Ok - so - here we go with the first installment of my Hair Curling Arsenal Series.
Pecco Rollers came to me by chance. I literally dumped "hair curlers" into a eBay search and whilst trawling, they popped up. There are a lot of fairly obscure curling implements out there, but these grabbed my attention as they resembled a vintage set I had found on Etsy from seller Myra Melinda.
Regretfully, the rubber on these "Spoolie Hair Curlers" had deteriorated and they fell apart on first use. I was duly refunded by this lovely seller and thought no more about it. Just another experiment to forget about.
Until the said random search on line.
The ones I stumbled upon are called "Pecco Rollers". The aim of these is to create kind of pin curls and I think that they are a great product for beginners to use.
The idea is to wrap the hair around, roll up and then push the trumpety end down to encompass the hair.
They are made from soft, durable silicone and are usually sold in a pack of 10 - 5 small and 5 large for around 99p for a set.
They also usually ship from Hong Kong for a minimal amount, if not free. I have only ever bought them from here or here on eBay. I have seen sets for around a fiver with free posting - but you can get them for cheaper.
I tend to open them all up, ready to grab once I have dampened my hair.
I love these as they are washable. I tend to use either setting lotion or mousse to set my hair, and a sticky residue can build up over time. I have soaked these in scorchio water with a little washing up liquid with no adverse affects.
So. I section off my hair. Elastic bands work best for me as opposed to sectioning clips - 2 at the side and one at the back. I use the smaller Pecco rollers on these bits as they are at the front of my head.
I take a section, I guess about 3/4 of an inch if I am being technical, spritz with setting lotion or run a squidge of mousse through it. This is always on dry hair, it's just what works best for me when curling my hair with any of the Arsenal.
I roll it up as far as it shall go. I have yet to get these anywhere near the precision of the original advert seen above. They just don't play ball. So, there is always a bit of slack.
I then encourage the trumpet bit over the hair and voilà!
If you use too much hair, I find it difficult to get the silicone to adhere to it's design and actually hold any thing in place. If I am not thinking about it as I put them in - it can lead to unrolling, cursing, separating, cursing and re-rolling.
I work the top section...
Then the other side...
Followed by one of the sectioned off bits...
And the back bits..
Finally the very back, which is always a buggar for me to do. I have tried to work with 2 mirrors so I can see what is happening back there - but I am confused by the mirrored world and become quickly frustrated with my own idiocy.
So I just feel my way nowadays. The results range from WOW! to meh on a regular basis.
Up in a headscarf and off to sleeps. I find these really quite comfortable to sleep on as they are fairly close to the head and they are wrapped up in a snuggly headscarf. I also have a feathery squishy pillow now, as oppossed to a hard one of my youth - and I think this also helps when it comes to sleeping in any kind of curler over night.
So - the result...
Something I like about these rollers is that they also have small holes in them, so that if you use heat, it should penetrate to the core of the roll.
The curl they produce is fairly soft.
They do not take much brushing out...
And for some reason I always like the curls on the right hand side of my head. I like the way they tuck behind my ears without a pin.
Multi coloured locks. Nice.
And despite the hash I make of the back of my barnet (this will become more apparent as the series progresses) - I think it looks not half bad..
I usually give a bit of lift to the front with some hairspray, as well as spraying the whole style.
My hair does drop, which is frustrating, but unavoidable for me. But, Pecco rollers do keep their shape, even after a brisk walk into town in what appeared to be a gale. I heart Summer.
I would say that these rollers take about 15 mins to put in - maybe less if you are more practised. I give them:
Ease of Use: 7/10
Comfort when Sleeping: 7/10
Longevity of Curl: 5/10