In the world of do-it-yourself hair, hot rollers are making a comeback. The hot rollers of today are quite different than the big pink ones from the era of the bouffant and the pill box hat.
But, like every style, what goes around comes around and like overalls and bodysuits, hot rollers are coming back to the forefront. It’s not quite time to put away the curling iron and the straightening wand, but it is time to add hot rollers to your collection of hair styling tools.
The curls are big and bouncy, offering different styles than the straight and smooth look that is so prevalent today.
With hot rollers taking over the style aisles, the time is right to share our hot roller tutorial for using them.
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Begin With Dry Hair
In order to get the best results from hot rollers, it is best to start with dry hair. Some people prefer styling hair that has been slept in, rather than just washed hair because day-old hair is much easier to style. Whether you use newly shampooed hair or slept-in hair, you should be sure your hair is detangled and as smooth as possible. This way, you can get the best curls without flaws from snarls or tangles.
Add Styling Products
After you have straightened your hair, it is a good idea to add mousse and a protective heat serum. A good heat serum can keep the ends from being damaged by being closest to the hottest part of the rollers. No one wants their ends to look frayed after they take out the hot rollers, so use the heat serum liberally.
Once you have the product worked throughout your hair, you can add a deep side part. While a center part can create beautiful styles with hot rollers, the side part offers more drama and glamour. If you have perfectly straight hair or you have plenty of layers, a side part will help create more volume because your hair will be naturally layered. The curls will build on each other and they will look fabulous.
Section Your Hair and Roll It the Correct Way
Before you begin to roll up the hair, it is best to section off the hair. The sections should be small, because the hair will load up the rollers. Use clips to keep the sections separate and be sure to add the heat serum to each section.
The typical way to curl hair with hot rollers is to begin at the ends and roll up the hair from the bottom to the top. But, this is not the only way to get big and bouncy curls. In fact, if you start with a section at the top, you can get more volume at the crown, rather than just bouncy curls at the ends.
To wrap hair from the top, put the hot roller at the top and then wrap the section around it with the end being the last part. This method not only adds volume, but it also protects the sensitive ends from the hottest part of the roller. When you wrap your hair from the top down, the ends lay on other sections of hair rather than directly on the roller.
Don’t Forget the Most Important Spot
While every hot roller placements is important, there is one spot that is more important than the others. Every hot roller tutorial should include the fact that a hot roller should be placed right in the center front where the hairline meets the forehead.
If you have different sized hot rollers, the biggest size should be placed at that point. This hot roller will give the perfect amount of lift to draw attention to your eyes and the rest of your face. The volume at the hairline will actually add a youthful look to your style.
If you neglect this part of the hair, the style you create will look like it is pulling your hair towards the floor. To get the desired look, be sure that you roll the hair toward the back of your head, rather than toward your face.
Place the Hot Rollers Vertically
It is also a good idea to curl your hair with a vertically placed hot roller. When you wrap your hair horizontally on the roller, the curls do not roll in the desired direction – they curl under or flip up.
Placing the roller vertically results in hair that has the loose curls that look like the classic old Hollywood style reminiscent of Veronica Lake. Be sure to gently clip the rollers in place and let the hair completely cool.
Remove the Hot Rollers Properly
It is vitally important to let the hair completely cool before removing the rollers. By letting the hair cool, you let the style set. If you take the rollers out while the hair is still warm, the curls will relax.
It is also important to remove the rollers the correct way. Instead of pulling them out of the hair, the best technique is to slide the roller out while letting the hair loosely fall from it. As soon as the hot rollers have been removed, it is recommended that you spray your hair with a finishing spray.
Finish Your Hair with Style
If you have followed the instructions in our hot roller tutorial, you should have loose beachy-waves with plenty of volume. In order to get the perfect carefree beachy look, it is helpful to use a texturizing spray that includes sea salt. This type of dry spray provides the perfect texture to get that fresh-off-the-beach look that is so stylish and so difficult to achieve.
Once you remove the rollers from your head, it is recommended that you do not brush your hair. If you do brush your curls, they can become frizzy and definition of the curls will disappear.
Instead of brushing, you can use your fingers to fluff your hair from the roots to tips. You can also flip your head upside-down and run your fingers through your hair to get even more volume.
Hot Roller Tutorial Suggestions
Like all styling tools, hot rollers can be used in a variety of ways. It can be fun to mix up fluffy hot roller curls with tighter curling iron curls.
You can also make interesting styles by combining hot rollers with sections that have been flat ironed. Some stylists like to use hot rollers before they create beautiful updos for special occasions.
Whatever you do with your hot rollers, be sure to protect your hair from the heat so it can look healthy in the creative styles you design.