“My long hair has all the body and volume it needs, thanks” said no girl ever.
Yet if you weren’t born with tresses that air dry looking like you stepped out of the salon, well, keep reading. You may pick up a quick tip or two to help you upgrade your styling routine.
Spoiler alert: Velcro rollers straight ahead.
Actually they’re the most perfect way to get stunning long tresses that feature old school glamour. Especially useful for those aren’t the most gifted at round brush and blow dryer styling.
Now we binge watched videos to see what’s involved. Here’s what we found.
First we’re going to lay out the steps most used to fight flat, limp locks.
Then we’ve got a demo video that demonstrates most of the best practices for styling mile long hair with Velcro.
That’s followed by one that shows that how you place the rollers affects the outcome on endless manes if volume is the goal.
We made it easy to check out as much or as little as you wish. Just click and go. Or take it as it comes.
Velcro Rollers and Long Hair Explained
- Velcro Rollers For Long Hair Laid Out Step By Step
- VIDEO: Using Velcro Rollers To Get Victoria Secret Hair
- Tutorial: How To Roll Long Hair With Velcro Rollers
Rough Guide: Using Velcro Rollers For Long Hair Laid Out Step By Step
Okay so you love your long hair, but hate the idea of spending hours with your blow dryer arms screaming for relief? Gotcha!
It’s not that hard to streamline your morning long hair styling routine and still get salon worthy results. Saving your aching arms in the process.
You just need to understand what’s involved when using self-gripping curlers. What follows lays it out for you.
Oh and don’t let the number of steps freak you out. When going into the detail, even when taking a somewhat broad brush approach, there can be a fair number of things to list out. Still it basically comes down to this.
Of course like everything the devil’s in the details. This quick guide is here to help you get professional blow out results at home. Doing so by breaking what’s involved down step by step.
The videos that follow will clarify or fill in any gaps.
Step 1: If starting with wet hair rough dry to 80-85% dry.
Step 2: Prime by applying root lift, dry shampoo or some other volumizing product at the roots.
Step 3: Apply detangler (optional) and brush out knots, snarls and tangles to get to smooth hair using a wide tooth comb or wet brush.
Step 4: Spritz on heat protectant if you’re going to use any hot styling tool to heat up your mane just prior to rolling. Protecting from heat damage is pretty much non-negotiable if you care about your hair.
Step 5: Separate out the Mohawk section slightly narrower than the width of your roller. Clip.
Step 6: Tie back the lower hair.
Step 7: Release the Mohawk so it can be rolled first.
ROLL THE MOHAWK SECTION
Step 8: Section the first section of hair in the Mohawk to be Velcroed. Smaller sections are better than bigger. You want the hair to easily fit on the roller.
Step 9: Hit with the hot styling tool to warm up.
Step 10: Immediately wrap the roller into the warmed locks.
Step 11: Clip in place
Step 12: Repeat until the Mohawk region is as rolled up as you want it to be. This usually take three or four rollers depending on how big they are.
ROLL HAIR ON THE SIDES AND BACK
This is done much like the Mohawk area except:
Step 13: Section horizontally just below your Mohawk making it roughly the diameter of your roller. (You may need to have a lower side section and upper side section.)
Repeat the heat up, roll up, and clip up as on the Mohawk until all the hair on the sides and back is rollered up. Sectioning horizontally again if needed for a second layer of rollers.
REMOVE THE ROLLERS
Step 14: Spritz with a little hair spray while your hair is still rolled up. It can help with getting a long lasting set.
Step 15: Give your hair 10-20 minutes to cool down making sure the roots are cool.
Step 16: Gently remove the rollers in the reverse order they were put in.
Step 17: Fluff or finger rake for soft volume and body.
Now that we understand the theory let’s see how some of these techniques are applied in real life.
VIDEO: Using Velcro Rollers To Get Victoria Secret Hair
YouTuber Alysia Loo admittedly uses a bit of a different roller pattern. (The second video below shows a more traditional one.) Still good to see many of the above 17 steps in action.
Oh and you might want to turn your volume up. The sound quality isn’t the best.
Let me also point out most working Velcro rollers would do some kind of product prep to their hair first. The idea being to help get some lift at the roots BEFORE rolling up.
Then too, most would tend to use a light hold hair spray when done to help the volume last. Nothing heavy, gross and sticky. But just a little something something to assist with hold.
Both could help if your mane always tends to fall after roller removal.
She also uses claw clamps instead of the typical clips. That’s because her hair is so long and heavy. Brilliant idea actually.
Tip: She shares another good technique. Put the clamp in on the backside of the curler to insure it is securely held in place.
Anyway here’s what’s what with time stamps.
4:17 First thing she does is brush out and divide her hair into two halves – clipping the lower section back.
Tip: You might see what using a smaller roller on the lower half of your hair does. Some find being smaller the resulting curls hold better.
5:15 She starts at the back of the crown. That’s because she feels it can be challenging to work on the hair in back with curlers already placed in the front.
5:32 Bring on the heat. Doesn’t have to be a lot. She used a curling iron as a wand – no clamping – as her heat source.
6:05 Great tip for rolling up the rollers when working with long hair. What she does is bring the section of hair from the back of the crown forward after heating up. Then she rolls it up – keeping some tension on the hair as she does so.
Note too this is some serious over directing. Again claw clip it in place from the back to give it extra stability
An alternative way to handle that is to drape the long hair over one shoulder so you can at least start rolling the roller in the front.
Tip: Get rolling quickly once you’ve run the hair over the curling iron. Because you want it to cool down while wrapped around the curler rather than hanging loose.
Tip: She places the rollers on the sides in vertically (the ends pointing up and down rather than front and back – if that makes any sense.). This will give you a slightly different result than doing them horizontally.
9:15 Pay close attention to how she does bottom half. (The key is the twist trick at 9:39.)
10:55 Let things cool for 15-20 minutes.
11:19 Roller removal. She’s quick and fearless. But if yours sometimes get stuck we’ve cures for that. Our guide offers up nine ideas on how to use velcro rollers without getting them stuck.
11:55 Finger rake and fluff through the curls to soften the look
This produces just a massive amount of volume.
With longer hair you can flip your hair around to whatever suits you that day. Center part. Side part. You’ve got all sorts of options to show off your volume.
Tutorial: How To Roll Long Hair With Velcro Rollers
Finally, did you know there’s another trick for how you roll your hair that can make all the difference?
When using Velcro rollers on short hair or mid length strands you usually roll the hair so the roller is on the underside. Sometimes too with longer locks.
Or with longer hair you may want the hair on the underside rather than the curler. Reason being this creates more curl that starts close to the scalp. Use this technique when going more for curl rather than maximizing volume.
This quick 70 second clip shows how it’s done. Letting you see just how much fullness is possible. The result is amazingly lovely.
Tip: For even more curl some find using rollers one size smaller on the lower layer jazzes the affect up even more.
Of course if you find all the size stuff confusing our Velcro roller size guide is just what to need. At a glance the chart explains the best use for each diameter. It can help take all the mystery out of sizing. Promise.
Just imagine how much confidence you’ll have when walking through the mall with gorgeous hair like this?
Did you know I have a Popular Pins board on Pinterest? Well I do. It’s where stash my guides like this one for short, medium-length, and long hair. Click that link and check it out. You’ll be glad you did!