Hair Styling Toolsfrom major curls to perfect waves


Buy these: Hollywood Pink Foam Rollers 14 small 1/2

* Small Sponge Rollers applied to damp hair using thick sections of hair. Sleep/keep in over night. After pulling out rollers carefully, let sit {while applying make-up for example} then pull out just a bit with fingers
* Second day: looser curls : pulled most out with fingers. No brushing
* Small Sponge rollers applied to wet hair : thinner/smaller sections of hair = more curlers = tighter curls. Leave in overnight. Pull out with fingers or pick. Creates large fluffy afro

See a Hair-To Sponge Rollers video here

Babyliss Porcelain Ceramic 1-1/4" Curling iron

Buy it here: BaByliss PRO Professional Porcelain Ceramic Curling Iron

1-1/4" ceramic curling iron -hair-style

* Air-dried hair. Used 1-1/4″ iron loosely around hair …much like my perfect wave hair-too video but with larger {and less} sections. The difference: larger iron and I brushed out the waves after curling them {which I don’t normally do} to make them softer.

*Because this iron is porcelain/ceramic, it doesn’t seem to dry out my locks as much so it creates a softer/shinier wave. This is a new iron and I’ve only used it once but I’m loving it so far.


Buy it here: HOT TOOLS Super Tool 2 inch Professional Curling Iron
with Multi Heat Control (Model: 1111)


* Air-dried hair but looks like a blow-out. Used iron at roots to lift …then smoothed out sections with it and curled from bottom up. This is new as well …and loving it too.
{$25 @ amazon – link above. I spent $44 @ the beauty supply. dumb}


Buy it here: Hot Tools Jumbo 1″ {Model 1181}

* This is what have used for all waving in the past.
Click Here for my perfect wave hair-too video


* Dries out my hair more than the newer porcelain ceramic versions but possibly gets hotter. I rarely brush these waves out. Occasionally I fluff the top with a brush. Using larger/smaller sections creates more/less waves.


Buy these: HOT TOOLS Hot Setter 20 Pro Hairsetter 20 Easy to Use
Cool Touch Rollers in 3 Sizes (Model: 1321)

* Mine are actually my mom’s from the 70’s. Nothing works as well on my hair as hers. lol. The hot tools link look the most similar and probably work just as well.


* Mostly I curl hair {old-school} from the bottom up with hot rollers …but occasionally I’ll start at the top or middle as with my curling irons/perfect wave tutorial.

* Hair spray all styles lightly to hold and “fluff” with hands ;). Usually, second day hair has more texture and holds a wave better. I rarely blow-dry my hair any more as to avoid extra damage.

* You can also use these techniques for short hair as well using a skinnier iron …or the 1″ versions for a larger wave for short bobs to shoulder lengths …try it out 😉

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kate

    September 9, 2009 |

    Ha! I use the same hot rollers… that is when I borrow them… from my mom! Too funny:)

  • stylewithbenefits

    September 9, 2009 |

    You look so gorg in all of these pics. For some reason, I totally suck at curling my hair. It just doesn’t come out right. But I love your wavy hair with the curling iron. Wish my hair turned out like that!

    xo, Becs

  • Trina

    September 9, 2009 |

    loved the versatility of having long hair…but mine looks so much better short. *jealous*

  • Miss Eve

    September 9, 2009 |

    My favourites are the hot rollers! But now I got pretty excited about No3 as well 🙂
    And you look gorgeous as always!

    Cheers: Evi

  • Deborah

    September 9, 2009 |

    Those sponge rollers! Were they your mom’s? I think I’m older than your mom, but my mom used to put these in my hair when I was a baby-girl. Slept on them every night! She wanted me to have curly hair

    Your hair is lovely. As you are.

    Thanks for all these tips!

  • Elizabeth Marie

    September 9, 2009 |

    This is incredible…printinggggg!!!

  • Lisa Petrarca

    September 9, 2009 |

    YAY! I needed this post, thanks Maegan. I’m so OVER my hair…this helps.

  • Kellie

    September 9, 2009 |

    This makes me want to dig out my hot rollers! Haven’t used them in ages. Usually just use a curling iron. Seems faster that way…

  • Brooke

    September 9, 2009 |

    My hair never turns out that good! I’ll have to try some of these tips 🙂

  • Hanako66

    September 9, 2009 |

    this is great! I have the two hot tools irons that you have and have what I think may be a 1 1/4 in hot tools as well. I have been thinking about switching to ceramic so that it is better on my hair and lately, I have been using my flat iron to curl…that or pin curls.

    love this!

  • Revolution Vintage

    September 9, 2009 |

    I see a L’Oreal commercial in your future : )
    Such fab hair!

  • Allison Hasel

    September 9, 2009 |

    I keep telling myself to watch your video hair tutorials and give them a try one weekend. I. Love. Your. Hair. Always. Thanks for sharing your tools and tricks! I’m definitely going to try out a few of these. 🙂

  • Sher

    September 9, 2009 |

    I have hot rollers, but they are the sponge kind. When I do take the time and effort it works very good for me.

  • Iva

    September 9, 2009 |

    your hair is always amazing!

    perfectly beautiful! 🙂

  • Moomby

    September 10, 2009 |

    thanks for sharing beauty tips! I’m always curious to know what people do!

    my hot roller set is a few decades old and i refuse to upgrade!

  • Annie Spandex

    September 10, 2009 |

    I absolutely love your uber-curly curls! I basically got a girl-crush from those photos!

  • kArOl

    September 10, 2009 |

    hi! i´m from spain, and i don´t speak english very well…
    but i want comment your blog, is very cool!

    I love curled hair, but I have smooth hair very much.

    I hope that my Englishman is a bit understandable.


  • Olivia Rae

    September 10, 2009 |

    you’re amazing at styling hair! it looks professional.

  • cindywan

    September 10, 2009 |

    every style suit u so well!
    hav u try hot tool 3 barrel waver before?

  • Wibeche og Rune

    September 10, 2009 |

    Your hair are beautiful. Great pics:)


  • Brown Girl

    September 10, 2009 |

    I’m a huge advocate of the hot rollers and of velcro rollers. They are just so much easier for me when I’m running around like a crazy brownie in the morning…and give me the same results as a curling iron, I don’t have that kind of patience. Love your hair, every which way!

  • Jaime

    September 10, 2009 |

    Your hair is so gorgeous!

  • Lauryn

    September 10, 2009 |

    I’ve never used sponge rollers before, but you have officially convinced me to give ’em a try! Those are some gorgeous curls!

  • besswess

    September 10, 2009 |

    I always start in the middle with my hotrollers. I need to let my hair grow. Long hair always helps with sponge rollers. Thanks for your tutorials. They are great. You are so beautiful. Especially in the last two pictures. That was a great hotness day for you. 🙂

  • Ashe Mischief

    September 10, 2009 |

    This post is absolutely amazing. As a gal with fine & straight hair, I’m always looking for the tools for a great curl job…

  • Fashion By He

    September 10, 2009 |

    WOw this is a really great site, honored to have you stop by and leave a message!!!

    let me know if you want to link exchange…

    are those pics of you, if so your really hot, He is really into blondes right now

  • Glamorous Newlywed

    September 10, 2009 |

    I tried your sponge roller technique the other day… didn’t quite have the same effect on my hair 🙂 It’s so humid in Dallas this month that my hair is a big-ol’-ball of frizz…

    Love the how-to’s though!

  • Angeles Almuna Design

    September 10, 2009 |

    You have an amazing hair!!!!!!and you look beautiful in all your pictures 🙂

  • Sal

    September 10, 2009 |

    You’re my hair hero. Heroine. Whatever. As a girl who scrunches some mousse into her wet locks and leaves the house, I am in awe of your dedication to that gorgeous mane!

    Say, lady, any chance I could hop on your blogroll? Gotcha in mine …

  • Maeko

    September 10, 2009 |

    Thanks for this post. I want to have waves and curls… and this advice is good…

    But I honestly don’t think I have the patience for it.

  • Marcia B.

    September 10, 2009 |

    hey, you are totally fab, i came across your blog and i have to say you are hawwwt girl, love the curls xoxxx

  • Glamour Bbey

    September 10, 2009 |

    All your hairstyles are lovely! I wish I could do that too!

  • Megan

    September 10, 2009 |

    I steal my mother’s 70’s curlers too, and there is seriously nothing better. They are awesome.

  • rian

    September 10, 2009 |

    hi,your all hair styles look great but i think its because of your health hair,cause when i use these tools,especially sponge rollers,yes i have good looking curls but much more frizz..unfortunately.

  • Yaya

    September 10, 2009 |

    So THAT’S how you do the fro!

  • Tiffany

    September 10, 2009 |

    you are brilliant. i love this post! I thought I had a lot of hair curling tools but you have a lot! 🙂 thanks for showing us the ways though, I will be doing more variety to my curls/waves now.

  • Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 |

    Ahhh! Don’t use sponge rollers! They will give you split ends and frizz to no end! Especially if anyone has ANY texture to their hair. Rag rolling (super old-timey) or the squishy rollers that bend at the ends (actually used in salons for perming) are MUCH healthier for your hair. I’m a stylist, and I have naturally curly hair, trust me, you’ll thank me someday!

  • Underfunded Heiress

    September 11, 2009 |

    Oh your hair is so darn gorgeous! You should be in a hair commercial!

    I can’t remember if you said you take vitamins or not.

  • Style Porn

    September 11, 2009 |

    Ugh, this all sounds so complicated and time-consuming. Want to just come to SF and do mine for me ?? 😉

  • Jacqueline

    September 11, 2009 |

    man, i love how you do your hair. i love your curls. i don’t even own a curling iron or blow dryer…oh wait, i have a blow dryer for my poodles =) thanks for the tutorial, but i think i just need you to come to denver and do my hair for me? pretty please! it is begging for something else…no more straight hair! haha

  • chloe

    September 12, 2009 |

    3 words:
    “im so jealous!”

    haha x

  • mariel

    September 13, 2009 |

    oh my gosh, my mom has that same set of rollers from the 70s! they DEFINITELY work better than new sets.

  • Kjrsten

    September 14, 2009 |

    amazing! I love this! Can I spotlight this on my blog?

  • dasjenige

    January 31, 2010 |

    my name’s Jane, im from Russia =) i became a fan of your blog (but have not yet registered to follow on a daily basis). i came across your blog when searching for ruched bikini 🙂 i must say, you’re gorgeous, smart and nice; your DIY ideas are fab!
    i do have a question – about your hair stylist. i will be moving to the US this summer, but to the opposite coast, NYC. unfortunately, i won’t be able to visit your stylist (as much as i’d love to, looking at your haircolor). i seem to have a very similar hair type and natural color as you do, so i was wondering – do you know what brand and type haircolor does Nikki use on you? to get a similar look on my hair i’ll then just search for a stylist in my area that works with the same product.
    thank you in advance!
    Jane Ovchinnikova.

  • olivia_v81

    February 15, 2010 |

    Your hair is so, so incredibly stunning. I love it! And I agree, a ceramic straightening iron is so much better for your hair – I use the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair and it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. Thanks for giving so much inspiration with your photos!

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