How to Use Velcro Rollers
Velcro rollers have been around for many years. They are super simple to use and can make your hair look great if you want more volume, wave, or curl.
Despite their popularity, it's still not uncommon for people to ask me how to use Velcro rollers. I've used them for a long time, 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, using, and cleaning them.
Why Use Velcro Rollers?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to use Velcro rollers.
- They are a quick, low-effort way to create waves or curls.
- 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 inexpensive.
- They don't use heat and therefore won't cause the damage that hot rollers can inflict on your hair.
- They're pain-free and pose 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 even need electricity, which means they are an eco-friendly option as well.
- They last for a lifetime, so the expense is minimal.
How to Use Velcro Rollers
Using Velcro rollers is quick and easy. There are a variety of rolling techniques you can use to achieve different looks. Below, I'll describe how I use rollers when I want to add a bit of volume or wave to my hair.
- 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 a section of hair out from my head, put a roller at the end, and roll under and up toward my scalp. 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.
- Once at my scalp, the Velcro will do its job and stay in place. However, my personal preference is to still use a clip to assure my rollers are secure, especially if I'll be moving around quite a bit.
- I often leave mine in for 15–20 minutes while I eat breakfast, apply makeup, make my bed, check the weather, or something similar.
- To remove the rollers, I simply unroll each one in a downward motion. I comb through my hair and apply any spray if I choose to use any. If I want something curlier, I avoid brushing it out; I just run my fingers through my hair or use a wide-toothed comb.
- If I want more curl or if I'm in a hurry, I use my hairdryer to apply heat once my 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.
Remember: Smaller rollers will create more curls, and using a variety of roller sizes will make your curls look more natural.
Large Rollers: Achieve Volume Without Heat
How to Choose Your Rollers
When choosing Velcro rollers, there are two main considerations: style and size.
Which style should I get?
You have two options: rollers with all-over Velcro, or rollers with Velcro only on the edges. My experience indicates that all-over Velcro rollers stay in place more securely than rollers without as much Velcro.
Which size should I get?
The size of the rollers you need depends on the look you want as well as the length of your hair. As a general rule, smaller rollers provide more curl, while larger rollers provide more volume and large waves. Medium-sized rollers are also good for creating waves, but if you want tighter curls, you will need something fairly small.
It's usually best to have rollers in more than one size. Having a variety of sizes gives you more styling options. Also, curly hair often looks best when the curls are not all the same size. Fine hair often benefits from larger rollers, but remember that very large rollers do not work well on short hair, as the hair does not wrap around them all the way.
Using Rollers in a Variety of Sizes
What If I Have Shorter Hair?
Of course, if you have hair that reaches the middle of your back, you can use a very large roller, as your hair will wrap around it sufficiently. But if your hair is only 5 or 6 inches long, it would not be able to wrap around a 3-inch roller very well.
I have shoulder-length hair and tend to use the 2.5-inch rollers to create more body and a bit of wave. I have some 3-inch rollers I use occasionally, but they are too large to add many waves to hair that's my length, and I have to use clips to keep them in place. I personally only use smaller rollers if I want to create curls or if I need them for shorter layers.
Securing Them With Clips
Velcro rollers tend to stay in place without pins, but you may decide you want to use clips if you will be moving around a great deal. I often secure my rollers using some hot-roller butterfly clips that grab on to the roller.
Butterfly clips work well with rollers that are 2.5 inches and smaller. However, I find that most of the butterfly clips aren't really wide enough to be reliable with rollers that are 3 inches and larger, so duckbill clips are a better choice for those.
There is no learning curve for using butterfly clips on your rollers; it's not very 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 leaving a "ridge" in your hair. And, as mentioned previously, you certainly don't have to use any clip at all!
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, etc. Therefore, it's best to wash them periodically.
I rarely apply products to my hair, but I still wash my rollers occasionally in warm, soapy water, allowing them to soak for 15–20 minutes. Then I scrub them by rubbing them together, rinse them 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 rollers and how much product you have in your hair at the time.
Even with no product, these rollers pick up strands of loose hair over time as well, but they are easy to remove. Simply take two rollers while they are dry, one in each hand, and brush one up and down the other roller. Rotate the roller and continue the movement until the entire thing has been brushed. The loose hair clumps up and is easily removed by hand. This only takes about 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 take up.
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