How to Use Heated Rollers to get Soft Waves in Even the Straightest Hair
I’ve been asked a few times now for a post on how to use heated rollers (or how I use heated rollers, rather…) so today’s the day Ima make those dreams come true.
(Today’s also the day I’m going to stop talking like that, because I really don’t know what came over me there- sorry.)
Now, the thing is, there are actually a few different ways to use heated rollers, and they all create different looks. Today, though, I’m going to show you the technique I use most often, which creates soft, slightly messy waves – although, to be honest, the “slightly messy” bit is mostly just accident, really. Hair, as I’ve said many times before, is not something I claim to be an expert on, so, as always with anything marked “tutorial” on this blog, this is just the way I do it, m’kay?
First, things first, though…
MY HEATED ROLLERS
I have the Babyliss Pro 30 Piece Heated Roller Set , which has been going strong for a few years now. I bought this set mostly because it contains quite a lot of rollers compared to some of the other sets I looked at (I also liked the pretty colours, and the fact that it comes with its own stand, though…), and as I have quite a lot of hair, I figured I’d probably need them all. I actually very rarely use every single one of the rollers at any given time, so a smaller set would probably have done just as well, but it’s nice to have a few different sizes to try.
HOW TO USE HEATED ROLLERS TO CREATE LOOSE WAVES
As this tutorial is all about how to use heated rollers to create soft, “Hollywood” waves, rather than tight curls or ringlets (All of which can also be achieved with heated rollers…) I mostly use use the two largest sizes of roller in the set: I use the second largest on the front and top of my head, and then the largest ones on the bottom layers. Just to confuse you, a lot of articles on the subject of how to use heated rollers will tell you to do this the other way around, and use the largest rollers on the bottom of your head: what you need to bear in mind here, though, is that the larger the roller, the looser the curl you’re going to get. I personally find that the largest size in this set doesn’t create enough of a curl for my liking, so I reserve them for the bottom layers of hair, which is less noticeable, and use a small size on the top layers, which are the ones people actually see.
(It’s also worth noting here that, if your hair is very long – or just doesn’t hold a curl well – the curls you get when you first remove the rollers aren’t the curls you’ll keep: they WILL loosen up a bit after a few minutes, so my top tip here is to always choose a roller that’s slightly SMALLER than you think you need, so that, when the curl does start to droop, it won’t go completely straight.)
How to use heated rollers to get loose waves in even the straightest of hair
HOW TO ROLL THE HAIR
Once you’ve selected your rollers, it’s just a matter of taking a small section of hair at a time (Some people will section their hair off with clips before they get started, to make it easier. I’m much too lazy for that, but it DOES seem like a good idea, so go for it…) , placing the roller a couple of inches from the root, and then wrapping the rest of the hair around it, working away from the head, in an anti-clockwise direction. For this look, I roll each strand of hair in the same direction: if you’re going for a messier – or less “styled” look, you can try alternating the direction of each roller.
Once the hair is fully rolled, I secure it with one of the plastic “claw grips” which came with my rollers. The set includes both these grips and a selection of metal pins, but I find the pins tend to leave an imprint on my hair, so I always use the “claws”.
Because this look isn’t supposed to be be too “done”, I don’t follow any particular pattern when putting the rollers in. I do part my hair as usual before I start, and make sure I maintain the part as I roll, but one of the reasons I like this look is that it’s so easy to do, and doesn’t require much thought or planning on my part. Gotta love that.
AND THEN YOU WAIT.
Once all the hair is rolled, all you have to do is wait. As for how LONG you wait, well, that’s up to you, but basically the longer you leave the rollers in, the better the curl you’ll get, and the longer it’ll last, so the longer, the better, really. If I’m doing my hair for a big night out, I’ll sometimes put the rollers in in the morning/afternoon, and then just leave them all day, but most of the time I just put them in as soon as my hair’s dry, leave them while I do my makeup and decide what to wear, then take them back out again.
The curl won’t last as long that way, but I’ll still be left with more volume/curl than I’d have naturally, and that’s good enough for me, most of the time. At the very least, though, you should try to leave them in until they’ve cooled down: for the curl to last, your hair really has to go from hot to cold, so if you take the rollers out while they’re still warm, your curls will drop out pretty quickly.
Speaking of curls, I guess no post on the topic of how to use heated rollers would be complete without some photos of the results, would it?
So, as you can see, it’s loose, and not too “done”, and although I know this post feels a bit like the Never-Ending Story, it’s actually pretty quick and easy to do, too, which is why I like it. Once you get the hang of it, it only takes a couple of minutes to put the rollers in, so I normally let them heat up while I’m blow-drying my hair, leave them in while I do my makeup, and then take them out once I’m done. For me, that’s quicker than having to sit and curl each stand individually, as you do with a curling iron, say: the downside is that it doesn’t last quite as long, so if you stick around, I’ll try to feature some longer-lasting curls soon. Or that’s the plan, anyway…