How to Curl Your Hair with Velcro Rollers

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Soft, Romantic Curls that Last

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Velcro hair rollers. Sven Olof Jonn/Getty Images

Velcro rollers are kind of a forgotten styling technique, especially when it comes to creating curls. I love velcro roller curls because they are soft and pretty, they last forever, and they save your hair from heat styling. You'll need a little extra time for creating velcro roller curls, but the end results are worth it.

These are great curls to set in your hair for a night out or a special occasion when you can't afford for your curls to fall. Velcro curls make great retro waves with big Marilyn Monroe volume. If you have fine, thin, or stubborn hair that just won't hold a curl, velcro rollers are a God-send for long-lasting volume.

To start you're going to need a few things:

  1. Velcro Rollers: for this demonstration, I used two sizes (1/2" and 1" diameter rollers). Smaller rollers = smaller curls. Bigger rollers = larger waves or simply big volume. The Conair Self-Grip Rollers are a great inexpensive option. They come in a multi-pack that contains an assortment of sizes so you can experiment with different size curls. 
  2. A light holding or heat setting hairspray: I recommend using a hairspray that is made for heat styling. I use CHI Infra Texture Hairspray because it provides texture and won’t weigh your hair down. ​
  3. An anti-frizz serum: You’ll want to prep your towel-dried hair with a product that will keep any frizz at a minimum.  
  4. A lightweight mousse: Another great option to prep your hair with before you begin styling. I recommend Kenra Volume Mousse because it provides a firm hold without making your hair sticky or stiff. 

 

 

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Prep Your Hair

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A hair oil like this one is a great start for prepping your hair for velcro rollers that don't frizz. Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber

Before you get started you need to prep your hair. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. Prep your towel dried hair with an anti-frizz serum or hair oil and a volumizing product like a lightweight mousse or volumizing spray. You can add or subtract products to your hair type and texture. You'll just want to make sure you've selected products that will keep frizz at a minimum while providing a little bit of hold without getting hard or sticky. Hard gels and heavy styling products can make your curls crunchy and stiff instead of soft and romantic. Also, too much sticky product can create the perfect storm for those rollers to get stuck in your hair. No one wants that. Less is more, and keep it soft.

Then you'll need to allow your hair to dry. This is the most important part, so read carefully. Your hair should be allowed to air dry (or you can blow it dry) until it is about 90% dry. Barely damp to the touch, in fact, your hair shouldn't really look wet at all. The wetter your hair is when you put it into velcro rollers, the longer it will take to complete your look, especially if you have long hair. Drier is better. If your ends get too dry, you can lightly mist them with water, just don't use too much.

Then spray your hair throughout with a light holding, flexible hairspray. Comb through. Now you're ready to start rolling.

 

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Section and Roll Your Hair

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Use the photos above with the steps outlined below to roll your hair onto velcro rollers. Photos by Kendra Aarhus

Next, you'll start sectioning your hair and rolling it onto the velcro rollers. Here are a few tips to help make this process easier. 

  1. Keep your sections manageable. They should be narrower than your roller and no thicker than the diameter of your roller. Comb each section thoroughly. Be sure your ends are completely smooth.
  2. Place the roller near your scalp at the bottom of your section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed back, place the roller behind your section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed forward, place the roller in front of your section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed under, place the roller under your section.
    • If you want the curl to be directed up (flip out), place the roller above your section.
  3. Use the roller to smooth the hair as you slide it through the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair.
  4. When you get to the ends, make sure the ends of your hair are smooth and rounded with the roller.
  5. Gently roll your hair onto the roller back to your scalp.
  6. The velcro will self-secure with your hair and you can move onto the next section.

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Hurry Up and Wait

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Photo by Kendra Aarhus

After you have rolled your entire head of hair, now the waiting game begins. The amount of time you wait will be directly affected by the thickness of your hair and how wet your hair was when you started. I usually give my velcro rollers at least an hour to set, sometimes longer. The longer you wait, the better. Rollers are my go-to hairstyle when I have somewhere to be at night, but the day to spend getting things done around the house. I just let them dry for a couple of hours.​

You can speed up the drying process if you don't have a lot of time by using a hair dryer, however, use these tips when using a hair dryer on your rollers:

  1. Use a low airspeed only.
  2. Be sure that the air flows over your rollers in the same direction that your hair is rolled, otherwise you'll risk creating fly-a-ways and frizz.
  3. Allow the rollers to cool completely after using a hairdryer.

 

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Remove Rollers and Style

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Photos by Kendra Aarhus

After you are sure your hair has completely dried, you can remove your rollers. If you find that a section of hair is still damp when you unroll your curls, just roll it back up and wait for it to dry further. 

I like to slowly remove the rollers toward the bottom of my hair first and work my way up to the top. Velcro rollers can easily be tangled in your hair, so use caution, and don't go too fast. Take your time to reduce the chance of causing frizz.

When your rollers are removed you're free to discover your style. You can finger comb and style your hair, or use a brush for even softer waves. Use hairspray to set your style as desired.

Play around with your curls, the size of velcro rollers that you use, and the different styling options. Your long-lasting curls will be memorable.