When I was 16, I discovered the secret to perfect hair. Hot Rollers. They’re a hairstyling miracle. And the perfect “lazy girl” substitution for the perfect blowout. I’ve written the hot roller how-to post twice before, but I still get requests for it. And since I refuse to quit until every woman in America has discovered the glory that is hot rollers, let’s engage in a little Q&A.
Why do I love hot rollers? First, they cut the time it takes to style my hair in half. Second, I can apply makeup, eat breakfast, and get ready for the day, while my hair essentially styles itself. Third, even my mediocre hair-days are pretty damn good.
Which rollers do I use? Jumbo rollers are the only way to go. Whether my hair is ear-length, lobbed, or below my shoulder, the jumbo rollers give the ends the perfect amount of curl and the roots the ideal amounts of lift. Conair’s Extreme Big Curls Hairsetter is the only way to go.
How do I prep my hair? Besides washing it with a moisturizing shampoo (you need the moisture when you use this much heat), I like to rough dry it for volume. Just apply Drybar’s Mai Tai Spritzer to give the desired lift and texture. If your hair dries out or splits easily, I would also add a heat protecting shine spray.
How do I roll my hair? Correct technique is critical. This tutorial from Martha Lynn Kale shows you how to roll like a pro. This method gives you the volumized, lightly curled style that is perfect for every day wear. For something with a bit more curl at the ends, Harper’s Bazaar modifies the method slightly.
How long do I leave them in? Even on rush days, the curlers stay in for now less than 10-minutes. If I’m having a slow morning, I’ve been known to leave them in for up to an hour. However, I think the perfect length of time is somewhere around 20 to 25-minutes.
How do I make the curl last? When you take the curlers out, fight the desire to brush out your hair or touch it for another few minutes. Instead, toss your head upside down, spray it with hairspray, and just let it sit for a moment to cool and settle. Then, using a paddle brush, lightly brush it out. If you over brush the hair, your curl won’t last nearly as long.
There are only two hairsprays that I trust to combat humidity and make the curl stick: Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play Harder and L’Oreal’s Fine Control Hairspray. Which one you choose depends on personal preference. The L’Oreal works well, but the smell was off-putting to me, so I switched back.
How do you deal with the inevitable heat damage? I use a intense, damage repairing hair mask once every 7-10 days and use an eyebrow scissor to trim dry ends every two weeks.
*original image found here.