Desperately need to add body to your fine hair?
While large barreled curling irons or even hot rollers come to mind for doing so there’s a problem. They can put fine hair at risk of heat damage. We both know too much heat can be our mane’s worst enemy.
And by heat damage I mean split ends, excessive breakage or hair that tangles and knots if you so much as look at it wrong. Not to mention hair that’s dull and lackluster.
Which is why some feel Velcro rollers to be Guardian angels of lifeless lackluster fine hair. And why we laid out how to use Velcro rollers in detail in the first place.
While for finer haired ladies specifically we looked at how to use Velcro rollers for fine hair without endangering it. Using a trick you wouldn’t expect. If you haven’t yet you might want to check it out.
Anyway this post picks up where that one left off. Giving you some rules of the road plus 13 timeless tips that can really make all the difference when using Velcro rollers.
They can also help you avoid the deadly mistakes too many make with these curlers.
Let’s start with the …
7 Unbreakable Rules For Using Velcro Rollers With Fine Hair
First let me let the cat out of the bag.
Rocking heatless curls using heat is a simple hack. It’s one that uses just the least little bit of heat from a blow dryer to help set longer, straight, fine locks.
Beyond that here’s some rules for building soft glamorous volume into your finer tresses with Velcro rollers.
#1 The Longer The Hair The Larger The Roller
Why: The more hair you have to style the more roller real estate you’ll need to work with. The trade-off is the bigger the rollers the less robust the curls.
Oh and for more help with what size Velcro rollers to use you might want to check out our Velcro rollers size guide. The graphic alone lays it all out for you in a glance. But you might want to stick around and check out the how to tips!
#2 Want Extra Hold? – Hair Spray Before Rolling
Why: Hairspray imparts a bit of texture that will help the volume last.
#3 Keep It Tight – Tension Helps
Why: This helps create a smooth finished look.
#4 Heat Things Up With a Blow Dryer Right Before Rolling
Why: The heat is what sets the curl. You NEED heat to use these guys for best results if you have fine hair. Can’t stress that too much.
#5 Keep The Ends Tidy On the Rollers
Why: You don’t want any wonkiness going on with the ends. So be sure to give them some roller love by looping them smoothly over the roller. That way they will come out smooth and nicely shaped rather than crimped and snarly.
#6 Anchor Rollers In Place With A Clip
Why: That’s the tension thing again.
Tip: Avoid grabbing too much hair for any one roller. You won’t get the results you seek. So don’t waste your time by being in a hurry thinking that’s good enough.
#7 Lock Down The Look With Hair Spray
Why: Optional but a nice finishing touch to top off the effort you’ve put in.
Next let’s quickly lay out 13 more tips that may help you when struggling with the Velcro.
Tips, Tips | 13 More Must Know Tips
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Not everything on this list is going to be fresh “AHA moment” for you. I get that.
But I always appreciate a reminder about something I’d forgotten about or stopped doing. Thought you might too.
So here you go. Some down and dirty tips that can help you use Velcro rollers to take your fine hair where you want it to go.
Tip #1: To kick start the volumizing extravaganza you can always flip your hair upside side down when blow drying. Doing so lets you blow in some voluptuousness before the rolling starts.
Tip #2: When blow drying you also want to blow dry your hair up just before rolling. Using your round brush to pull the section up above your head to get your hair nice and warm.
Tip #3: Once rolled see if blasting the rolled up hair from the front and back helps. Go for like five seconds on each side. Oh and don’t forget to fit the nozzle on your blow dryer. That way you’ll have better control over where the heated air goes.
Tip #4: Best to roll up the Mohawk section first. Otherwise trying to juggle blow drying in close quarters while working around rollers in place can get tricky. Like the brush can catch on and pull out rollers already placed.
Tip #5: Another advantage of pinning the rollers in place? You avoid accidentally loosening those already rolled up and where you want them.
Tip #6: Another Mohawk tip? Section it about the same width, or a little less, as the rollers you’ll be using. This also helps to keep from overloading your rollers. Which will keep the hair from falling off the “sides”.
Tip #7: Over-directing the roller a bit lets you squeeze out the last little bit of lift.
Tip #8: You may find the more tension you can put on your hair as you wrap it around the roller the better.
Tip #9: If you’re having trouble creating lasting body skip the conditioner. (For sure avoid deep conditioning.) Why? It can weigh down your locks making it hard to attain lift off.
Besides shampooing alone leaves the cuticles roughed up just a bit to help your style hold. Or perfect for days you plan to “Velcro up”.
Plus the rollers will also stay in easier as your hair won’t be as soft and slippery.
Tip #10: Next day hair has a bit of grit and more oil to it usually. That makes it a better candidate for holding the curl or bend and hence a better candidate for Velcro rollers.
Tip #11: Want to extend the life of your look to day two? See if a silk pillow case might help hold things together overnight and keep you from waking up to frazzled frizz.
Tip #12: If you’re in a rush, you can use the cool shot button on your blow dryer to get to cooled down faster. Otherwise expect to give it 10-15 minutes. Or time enough to do your makeup.
Remember once your hair has cooled down it’s set as much as it’s going to. Which means you’ve got all the lift you’re gonna get so leaving the rollers in longer probably won’t make any difference.
Tip #13: Seal the deal with a volumizing hair spray spritzed into the root area. Lift sections of your hair so you get it into the roots.
I know there are some with concerns about Velcro rollers ripping their hair out. Or who have had a bad experience when taking them out.
Obviously you know your hair better than I do and you should not use them if feel they’re going to cause breakage.
No style or look is worth that.
Instead look at using flexi-rods, socks, or anything you can wrap your hair around to cool and set. Tools like that may work better for you.
That said avoiding problems with taking these out often comes down to putting them in right.
And since getting tangled is like a deal breaker for so many here’s a look at three common mistakes you may be making that may be causing it. You may find this video clip helpful in your journey for learning how to use Velcro rollers with your fine hair.
Wondering How To Take Out Velcro Rollers?
Hint! It starts with putting them in right!
This video clip reveals three ways you may be doing it wrong.
Okay so if you find your hair getting tangled in the rollers you’re likely making one or all three of these mistakes.
Using a Roller That’s Too Small
If it has to roll more than several times to take on all your hair it’s too small. This just increases the risk of entanglement.
Conversely bigger rollers have to be rolled fewer times. So the bigger the roller you work with the less chance of your hair getting stuck.
Which is to say using a roller an inch or bigger in diameter is a good rule of thumb unless you hair is on the short side. This rule of thumb can help you avoid issues with rollers getting stuck.
Not Taking Proper Section Sizes
If the section of hair is wider than the roller strands will be falling off the sides.
You don’t want that since hair falling off can get caught up in other rollers. Not to mention it won’t get much benefit from the roller.
So when sectioning keep it neat, keep it clean and keep it only as wide as your roller.
Not Clipping the Rollers In Place
Little Known Fact: Unclipped Velcro rollers don’t always stay where you put them.
I know they’re supposed to. But the fact is they can sag, droop or slip.
And when they make contact with other rollers, well, that’s when your tangling problems can start.
Honestly there’s no excuse for not clipping when pin curl clips like those linked to above are so cheap.
So take the few extra seconds to anchor them where you put them. It may make all the difference when trying to get them out.
Okay so assuming you’re putting them in right here’s one last removal tip.
Instead of unrolling them when removing them some report good luck doing this.
- Start at the bottom. This bottom bit is important. That way any released voluminous hair doesn’t get tangled up in rollers underneath it.
- Grab hold of the roller firmly.
- Slide/Pull it out from the roots to the ends.
Viola! Soft. Bouncy. Voluptuous. Volume.
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