One thing it seems we can’t have too much of it voluminous hair, right?
Especially with fine or thin strands. In that case the more volume the better.
All the more when big 90s hair is back.
Well did you know you can easily achieve a 90s like blowout with Velcro rollers? And all without damaging your mane?
Well, it’s true. These retro miracle workers plus a little practice can be the styling solution you’ve been struggling to find. Because they can help just about anyone get a sexy, long lasting, salon-like blowout at home.
Sounds good, right?
So if you want to take your hair to the next level keep reading. You’ll discover…
The Only Tips, Tools and Tutorial Needed To Rock A Blowout With Velcro Rollers
- What are Velcro Rollers?
- So What’s So Hot About Them?
- How To Use Velcro Rollers On Dry Hair For Volume
- What Size Hair Rollers Are Best For That 90s Blowout Look?
- Prepping Your Hair For Velcro Rollers
- Holy Grail Styling Products That Are Worth Your Money
- VIDEO: The Velcro Hair Rollers Blowout Tutorial You’ve Been Waiting For
Of course creating lots of volume is one thing. Creating lots of lasting volume is another.
What are Velcro Rollers?
These are little more than plastic rollers with Velcro on the outside.
The Velcro allows the rollers to stick to your hair – ideally without clips. Although those with longer or thicker hair may find clips unavoidable due to the weight of their tresses.
Then when rolled into hair and heated up with a dryer the hair then sets or molds to the shape of the roller as it cools. Giving you body galore.
So What’s So Hot About Them?
They offer the benefits of enhanced root lift. That works to keep your strands (un)naturally elevated. Making it look like they defy gravity.
But get this. If you’re using these guys expecting to get a head full of curly fabulous hair think again.
Their purpose in life isn’t to curl your hair. Instead the purpose of this tool is to create bouncy, full-bodied locks. That are loaded with lift, movement and volume to spare.
That’s the reason you should consider using them.
Now as YouTuber and stylist Glam Girl Gabi likes to say success with hair styling comes down to three things:
So that’s what we’re going to look at. Ready?
Exactly How To Use Velcro Rollers On Dry Hair For Volume
Fact is it’s all in the technique. Whether it’s the prep, the roller size, or knowing where to put them – your routine matters.
The 90s blowout heavy lifting is done with your blow dryer technique.
Towel dried hair is okay if you’re going to apply your products. Being sure not to skip the heat protectant.
And do detangle. Important if you want a sleek, ultra-smooth ‘do.
Now some will blow dry their mane until it’s like 90% dry. Again feeling ever so slightly damp to the touch.
The second video below gets more into the technique of using a hot air styling brush. So stay tuned.
BUT….if you’re more curious about using a round brush and blower dryer instead to blow dry your Velcro rollers click that link. It takes you to our recent look into that.
Now one of the most important tools is using the right sized roller.
What’s The Ideal Size Hair Rollers For Achieving That 90s Blowout Look
The Rule: The bigger the Velcro roller, the bigger the blowout.
Smaller curlers will produce more of a curled effect although not nearly the curls like you’d get with a curling iron.
While larger rollers create oodles of mind blowing body.
So if you want a sexy blowout look I’d stick with large to jumbo. Even on medium length locks.
If you don’t believe me see Jumbo rollers in action on medium length hair. It’s the first video in this “how to use velcro rollers for volume” post or ours.
Created by stylist Harmony Beus she also a YouTuber with knack for educating and thoroughly explaining the why behind most any move she makes. And yes she does use Jumbo rollers on her fine, medium length mane.
You might also want to check out our “Busy Girl’s Velcro Roller Size Guide”. It’s a helpful cheat sheet of sorts should you want to know more about what the various sized rollers are best for.
Prepping Your Hair For Velcro Rollers
Volume begins in the shower long before you even fire up your blow dryer.
Like it’s never a bad idea to use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
Then an old standby styling trick can rescue thin, lifeless, fine hair. Blow drying upside down. Worked with rollers and it’s a hard combination to beat when it comes to using Velcro rollers for fine hair.
Basically you are blow drying your hair while bending at the waist. Doing what you can to direct your locks in the opposite direction you typically part and wear them.
Essentially you’re going against the grain because that’s a surefire body building formula.
Again going for not quite dry.
This hack instantly thickens the look of even the limpest hair.
Then she busts out her trusty Velcro rollers. Adding them a layer at a time around her head.
The lowest layers she just hits with her hot air dryer brush. Shooting to get the full bodied look like what you’d get using a round brush blow dryer combo.
She also hits the hair she’s just removed the rollers from with her tool too.
Taken together these moves produce massive volume and root lift that has to be seen to be believed
Finish off by spritzing with as much hair spray as it takes to make the lushness last and you’re good to go.
Backing up a step…
How To Prep Hair For Velcro Rollers | Holy Grail Products?
No doubt product prep is the key to a good blowout. For some it’s indispensable.
Because it can be so frustrating when you can’t seem to even come close to those voluminous blow outs you see all over social media.
So you’ll want to detangle, apply heat protectant and whatever other volumizing products it takes to produce the smooth, sleek yet voluminous results you’re going for.
Like a volumizing product, such as mousse or root lift spray, to the roots to add extra volume.
Beyond that here’s a quick list of the various types of products to consider.
Game Changing Styling Products To Use With Velcro Rollers
At this point I’d hope you’d agree products can be a volume game changer.
Maybe not for those who won the genetic lottery. And are lucky enough to have hair that just needs a bit of heat and time on the roller to look totally glam.
But for the rest of us?
Especially those with fine or thin locks.
Well, we often need some help from solutions found in the styling product aisle.
Which I guess means you could say a lush 90s blowout style is nothing more than just an illusion of products. 🙂
Now there is no shortage of products to use before, during, and after the blowout to protect your hair, add ooomph, and help it to hold the volume longer.
The list might include things like the following that also name a highly rate choice on Amazon. Keeping in mind there is no perfect product for every head of hair, okay?
- Volumizing Shampoo And Conditioner like OGX Thick & Full
- Blow Dry Volumizer like It’s a 10 Miracle Blow Dry Volumizer
- Volumizing Mousse like John Frieda Volume Lift Air Whipped Foam
- Lightweight Hold Or Volumizing Hairspray like SexyHair-Spray-Play-Volumizing-Hairspray
- Root Booster like Kenra Root Lifting Spray 13
- Volumizing Spray like Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Boost Volumizing Spray
- Texturizing Spray like SexyHair Big Powder Play
- Hair Powders like OSiS+ DUST IT Mattifying Powder
- While for day two hair and beyond you can’t forget your fav dry shampoo
Obviously no one will need all of those.
Plus the particular product cocktail varies from head to head.
There’s also likely nothing special about any of these. Although based on their ratings they do tend to produce the promised results. But if you already have ones that work with your hair you’re probably better off sticking with them.
Cause it’s smarter to use what works with your hair. Not necessarily what you see someone on TikTok or YouTube using.
Also don’t feel compelled to use salon brands or something pricey unless that’s all your hair responds to. There are many affordable drug store buys that work just fine.
Finally, you’re arrived at the technique laden tutorial you’ve been waiting for.
Your Velcro Hair Rollers Blowout Technique Tutorial
Only watch this video if you want answers to questions like
What to never do with a Revlon hot air dryer. Yeah these things have taken the market by storm. But you don’t want to make this mistake if you care the health of your hair.
What type of hairstyle is best suited for rocking a Velcro rollers blowout?
Find out how to use alligator clips to avoid creases. Or you can just use creaseless clips and avoid this problem altogether.
See how to dry your bangs to make them less apt to split or separate. (This one might surprise you.)
Then there’s a simple thing anyone can do to get more root volume with this technique. Too many don’t know about this and so cheat themselves out of the volume they deserve.
All that and MUCH more is revealed in this super helpful video.
Now if at all possible you want to use the hot hair brush dryer of your choice to heat up your hair. It’s a great option if you have problems coordinating the brush and blow dryer.
And it seems many do.
So is it any wonder these clever two-in-one hot styling tools are so popular? They’re a flat out game changer for blow drying.
Now to apply the lessons in this tutorial to boost volume at home you’ll need these …
- #1 Rollers like these from Drybar. Or this totally affordable 31 pack collection from Conair of different sized curlers. You can never have too many of these guys.
- #2 Alligator Clips like these
- #3 Revlon One Step Hot Air Brush Dryer
- #4 Claw clips like these
From there she walks you through her routine to get “instantly” volumized hair. It’s all meat and no fluff. Here’s the timestamps.
- 0:07 spray on heat protectant and comb through so it’s evenly distributed
- 0:31 sections hair into four sections
- 0:38 tool run down
- 1:08 start with drying and styling the Mohawk section
- 3:37 work the rest of your mane placing the rollers horizontally around your head
- 6:00 wait for the rollers to cool down 100%. The cool down is when hair sets
- 6:16 removal in the reverse order they were put in
- 7:30 smooth GENTLY with a brush – you don’t want to collapse the volume
- 7:45 spray with light hold hairspray
There nothing hard about this. In fact if you paid attention you saw there is a lot of peat and repeat going on.
- Dry and heat up.
- Roll the hair around the roller.
- Repeat with next section.
So yeah, the process is pretty repetitive. Somewhat tedious. And I’m not going to lie. Doing the Mohawk section with any blow dryer like tool is an arms killer.
Still none of this is rocket science.
This works because your hair is its most moldable when it’s warmed up. That’s when you can sculpt it to do your bidding. Then the cool down is when things set in the perfect shape around the curlers.
There is ONE thing you might want to do different. Unlike in the video you’re probably better off drying the bangs down and forward towards your face rather than back and away like she does it.
Here’s why. Doing them that way is more likely to give you more volume and a fringe that flows better into the rest of your hair. With a devastating effect.
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