Confused by what size velcro roller to use to get the look you’re going for?
Don’t want to end up tight curls when you were going for full on body?
Problems like this could be why so many are asking “What size Velcro rollers should I use?”
Because it’s no fun being in the dark about something like this, is it? Just makes you feel kinda dumb. Especially when everyone else seems to know exactly how to size and use velcro rollers no problem?
So if you’re ready to get the right sized roller for the job we’re ready to show you which is which.
Please keep in mind each brand has a slightly different definition of the various sizes. We studied enough of them to give you a basic idea as to what diameter to expect for each sized roller. Laying it out for you in one easy to digest graphic:
Oh and about the “best for” suggestions. You’ll only find out what any given sized roller can do for your hair by actually trying it to see what results you get, okay? Sometimes the outcome can be surprising!
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Before picking the size roller to use you need to know …
- Whether you’re going for loose body, waves, curls, or tighter curls
- Your hair’s length and texture
- And obviously the size of rollers you’ve got to work with
Now I trust you understand the size to use depends on the effect you want.
For big, blowout like volume go with bigger curlers. Tighter curls come from the smaller sized rollers.
Another big factor is the thickness and texture of your hair. HINT: the thicker the hair the smaller the sections you want to work with. While there’s an unexpected trick we revealed for those looking to use Velcro rollers for fine hair.
Third, curler placement affects the final outcome too. As does how you roll them.
For backward directed curls, go ahead and grab your section and place the roller behind it when wrapping.
On the other hand if you want to hair with a forward lean stick the roller in front of the section.
Finally given how affordable they are I’d recommend you pick up different sized rollers. That way you’ll have the just right size to create the look you’re in the mood for any given day. Options, you know?
Just keep in mind if your hair is less than 6 inches long, it will be kinda hard to roll it into a roller 3 inches in diameter.
But a one inch roller can work wonders for those with shorter strands. Even pixie short.
If this is news maybe you should check out our look into how to put rollers in a short pixie. It shares 10 tips on how to add volume to such shortly cropped tresses.
Of course if you have length to spare your options are limitless. You can even mix and match different sized rollers, as you’ll see in the video below, to create a natural looking effect to face with the world with any given day.
But … they’re only limitless as long as you know how to take them out right. We give you the only 12 tips you need to know to do that without damage and without getting them stuck.
Anyway assuming you have in mind what style outcome you want let’s break down the size roller you might want to grab to do the job.
How To Use Small Velcro Hair Rollers
How Big: About an inch (25 mm) or less.
Workable Hair Length: Any.
If you’re going for curls with Velcro rollers smaller sizes are what you want. Not so sure Shirley Temple ringlets are in the cards but you can definitely add some lasting bend to straight strands.
Most often these are rolled into almost dry hair.
Since Velcro rollers work better with heat focus a hot blast from your dryer on each curler to heat up the hair. That way as the hair cools the “curl” sets.
Now when your hair feels cool to the touch wait a couple few more minutes. Then you’re ready to rock and roll so go ahead and take ’em out.
How To Use Medium Velcro Hair Rollers
How Big: 1.5 inches or about 38 mm.
Workable Hair Length: Short to medium or longer if you want something more curlier than volumized.
So if want to add a bit of wave action medium rollers may be your best bet.
Some feel a bit of wave is the happy medium between stick straight and crazy curly.
While if you’re wanting a bouncy look without heat damage also stick with medium. Can’t go wrong.
Remember styling products like mousse or light hold hair spray can help get you a long lasting style.
How To Use Large Velcro Rollers
How Big: About 1.75 inches (44 mm) of curling machine.
Workable Hair Length: Medium length or longer.
Big fan of volumized hair? Run five or six of these around your crown and be ready to be impressed.
Loose waves. Blow out volume. Body. All that awaits users of large rollers with shoulder length or longer locks.
Even when using the larger sizes you’ll again likely discover they work better when used with heat. The idea is to give the roots enough of a blast so they set when wrapped around the roller.
How To Use Jumbo Velcro Rollers
How Big: Around 2.5 inches in diameter or about 75 mm.
Workable Hair Length: Medium length or longer.
Sucker for anything that promises to amp up the volume? This may be the size to fall for.
Going with larger sizes means you’ll get the amazing body you want without much, if any, curl. Giving your limp locks life, lift and fullness.
For volume that won’t quit you typically run these down the middle section of your head. Easy peasy. Just make sure you’ve got enough tension so the roller lifts your roots off the scalp. The video coming up next makes this point clear.
How To Use Super Jumbo Velcro Rollers
How Big: Anything much bigger than 2.5 inches (75 mm) would qualify as super jumbo. Think three inches in diameter or larger.
Workable Hair Length: Given these things are huge typically the best candidates are those with long hair. You’re not going for curls but party girl hair that settles for nothing less than bombshell body.
Yet while you might not think it possible, this video shows how to use super jumbo rollers on collar bone grazing length hair to create all that volume you crave. Without any of the backcombing you hate.
Pssst. Here’s five secrets to take away from this video. They’re what makes this styling approach tick.
Secret #1: Spritz with dry shampoo right after washing and before applying the rollers.
Secret #2: Over-direct your hair which is a little known trick to create lift.
Secret #3: Use a flat iron to heat up the section to be wrapped around the curler
Secret #4: If rollers are used on the sides hold your hair straight up over your head. Do not hold it down and roll the curler up. That’s a mistake. You want to hold it up and roll the curler down to your scalp.
Secret #5: You can too use Super Jumbo rollers even on medium length hair.
To sum up the applying rollers process in a nutshell:
- Take a section no wider than the width of the roller
- Give it a shot of hairspray at the roots
- Quickly run over the section with your flat iron to heat the hair up
- Roll the hair while it’s still hot
- Wait for them to cool
That’s all there is to it.
You can see she uses these super jumbo rollers down her Mohawk section with a couple more on the sides. Even better she patiently explains exactly what she does, and more importantly, why.
Love this vid. May be the best ten minutes of your day!
Size Please! Cracking the Velcro Roller Code
– Shoulder Length Hair Edition
If you don’t mind, let me share the two reasons why I included this video.
First, this clip shows an alternative way to heat up your strands by using a curling iron. Most YouTubers favor hair dryers. But as you’ll see this approach works just as well.
And it doesn’t have to a curling iron. Or a blow dryer. We lay out proven ways to combine hot hair styling tools with Velcro rollers to get them set for long lasting volume.
Second, she uses a variety of roller sizes. As mentioned earlier this is a smart way to give you a more natural looking effect. You can see how it worked for her and decide if this might be something you want to do.
Also liked that she offered a ton of helpful reminders about how to do this properly. From the size of your sections to why you want to keep that width consistent all over your head. Commenting too on why heat matters to how long to wait. All things people ask about often.
So why not pick yourself up a multi-pack and have a go at it? Running various sizes in your hair will give you ah-mazing curls and ah-some body! So isn’t it time to get rolling?
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Nancy Wingo says
I wish I knew where to buy these rollers without being ripped off from Chinese sellers?? Do you happen to know? Jumbo/mega size velcro rollers. Thanks, nancy
I searched the most popular ones and all seem be made in China. Even AI couldn’t up with any alternatives. Sorry.