Tips on How to Roller Set Black Hair

Roller sets remain one of the gentlest ways to style your hair. It may look easy when your stylist does it, so it can be frustrating to have all the tools on hand at home and not get the same results. It can take a little practice to master a good roller set, but with the right tools and technique, just about anyone can get a professional look even when doing it herself. These tips on roller setting will help you achieve a long-lasting set without having to pay a pro to do it for you.

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Begin With Damp Hair

Begin with damp hair for a successful roller set.
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Roller sets work best on freshly washed hair. After shampooing and conditioning, apply the product of your choice in sections. Beginning with sopping wet hair isn't a good idea because your drying time will be extended. Damp hair is fine. Spritz with water while you roll if any sections begin to dry out.

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Be Generous With Your Products

This isn't the time to skimp on whatever setting product you use. Each section you roll should be coated from roots all the way to ends. Whether it's a liquid setting lotion or mousse, apply evenly to each section as you begin to work on it instead of an allover application at the beginning of your set. Look for setting agents with a moderate to strong amount of hold since the longevity of your finished hairstyle depends on the product you use when setting. Avoid oils until your hair is thoroughly set and dry.
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Detangle, Detangle, Detangle

Completely detangled hair will result in a smooth roller set. Any tangles you leave in will show up in the final style. Comb each section from the roots to the ends. This also helps to thoroughly distribute your setting agent. Once you get to the ends, a fine tooth comb may help work out any resistant tangles, but do this slowly. Wrap detangled ends smoothly around the roller to start.
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Divide Hair Into Small Sections

Not only will large sections of rolled hair take longer to try, they're less likely to stay completely smooth and straight. It's important to have enough rollers on hand so that your sections are small enough for a polished finished style. Try to work with areas no more than one inch across. Using the tail end of a rat-tail comb helps to create straight and even parts.

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Pull Your Hair Taut

A good roller set needs hair to be wrapped tautly around each roller. When you begin rolling from the ends, keep the section straight with a firm grip as you roll toward your scalp. Failing to keep your hair taut as you roll will result in a loose hold around the roller and less-than-straight results. As you roll each section, secure it at the root so that the roller stays in place.

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Dry Thoroughly

The importance of this step can't be emphasized enough. To get the best results from your roller set, you must wait until your hair is completely dry before removing the rollers. Taking them out with any sign of dampness present results in frizz and falling curls. Air drying can take a very long time, so a hood or bonnet dryer is a smart investment if roller setting is your go-to styling method.

You may want to apply a heat protectant before sitting under the dryer to keep your tresses protected from the heat; although this is indirect heat, a little extra protection helps to maintain your healthiest locks. When your hair is dry, remove the rollers and let your hair sit for several minutes before combing or doing any additional styling. Now's the time to apply small amounts of any serums or lightweight oils to finish off your look.