Sick of limp, tired, volume-less locks?
Want to amp your volume up a notch or two?
Had it with feeling like you don’t have “notice me” hair or it’s being noticed for the wrong reasons?
Which is why more volume is on so many wish lists.
Now the solution may be a bit retro but maybe it’s time to revisit Velcro rollers.
Anticipating your next question … How do you use Velcro rollers for massive volume exactly?
Here’s the Cliff Notes version of one way to get to serious volume with Velcro rollers laid out step by step.
- PREP: Start by prepping your locks with heat protectant and volumizing products.
- BLOW DRYING: Dry a small section at a time using a round brush until it’s just damp.
- HAIR SPRAY: Some find a light spritz of hair spray done before winding your hair on the rollers can maintain the lift.
- WRAP: Wrap the hair around the roller. This is best done while it’s still warm.
- ROLL AWAY: You’ll generally want to roll the rollers away from your face in the center Mohawk section of your head remembering to hold the hair up and away. (HINT: You roll away by placing the roller behind the section of hair.)
- WAIT for your hair to dry. To speed it up by blow drying the curlers.
- REMOVE the curlers
If needed clips or bobby pins can help hold them in place as you finish up with your blow dryer.
As with anything you may need to play around with the products used to get the best results with your hair. Oh and as you know too much of the wrong stuff can actually weigh your hair down or make it sticky to the touch. Ugh!
Done right, some look at this as hot roller results with next to no risk of heat damage.
But wait. There’s more.
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VIDEO: How To Use Velcro Rollers For Volume
Admittedly this video does not follow all the “rules”. But the results Harmony gets I felt merited including this so you can see another way to do it. Proving the only rules that truly matter are the ones that work for YOUR hair.
She is working with medium length, fine hair yet still goes for the jumbo rollers.
When drying she over-directed with it parted on the opposite side her part is on for an added volume boost when flipped over.
Since it is dry she uses a flat iron to heat up the sections before rolling.
What you need:
- Jumbo Sized Velcro Rollers
- Duckbill Clips
- Light Hold Hairspray
- Dry Shampoo
Step by step in a nutshell
- Part on opposite side and blow dry
- Spritz Dry Shampoo
- Shot of Hair Spray
- Flat Iron to Heat Up
- Remove Rollers
While waiting for things to set you can do your makeup, check email, respond to texts or whatever.
She uses the dry shampoo as a preventative to absorb oil before things get greasy.
Starting in the front she takes a section that’s about as wide as her roller.
She then over directs in the opposite direction she wears her hair.
She flat irons to warm the hair up.
Next she rolled the hair forward from the ends to the roots while holding the section straight up.
Pro Tip: While not necessary, clipping allows you to get some extra tension on the roots to maximize volume.
Take another section, spritz with hairspray, flat iron and again holding it straight up, roll down from the ends to the roots.
Do note too that after the first two all the rest of the sections across the crown are rolled backwards.
When approaching the sides, she emphasized the need to pull your hair straight up when wrapping around the roller..
After taking the rollers out she sprinkles in texturizer – in this case Pure Abundance Hair Potion. A more affordable option would be Powder Play by SexyHair (Amazon link)
Best Velcro Rollers for Volume
Typically if going for volume the bigger the better.
So one word applies if you have longer hair. Jumbo.
The big idea is to stretch out your strands as much as you can while they’re warm and then setting them while they cool.
Which means the more roller real estate you’ve got to work with the better.
Then set it with a cool blast from your blow dryer.
There’s an added benefit. Going bigger means it’s faster since it takes fewer curlers to do the job.
Of course jumbo or huge is relative. Because not everyone who wants voluminous locks has long hair. So for those with short hair smaller rollers can qualify as huge.
Tip: That said saw this cosmetology school sizing tip on becomingabombshell.com and thought it was worth sharing:
Why is this kinda important?
On the right sized roller your hair dries faster. That because it has more air exposure since it is spread out over more curler surface. (This is also why you want to work with smaller sections of hair to insure the curl holds.)
Now you may find using several volumizing styling hacks helps you to get the most lift you can out of your Velcro. So here’s another tip.
Tip: Some report volumizing mousse helps. For best results divide your damp hair into several sections. Then run the product through your strands.
How about one more?
Tip: When blow drying you want to over direct your hair in the opposite direction you normally wear it. Use a wet brush that allows heated hair to flow through as you put tension on your locks. When done just flip it back to the right side and roll away.
Finally high rise hair starts with placing the rollers on the crown of your head. Then move on to the sides of your head and working your way down.
How Long Should You Keep the Velcro Rollers In Your Hair
Basically you want to leave the rollers in long enough for your hair to set.
If working with dry hair that could be 10-15 minutes.
If they’re damp to start with you want your hair to be totally dry before taking them out.
So if you are air drying the longer you can wait the better.
Then too the thickness of your hair and how wet it is when you begin affects dry time.
Or you can do this to kickstart things. Use a blow dryer or soft hooded bonnet powered by your hair dryer can speed things up – by a lot.
Soft. Hooded. Bonnet?
Yeah, if you’ve never heard of one before, and I hadn’t, here’s a quick look at a soft hooded bonnet.
This 2 minute video clip gives you a quick peek at how it works.
Looks kinda interesting, don’t you think? That was an Amazon link but you can also pick this up at Sallys.
This soft alternative may be perfect if you don’t want to spend the cash on a hooded dryer.
Three other things to keep in mind. They may be important.
- The instructions say to set the blow dryer on low heat low speed.
- The nape of your neck will likely get warm to overheated depending on the heat setting of your dryer.
- This is not only good for roller sets like this it’s also a nifty way to heat up your strands when deep conditioning.
Remember too, unlike in that video your hair is coiled around large Velcro rollers. So there’s lots of space for the warm air to circulate and dry the hair from all sides. Making for a quick set.
Of course this means you really need your hair to be 100% cooled down before removing the rollers.
Finally, in case you’re interested, here’s the link to the one used in the video – also an Amazon link.
How To Take Out Velcro Rollers Without Tangling
Once your hair is dry and your curls are set, you’re ready to unveil your style!
Now a commonly asked question is “How do I get Velcro rollers out of my hair?” because the rap on these is the rollers end up tangled in their hair.
Prep can help.
So to keep rollers from getting “stuck” or snarled up you want to make sure your hair is smooth and brushed out to remove any tangles before rolling.
That’s also where the flat iron trick from the first video might help to smooth things out.
Some suggest you want to avoid tugging or pulling on your roller when removing it as that can turn your curls into a frizzy, fluffy mess.
Others point out unrolling rather than sliding them out is key. Firmly grab onto both sides of the curler and unroll away.
Some stick their index finger inside the rollers. This put downward consistent downward tension on it so that gently sliding it out of your hair works.
Finally here’s is another nifty trick to try. Watch how she uses her index finger to lift her hair off the roller as she’s sliding it down and out of her hair.
Worth a try, don’t you think?
When used correctly, your velcro rollers shouldn’t cause you any heartache at all.
Do Velcro Rollers Damage Hair?
They can. Especially if you try to take them out wrong.
Which is reason for the ideas just shared. But here’s a couple more.
Going slow can help too.
Always take the curlers from the bottom out first. This keeps hair released from the rollers already on the top from getting tangled with rollers still in place at the bottom.
Don’t unroll them. Instead, pull them gently to the side, letting the Velcro fibers lightly “brush” the section as the roller comes out. (This method also smooths frizz and keeps you from unwinding the curl right out of your hair.)
10 Tips For How To Use Velcro Rollers For Volume
Let’s wrap this up with 10 more great ways to get instant volume with Velcro rollers. Included to give you the most help possible because who isn’t a sucker for big voluminous hair?
Sure most know how to get volume via teasing.
But too many hate back combing or they feel ratting is hard on their hair.
Others believe it’s too much work.
So here’s 10 more tips that can help you maximize the volumizing potential of your Velcro rollers.
Tip #1: The thicker your hair the more sections you’ll want to divide it into and the more rollers you’ll need to use.
Tip #2: This is important. No section of hair should be wider than your roller. That’s typically like one and a half or two inch sections. Taking care to do this right insures better, more consistent, results.
Tip #3: A cheap volumizing trick is to flip your part to the side that you don’t normally part on.
Tip #4: Along the same lines part your hair lower than you normally do.
Tip #5: Rough dry it in the opposite direction you usually part on. This alone can produce a decent amount of added volume simply by using your blow dryer.
Tip #6: If that doesn’t quite do it try some hairspray spritzed right on the roots.
Tip #7: For best results, first place the roller at the roots on the section right on your scalp. Then slide it to the ends making sure the ends are engaged on the roller. Then wind the hair around the roller maintaining some tension as you wrap the strand of hair.
Tip #8: If static is an issue that could mean your hair needs more moisture. Running Moroccan oil through your strands can help with that. Meanwhile a dryer sheet run over your hair can help in the short term.
Tip #9: The resulting style look a little too old school or dated? Use sea salt spray or some kind of texturizing spray can rough it up just enough.
Tip #10: Add volumizing mousse, hair spray, or dry shampoo to your hair before rolling it up. Not only will it help the rollers to stay put they can give your hair mega lift.
One last point. Don’t blame me if you now find you live and die by Velcro rollers to get volume at the crown.
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