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Hot Rollers: The Forgotten Gorgeous Hair Miracle

We're not sure when the curling iron took the spotlight as the go-to curling tool, but we think it's high time hot rollers made a come-back. Look, we're not knocking the curling iron--it can create some great styles. That said, hot rollers are very easy to use and can help create lasting bombshell volume whereas we find curling iron curls tend to fall flat quickly. Plus fine or thin hair does amazing with hot rollers and generally gets creasy with a curling iron. We thought we'd put together some tips on how to use hot rollers, since they've been out of the spotlight so long many of you may have forgotten how to use them! Enjoy!
  • Choose Your Roller Set: Our favorite hot rollers are the Conair Travel Rollers that come with pins to hold the rollers in place rather than clips or clamps. The clamps have a tendency to leave funny marks on hair that's anything other than super thick. If you can't find the Conair ones, Remington makes a similar set that works just as well.
  • Prepare the Hair: If your hair is already dry, then apply a volumizing spray or light cream to the lengths of your hair. Avoid the roots as the build-up may cause hair to go flat too quickly. If you're starting with wet hair, spray volumizing mist or apply mouse before drying hair. DO NOT use a brush as you would for a blow out. Keep as much natural wave and texture as possible.  The hot rollers will smooth out any frizz but if you kill your volume during the blow-out, it's tough to get it back.
  • Put Rollers In: You'll want to wrap 1-1.5 inch wide sections around the hot rollers. For the most volume, twirl each section of hair around a roller by lifting the section up away from the head and rolling down toward the root. In general, you want to twirl the rollers in varying directions, but around the face only twirl the rollers away from the face (you'll get a Farrah Fawcett look). The set will come with rollers in small, medium, and large sizes. Try to vary which size you use for the most natural look. Avoid placing too many of one size in one area or your style may look uneven.
  • Allow to Set: It's crucial to let your rollers set for at least 20 minutes. 30 is better. Regardless, when you remove the rollers they should be completely cool. As the rollers cool on your head it helps set the style (sort of like the cool shot on a hairdryer). Your style will not last if you take them out too early.
  • Spray with Hair Spray: Hot Roller curls have a tendency to loosen over time, so you want them to be a little too tight at first. Resist the urge to run your fingers through your curls or shake them out. Before you leave the house, generously spray some hairspray on them and keep your hands off. By the time you arrive wherever you're going the curls will have relaxed on their own, but the style will hold  much longer.
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