Blowing drying dry hair done up in Velcro rollers is a way to safely create instant volume that lasts.
When done right these two tools combined can produce salon worthy blow out styles.
Yet it seems very few know how to use Velcro rollers and their blow dryer the right way to get these amazing results.
Plus this technique is not without its frustrations. The biggest being these curlers can get stuck if not used right. Literally pulling your hair out in the name of beauty is seldom a worthwhile trade off.
Which is why we shared 9 Tips On How To Use Velcro Rollers Without Getting Them Stuck.
Now obviously you don’t have to use a dryer on your hair.
Some find they get a satisfactory set without doing so.
But if you want to the following 90 second video clip lays out the basics.
You can quit there. Confident you’re armed with the how to use Velcro rollers essentials you need to know to pull this off.
Or you could read on for five good-to-know takeaways. Plus a slew of little tips that can make a big difference when firing up your hair dryer to use like this.
Just The Essentials: Blow Drying Hair With Velcro Rollers
There are really only two simple techniques that can make all the difference here.
The first technique in this brief clip covers how to put the rollers in. This clearly explains the importance of over direction if going for lift at the roots.
IMPORTANT: The idea you want to take away here is you want the root to set while lifted. Over direction is a great way to make that happen.
- Over-direct or elevate the selected section upwards.
- Spritz the roots with light hold hair spray to preserve that lift.
- Then roll in the curler down and into place.
Don’t underestimated the importance of over direction when it comes to achieving that coveted volume with VRs.
In fact some would say it’s the key to adding crazy lift at the roots to an otherwise flat mane. Making it a great hack to use to get all sorts of volume at the top of your head fast.
Oh and don’t speed past that seemingly little tip about jiggling the roller from side to side to lock it in place.
Those that know how to use VRs do things like that almost without thinking.
It’s worth a try if you want to avoid clips.
Notice too how he doesn’t overload the roller. Or ask it to handle more hair that it is designed to – which is a common problem for those struggling with getting these self grippers stuck in their hair.
Tip: To avoid overloading you want take properly sized sections of hair. Or ones that are about the same width, or slightly smaller, than the size of your roller.
Then here’s the second revealed technique to get your brain around.
Success also depends on doing three simple things with your dryer. Which will give you more fullness faster. Doing so with your blow dryer set to hot heat and low speed. They are…
- Lift up the roller
- Blast the base with heat
- Direct heat to the hair around the curler
- Repeat for every curler
Then do one final pass over all the rollers. (Okay I know that’s more than three.)
I feel this is easier done with the concentrator nozzle attached to the hair dryer. Gives you more control over where the heated air is going.
Then too, self gripping curlers just naturally have lots of opportunity for heated air to move through them. Which can speed the drying if you’re doing this on damp hair. Or speed the heat up if using them on hair that’s dry.
Anyway if you were wondering, can you blow dry Velcro rollers, now you know!
Okay so now you better understand how to use these tool for volume. Let’s finish up with five takeaways covering…
How To Use Velcro Rollers On Dry Hair To Get The Best Results
Okay so are you a klutz when it comes to finishing your look with a round brush and blow dryer, huh?
If so Velcro rollers are the cheap and easy alternative for creating glamorous, full-of-body hair.
All the more if you have access to some “whys” like those that follow. That cover how to use your blow dryer with Velcro rollers. Just click any topic in the list to visit the ones that interest you most.
More On How This Technique Can Help Not So Voluminous Hair
- Do You Need Heat For Velcro Rollers?
- How Important Is The Concentrator Nozzle?
- How Long Do You Leave Rollers In Dry Hair?
- What To Do When In a Hurry?
- What Products To Use With Velcro Rollers?
Do You Need Heat For Velcro Rollers?
Fact is these guys do work better when used with heat. It’s not an absolute must but for many it can be a game changer.
So if you’re not having success using them maybe it’s because you don’t realize heat is the key.
Oh and only after using your fav heat protectant naturally. Which you do pretty anytime you reach for a hot styling tool anyway, right?
You see, hair is at its most malleable when hot. The why behind that is a topic for another post. Suffice it to say if you’re going for more volume, a little heat can help you get it.
Yet this is important too. It’s the cool down that sets the hair. Not the warm up.
So in most cases you’ll get the best results when you give a section a blow dryer blast both before putting your curlers in and then once you’ve got them in.
Which is why running the dryer on high heat after you’ve situated the curlers is the smart move here. As taking care to hit each one can pay off big time.
Failure to do this might explain why you’ve written these guys off.
The Importance Of The Concentrator Nozzle
Now when checking out this technique I noticed one thing. Most Youtubers will tell you to use the blow dryer on the hot heat setting.
It’s not a bad as it sounds.
This setting speeds up the process while actually limiting the heat exposure. So a few seconds being warmed up while splayed across a roller is really not all that bad.
This is also where your concentrator nozzle comes in. Use it to control where the heated air is directed. Which will let you get more done with less heat.
Tip: If time is short just work the heated Velcro magic on your Mohawk section placing three bigger ones there for more oomph.
How Long Do You Need To Leave Rollers In Dry Hair?
Good question. Because another problem is being in too big of a hurry.
Yeah. You want to be sure to let your hair “sets” in the Velcro rollers.
Sure for a lucky few even just 5 minutes will create long lasting volume.
Although more often it takes 15-20 minutes to “activate” the magic of rollers applied on dry hair.
Here it’s not so much a matter of how long but making sure you wait until your hair is cool to the touch.
Tip: After removal it’s usually better to fluff things up with your fingers rather than collapsing the added oomph with a brush.
What To Do When In a Hurry?
But what if you don’t have 15-20 minutes and your hair doesn’t respond well to being Velcroed for just five?
The way to speed the setting up is to use the cool button on your dryer. Again recall it’s the cool down that sets things.
To achieve that faster just use the same process outlined above in the video only finishing strong with a cold shot. So hit each roller with cool air and you’re good.
All that open space inside the rollers will allow the hair to swiftly jettison any lingering heat.
What Products To Use With Velcro Rollers?
Another thing I saw it that most YouTubers spray something on their hair either prior to or after rolling up.
Let’s keep this simple as this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the possibilities. But more something to get you thinking in the right direction.
One product that is on many lists would be a light hold hair spray. Which can help keep your hair volumized and bouncy without weighing it down.
Finally one more I’ve seen mentioned are volumizing powders. One that makes many lists is Aveda Pure Abundance Thickening Volumizing Hair Potion. That or the highly rated Schwarzkopf OSIS dust or Powder Play by Big Sexy Hair. A sprinkling of any of the three can help immensely.
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