How to DIY with hot rollers {and a GIVEAWAYT

Crikey, I'm freaking out about this post. 
You see, I'm usually the one behind the camera and not overly comfy in front of it, but I decided if I was going to blog about this stuff then I'd better do it on my own least I'm available when I need me for a picture.
 I recently purchased a cable/trigger thingy for my camera (originally for longer exposure stuff, like waterfalls etc) but I've found it makes it a hell of a lot easier to take a self excuses now.
So, if you'd like to see how easy it is to bung in some hot rollers for a bit of a glam night out (or for grocery shopping...what ever floats your boat)...then scroll on down.
Here's the scary before and after pics.
This post was supposed to be the start of a YouTube series, but unfortunately, my video camera has gone to heaven, so it will have to be still shots for a while. Sorry to anyone who was expecting a video. Hopefully Santa will be nice to me this year.
Check out the grumpy looking woman in this pic.... This is what my hair looks like if I blast the crap out of it with my hairdryer after washing it. Normally it would be 10 times frizzier than this but I used an anti-frizz lotion (Taft Full On- Smooth Operator) I used it this morning too, and blow dried it "nicely"...I didn't even have to straighten it...sweet town.

So, next...once the hair is dry and you've heated up your hot rollers, take sections and spritz with a heat protecting spray. I used Taft's Guardian Angel Straightening Iron Spray, which gives you 220C heat protection and a gloss finish.

Grab a section of hair  from the middle section of your hairline and roll down (roll back towards your head). The beauty of this style is that it's a bit of a messy bombshell kinda look, so it doesn't have to be fact, it shouldn't look too structured. Which is why it's perfect for me...I can yell at children AND curl my hair at the same time!

Like I said, not perfect...just random curls. Make sure to roll under, not over and all will be sweet.

At least I look a little happier here. And I've straightened my fringe (bangs).

OK, so after the rollers have completely cooled,  you can carefully remove them. Try not to straighten them out as you take the rollers out. Let them sit for a minute and give them a light spritz with a flexible hairspray.

Good ship lolly pop anyone?

I'm giving a pack of these products away, so scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can enter.
All you need to do now is tousle your hair with your fingers (whatever you do, DO NOT use a brush or comb or you'll end up a frizz ball) My hair holds a curl really well, so I need to pull the curl out a fair bit.

I've fiddled around and pinned it back at the top. If you need height, then just gently tease the roots and give them another spritz with hair spray.

I didn't need to wash my hair for 4 days after doing this style and the curls stayed in. (I pony tailed the last day...which looked pretty nice, if I do say so myself)
BTW, if your wondering what make-up I used.
Dior Airflash Foundation
Oh, and I did use professional lighting and photo shop on some of the after pics, but ONLY on the whites of my eyes and to lighten my iris, cos I look really tired (that's what 3 kids will do to ya) 
Dior Eyeshadow in Tender Chic

So, if your in Australia and would like to win the 4 Taft products that I used (pictured above), then just jump on Twitter and follow 3pickles and tell me what you plan to do to your "do" for your next night out.
One winner will be announced (here on the blog) on Monday, October 29th, 2012.
This giveaway has now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated.

See you soon.
Disclosure: The taft hairstyling products were provided for editorial consideration and as a prize pack. 3pickles has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.


  1. Oh Marnie! You're so gorgeous!!! Trouble is I look like my before photo even after I've spent time on myself! LOL I stumbled across my old heated rollers at Mum's just recently. I think you've pursuaded me to give them another go. I always loved the whole 'full curl' look. You're just wonderful Marnie. Lookin' hot!!!

    Anne xx

    1. awww shucks Anne, you always say the nicest things.
      xx Marnie

  2. I plan on going to the hairdressers as I completely suck at doing my hair...these products look great though so they might just be the help I need!

  3. Hi Marnie, you look so stunning! Love both your hair and your makeup :)

    On my next night out I would love to have an up-do, with my hair in a classic French roll or something similar. Problem is, I can't do this myself so will have to get the help of my sister or someone else who's able and willing!

  4. Love what you have done with your hair. I struggle to get that salon finish, and these products (and of course your post) have given me the inspiration to attempt these awesome big curls for myself, at our approaching christmas party.

  5. Just wanted to say you look amazing!! That is how I've always wanted to have my hair, with the big loose curls :) Unfortunately I'm not very talented when it comes to curling, it always ends up falling out and then I'm annoyed that I've wasted an hour!

  6. Stunning photo's, Marnie! I don't think I've ever curled my hair with hot curlers...thing is my hair is do fine and straight it doesn't do anything. It's truly the worst.

    I do really need to come and see you though! What does your calender look like between now and the 8th Dec?

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