Q: When you are using rollers is there a specific way that you have to part the hair, or do you start at the back and not use any parting? I’ve put Velcro rollers in my hair, but they slip down and won’t stay
tightly. Is there anything specific about Velcro rollers that I need to know? Could it be because I have straight hair? Are there hair types that rollers just won’t work on?
I also want to know about curling irons. Am I supposed to start at the ends of the hair and roll the curling iron toward the head, or am I supposed to clamp the hair near the scalp and wind the hair around the iron?
A: While you can simply use rollers in a “free-form” technique, learning to do so effectively takes practice. Most people find it easier to section the hair in order to grant the ability to take slices of hair and
wind them onto the rollers without overloading them. This results in more uniform and longer-lasting curl as a general rule.
When you have trouble with Velcro rollers staying put, it usually is a matter of overloading the roller, and the weight of the hair pressing down (or pulling down) on the roller
preventing it from holding its position. This is the most common reason for problems, although sometimes the hair itself is the culprit. Since Velcro rollers are designed to cling to the hair’s texture and thereby
hold its position, when used with very straight, smooth hair, the rollers may have difficulty finding purchase and hold.
In the cases of very straight, or fine, smooth hair, pre-treat the hair before rolling it using hairspray. Hold the hair up in small sections and mist the hair with spray and
allow it to fall lightly and dry before proceeding. The hairspray will assist the Velcro rollers with gaining hold, will help achieve a tighter wrap and therefore enable the creation of stronger, firmer curl.
As for curling iron use, the way in which you wrap the hair will determine the result of the curl. If you draw the curling iron down the length of the hair and clamp along the
ends of the hair in order to roll the curling iron toward the scalp, the resulting curl will be tighter at the ends and become looser toward the scalp.
However, if the goal is to create even coils of hair, try taking thinner segments of hair and catching the ends and winding the iron so that the hair only slightly overlaps as
you gradually cover the iron. The former technique is referred to as a croquignole wrap while the latter is a spiral wrap. You CAN use the iron by clamping the hair near the scalp and winding the hair around the
tool, but you lose the primary function of the clamp, which is to allow you to secure the ends of the hair and maintain tension on the hair being curled.