Vintage Hair Styling With Conair Hot Sticks: A Review & Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today I wanted to chat about hair styling. Being a vintage enthusiast, we all know how important hair is for the complete look. I am new to the style and I haven’t been devoting as much attention to my hair in terms of styling, as I would like. With this recent investment of Conair Hotsticks, I am turning this around!

Conair Hot Sticks HairsetterMy hair is naturally curly and it is a never-ending battle to style it. I went through a long phase (very long) of blow drying and flat ironing my hair. It looks nice day to day, but when dressing up for an occasion, it simply looks dull. Even when I want to dress up for work or when going out with my hubby, a nice hair do makes the difference!

I’ve been on a look out for quick and easy tools which can help style my hair. I have a curling iron, but with my chemically damaged locks, it’s a gamble when using it to style my hair. Also, it is very time consuming, since I would curl then pin the hair. Then there was the confusion of which direction I should clamp and roll the hair…

Before I begin, I misplaced my camera charger so these photos are via my iphone, and they’re not amazing. You’ve been warned. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow, I stumbled upon these Conair Hot Sticks, and was intrigued by their simplicity. Also, they cost $35, which is very reasonable. Thought I would give them a try, so here’s what happened:

Set Up: Plug them in and wait for the the little orange button to turn white.


Things Needed: Brush, rat tail comb, hair smoothing serum (optional), setting lotion (I didn’t use, but you should in order to get longer lasting curls; such as LOTTABODY), hairspray (also didn’t use, but highly recommended), hair accessories (optional)

What to Do:

1. If you have curly hair, get it straight, but do not flat iron it!before

2. Using a rat tail comb, start sectioning your hair and rolling it downward.IMG_0967

4. I did my front bangs first, since they frame the face, using the larger sticks.IMG_0968

5. Continue to roll. Be careful for the center area of the sticks, they do get HOT!Directions

6. For the rest of the head, I rolled the smaller pink sticks on top, and the larger purple sticks on the bottom. Don’t worry about any small hairs sticking out, those will be gone later.IMG_0973

Wait time: Since I was home, I left them on for about an hour. When I tried them before work the other day, it took me 10 minutes to roll and after doing my make up and getting dressed, about 5 minutes to remove and style. So if you’re in a hurry, know this will take at least 15 minutes to do, but you can do other things while they are cooling.

7. Unrolling: I find it easiest to start from the back and work my way around. There’s no right way of doing it, I don’t think. It will look something like this when you’re done:results

8. Brushing and Taming: This seems to be the tricky part. I don’t currently own a hair spray, and my hair is always saturated in serums and potions to keep it soft, so my curls are soft and might not last as long. I took some of this Fekkai Glossing Cream, that I got two tubes of, since it came with some shampoo my mom was trying out, and this did not work for thin hair (it weighs it down a bit). I smoothed it through, and brushed it gently in to the shape I wanted.IMG_0983

Here are the Results:

results 2

As I mentioned, definitely use a setting lotion before and finish off with a good hairspray, many like theΒ L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. This will ensure longevity for your curls!


Ashley of Lisa Freemont Street, did a review back in 2009 about these, looking at the color, they seem to have updated them a bit.

A similar set is by Babyliss, the Pro Nano Titanium 20 piece Hot Sticks. If you have thicker hair, having 20 of the sticks might be better. They do cost a bit more (around $48 on Amazon), but they look like they work very well. Here’s a lovely tutorial by Fleur from Diary of a Vintage Girl:


What: Conair Hot Sticks Hairsetter.

What They Do: Create volumous curls in a fairly short amount of time and little effort.

Positives: Hair can be a bit poofy before styling and still get good results; quick, lasting curls, easy, minimal damage to hair, can do other things while hair is setting, easy storage, two different sizes, no clips needed, great price.

Negatives: 14 rollers might not be enough for very thick hair. I have pretty thick hair, and these 14 sticks were more than enough, it just depends on how tight you want your curls. (They do come with a order form to get more sticks).


Where to Buy: On Amazon,Β  HERE.

Overall, I am very pleased with these sticks, they are so easy to use and I see myself using them for a long time. What do you guys think? What’s you favourite way to set your curls? Do you see yourself trying these out?

the vintage catxx



    • Hey Anna!

      Since my hair was super drenched in leave in conditioner, I didn’t use hairspray, and I did some exercises, the curls did fall a bit, but I left my hair down today at work, and they still look fairly good. πŸ™‚
      Glad you liked the vids, Lisa Freemont Street is such a great youtube channel!

    • Hey! Thanks so much!

      I think they will create softer curls on longer hair. Also depends on how much hair you have in each section (less hair for tighter curl, but if you hair is thick, one set might not be enough).
      I just cut my hair off, and I can definitely say they don’t work on short hair! πŸ™‚

  1. I was super excited by this tutorial! my hair is just below my ears and im a pin curl failure…I noticed above you said you cut your hair and they dont work on short hair…? How short is your cut? thanks!

    • Hello!

      My hair has been in an angled bob cut since earlier this year. The longest front parts just skim my shoulders and the back is only a couple of inches long.

      I can definitely get the hot sticks to work on the front bits without slipping, but towards the back, with the shorter and shorter lengths, there just isn’t enough hair, so I pin curled where needed (I’m no good at them either!).

      I think the main benefit of pin curls, is all you need is bobby pins, you don’t need to worry about not having enough curlers or sticks, but the method and placement, are a pain!

      I haven’t been the most consistent with blogging, lots of things are happening in my life, but I am doing my research in to vintage hair styling from the beauty books I own, which I will definitely be sharing on the blog in the future. πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much for your reply. I couldnt find tge hotsticks anywhere and contacted Conair directly; turns out they dont make them anymore! I guess I will have to look at rollers….when I was a kid it was all about the sponge rollers lol
        I tried the pin curls and bobby pins and I almost took one of those Pinterest ‘fail’ pictures. What a disaster! My hair is very thick and VERY straight…..
        I guess practice will help. I will keep checking your blog-its awesome!

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