We've all been there: you've had your new haircut for a couple of weeks and you're
getting a little bored with it. Or maybe the cut is still a favorite, but you feel like your
style is just too "flat". Consider this: your options are limitless. Virtually any hairstyle
can be made to look completely new and exciting by adding some curl. I don't mean a
perm. I'm talking the good old-fashion-turned-new-fashion roller set.
Shampoo and condition the hair as needed. Towel the hair dry and gently comb
out any tangles. Take your favorite styling product, (in our demo we used gel, but
mousse, or setting lotions are good) and apply it evenly through the hair.
Roll the hair on rollers according to the amount of wave/curl you want. (In our
demo we used large rollers to give volume and fullness to the style.) Remember, the
smaller the roller, the tighter the curl.
Also, keep in mind that the placement of the roller in relation to the section of the
hair being rolled determines the amount of "lift" in the finished style. (Our demo uses
on-base placement in the front of the head and gradually goes off-base so that the style isn't too "poofy".)
We used a pretty standard roller pattern on the head for our demo: One row of
rollers down the middle, and two rows at slightly backward angles on the sides. You can
use any pattern of rollers you wish, or that you feel will best give you the wave pattern you desire.
Dry the hair thoroughly. It's for the best if you can simply allow the roller set to dry
naturally, but often, time constraints mean that you must have some means of drying
the hair. (A portable hooded dryer was used for our demo, on medium heat. These
convenient appliances are relatively inexpensive and are available at most beauty
supply stores and at some department stores.) Once the hair was dry we allowed it to
cool then removed the rollers for a comb-out.
The one thing you must be careful with in styling a roller set is roller marks - the
lines of separation where the hair was segmented for wrapping around the roller.
Generally, these marks will disappear because of the natural heat and moisture of the
scalp, but in persistent cases, a small amount of moisture applied with the corner of a
cloth, an eyebrow brush or a toothbrush will help to relax these lines.
During the comb-out, begin with a wide toothed comb, and gradually work your way
to a finer bristled brush as the hair is loosened. This will prevent snarls and tangles,
and keep you from breaking the hair accidentally. Once you can do so smoothly, use a
natural bristle brush to continue to soften the set. This will give you a more natural
looking curl, and a softer style.
If you want more defined curls, you can apply a light misting of hairspray and
gently grasp or "scrunch" the curls before the spray dries. Then, allow the hairspray to
dry completely and do not re-brush. (We did this with our demo to clearly show the
curl pattern achieved with our roller set.)
I think you'll agree that our finished style is a soft, lovely look, and with proper
care will last until the next shampoo.