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Thanks to TikTok, tons of age-old beauty tips are getting a second life. One of them? All kinds of curlers, which give natural looking curls and volume with very little effort.
So when should you use rollers, as opposed to, say, your trusty curling wand or Dyson Airwrap? “I would suggest using rollers on a curling iron to create a natural lift at the roots,” says Ryan Trygstad, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City. Keep reading to learn all about handy hair tools.
What curlers should you use?
There are several roller options to choose from. Trygstad says the ever-popular hot rollers “can be used for any length and will create the most curls of any roller,” adding that they’re “excellent for creating a body wave from model Cindy Crawford. 90’s”. (A big trend this year, by the way.)
Then there is the ever-popular Velcro roller, which is held in the hair. “Velcro rollers are more for maintaining volume and for use during blow-drying to ‘set’ the style or maintain the volume of each section,” says Trygstad, mentioning that these rollers can also be used to style curtain bangs. .
To cover your bases, try an option that includes multiple roller sizes. “I would recommend getting a pack of different sizes to experiment with,” says Trygstad. “Bigger rollers will create less volume, while smaller rollers will create more volume.”
How do you use curlers?
“Curlers are used on dry hair,” says Trygstad. “You have to wrap the ends of the hair around the roller and roll it all the way to the root.” The amount of hair you put on each roller depends on your hair type, as well as the roller itself. “Most clients can use three to five rollers to set hair all over the crown while blow-drying,” the stylist advises, adding, “It’s also a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you’re styling. make up”.
Ready to roll (the hair)? Keep scrolling through the 14 designs we love, whatever type you’re looking for.
The best ceramic curlers
Ceramic Thermal Hair Rollers
These ceramic rollers retain heat while you dry for added elegance, and the set of eight includes three sizes.
Best Hot Rollers
LUXE volumizing hot rollers for volume, body and shine
Stylists love these heated rollers, which provide smooth, shiny curls and only take minutes to set.
Best Velcro Rollers
High Tops hook and loop rollers
These hassle-free hook-and-loop rollers are great for adding lift to bobs and other shorter hairstyles.
Best Color-Coded Velcro Rolls
Hook-and-loop multipack rolls
Best headband hair curler
Heatless Curling Rod Headband
Wear this heatless headband-style curler overnight and it reveals the easy, voluminous waves of your dreams when you wake up.
Best Satin Pillow Rolls
Satin Heatless Pillow Rolls
Pillow curlers are like mini versions of the satin rod; rather than wrapping all the hair around a single rod, it is curled in small sections for more control and then set overnight.
Best foam rollers
Soft foam rollers
Former cheerleaders may have flashbacks when they see these babies, but if this TikTok (with over a million views) is any indication, these inexpensive rollers punch well above their weight class when used correctly.
Best Satin Rolls
Satin covered rollers, 18 pieces
Satin rollers act similarly to foam rollers in terms of results, but their silky material is a bit more durable and gentler on the hair.
Best Rolls for Bongs
Hairstyle Magic Bendy Hair Rollers
If you have bangs, adding these easy-to-use, inexpensive curlers to your cart is essential.
Best Hot Rollers for Travel
Nano-Titanium Heat Rollers
This set of five giant heat rollers is ideal for home and travel. But if that’s not enough, you can also choose from options with additional rolls.
Best rod rolls
Squishy rod rolls
Wrap hair around these flexible rods, then shape them however you like; they’ll stay in place without pins or clips, then come off just as easily when you’re ready to style your hair.
Best Large Rod Rollers
Burgundy Jumbo Rolls 1.25″
These nifty tubes work the same way as the thinner sponge rod rollers, except with a wider circumference. Rather than twist them, form them into one VS shape for soft, easy waves.
Best Magnetic Rollers
Although not actually magnetic, they are so named because they stick easily to wet or dry hair (like a magnet), while the vents allow for quick drying. This set contains 54 rollers, plus 20 clips and a comb, all for less than $15.
Best Hot Rollers for Long Hair
Jumbo and Super Jumbo Ceramic Heat Rollers
These rollers come in two sizes – 1.5 inches and 1.75 inches – both of which lend themselves to medium or longer hair. If you’re worried about heat damage, don’t be: the velor flocking keeps the heat super soft (but it never hurts to use a heat protectant!).
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