Lush voluminous hair that oozes body is always going to be in.
It will always be desirable.
It will always be lusted after by the volume challenged.
Which is why any tools that can help your medium length mane achieve near instant bouncy fullness will be welcomed too.
Such is the case with Velcro rollers. Suddenly these old school classics are new again. Or maybe it just seems that way.
So if you’re bothered by the lack of texture or the flatness of your shoulder length locks maybe you should get in on this? As many find they get their best fullness by using Velcro curlers.
Did you know how you put the rollers in determines the look you get? Of course you did.
But there is a way less often used that you may not be as familiar with. One that produces a cascade of waves.
Curious? Then keep watching. I’ll bet you’ll find the video clip enlightening.
Then stick around and read the tips that we sometimes forget to follow when Velcro meets hair. But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference.
How To Do Vertical Velcro Roller Placement
So can you use a roller set to get billowy waves on medium hair that swish?
Absolutely. Why not?
This “vertical” technique for roller placement is not often seen or discussed but that doesn’t mean it’s any less useful.
Vertically speaking, ready to roll? (Don’t worry that will make more sense in a sec.)
To start center part your hair if it isn’t already.
- Separate out any fringe or the front bit of hair in your Mohawk area. Remember to keep the section width a bit smaller than the width of your roller.
- Heat that section of hair with the curling iron.
- Pull this straight forward – think unicorn horn.
- Then roll that warmed hair onto a curler – rolling away from your face
- Clip securely
Now for the top section of rest of your hair.
- Split it in half horizontally – a top and bottom section on each side using your fingers starting about eyebrows high.
- Clip off the top half up and out of the way. Then the bottom one.
- Release the top half.
- Part the top half into skinny vertical sections starting from the front and working your way back.
- Basically for each roller you want to grab a skinny section that’s longer than it is wide.
- Heat up with a curling iron holding it vertically (perpendicular to the floor) not horizontally and curl away from your face.
- Then roll the hair around the curler positioned vertically and again curl away from your face.
- Clip the roller in place
- Repeat all around your head.
Release the bottom layer. The hair here may or may not long enough to Velcro up.
Or you may need to go with smaller rollers again depending on how long your hair is.
Your other option is to use your curling iron to curl that lower layer if you wish.
BONUS: She styled one side’s lower layer with curlers and the other with the iron. So you can see what differences, if any, there are. I would add doing “rollers only” gives a more consistent look to the style in my opinion.
Anyway, once the hair has cooled on the rollers it’s time to release it.
Finally to encourage the look to last spritz with hair spray.
The before and after shots (time stamp around 28:30) show what a difference this styling approach can make.
Making styling a tossed-and-tousled, wavy vibe into your look a snap. While proving it isn’t hard to have shoulder grazing hair that’s anything but boring.
Here’s 8 Handy Tips for Using Velcro Rollers For Max Volume
So you should be excited. Because everyone knows flattened, limp locks aren’t exactly sexy. Which is why you might turn to the Velcro as a quick fix.
Unfortunately some find using them right can be tricky.
So let’s share a few more insider tricks that can help you have lusher hair that will get you noticed.
#1: You’ll want to experiment to find what size rollers works best for you on different part of your head. Remembering the bigger the curler the gentler the bend you get. Want curls? Then work those smaller curlers.
To help with that you might check out our Velcro roller size guide. It may be exactly what you need to make it easy to figure out the size that’s right for your hair.
Oh and once you’ve perfected your VR technique it’s not out of the question to see amazing results.
#2: I know I beat this to death whenever discussing hot styling tools but always use a heat protectant spray when you bring the heat to your locks. It can help avoid wreaking havoc on your strands.
#3: You can’t overstate the role roller size plays in the results you get. When it comes to what size velcro rollers to use usually it’s best to go with the biggest rollers you can wrap your hair around. For med-length hair that would mean large or even jumbo size for some.
#4: Self grippers are best seen as volume boosters not curl makers. There are likely better ways to go if no heat curls on your medium strands are the goal. You know such as flexi rods for high impact curls or sock curls. Shoot you may even find that robe belt curls are more curly.
Click whichever link should you want to read one of our more detailed guides on using each.
If your hair has grown beyond what you’d call mid-length you might find our look at how to use Velcro rollers on long hair helpful. All the more if Victoria Secret hair is your dream.
#5: Those with the most success with Velcro rollers tend to lean on a product or two to get the body boost they’re looking for. Be it a mousse, root lifter, powder thickener, or blow dry volumizer if you blow drying is more your thing. In the case of the later some, like Its-10-Haircare-Miracle-Volumizer, do double duty and work as a heat protectant too.
#6: A sleight of hand few think of is how you part your hair. A center is not always your friend when looking for big, bodacious body. A side part is better at creating the illusion of hair with lift to spare.
#7: I know many are worried about these getting stuck. And that is a valid concern. One thing you can do is make sure your hair is brushed and smooth as it can be. Getting the knots and tangles out before rolling things up can help avoid the problem of them getting ensnared later. You know, when trying to remove them?
Since this is such a common problem we wrote an in-depth blog post on how to stop your Velcro rollers from getting tangled. It’s one you definitely should read. Today!
#8: Another trick is to avoid putting too much hair on any given roller. This is clearly a case of less is more. And yes I understand sometimes you get in a hurry. But if the roller feels loose and floppy it’s quite possible you over did it and wrapped too much hair around it.
Anyone looking for more helpful tips and tricks like these for making medium length manes all the more mesmerizing should do themselves a favor. Follow our boards on Pinterest obviously. So what you waiting for?