Caruso Professional ProSet Steam Hairsetter
Great in humid weather
I've used these the past 3 humid/rainy days and my hair is retaining most of the curl. I use thermal protection hair spray before I put the rollers in, and I use hair spray after, but that's pretty much what I did when I used a curling iron. The Caruso set with steam is MUCH better in the humidity. I'm happy! My hair is short and on the thin side, so I use "end papers" that I made with satin fabric. The squares are about 4x3, and they help keep my ends straight on the rollers as well as adding bulk that helps the roller clips grab and stay in place. I just wrap the "end papers" around my hair section just before wrapping my hair on the roller, and then I put the clip over it. Without the extra bulk, the rollers tended to slip. I use the blow dryer for a minute or two just before pulling out the rollers, to make sure any steam that might have cooled to liquid, gets evaporated. It really takes about 5 minutes for the curl to take, and another 10 minutes or so to let most of the steam escape. Fast and easy.
June 2, 2015
Love the Caruso's
I bought two sets to give to my daughters. We feel like they give an excellent curl without damaging your hair. There were lots of curlers in the set:) We LOVE them!!
February 5, 2015
Great once you learn how to use it
This is my second purchase of the steam setter, the first being back in the 90's when it first came out, and I used that for years until it finally wore out. But I forgot how to use it! There is a learning curve with this product as it does not, nor is it meant to, perform like regular hot rollers. My hair is cut in 10-12 in. layers and is thick. I first used it by placing the rollers (large size) at the end of my hair and winding to the scalp using a lot of tension. This resulted in tight curls at the ends only, about 2 in., and quite a bit of frizz after brushing out with a vent brush. I was disappointed, but kept experimenting. After some trial and error, what works best for me is to take large sections, place the roller one half to one third down towards the ends and wrap the hair around the roller with medium tension, tuck the ends in, and roll the rest of the way to the scalp. I only use 10-11 rollers on my entire head, 3 on the top, rolling backward, 1 above each ear, rolling downward, 2 on each side, and 1 or 2 more in the back, let set 10 minutes. I find the more hair is in the roller, the more secure it is when the shield is clipped on. Sometimes I need a small clip to keep the roller secure, maybe for 2 or 3 rollers, on the right side of my head (maybe my hair is thinner on that side?). The brush used for the brush out makes a difference. I like 1940's vintage style waves, like Rita Hayworth or Lauren Bacall, not a head full of curls. I get good results with a large, round boar bristle brush, not a vent brush. For lots of volume, bend over and brush out thoroughly, my hair looks wild at this point, but it gives me the base needed to brush the waves into place. Sometimes I use large clips to form and hold an "S" wave into place between the crown and ear, and give it a good spray. This usually lasts through the day, weather permitting if I need to go outside. This set does not last until the next shampoo, as stated on the 1990's video, at least not in my experience. On me, there is still some slight wave the next day, after sleeping on it, but my hair is oily, so I usually wash it every morning, anyway. My only complaint is the price up here in Canada - almost 50% more than listed on the US website, but I'm getting used to that since moving up here from the states 2 years ago. Other than that I'm satisfied. Firm curls, or waves, quick to set, little to no damage to hair.
December 10, 2014
still working after 20+ years
I got one of the first Caruso sets available professionally. I paid almost 200$ for it "back in the day". I used it daily in my salon, I loved it for prom and wedding styles. My set came with enough rollers to do 2 people at a time. I loved it then and I love it now that I have retired. I still do my daughter's hair with it and use it on myself. I don't have a bad thing to say about it...Thanks for all the years Caruso!
August 11, 2014