! I don't think I could sleep in them either. I tried using an eye mask once and ripped it off half way through the night haha xx

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    1. I find putting eye-masks on really uncomfortable too xo

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  13. I may be the only person that actually finds them comfortable to sleep in, I genuinly felt like I had an extra pillow and slept like a baby when Iv used these. I love the volume they give and how glam they make me feel when I am wearing them
    xx

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  14. I was always doubtful of these rollers, I just don't see any kind of roller being comfortable enough to sleep in! I usually use heated rollers which are very heavy, but I might give these a go if I get the chance xxx

    Charlotte
    www.coloursandcarousels.com

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    1. I adore heated rollers, particularly the Enrapture ones xo

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  15. I love Sleeprollers! I find them comfortable to sleep in and with a toddler to sort our in the morning I love the time it saves.

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    1. I'm glad you found them comfortable to sleep in :) xo

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  16. See I can sleep in them just fine, I just have to adjust myself to a position where I'm comfortable and they are all lying flat and then it's fine! They where a life starter when I had 6am starts and was expected to look immaculate. I also used kirby grips to keep mine in because I'm such a fidget in bed haha.

    God I love a bit of volume!

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    1. I really couldn't get comfortable in any position! I use bobby pins too :) xo

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  17. What a swiz! These have been around for years. No way as pricey as those. I used to buy mine from the £ discount shops.
    When i has long hair i use them and they worked super well.

    Jules x

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    1. I think curling products do wonders on long hair. xo

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  18. Brilliant review, after so many reviews where people said they couldn't sleep I didn't want them but you have suggested a great alternative!!

    www.studdedkisses.com

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    1. I think they really are worth the investment for day-time use :) xo

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  19. It's not just the comfort factor that puts me off as much as the fact that I share a bed with my boyfriend, and I imagine he'd think I looked like an utter twat in them going to bed haha. I didn't get the hype, glad I've read an honest post on the matter xx

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    1. Haha, don't worry about that! My boyfriend didn't care that I was wearing them! xo

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  20. to me they just look like the soft rollers you can get in boots or any beauty shop? maybe I'm missing something haha! x

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    1. Haha yes, there are many cheaper alternatives :) xo

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  21. YES THANK GOD SOMEONE AGREES!
    I did a huge ranty review on my blog a while ago (its my most popular post!) about them because I was sick of people who were sent a free pair/paid raving about them saying they were sooo easy to sleep in etc. I too only use them during the day now. They are in no way 'sleep in'!

    http://alltheprettythingsx.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you liked my review Emma :) I am always honest here on my blog! xo

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  22. When I tried Sleep in Rollers I found it much more comfortable to have them kept on place with a headscarf, typical 50's style. I kept my rollers on for 14 hours, putting them in late on a Sunday afternoon and taking them out first thing on a Monday, they worked a treat, giving me great amounts of volume, for about half an hour. Then they fell out, disappointingly and my hair was dead straight by the end of the day.
    Mia x
    miaalice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Did you put them in dry hair maybe? I always put them in half-dried half, with hairspray after too to hold! xo

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  23. Such a great review and I feel the same. I bought these last summer, put them in the night I received them and took them out after trying to get to sleep for about 2 hours. I also got the hairdryer hood which I use now instead of sleeping in them, would definitely recommend it. They are great at giving volume, just a shame we can't 'sleep' in the Sleep In Rollers. :) x

    bluebutterfly80.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes definitely a shame although it seems some people manage it! I think I was so scarred for life when I tried, that I'd never try again at night ha xo

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  24. Thank you for reviewing them with such an honest review (all the ones i've read have gone on and on about how great they are and great to sleep in.. I didn't believe them as when my mum used to curl my hair as a child with rags which were supposedly comfortable too they used to give me a headache after for days!) ANYWAY I am still thinking of buying them and doing what you did and blow dry them instead of sleeping in them. I'm desperate for volume!

    Amy x cocktailsinteacups.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Let me know if you decide to pick them up Amy :) And I'm glad you liked the review! xo

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  25. I've been dying to try these out but really sceptical about them, every time I've used rollers it has ended in disaster! It's good to hear thought that they are good, even if it's just during the day.

    Laura x
    laurajadeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh they definitely are great! It's just finding a way to make them work for you and during the day is the way they work for me! :) xo

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  26. I've tried sleeping with curlers and they are so uncomfortable. >_< I just can't be bothered to curl my hair, it takes too long lol

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    1. Haha yes it does take a long, long time. But the end result is usually worth it! xo

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  27. Lol I remember those Straighteners that you put water in!!... Those were the days!!

    Http://ohhsoglam.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Haha, days I wouldn't like to go back to! xo

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  28. Great review. Talking of those steaming straighteners took me back!

    I still haven't tried my set of these but will make sure that I try them on a night where I don't have to be up early the next day! x

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    1. Yeah, I realise now how old I am referencing those straighteners haha :) xo

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