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Hair rollers can help you make a head full of rocking curls. You have a choice between heated and unheated hair rollers. Hot rollers go in dry hair, making these curls a fast option for styling. Unheated curlers take more time because your hair needs to dry around the rollers, but the curls you get from unheated rollers will stay stylin’ all day or night.
Plug hot rollers in and let them warm up. After they’re hot, they deliver mountainous curls to your hair with the heat. Try hot rollers with a ceramic covering that will treat your hair nicely and minimize frizz. Keep hot rollers in your hair by using U-shaped clips (included with many hot roller sets) or by clamping jaw clips over the rollers. A key to making hot rollers work is keeping them tight against your scalp after rolling. If you have light and fine hair, this might be difficult. Some hot rollers come in different shapes, including bendy rollers that bend to connect after you roll your hair.
Unheated rollers come in many different shapes and styles. These babies work by setting your wet hair around the shape of the roller as the hair dries. Old-fashioned sponge rollers were one of the first unheated rollers that delivered big curls to a girl’s head. Newer versions come in bendy styles that bend and clip in your hair after rolling. Try a low-tech rolling method by rolling your hair around strips of rags and tying the rags tight for an effective “rag rolling” set.
Add some texturizing cream or styling lotion to your hair before it dries to give it the oomph it needs to hold a style. After your hair is dry, brush it thoroughly to detangle. Separate a 1-inch section of hair, at the hairline on the top of your head. Place the roller at the tips of the hair and roll the hair onto the roller nice and neat. Keep the hair taut as you roll, stopping when the roller touches your scalp and securing the roller. Keep rolling just like this until you roll your whole head. Let the rollers sit on your head until they cool completely and then take them out. Finger-style gently and spritz with finishing spray to finish.
Save a little time and start with dry hair when you use unheated rollers, too. Section off your hair just like you would with hot rollers, but spritz each section with just enough styling lotion to make it slightly damp. Roll each section onto an unheated roller, keeping it taut and neat until it gets to your scalp. Secure the roller according to the type of roller, bending or clipping it tightly. Find something to do until your hair dries -- you can’t take unheated rollers out until your hair is completely dry. You could even sleep on the rollers, if you want. After complete drying, unroll your hair and finger-style lightly. Spritz your mane with a touch of finishing spray to hold the curls tight.