Doing Drugstore: Conair Instant Heat Compact Styling Setter

Have you planned your New Year's Eve hair yet? I'm no stranger to procrastination (or impulse buys), but spotting this product left me imagining myself ringing in 2009 with cascading waves. The set was on sale and small enough that I could bring it anywhere – if NYE had me jetting off to LA for the night, I could pop this in my carry-on and go!

I got home fingers crossed and went for a trial run. Even though it says instant heat, I gave them about 10 minutes (hunger called). Picking up the rollers found them hot to the touch – don't wrap your hand around them and squeeze – but far less hot than I expected. I liked the large and small sizes for different sections and went all out, adding the entire set of 12 to my head.

Find out what happened next when you read more.

I settled in to watch TV and, at the end of the show, went back in the bathroom to remove the rollers. While I did have undeniable waves, I felt like my hair got much more voluminous (not necessarily a good thing) than when I started and, by about 20 minutes later, the curls were nearly flat and full of frizz. Definitely not gonna hold up to a long night of dancing no matter my NYE destination.

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