If you are after a more elaborate
dressed hair style, a 40's or 50's 'hair do', extra style support or a longer lasting hair style even if you have failed at using
the hairdryer and brush method, then rollers or setting the hair may be the answer. Rollers, velcro rollers and hot sticks
simply provide a shape to mould your hair around, which, once
fully dried and cooled off, will often last longer than a blow-dry.
They will also add curl to straight hair when used with the right
It is worth mentioning, before you
read on that if you have fine, straight, glassy hair, these methods
may not work. You may be successful at achieving a slight wave
but it may only last for a few hours!
General rules for using rollers:
- Choose the size of roller by the
length of hair you have and the tightness of curl you want.
Hair must go around the roller one-and-a-half times to give
lift and volume as well as to stop the roller from falling out.
For every turn around the roller after that, you will get more
and more curl and a tighter result.
- A section (piece of hair you are
putting the roller into), should be the same size as the roller
- Direct the section of hair to
be rolled in the direction which you finally want it to go in
the style you are aiming for. For example, back at the sides
or rolling away from the face.
- Offset the sections or "brickwork"
them for a more natural modern look. If you don't offset them
placing each roller directly behind the previous one will leave
"tramlines" that will show in the finished result.
- Make sure the hair is totally
dry before you remove the rollers as the hairstyle will not
last if it is still damp.
This is the "modern roller" needing
no pin to hold it in place as it "sticks" directly to your hair.
You can use them to style your hair from wet/towel dried or put
them into almost dried or styled hair to give that last bit of
lift or finish.
Hot Rollers or Hot Sticks (used
on dry hair)
- Make sure the hair is 100% dry
before you begin.
- Spray the entire head with hairspray
which will allow you to keep working the hair before you section.
- Take the first section, comb it
smooth and spraying it again before putting the first roller
into the hair. The sections are wound in the direction you want
the hair to go and are approximately the width of the roller.
- If you make the sections bigger
than the rollers you will get a result that has more curl at
the end than at the roots.
- For a spiral look to your curls,
twist the section of hair before wrapping it around the roller.
- Allow the rollers to fully cool
before removing them.
- Finally, with a tiny portion of
hair drops or oil worked around the hands, use your fingers to separate out the
curls. Some people like to turn their heads upside down to do