Roller Styling Techniques (2)

Cage rollers
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The advantages of thermal tools lie in their ability to quickly style hair by utilizing heat (and sometimes a small amount of moisture through steam) to create curls. Once the rollers have completely cooled, the curls are set. The hair can be styled without the need for additional styling products, resulting in a soft and natural feel.
One benefit of these tools is that they can be placed in the hair and allowed to cool on their own, allowing you to continue with your regular grooming routine, such as applying makeup or getting dressed. With a little planning ahead, thermal tools can be used without significantly extending the time needed to get ready.
On the downside, a common drawback of thermal tools is that they can sometimes take a long time to reach the desired temperature. Additionally, the securing tools (such as clips or pins) required to hold the rollers in place can be easily misplaced or broken. The quality and cost of thermal tool sets can also vary widely.
Lastly, as some thermal tools recommend using hairspray and other styling products in conjunction with their use, there can be a buildup of product residue on the tools, making them challenging to clean without potentially damaging the padding or finish.
Wet Set Tools:
Cage Rollers
Cage rollers are one of the oldest roller designs and are named as such due to their construction and appearance. They are hollow tubes made of hard plastic formed by a thin, rectangular mesh. The hair is wrapped around these tubes while it is wet, allowing it to adhere easily to the plastic surface. A second, partial tube with a larger "view window" is provided to clip over the inner tube, securing the wrapped hair in place.
One of the major advantages of these tools is their well-ventilated plastic design, which allows for better airflow through the hair. This results in quicker drying, whether you choose to use a hair dryer or let the hair dry naturally. Cage rollers are usually one of the most affordable options due to their simple construction, and their solid plastic composition makes them easy to clean.
On the downside, the cage rollers need to be paired with their cap-tubes, or else it can be cumbersome to match them up during use. Wrapping the hair around the rollers may require some practice, especially if you aim to achieve the desired results without using additional styling products as adhesives. The hard plastic material can also become fragile over time, especially when frequently exposed to a hot hair dryer. Lastly, overloading the rollers with too much hair can prevent the cap-tubes from fitting properly, potentially causing damage to the hair.
Magnetic rollers
Magnetic Rollers
Another classic type of roller is the magnetic roller, although it may seem like a misnomer since the rollers are actually made of molded plastic. The plastic used in magnetic rollers is more flexible compared to the glossy, resinous plastic of cage rollers.
The name "magnetic roller" comes from the fact that wet hair, when wrapped around these rollers, tends to stick to them as if magnetized. After wrapping the hair, the rollers are secured in place against the scalp using clips or bobby pins.
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