How to Curl Your Hair Rollers

Rollers are a great option whether you’re trying to get beachy waves or more defined curls and the interesting part is that it’s a safer alternative to heat styling and works for all hair types. Going for bouncier curls or looking to create quick, voluminous curls there’s a roller set for your desired hairstyle with minimal to no heat damage.

These compact tube structures are simple to use and appropriate for various hair textures. Additionally, they come in several sizes to accommodate the length and thickness of your hair. But with so many options, it can be difficult to know where to begin and which hair rollers to use to achieve the look you want.

Types of Hair Rollers

  • Hot Rollers
  • Flexi Rods
  • Magnetic Rollers
  • Velcro Rollers
  • Foam curlers
  • Brush Hair Rollers
  • Steam Hair Rollers
  • Mesh Rollers

Hot Rollers

Hot Rollers

These rollers warm up rapidly and give an instantaneous style. Looking for more body and volume? Try these out. The main drawbacks of hot rollers are that they require an electrical supply and that the roller set could use up a lot of valuable bathroom space.

Steam Rollers

Steam Rollers

Steam rollers give almost the same result as hot rollers except it’s milder to the scalp. It uses steam, If you are going for beachy or wavy curls, roll them out a few inches from your roots. 

Foam Rollers

Foam Rollers

The moisturizing properties of the soft foam rollers penetrate the hair follicles to give you gorgeous curls. If you want to spend the night in rollers, foam rollers are a terrific option. They are soft and comfortable in bed as long as you don’t roll them too tightly.

Magnetic Rollers

Magnetic Rollers

Magnetic rollers are pretty easy to install, as wet hair readily clings to the surface of the rollers due to static. Once you fasten your hair to these rollers, pin-up for a firmer grip.

Velcro Rollers

Velcro Rollers

Velcro rollers are an excellent option for individuals just getting started with rollers because they work great for all hair types, are simple to use, and can create everything from tight ringlets to loose waves because they come in so many various sizes.

Mesh Rollers

Mesh Rollers

Although mesh rollers are not quite as comfy as foam rollers, they can easily be used on wet hair since the mesh allows for plenty of air to reach every side of each curl. Also, you can use a hair dryer to gently blast warm air down the side of each curler to hasten the drying process.

Brush Rollers

Brush Rollers

Brush rollers might not be as readily available as many of these other rollers, they are fantastic! The surface bristles on these normally huge rollers help hold your hair in place. They work best for giving hair a ton of volume and adding a few waves, but they cannot create tightly wound curls unless you use a tiny brush roller and dry damp curls with heat.

Flexi Rods

Flexi Rods

Flexi Rods are commonly used on kinky and curly hair types. They can be done on damp hair and produce great results. Flexi rods can be bent into any shape, which keeps them in place without pins or clips.

How to Use Hair Rollers for more Volume and Curls

The only difference between the many types of hair rollers available on the market is the hair’s state—whether dry, wet, or heated—and how they are applied.

Wash and Prep your Hair

For curlies, you also want to ensure your hair is moisturized and tangle-free because you wouldn’t want to get this done on oily, greasy hair. Start by washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo because regular shampoos include sulfates, which deplete the hair of its natural oils and hydration during the cleansing process.

To keep hair moisturized, use a conditioner, and then thoroughly rinse. Rolls should be installed on hair that is 80 percent dry, so squeeze out extra water and let hair dry for a while. Add your additional hair care or styling products along with oils.

For Clean Dry Air

Apply a mild detangling spray or sprinkle clean, dry hair with water before detangling it with a boar bristle brush.


Divide your hair into a left, a right, and a middle section. You can start from the front and work your way back, securing each section with a sectioning clip. The size of the section determines the size of the hair rollers used. Bigger-sized rollers can take larger sections. 

Start Rolling 

After sectioning, you can decide whether to begin at the front or the back. Either way works, it all depends on what’s convenient for you.

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From the Back Section

Detangling spray and curling cream should be applied to a section of hair to keep it moisturized and shiny when the rolls are taken out. Comb the section upwards to increase the volume, attach your hair’s ends to the roller as straightly as you can, and roll and secure using a clip.

Usually, the first one is the hardest, but it becomes easier as you progress! Roll each piece as tightly as you can. You are stretching out your curls when you insert these rolls. When rolling, smooth out your hair to create really good tension as though you were playing a game of tug-of-war.

As you approach the section of hair closest to your face hairline, begin spinning away from your face in a vertical motion. You should use small rollers to tuck in the sparse hair. Now, you’re left with the horseshoe section; depending on how you were parting your hair for the occasion, you would place your rollers accordingly.

From the Front Section

Divide your hair into 3 sections; a left, right, and a middle section. Start sectioning from the front middle section and work downwards to the nape of your neck. 

Roll one section at a time, then repeat for the remaining sections to give yourself a mohawk-like appearance. Simply work on the sides, that’s all! Some say this is unquestionably the quickest and simplest way to roll.

Blow Dry

You can define your curls by sleeping with hair rollers or by blow-drying them vigorously. If you blow dry, leave your rollers in for 20 to 25 minutes to let your hair cool and maintain the structure of your curls.

Set Curls

Spray hairspray on your hair, then waits for the curl to set. As the rollers set, spritz your hair with a moderate hold spray.

Unravel the Curls

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Unravel the rollers in the direction of the curls, it’s that simple! Shake them all out and pick and fluff. You may choose to use a hot heated roller to hasten the drying process, but be sure to spritz on a heat protectant first to protect the hair’s health.

Pro Tips for Using Hair Rollers

To minimize tangles and to avoid ruining your hairstyle, always remove the rollers from the bottom layers of your hair before moving to the top sections. Also, make sure your hair is wrapped around the rollers firmly, a good curl is the result of good tension.

If you’re keeping your rollers in overnight, ensure your hair is properly covered in a silk or satin bonnet.

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