How to Roller-Set Your Hair

I mentioned once before that I have been roller-setting my hair lately to get full, bouncy waves, and many of you requested a tutorial, so here it is!

Firstly, why should you consider roller-setting your hair?
 It gives you the look of blow-dried hair without the heat damage
 It’s quick and easy: once you practise a few times, you should be able to get the rollers in your hair in about 5-7 minutes
 Your hair doesn’t go flat after a few hours like it might when you use irons
 It makes you feel like a 1950s housewife
Note: I use velcro rollers. You should be able to get them at a beauty supply store or online.How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair
 Start with damp hair; it should be about 70% dry. If you’re impatient, you can rough dry your hair first.
 Comb through your hair gently. Hair is very fragile when it’s wet, so don’t rip the comb through! (Also, use a wide-toothed comb rather than a brush. I haven’t used an actual hairbrush since I was about 5 years old)
 Decide on how you want your hair to look: if you want tight, ringlet curls, divide your hair into small sections and pick small rollers. If you want big, loose waves, make fewer sections and choose bigger rollers. I use about 7 rollers (one for the front, 3 for either side) and I use the biggest rollers I can find. If you have thick and/or long hair, you will probably need bigger rollers.
 Start with the front section – your fringe, or where your bangs would be if you had them. Starting at the tips, roll your hair upwards and backwards.How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-b
Front and side sections
 Unless I am rolling very small sections, I always need to secure my hair. You can use bobby pins, normal pins, big clips – whatever works to hold the roller in place. Just make sure the roller is tight against your roots when securing. If I don’t have a big clip on hand, I use pins on either side of the roller, securing it to my scalp.How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-c
View from one side
 Lots of people recommend that you make three sections vertically down the back of your scalp, but personally, I find this is difficult to do by myself, and it doesn’t seem to really make a difference for my hair. 
 After rolling the top section, roll the sides. Starting at the ends, roll your hair under, pulling it tight till it touches the scalp, and secure.
 Continue rolling all your sections in the same way.How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-d
View from the other side
 Don’t worry too much if your hair is layered and bits fall out. At the end, when all the big sections are rolled, you can roll these sections separately (but don’t use too small of a roller unless you want one stray ringlet!)How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-e
This is what your hair should look like with all the rollers in place
I know it doesn’t look professional –
I’ve only done it myself a few times!
 Wait till your hair is completely dry before removing the rollers. You can sleep with them in your hair or blast your hair with a blow dryer if you’re getting impatient!
♥ Warning: you will look silly with the rollers in your hair! You can cover them with a scarf – or just make sure to do this when no one else is around.
 Optional: Put on a full-skirted high-waisted 50s dress and paint your lips bright red while you wait for your hair to dry.
 Enjoy your beautiful, shiny, bouncy head of hair!

Results… {the following pictures were taken before I had combed my hair}How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-f
Roller-setting your hair will probably
make it appear shorter, but fullerHow-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-g
Not sure why I look so anxious here…
I think it was because the flash just wouldn’t come on.
And I had only left the rollers in for a couple of hours,
so I was worried that my hair wouldn’t be completely dry.How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-h
Flash! Success!
Crazy, haphazard waves…
Just the way I like ’em How-to-Roller-Set-Your-Hair-i
View from the back
(Still hadn’t combed it at this point)

There you go! Easy peasy! And you don’t even have to be a hair expert to do your hair like this. Little hint: if you like messy waves, it really doesn’t matter if your rollers aren’t evenly placed. Two things to remember: the rollers must be tight against your scalp, and the top front section is the most important. If that section looks great, the rest doesn’t matter so much!

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