How to Use Velcro Rollers
All About Velcro Rollers
Velcro rollers have been around for quite a number of years. They are super simple to use and can make your hair look great if you want more volume, wave, or curl.
I've used them for a long time, but it's still not uncommon for people to ask me how to use velcro rollers, so I decided to put some information together about them.
Below, you'll find out what's so great about them, as well as tips for choosing, cleaning, and using velcro rollers.
Why Use Velcro Rollers?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to use velcro rollers.
- They are an easy way to give your hair the look of increased volume especially for medium to short hair. But they are fantastic for long hair too. They are a quick, low effort way of adding waves or curls.
- They are inexpensive.
- They don't use heat, and therefore won't create the damage that hot rollers can.They're pain free; no burn risk.
- They are extremely simple to use and add almost no time to your morning routine. You don't even have to use pins or clips to hold them in place. That's one less step in your styling process.
- They are very portable.
- If lost they are easy to replace and you don't have to buy an entire set if one goes missing.
- You can use them anywhere, you don't need electricity and in that way are an eco-friendly option as well.
- They last for a lifetime, so the expense is minimal.
How To Choose Your Velcro Rollers
Choosing velcro rollers generally requires you to make only two decisions:
- Rollers with all over velcro, or rollers with velcro only on the edges.My experience indicates that the all over velcro rollers stay in place more securely.
- Roller size.The size of rollers that you need depends on the look you want and the length of your hair.
-- Clearly a super sized roller would not work well on a short hair cut as the hair would not wrap around it.
-- A smaller roller can provide more curl and a larger roller can provide more volume and large waves.
-- Fine hair often benefits from larger rollers too.
-- Having a variety of sizes gives you more styling options.
-- Curly hair often looks best when the curls are not all of the same size.
Caring for Your Velcro Rollers
Like anything that you put in your hair, velcro rollers will pick up some of the various products you may use. Hair spray, conditioners, finishing sprays, volumizers, anti-frizz serums, anything. Therefore, it's best to wash them periodically. I rarely apply products on my hair but I wash my rollers occasionally in warm soapy water, allowing them to soak 15-20 minutes. Then I scrub them by rubbing them together, rinse well with cool water, and set them aside on a towel to dry. How often you do this depends on how frequently you use the velcro rollers and how much product you have in your hair at the time.
Of course these rollers pick up strands of loose hair over time as well, but this is easy to remove. I simply take two rollers (dry), one in each hand, and brush one up and down the other roller, rotating the roller until the entire thing has been brushed. The loose hair balls up and is easily removed by hand. This takes 10-15 seconds per roller.
When I travel with my velcro rollers I just throw them in a sealed bag to keep them together, and if I have various sizes I can slide the smaller ones inside of the larger ones, reducing the amount of space they consume.
How to Use Velcro Rollers
Using velcro rollers is quick and easy. This is how I do it when I want to add a bit of volume or wave to my hair. (obviously for other styles, the rolling technique would vary)
First I wash, condition, and dry my hair as I normally do (Although sometimes I use them on slightly damp hair). I don't bother styling with a round brush or anything. Then to apply the rollers, I merely section my hair as dictated by the size of the rollers I will be using. Since I often just want some volume or wave, I tend to use the larger rollers (2 or 2.5"). I pull out a section from my head, put a roller at the end, and roll under and up toward my scalp. Once at my scalp, the velcro will do it's job and stay in place. However, my personal preference if I'll be moving around quite a bit, is to still use a clip to assure my rollers are secure. I often leave mine in for 15 to 20 minutes while I eat breakfast, apply makeup, make my bed, check the weather or something similar.
For optimal volume, pulling the hair straight upward from my scalp and getting the roller as close to the roots as possible will provide more lift.
Velcro rollers tend to stay in place without pins. But I often secure my velcro rollers using some hot roller butterfly clips that grab on to the roller. There is no learning curve with this, it's not tricky. I am sure a basic pelican or duckbill clip would work as well but you'll have to figure out the best placement of those clips to avoid having a "ridge" in your hair afterward. But as mentioned previously, you certainly don't have to use any clip at all.
To remove the rollers I simply unroll each downward. I comb through my hair and apply any spray if I chose to use any. If I want something curlier, I generally only run my fingers through my hair or use a wide toothed comb.
If I want more curl or I'm in a hurry, I use my hair dryer to apply heat once my velcro rollers are in place (just for a few seconds since my hair is dry already). Then, I switch to a cool setting which serves to set the curl. I also tend not to brush as much. Smaller rollers will create more curls and using a variety of rod sizes makes it look more natural.
I have shoulder length hair and tend to use the 2.5" rollers (I have some 3", 2" and 1.5" as well depending on what type of hairstyle I want) Remember the larger, the looser curl you will get and if your hair is shorter, you get more of a gentle wave. These (below) are the ones I've used.
If you decide you want to use clips (because you will be moving around a great deal) then duck bills can work, but often I use butterfly clips. These will work with 2.5" rollers and smaller. I find they aren't really wide enough to be reliable with the 3" rollers.
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