Using Velcro rollers, your favorite blow dryer and round brush are definitely one of the most effective ways to get a long-lasting, salon-style blowout at home.
This approach is always trending ‘cause it’s a proven way to add bounce, movement and volume to your hair.
So if you’re looking for tips, hacks and a roller revival routine you’re in the right place.
Unless you’re looking for ideas on how to use a blow dry brush as you can’t give yourself a salon worthy blowout to save your life. In that case you’ll want to head over to our page at the end of that link.
Otherwise this is the right place because the YouTube video we turned up is a masterclass on using a blow dryer, round brush and self-gripping rollers to rock a salon quality blowout using Velcro rollers for long hair.
It even works with finer hair. Making it perfect for anyone seeking an instantly volumized look.
Easy 90s Round Brush Blowout Tutorial
- Prep: The Preliminaries For Blow Drying Hair With A Round Brush
- VIDEO: Blow Dryer and Round Brush Moves To Volumize Not So Voluminous Hair
- VIDEO: Genius Hack To Get Lift At The Roots
- VIDEO: How To Volumize the Mohawk Section
- VIDEO: Stuckless Velcro Roller Removal
- Tips For Blow Drying Hair For A Voluminous Blowout
- Why You Want To Use a Thermal Blowout Brush
So let’s dig in.
Your 90s Blowout With Round Brush, Hair Dryer and Velcro Rollers Tutorial
Here’s the link to the entire 12 minute blow drying your hair for volume demo video clip. You’ll want to skip forward to 1:36 to jump directly to where the meat of the video starts.
And yes you can click the link to watch the whole thing.
But rather than do that can I suggest you instead watch the clips below that are teed up to the key moments?
That way you can see the specific technique in action without wading through the rest.
Then once you’ve done each of the four you can always go back and watch the entire process.
Otherwise your guide starts with
The Mane Moments
Here’s the list of the “mane moments” in this Velcro hair rollers blowout tutorial by time stamp.
Again if you’re in a hurry several of them have been teed up below for quick access.
- 5:28 to 7:15 Round brush moves to volumize the lower sections
- 8:18 to 8:43 Genius hack to get lift at the roots
- 10:14 to 11:16 Volumizing the Mohawk
- 11:35 to 11:58 Removal how tos
Now to pull this off you’ll need
- Blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle
- Inch and half thermal round hair brush
- Velcro rollers
- Anti Frizz Spray
- Heat protectant
Oh and it’s easy to underestimate the role the concentrator nozzle plays. Don’t. It lets you put the heated air exactly where you want it. Minimizing the frizz risk and in the long run exposing your tresses to less heat damage potential.
The Mane Moves
- Wash and condition your hair as normal
- Air dry to 70%-80%
- Apply your heat protectant of choice
- Work in sections starting with the Mohawk on down.
- Use the brush and dryer to dry and style each section
- Roll the warmed hair onto a large or jumbo Velcro roller
- Give the hair time to cool and set – at least 30 minutes
- Carefully remove the rollers from the bottom up
- Finish with light hold hairspray as needed
Prep: The Preliminaries For Blow Drying Hair With A Round Brush
As they say the prep makes the hair.
In this case she uses a generous amount of the highly rated Color Wow Dreamcoat spray to fend off dryer induced frizz. It also can help you get a silky smooth finish and make your strands shine.
And don’t worry. It’s not as pricy as it may seem. Because the brand’s site says you may not need to apply this any more often than every third wash. Obviously your mileage may vary
After that she spritzes in the heat protectant. Blow dry cream would be better still.
Tip: Apply products in sections rather than giving all your hair a blast or two. This insures each and every strand is treated.
While brushing your product(s) through your mane insures 100% coverage.
Blow Dryer and Round Brush Moves To Volumize Not So Voluminous Hair
After sectioning she sticks the brush under the section and wraps the hair around the brush. Before rollering her locks around the curler – making sure the ends are secure.
- Step 1. She sticks the dryer nozzle right on the hair sitting on the brush.
- Step 2. She pulls the brush through the hair to put tension on it as it dries.
- Step 3. Next she twirls the brush back up the section to repeat
You want to do those three steps as often as it takes to get to dry.
Now you need to heat your hair one last time to make it readily conform to the roller. It’s the most critical part of this entire styling process.
To insure things are heated properly she rolls all the hair in the section on the brush up right against her scalp. She blasts it with heat for another 5 to 10 seconds. Letting it sit for a bit before finishing by twisting the hair while pulling the brush down and out.
Now you’re ready to roll.
- Step 4. She rolls the heated section on the roller. And clips it in place.
Over directing (she terms it elevating) the hair or lifting it in the opposite direction it normally lays is done to maximize the lift at the roots.
Repeat those four steps for every lower section all around your crown.
This next clip shows a clever way to use a small round brush for instant volume at the root.
Genius Hack To Get Lift At The Roots
Here she uses a one inch thermal ceramic round brush by Olivia Garden. Just be careful as the barrel can get quite warm. If you make contact with your skin it can leave a mark.
As you can see she sticks the brush right at the roots under the section of hair and blasts it with her dryer.
Then she leaves it sit for a few to heat up the strands.
But you can clearly see the lift the heat and brush can give.
Genius. Watching this has to be considered 30 seconds well spent!
How To Volumize the Mohawk Section
Basically with the Mohawk – each roller is rolled away from her face except for the bang hair in the very front. That is rollered forward and under so it lays right.
Yes, it takes a lot of rollers to pull this off. And there is some work involved. But no one said getting the big volume blowout you crave with rollers would be either simple or all that quick. Or could be done with two or three rollers.
Once all rollered up all you have to do is wait for them to set. The longer the better. 45 minutes should suffice. (She leaves them in for an HOUR).
Time to take the rollers out. How Kayli removes them is beyond priceless.
Stuckless Velcro Roller Removal
She sticks two fingers INSIDE the roller. The she uses her Twist and Pull approach to free the roller down and out of the hair. Claiming the twisting makes it so much easier to remove.
Seems to work. Although I do have to admit those with fine dense hair just seem to be unable to avoid roller drama no matter what.
So here’s help for those even the least bit worried about their Velcro rollers getting stuck. It’s our recent article “9 Tips On How To Use Velcro Rollers Without Getting Them Stuck”.
Now after removing it’s smart go in and shake your roots. Then use a wide tooth comb to smooth things rather than grabbing your brush. Because there’s something about brushes that just makes all the lush volume go limp and lifeless.
Tips For Blow Drying Hair With A Round Brush For A Voluminous Blowout
One key is to keep tension on your locks as you run the round brush through them as you hit them with the heat from the dryer.
Also remember to keep the dryer air stream pointed down the hair shafts. This keeps the cuticles smooth and unruffled.
Another easily overlooked trick is the use of over directing to build in more lift and volume. You can do this with the brush when drying. And then with the rollers holding the hair high to maximize volume.
Then here’s an easily missed Velcro roller trick worth noting. It’s what she did with that first roller on the layer just below the crown that’s right next to her face. Just before she hits the scalp when rolling it up she twists the roller away from her face.
IMPORTANT: Unlike in her video clip it’s better to work from the top down. Rollering your Mohawk section first and then working the next sections on down.
Doing so avoids any risk of hair clipped up on your head from getting stuck in rollers already in place when you release it from the clip. Prying those strands off the other rollers might require a crowbar.
Another often ignored difference maker is a ceramic brush.
Why You Want To Use a Thermal Blowout Brush
With this technique some insist the brush makes the style.
So like the nozzle is the key with the blow dryer the right ceramic round brush may well be another.
Bigger is pretty much always better.
Because bigger is ideal for maximizing volume. And perfect for those going for sleeker, smoother and straighter – which is the goal here after all.
Another highly desired trait found in the better brushes is a ceramic barrel that heats up. A tool like that helps to more evenly distribute the heat.
And you want evenly distributed heat.
It will not only cut down on dry time making it healthier for your mane but adds to volume and shine.
It’s also a frizz fighter.
So if you’re not getting the blowout look you were hoping for the first adjustment to make is in your choice of brushes.
The Hazards of Going For A Salon Style Blowout At Home
Of course the road to maximum volume is not all sweetness and light. Despite how easy YouTubers like Kayli makes this look. Here are five reasons why you might hate this but will do it anyway.
This absolutely kills your arms. No shock there.
It’s time consuming until you get the hang of it. And even then this isn’t exactly fast.
But the saving grace is with the right products and sleep gear you may only need do this every 5-7 days. Depending on how fast your hair gets greasy obviously.
Then too there’s the time spent waiting for the rollers to cool down and set. Which could be another 45 minutes or longer.
With hot styling there’s always the danger of heat damage. Which is why proper heat protectant products are vital.
There’s always the risk of getting the Velcro stuck. So for one don’t roll them up under excessive tension. For more check out our recent article that covers how to remove Velcro rollers without getting them stuck.
Another thing that can help is a thorough detangling before you start.
Hopefully this guide helps if you’re one of the many who have a hard time manipulating a hair dryer and round brushing at the same time.
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