How to use hotsticks for vintage curls


how to get quick and easy vintage curls with conair hot sticks

I've had a lot of requests or just general questions about how to use hot sticks so let's discuss! Hotsticks are a thin rubber hot roller from Conair. They're much loved by many vintage girls because they create a curl that's pretty close to pin curls without much effort. Nothing will ever completely replicate a pin curl but when you're in a hurry, they're awesome.

I've been using my hot sticks for about 4 years now. They did take some practice to get used to. When I first tried them, I burnt my finger tips and wondered how anyone could say good things about them. I kept trying, though and in a short while, I figured them out and now never burn myself.

I hate to do videos but some things just can't be shown well without a video so here we go! Come watch as I totally goof my way from straight hair to vintage curls in just 15 minutes. Even after 5 years of styling vintage hair, I still mess up on daily basis but I think it's good to show myself as I really am, being impatient, flubbing my way through things and everything turning out okay in the end. This is my daily style that I do when I'm at home, going shopping or to the park with the kids. Its not very fancy, just quick and completes the vintage look with a simple house dress.


Frizzy Hair- If your hair turns out frizzy when you brush out, try experimenting with an anti frizz serum or pomade to smooth it out.

Dealing with bangs- If you have annoying bangs like mine, you can also hit them with the curling iron if they don't curl well with the hot sticks. Or you can be extra silly and try the poodle fringe like I did in my quick and easy vintage hair tutorial

Keeping a curl- If your area is humid or if your hair doesn't hold a curl for long, try a spritz of hair spray on the curls before brushing out. Also, keeping the rollers in for the longest amount of time possible will help their staying power.  I often spray a little setting lotion on while wet, blow dry completely, then roll.


  1. Great tutorial. The real you is lovely and poised:)

  2. Great tutorial. How do you find these work on shorter hair? I've been growing out a pixie cut, so right now I've got something like a layered bob which is a pain to curl with my curling iron, so I'd love to find something a little easier and less time consuming.
    On a side note, I love the sweater you're wearing here.
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

  3. Thanks Brittany for the great video. I always enjoy watching how others get their hair in such great styles, and you have such lovely hair. I haven't mastered pin curls yet, so hot sticks are my curling method of choice. I always tend to curl down, but I think I'm going to try your method of some down, some up and see how it goes. Thanks again for sharing.

  4. Thanks for the great video. I'll have to give those hot sticks a try again.

  5. Perfect timing, I was just looking at hot sticks since they were on sale. I have super thick hair though, so I'm worried I'd have to buy 3 sets to get everything

  6. Such a cute video, which took me back to the eighties. I had a set of very expensive hot rollers from Babyliss, but we never became friends. I could not take them out of my hair, I noticed how easy you could do it. But it was like the rubber stuck to my hair, and a few times I almost had to cut the sticks out of my hair - not nice! So I ended up selling them after having tried for many years. Now I have another set of lovely hot rollers from Babyliss, with fabric so they don't get caught in my hair. Love your charming videos. :)

  7. I had heard of these but wasn't sure on the price, or how well they worked. They seem to work very well though! I'm just starting out in college so I wanted to have a real 40s hair style that I could whip up pretty quickly in the morning, so this just might be the ticket. It takes me a good 45 minutes to pin curl my hair, and I just don't have the patience, especially on a school night. Thanks for posting, this was very helpful! :)


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