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Sure Fire Tips to Make Hot Rolling Your Hair Easy and Fun!

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The stereotype of hot rollers is that you roll your hair right before you put on your formal. I, however, have found hot rolling to be easy enough that I can do it right before throwing on a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt. And with different sized rollers, you can choose high volume, waves or curls to complete whatever ensemble you’re aspiring to. Win-win.

My Aunt Eileen gave me her set to try, and now, I’m not sure I’d could live without them. So after playing around to see how they work, I came up with some tips that help me get a long-lasting look that takes less than 20 minutes.

Choose your size carefully.  If you’re just looking for some body, the jumbo size is your best bet. Loose curls are a product of a large roller, etc. etc. Experiment first and figure out what you like best and what works with your hair type.

Hot Sets or Hairspray.  Before you roll, lightly mist your whole head with a setting product. If you don’t have a setting product, hairspray will work in a pinch. This helps your hair grab the curls better and will help your “do” to last.

Let Them Heat Up! Give your rollers a while to heat. Depending on what type of hot rollers you have, they may heat up fast or they may take several minutes to reach their highest temp. WAIT! Make sure they’re completely warmed up before using them.

Perfection is Not Necessary.  Hot rollers don’t look as precise as someone with perm rods in her hair at the salon. Just make sure the ends are wrapped well and let them be wild!

Fluff it.  After removing your hot rollers, don’t stop there. Run your fingers through a bit to loosen up individual sections. Fluff, tease and don’t forget to finish with a quick mist of hairspray.

Basic instructions:

  • Start with a section (a bit smaller than the width of the roller) at the top of your head. Roll and clip. Continue back until you have reached the back of your neck.
  • Section out the area in front of the ear and roll.
  • Make a new section behind the ear. Separate and roll.
  • Any left over areas can be rolled with a random curler.
  • Go play (or do dishes) for 10-15 minutes or until rollers are completely cool.
  • Gently unwind each roller individually.
  • Fluff, tease and go!

If you’re like me, you may need to see it done. There are lots of great videos on YouTube about how to hot roll your hair!

Any questions or comments? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Comments

  1. Hot rollers are wonderful! I am a dunce when it comes to doing my hair, but I watched a few how-to videos online and figured it out. Now I let my hair air-dry and use hot rollers later. High five for hot rollers!

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