How To Use Velcro Hair Rollers – Because These Old School Gems Should Be Your New Best Friend

Velcro rollers, that’s right. You might have seen your grandma or mom rocking them before a fancy night out. But why you ever need to use such an archaic method to curl your hair? I mean, there are tons of ways to curl your hair without having to look like some sort of Martian – among them are curlers, sleeping with your hair tied in a bun, wrapping your hair with pieces of fabric … you can even curl your hair with a hair straightener for god’s sake! And let’s not forget the whole foil method.

So why would anyone use velcro rollers? Because they’re heat-free, easy, affordable, glamorous, and make you feel like you just had an amazing blowout at the nearest, trendiest blow-dry bar without having to spend $ 50. In fact, you can pick up sets of velcro rollers in various sizes at most convenience stores for under $ 10. (I got a batch of 30 from Walgreens for about $ 12!)

Velcro rollers are amazing for creating volume in flat, straight hair. This is usually what I use them for. I have very simple, straight, boring hair with very little volume, but when I put two inch rollers into my hair and pull them out after doing my makeup, I get voluminous, bouncy hair that will last up to two or three days! All you need is velcro rollers, styling mousse, styling cream, and some hair clips.

Milano Collection Velcro Rolls (18-piece set), $ 18, Amazon

If you are trying to create curls with velcro rollers, I recommend using smaller sizes to really curl your hair. Velcro rollers are very customizable based on your goals and hair type. Craving big voluminous hair with no loops? Go for the big rolls. Want tight Shirly Temple curls? Go for small rolls. Want wavy curls? Go for medium sized rolls. I’ve been going back and forth between wanting my bobby pin straight and wanting bouncy curls, but I think I finally found a happy medium by using velcro rollers. Personally, I love using the larger sizes because they give me sleek, bouncy hair without damaging it.

1-3 / 4 Inch Velcro Hair Rollers, $ 10, Amazon

(These are two inch rolls that I use for volume.)

I’ve had my hair styled in a blow-dry bar before, when blow-dry bars became a thing, and I admit the results have been amazing. I couldn’t stop my hands from doing a hair flip every five minutes. The downside was that when I washed my hair I felt my ends were extremely dry and split. What was I waiting for, however? For about 30 minutes, someone combed my hair with heat… that’s bound to do a lot of damage. So why don’t you go out and buy a $ 10 pack of velcro rollers to get the same results?

But let’s get down to the basics! When using velcro rollers, start with damp hair first and run styling mousse through it and let it air dry. While your hair is still slightly damp, grab your rollers and start rolling! I like to separate my hair into three main parts, from which I then divide several more small sections. You should always roll them inward from the tip of your hair towards your roots. Secure them with bobby pins or styling clips and move on to the next section. There is no real science behind the process!

When you’re done rolling your hair, you can do your nails, your taxes, your makeup, or do what I did and go to Subway to get a sandwich for lunch (#Noshame).

If you are in a hurry, I suggest using your hairdryer to warm up the hair. Let cool and finish with a little hairspray. Although you use heat, its way less heat than drying your hair for 30 minutes straight. If you’re looking for quick volume, place velcro rollers around the crown of your head, wait a bit (about how long it would take to put on makeup), and pull the rollers back to release super fast hair volume.

However, when you remove your rolls, do not unroll them. Grab the rollers and pull out from the roots. This way you simultaneously brush your hair while removing the rollers. I like to start by removing the bottom ones. Once they’re all out, run your fingers through your new voluminous hair, flip said hair over, run a light styling cream through it, and ta-da!

You get super soft, bouncy, voluminous hair without the damage. In other words, the same results you’d get from going to a blow-dry bar and the comfort of your own home while wearing pajamas – how much better could that be? Goodbye to weird and frizzy hair and hello to sleek, bouncy locks!

There are so many innovative ways to curl your hair these days with advancements in technology and the like, but I think our mothers and grandmothers knew what they were doing. I will always use velcro rollers no matter how old they get and no matter how embarrassing my kids in front of their friends.

If none of what I said makes sense to you, take a look at this youtube tutorial. I have gone through many velcro rolling tutorials online and brought you the best, IMHO.

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