If you’ve been trying to get the perfect non-blowout, blowout look, but just can’t seem to get it right, you’re not alone. Velcro rollers can be a tricky thing to master. You don’t want to rip your hair, or get too impatient to wait for it to air dry, etc. It definitely takes a few tries to master the art of Velcro rollers, but once you get there, you’ll never go back. Velcro rollers are a great, heatless, and more importantly, cost-effective alternative to getting regular blowouts!
Anybody who’s alive knows that the convenience of being able to do your hair yourself is not something to take for granted. With what we, as a society, have been through the last few years, people have become much more adept at styling their own hair. If you’re looking for an at home way to achieve a hairdo that will survive a whole night’s sleep and give you the same volume, or more, as a blowout, Velcro rollers are the ticket.
So, it might help you to understand how Velcro rollers work before just sticking a bunch of itchy cylinders into your hair. They are half like any Velcro you see in any other circumstance, minus the fuzzy side. The harder, stronger side of Velcro is meant to be self-securing when put into your hair, hence the absence of the fluffy half of Velcro. Since they are meant to be secure on their own, you don’t necessarily need to clip them in, but some people prefer the extra security, and we get it. It’s important to note that although different sizes of Velcro rollers will give you different initial curls, these hair tools are not meant to literally curl your hair. Despite the curl you might have immediately after you take them out, while your volume will last, the curls will not.
Hairstylist Ryan Trygstad tells Allure that Velcro rollers are “also great for setting your hair and keeping it out of your face while you’re applying your makeup.” Another NYC based stylist Cataanda James adds the rollers provide “a quick hair fluff to your style in little time,” which is ideal, especially for us chronically late people.
The no heat aspect, as well as how affordable it is, is another game changer for many people. Any store from CVS to Ulta probably has some variation of a Velcro roller, and often for less than $10!
Velcro rollers can work on any hair, but super long hair is a bit harder to manage than short-mid length hair. The less hair, the easier it is to hold onto the Velcro roller on its own. The size of the roller matters as well. Shorter hair requires smaller rollers, whereas longer hair, meaning past your shoulders or longer, requires medium to jumbo rollers. It may take a bit of research to establish what size roller is best for you.
Super textured hair can also present a challenge. In that case, it’s best to get the natural curl out of your hair before using the roller. Blow drying it and a quick touch with the flatiron prior to applying the rollers can make the difference between luscious, voluminous hair, and curls so ratty and tangled you may as well have done nothing at all.
Like I said before, mastering the Velcro rollers is another story. While it’s very doable once you get the hang of it, it’s important not to get discouraged after one trial and fail. Learning anything new takes time! There are a few steps to take to ensure the most volume possible. When putting in the Velcro rollers, damp hair will give you the most hold, but that takes a little longer to achieve the final product. For a faster result, blow dry your hair first, then put in the rollers. To help with grip, LA based stylist Michael Dueñas suggests a mousse, such as Amika Plus Size Perfect Body Mousse for damp hair. For dry hair, Color Wow Raise the Root Thicken + Lift Spray can be applied. And of course, always brush through your hair before applying the rollers, to avoid making your hair look worse than when you started.
Once you start rolling, that’s where it gets a bit trickier. James says to “make a four to six inch [wide] section at the crown of your head. Begin making a 1 to 1 ½ inch part at the front of that section (sized to fit the roller) and winding hair in the roller forward toward the head.” Continue this process throughout your head, always starting at the front/top and working down. As I mentioned, depending on your hair and your application of the rollers, you may feel you need to clip them in, which is totally fine. To hold the hair, hair spray that doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy is a nice addition. Another step you might choose to incorporate is blow drying, after the rollers are in your hair. This speeds up the process, but it’s important to make sure to “point the air in the same direction the hair was set” with a high heat and low airflow, according to James. The rollers should be left in for no shorter than 10 minutes, but the amount of time really varies depending on wet or dry hair, texture, etc.
When removing the rollers, slide them out by holding onto the sides and gently roll them out the same, or opposite, way you put them in. After that, you’re free to play with it however you please. Flip it upside down, tousle your hair a bit, add dry shampoo or hairspray to help your root out a little bit. The most important thing to remember, as always, is it’s okay to make mistakes, so don’t get discouraged if your homemade blowout is not salon quality the first time you try it!
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