Do hot rollers ruin your hair?

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/26/22

I’m pretty sure your granny has a history with hot rollers. It is a classic beauty tool ideal for achieving long-lasting curls.

It is common knowledge that heating tools like the curling iron and hot rollers are damaging to your hair.

So, to set the record straight, Lucky Curl is here to explain briefly the answer to the question “do hot rollers ruin your hair?”

Hot rollers are not damaging to your hair if used appropriately. You can leave it in your hair longer for better curling results. But not too long to cause damage!

Are heated rollers better for your hair?

Heated rollers are good but the results will differ.

Hot rollers are great for adding extra volume to short hair but you may struggle a bit if you like defined curls.

Hair stylists recommend using the heated rollers on straight or slightly straight hair to produce a smoother and kinkier finish. If you got a slightly curled hair, the heat rollers can give loose curls for a softer style.

One good thing about hot rollers is that it isn’t as damaging to your hair like the traditional curling iron. It emits less heat which makes it gentler on your strands.

Are hot rollers less damaging than a curling iron?

As mentioned, hot rollers are less damaging than curling irons. But that depends on the quality of hair rollers that you’re using.

Curling irons are usually hotter than the heat rollers which increases the risk of frying up your hair when mishandled.

The downside with hot rollers is that you run the risk of twisting your hair too much which can cause potential hair damage too.

In that sense, it is important to take precautions when using a curling iron or hot rollers!

How to use heated rollers without damaging hair?

I am not saying heated rollers promise damage-free hair but the risk could be minimized if you know how to prep your hair properly.

Always use heat protection spray before using the hot rollers. Heat protectants shield your hair from damage brought by heated styling tools.

Also, be sure to dry your hair properly before styling. Wet hair is prone to damage and challenging to style as well.

We all know you must leave the hot rollers in your hair longer for long-lasting curls. But don’t overdo it to avoid hair damage. You might need to leave the rollers a bit longer if you got thicker hair but see how your hair reacts first!


Heated rollers are an excellent beauty tool. It’s less damaging than curling irons and can be used on various hair types.

Hot rollers will not damage your hair if used appropriately and your hair is prepped properly before curling or styling. So, apply some heat protectants before styling with hot curlers. And do not use the hot roller on soaking wet hair!

Read this article on hot rollers vs curling iron to see the difference between these two amazing beauty tools!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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