Hot Roller How-To

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how to hot roller your hair

It’s been quite some time since I’ve busted out the hot rollers over here, but thought what better time than Spring? Although I am the self-professed queen of loose, messy, slept-on waves, Spring makes me want to bust out bright lips and big volume.

Want volume? Get those hot rollers heated up and let’s do this.

April is all about creating spring looks for less at Sally Beauty, so they challenged me to create a new hair look for under $50. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, SALLY.

I found this fantastic 12-Roller Ceramic Hair Setter by Jilbere on sale for $32.99.


Six of the rollers are jumbo and six are large, which is perfect for big volume.

First, let’s do a hot roller refresher.

how to hot roller your hair

Sure, it’s easy to roll from the ends of your hair, but what if you have layers. like I do? As pictured above, I like to start right above my longest layer, and then wrap the ends around before rolling up to the head. It’s a very easy way to keep those pesky layers from falling off the roller.

Let’s talk volume, though. The trick to big volume is to roll at the crown of the head, not just the sides.

how to hot roller your hair

I place a couple of rollers on the crown of my head first, and always use the largest rollers on the top layers of my hair, and the smaller ones on the bottom layer. I’m not looking for crazy curl, so I usually wait 5 minutes before pulling the rollers out, and release the bottom ones first, since they are smaller in diameter and don’t want them to create too much curl. Once all of the rollers are out, I flip my head and run my fingers through to create more texture and volume.

Add a little red lipstick, and voilá, Va-Va-Volume.

how to hot roller your hair

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  1. Christina G

    April 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Loving this look! I do have a question, what do you use as far as products afterwards? My problem is I have really thick hair and so curls or waves tend to fall out quickly unless I shellac my hair with hairspray. =0/

    • whoorl

      April 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Christina! You know, I usually don’t use anything because I like the curls to loosen over the course of the day. However, if I want to add even more volume and texture, I use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.