How To Curl Hair with Hot Rollers

Girl with permed hair

Using hot rollers is a convenient way to curl your hair. These work like curling irons, only that the hot rollers don’t apply heat directly from metal to your hair. Curling your hair using hot rollers involves a few steps, and you will usually require about an hour of preparation until your hair is ready.

What you need:

  • Blow dryer
  • Hair brush
  • Volumizing mousse or styling gel
  • Hair spray
  • Hot rollers
  • Clips

Plug in the hot rollers and wash your hair. Shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Before you shower, though, it would be a good idea to plug in the hot rollers so that you won’t have to wait before they heat up. After showering, dab your hair dry with a clean towel.

Blow dry. After towel drying your hair, blow dry your hair straight. Use a hairbrush to straighten out hair and to remove any tangles. You might get better results if you use a round brush and brush from the underside of the hair while blow-drying.

Add mousse. Apply enough volumizing mousse or styling gel throughout your hair to add body and hold.

Separate hair into sections. You will need to separate your hair into sections for an easier time curling. Part your hair down the middle (or your preferred parting point). Separate hair into three sections: one each side, and the back. Twist these upward and hold with a big clip each.

Curl one section at a time. Loosen the section you want to curl first.

  1. Take an approximately 1 ½ to 2 inch section and brush this from root to tip to loosen any tangles.
  2. Apply hair spray over the small section you are curling.
  3. Take one hot roller from the set and slide it down the bottom-side of the section you are curling until you are about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the tip.
  4. Twist the end of this section around the roller, and curl the roller upward toward the scalp. Be sure to roll along the under-side of the hair, for best results.
  5. Fasten the roller with the locking pin.

Repeat these instructions on each small section of your hair. When one big section is through, work on the other sections, until you have rolled all of your hair.

Wait. You will have to wait for your hair to set, depending on the recommended waiting time by the hot roller manufacturer. You will usually have to wait anywhere from one to four hours for your hair to set. For best results, leave the rollers as long as possible.

Take out the rollers. When the prescribed time has passed, you can now take out the hot rollers from your hair. Carefully remove the locking pin, and roll the roller away (don’t pull).

Style your hair
. When all rollers have been removed, comb your hair with your fingers, and style further as necessary. You can add more hair spray to keep your curls longer.


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