How-To Tuesday: A New Twist to Old-Fashioned Rollers

Hot rollers may sound like the most ancient, and sometimes tedious, way to curl your hair. Curls come out voluminous but often too made up, or simply, too curly.  A simple alteration to the traditional curling method will make rollers give you a soft and modern wavy look.

Step 1: Start with the crown of your head, where you will want the most volume. Usually rollers come with 3 different sizes, and for the top of your head, use the largest rollers. Divide the crown into 3 sections, back, middle, and front. When wrapping your hair around the barrel, the middle and back sections should be wrapped away from your face, while the front section should wrap towards the face. For the back section, take the barrel into one hand and with the other hand, place the root of the hair on top of the barrel, so that the barrel is behind the inch or two of hair. Then, place the hair along one of the sides of the barrel. Next twist the hair around the barrel in the same method as if the barrel were a clamp-less curling iron. In other words, wrap the hair around the barrel, but do not overlap your hair on the roller. This will give the “mermaid hair” effect when the hair is set. Secure the roller with a clip and repeat this method for the middle section of hair.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Step 2: Do the same for the front section, except place the roller in front of the hair this time. Wrap the hair , curling towards the front instead of the back. Repeat step 1 (wrapping hair away from head) for two back section of hair right behind the head, still using the large barrels.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Step 3: Now that the crown and back of head are complete, take the medium sized rollers, and grab another one to two-inch section of hair from the top half and side of your head closest to the back sections, and hold it vertically as you wrap around the hair leaving little gaps so as not to have the curl end up being too uniform. Make sure to start at the root of the hair, wrapping down to the tip. When curls start higher at the hair, they tend to look  looser and more casual.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Step 4: Now, take the smallest- sized roller and wrap another one to two inch section from the middle of the top half of your head. Changing the barrel  size prevents the curls from meshing together, giving a messy and casual curl.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Step 5: Take a large roller and wrap the front section of your hair. You should be left with 3 rollers in on the top half section of one of the sides of your head.

Step 6: Now it’s time to curl the bottom section of your hair. Split this into two sections. For both sections of hair, use a small roller and wrap the hair, making sure to hold the barrels vertically. Secure these rollers with a clip.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Step 7: Repeat this process on the other side of head and leave the rollers in for 10-15 minutes.

Step 8: Take out the rollers, and lightly tousle and gently run your fingers through your hair. Be sure not to brush your hair, as this would remove the curl. For an even more relaxed and less-uniform look, take a texturizing sea salt spray and apply this to your hair, scrunching as you spray.

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Ilona Tuominen/WSN

Ilona Tuominen is a staff writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com

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