Saturday, 21 July 2012

My Hair Curling Arsenal ~ 1) Pecco Rollers

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.

1950s vintage Spoolie hair curlers

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


  1. awesome post, lovely. I don't think I've ever seen these rollers before. they do look very funny once they're in but I love the soft curl it gave you.
    i imagine they wouldn't work so well on my super-long hair though?

    1. Hello you :) Do you know what - possibly not on your looooong hair. Unless you took a length and folded it in half and *then* rolled. Then again - they might not close properly. My next method used to work well on mine when it was long. Tune in on Saturday :)

    2. My hair is just below my bust is that going to be too long as well? They look so easy to use and I am hopeless at curling my own super straight hair. Loving the post though!

  2. They look very similar to some heated ones my mil picked up for me at the charity shop. Might get some to sleep in xx

  3. oh wow in all my hair curling years I have never seen these before! Mind you I rarely look for alternatives to what I have as mine curls quite easily - I know don't hate me!

    I rarely sleep in curlers but I imagine these would be great for those who do!

  4. I have never seen these before, bizarre looking aren't they? I might give them a try. I am hopeless at all this as I find it hard to keep my arms up for any length of time, believe me, the back of your head would look perfect compared to some of my attempts, and the looking glass option confuses me too. I'd love to be able to walk into a proper old fashioned hair dressers and ask for a specific style and have them know what I meant.

  5. I do love finding strange curlers on Ebay! These look pretty easy to use, might try them...

  6. I knew I was going to adore this series of post, but it's even better than I could have hopped for! These are pretty cool looking, but I've never tried them myself. Should I happen across any while out thrifting for a song, I'll give them a spin, if only because I love the fact that they're pink (my favourite colour).

    ♥ Jessica


    I almost always like the hair on the left side of my head better, so I know where you're coming from with favouring one side more.

  7. I've never seen these before either, but they look cool!

  8. Woah, I have never seen those curlers before - interesting!

  9. I will be following this with great interest because like you I have had a really hard time curling my hair. Once when I went for a cut the hairdresser said 'aww and you must have spent ages straitening your hair today too'. Nope, it really is that straight on its own. I have used heated rollers, heated and non-heated bendys, foam rollers, hard grip rollers, pipe cleaners, rags, tongs, curling brushes and straighteners to curl. Actually probably even more, I have just forgotten lol. Let us know what mousse and setting lotion you like too please, I expect it makes a difference.

  10. What a fab read, I'm useless with anything hair related but you're inspiring me to have a bash.
    There's a 1990s heated version of those curlers, Lock And Roll by Clairol. x

  11. What amazing curlers.I will have to try and find some.Love how easy they are to use and the curls look really good.Great post.xx

  12. These.....are....bizarre! Might need to try them at some point- they look comfy! xx

  13. Very detailed, thank you :) xx

  14. They do look surprisingly comfy! Can't wait to see what else you've tried!

  15. Oh I may have to go purchase me some of these, they look quite quick and straight forward to put in going by your pics....let's wait and see how clumsy me gets on though, haha.

    that curl does sit really nicely behind your ear, did you have to brush it out quite gently then? And could you recommend a mouse at all? I've only tried it once and it came out really crunchy, suggestions much appreciated!



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