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Some of the best features of the magnetic rollers are the fact that they work really well without added styling product, as long as the hair is sufficiently damp. They also produce very firm curls since they can usually be tightly wound and clipped into place. They are suited to use with heat drying and are very easily cleaned when they become soiled due to their all-plastic construction.
Among the less-favorable features of the magnetic rollers is the fact that their design means there is less air-flow through the hair when wound onto the roller, and therefore they require a significantly longer drying time for drying naturally, or must be used with a hair dryer if faster drying is needed. The construction of the rollers also necessitates the use of tools to secure the rollers at the scalp so as to maintain the tautness of the wrapped curl. This can be uncomfortable, especially with longer wear.
Mesh Rollers have been around nearly as long as the previous two types, although their design seems dramatically different. Mesh rollers feature a metal coil that is then covered using a plastic mesh netting. This creates a rigid frame around which an air-circulating covering resides allowing the hair to be wound around the tool with maximum air circulation. Some mesh rollers also feature a round bristle core inside the tube whose bristles extend just slightly beyond the exterior mesh. This allows the roller to grip the hair and give a tighter wrap, for firmer curl.
The design and construction make these tools great for wrapping the hair for air-drying, although they work equally well with a hair-dryer in order to speed the drying time. The rollers are easily cleaned, even with the bristle core, since it can be removed and cleaned separately.
The drawbacks to the mesh rollers are that without the bristle core, the rollers can be difficult to use, since the surface area doesn’t contribute to attracting the wet hair the way a magnetic roller would, and they require additional tools – such as a plastic pin or bob pin – to hold the roller in place and unless this is secured tightly, the rollers are prone to loosening and can result in weaker curls. Even when the tools are secured tightly, the methods needed to do so can be uncomfortable to wear.
Click to enlargeSponge Rollers
Another traditional roller design is the sponge roller. A thin plastic “axle” with a hinged rectangular frame is surrounded by a foam/sponge rubber core pad that becomes secured by the frame that clips into place on the opposite end of the axle. Its design came as a result of the desire for a roller that would be comfortable to wear, particularly since the majority of women who wanted to allow their hair to air dry would need to ultimately try to sleep on the tools.
The soft-cushion center of the sponge roller makes them comfortable to wear, and since they need no additional tools to secure they are easy to track and store. They provide firm-holding curls, and can be used with or without styling products as desired.
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