A few weeks ago, Samantha received a set of hot rollers as a birthday present from a cousin. She did not own hot rollers before and therefore does not know how to use them. She has a series of speaking engagements in the coming weeks and wishes to look her best in each. Hoping to find good use in this regard for the hot rollers, she asks friends and neighbors for hairstyling advice. It turns out they are as clueless about hot rollers as she is. Disappointment starts to set in as she searches fashion magazines for amazing hairstyles using hot rollers without success.
If you are in the same position as Samantha, look no further than this article to learn about 5 fantastic hairstyles you can achieve with hot rollers.
Before you begin setting the heated rollers in your hair, make sure your hair is completely dry (or they will be fried) and apply a good quality heat protection spray or serum (depending on your hair type). While the rollers are heating in the electric base, brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Doing this will serve 2 purposes: a) detangling your hair, and b) distributing the curling product evenly from roots to ends.
With the help of hot rollers, you can create the following brilliant hairstyles regardless of hair type and season:
1. Beachy Waves Tied Into a Loose Braid
This hairstyle involves 2 steps: a) beachy waves, and b) loose braid. To create the beachy waves, use large rollers. Small and medium rollers will give you more defined curls and that is not what you need for this particular style. Start with completely dry hair and set in the heated rollers for 10-15 minutes. Once the rollers have been removed, apply a mist of soft-hold hairspray to help the waves stay put without becoming tight.
For the loose braid, brush your hair back and separate it into three sections of equal width. Make a 3-strand braid (and make sure it is not tight otherwise, the waves will lose their pattern) and secure it with a scrunchie or an ornamental hair clip.
2. Half-up Dutch Braid With Bouncy Curls
A versatile braid, the Dutch braid looks good with any outfit and can be worn on any occasion. The most glorious thing about it is it can be paired with one or more styles to give you a hairstyle beyond comparison. This particular hairstyle combines 2 elements: a) half-up Dutch braid, and c) bouncy curls.
A half updo simply means you style the top half of your hair (from the hairline to the point just below the crown) and leave the bottom half as it is. The Dutch braid has to be made in the top half of the hair.
Before creating the half-up Dutch braid, you need to curl your hair with the help of hot rollers. Of course, you can achieve this with a flat iron or curling iron. However, these hairstyling tools are limited in their ability to give you curls as bouncy or as long-lasting as the curls created with hot rollers. Make sure you use small or medium rollers (depending on the length of your hair) since this size will give you more defined curls, which is the aim of this particular hairstyle. Spray a firm-hold hairspray after you remove the rollers as this will help the curls retain their pattern for much longer.
Once the curls have been created, section off the top half of your hair and make a two-strand braid at the back of your head. Secure the end of the braid with a floral hair clip or a fancy hair tie and you are good to go.
3. Curly Bob
This hairstyle is perfect for women with chin length hair. You can choose between a side part and a middle part depending on the shape of your face. If you have a round face, a middle part will add grace to your features. On the other hand, a side part will help to soften the jawline and cheekbones in a square face.
The curly bob is a simple yet chic short hairstyle. You will need small rollers to achieve tight ringlets and a firm-hold hairspray to help the ringlets behave. Before you set in the heated rollers, create the part with the end of a rat-tail comb. Leave the rollers in for 15-20 minutes for maximum hold. Apply a little hairspray before as well as after removing the rollers.
Remove the rollers very slowly otherwise, you might ruin the curl pattern. Do not touch or brush your hair after removing the rollers.
4. Side Swept Dutch Braid With Loose Curls
This hairstyle will look great on long hair. Create a side part and section off your hair 1.5 inches from the hairline. Curl the rest of your hair using large or medium rollers. The idea is to create very loose curls. The rollers will need no more than 10-12 minutes in your hair. In the meantime, make a Dutch braid close to the hairline and secure the end with bobby pins. After removing the rollers, fasten the Dutch braid behind the ear with the bobby pins. Finger-comb your curls and apply a mist of soft-hold hairspray to help the curls hold their shape without becoming tight.
5. Double Dutch Braid With a Curly Ponytail
For this particular style, you can use small, medium, or large rollers. The size of the rollers will depend on the length of your hair and the type of curls you desire. If you have hair that extends to your waist, large rollers are preferable. For hair that is shoulder length or shorter, small rollers will be a good fit. If you want to achieve tighter curls, small or medium rollers are ideal for the job. Large rollers will give you loose curls or bouncy waves.
Leave the rollers in your hair for at least 15 minutes. Mist a medium-hold hairspray generously once you have removed them. Part your hair in the middle. Take a 1.5-inch section of hair from each side. Make a Dutch braid on either side and secure them behind each ear with bobby pins. Tie the rest of your newly curled hair into a loose ponytail. If you have short hair, you can leave your hair open.
Samantha is excited to learn about 5 hairstyles that she can create with hot rollers. She can style her shoulder length thick tresses into beachy waves with a loose braid for the first event. At the next event, she can wear a side-swept Dutch braid with loose curls. The following speaking engagement will be more formal, so she might look better with a double Dutch braid and a curly ponytail. The last event will be less formal, so Samantha can sport a curly long bob or a half-up Dutch braid with bouncy curls.
When using hot rollers, Samantha should handle them carefully. She must also ensure there is no moisture in her hair otherwise; it will burn from the heat of the rollers. She should also invest in good quality heat protectant, curling product, and hairspray to give her style and protection.
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