Do Spoolies hair curlers make waves or fall flat?

Spoolies hair curlers are $5.88 for five at Wal-Mart.
Spoolies hair curlers are $5.88 for five at Wal-Mart. Star-Telegram

Do you love the idea of creating beautiful beach waves or curls but worry about damaging your hair with excessive heat? In this week’s Fab or Flub? column, I’m taking a look at a product that claims to be your best bet.

Available at Wal-Mart, Spoolies Hair Curlers ($5.88 for a five-pack) are, by no means, a new product. In fact, they date all the way back to the 1950s, when a pack of 28 Spoolies cost 59 cents.

Flash-forward to today and the once-popular curlers (now made in the U.S.) have been revamped with modern materials to help you create soft waves, spiral ringlets and classic pin curls in a matter of minutes.

First impression

I’m a regular user of curling irons and wands; the last time I remember using curlers was in grade school when my cousin and I would experiment on our hair using my mother’s pink Conair foam rollers. The Spoolies Hair Curlers, however, are like nothing I have ever used.

Made from flexible, heat-resistant, chemical-free silicone, the curlers are shaped like tiny martini glasses and come in pink or glow-in-the-dark lime green.

To use the curlers, you simply place the small end of the curler firmly against your head, then wind a strand of hair smoothly around the stem of the curler. When done, fold the top over the hair for a secure fit and let the curlers set for as long as you desire.

The instructions state that for natural ringlets and soft waves, the curlers should be applied only to dry hair. For tight curls or hair that has difficulty curling, moistening the hair ends beforehand is recommended. To finish, users can choose to let their hair dry naturally or (when pinched for time) apply light heat to the hair.

Fab or flub?

Flub. In the end, my long, thick hair proved to be too much for Spoolies Hair Curlers. After repeated attempts at wrapping my hair around the stem of the curler, I could never quite fold the top over for a secure fit.

At one point, I became so desperate to make the curlers work, I employed the help of my boyfriend. The experience proved to be painful and funny at the same time.

Pressing as hard as he could, my boyfriend was actually able to secure two curlers onto my head. Unfortunately, he had done such a shoddy job wrapping my hair that when I unraveled the curlers, they left behind nothing more than a light crimp in my hair.

Despite this negative experience, I’m still slightly open to the idea of trying Spoolies again. In a blog posted on the company’s website June 1, the brand announced that, after numerous requests, they are selling jumbo-size Spoolies.

Designed specifically for long, thick hair, the curlers come in packs of 15 and can be ordered online, with delivery set for mid- to late June.