How to use hot rollers in your hair in 10 easy steps

Keep reading to learn how to use hot rollers in your hair so that you end up with beautiful, bouncy curls without having to go to a hairdresser?

Just like when you learnt to use a curling wand, there’s a right way and a wrong way to put heated rollers in your hair. It all starts with the right preparation and making sure that you part and section your hair so that you can easily and quickly put the rollers in.

I know when you’re getting ready to go out, it can take a long time to choose an outfit, get dressed, do your hair and your make up. You want to cut down on how long it takes to get ready- you’re busy and you haven’t got time to figure things out!

I’ve written this blog with a step-by-step explanation of how to put heated rollers in your hair the right way so that next time you’re getting ready to go out, you don’t waste time trying to figure it out!

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How to use heated rollers in your hair

Don’t have time to read this whole blog? Here’s my 10-step process for using heated rollers to curl your hair:

 

Step 1: Heat your rollers

Step 2: Brush your hair

Step 3: Separate your hair into two sections: top half and bottom half

Step 4: Separate hair into sections using pins or clips

Step 5: Roll each section of hair

Step 6: Secure roller with clip

Step 7: Spray with hair spray

Step 8: Wait for heated rollers to cool down

Step 9: Remove clips and rollers

Step 10: Set your curls with more hair spray

 

How to use hot rollers

Whether you call them heated rollers or hot rollers, they’re both the same thing!

Let’s take a look in more detail at how to use heated rollers to curl your own hair so that you can have faster, safer and better curls than if you were using any other method.

Before we do that- please make sure that your hair is completely dry. You should not be using heated rollers in wet or damp hair- this can damage your hair and the heat can cause your hair to steam. We don’t want that!

Dry your hair completely, then go through the following steps:

Step 1: Heat your rollers

I’m all for being efficient and multitasking, so the first thing I recommend you do is heat your rollers. This will take up to 5 minutes to heat up so rather than sitting around waiting, plug your heat roller box into your power outlet and let the rollers heat up.

Step 2: Brush your hair

While the rollers are heating up, brush your hair using a good quality hair brush starting from the bottom of your hair and working your way upwards. This helps reduce the pain from brushing out knots and tangles!

By brushing your hair before you curl it, you’ll have neater curls and less frizz. Your hair will look amazing!

Step 3: Separate your hair into two sections: top half and bottom half

You might’ve seen your hairdresser do this at the salon. Separate the top half of your hair from the bottom half. The top of your head is where you should start rolling your rollers and the bottom of your head should be the last area.

Step 4: Separate hair into sections using pins or clips

To make things even easier for you, separate your hair into sections using pins or clips. Keep each section identical so that you have uniform curls, and not some that are larger than others. Try not to make the sections too large otherwise they may be too big for the heated rollers.

Step 5: Roll each section of hair

Now that you’ve separated your hair into your sections, the heated rollers should be ready to use. If it has one, the indicator light should be lit up to let you know that they’re ready. If not, wait a little longer.

Roll each section of your hair. To do this, place the roller about ¾ of the way down your hair. Roll the ends of your hair around the roller then start rolling your roller upwards towards your scalp.

Step 6: Secure roller with clip

Once you’ve reached the scalp, secure the roller with a clip. Your heated rollers should’ve come with a set of clips otherwise you can also buy yourself a set. Some people prefer a specific type of clip.

Step 7: Spray with hair spray

After you’ve used all the rollers, finish your hair with a spraying of hair spray to help hold your curls in place. Years ago women used to place a hair net over the top to hold the rollers in place but you don’t need to do that.

Step 8: Wait for heated rollers to cool down

It typically takes about 30-45 minutes for your heated rollers to cool down. This of course depends on the thickness and length of your hair. Shorter hair won’t require as much time.

Some women prefer to keep their heated rollers in their hair for up to an hour which I think is a good idea if you have very long or thick hair. You will want to leave the rollers in a bit longer to ensure that your hair curls properly.

Step 9: Remove clips and rollers

It’s now time to remove the rollers! Make sure you do this one at a time. Firstly remove the clip. Let the hair start to unravel and as it is doing so, gently remove the roller. Try not to tug or pull on the roller as this could unravel the curl.

Step 10: Set your curls with more hair spray

Aren’t you glad you brushed your hair to begin with? Your curls will now look amazing and full of volume! To help keep the “just curled” look for longer, spray your hair with a mist of hair spray. I also like to run my fingers gently through any curls that are too tight, just to loosen them a little so that they look like my other curls.

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Tips for Using Heated Rollers

Now that you know how to put heated rollers in your hair, here are some extra tips and advice that you might like to try when you’re curling your hair. These extra tips don’t always need to be followed but in my experience they make the whole process and outcome a lot nicer!

Set aside some time to play around with your heated rollers

As you’ve never used heated rollers before, I wouldn’t recommend trying them for the first time before a night out or some other special occasion. This is in case they don’t turn out the way you expected!

It’s better to set aside a day to have a play around with the heated rollers, to see how they work on your own hair and what you can do next time to improve the curls.

Each of us have different types of hair. No two of us are the same! What works for one person with long hair may not work for another. What works for one person to make loose curls might end up giving someone else very tight curls.

It’s all about trial and error!

How many heated rollers do you need for your hair?

The first time you use heated rollers, you won’t know how many you need for your hair. You may not have enough in one set- you may need to purchase more!

Some heated roller sets have different sized rollers. You need to know how many of each size you need to get your desired curl.

Where do you start rolling? The top of your head or the bottom?

It’s best to start rolling from the top of your head and then work your way down your head. The bottom of your head should be the last section you roll.

There’s an art to rolling the rollers

Did you know that if you start with the ends of your hair when rolling your rollers, you will end up with large, heavy curls at the bottom of your hair?

To keep your curls even, start about halfway down your hair. Twist the ends around the roller then roll the roller upwards towards your scalp.

The angle of your heated rollers

If you want soft, bouncy curls, angle your heated rollers vertically instead of horizontally otherwise you will end up with a head of tight ringlets which doesn’t look great on an adult!

One final word

It might take you a few tries before you get used to using heated rollers instead of your usual curling wand or tongs but it will be worth it.

It’s less tiring and stressful than using a curling wand and you won’t need to worry about burning your fingers. And I find my arms are less sore after using heated rollers than when I use a curling wand!

You’ll actually enjoy curling your hair and seeing the results of your efforts- beautiful curls that leave you looking and feeling like a million dollars!

 

More posts about curling your hair:

The best heated rollers for your hair- a guide for 2020

Best hot rollers for fine hair: curls without damage!