• Mon, Jan 23 2012

DIY Hair: Hot Rollers

This week, we’re trying a different hairstyle each day, and walking through it step by step. Are you excited? We are so excited. So excited. So scared.

We’re starting with hot rollers, because this is basically what I do to my hair every morning, and it seemed really ambitious to try new things, like, ever. So! Let’s begin.

Step 1 : You should wake up. What does your morning hair looks like? Let’s share. Mine looks like I am trying out for lead in a 1980′s hair metal tribute band. So this:

morning hair

If you are really tired and wish to stop here, you can just give up and put it in a ponytail.

JUST KIDDING, DON’T DO THAT. PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER, LADY. PUT ON SOME COFFEE. MAKE A DAMN LATTE.

Step 2:

Brush out your hair. Make sure your hair is dry. It really needs to be dry. If it is not dry, dry it. Now, start laying out your utensils. This is what you’re going to need:

hot rollers

1) Actual hot rollers. I use Remington hot rollers which are a available in most drugstores. They contain 5 big rollers, and 5 smaller ones. It’s a pretty basic set, but you don’t really need anything all that fancy. If you don’t like going to drugstores – and who does? – you can buy them for $15.65, here. 

2) Clips. Hot roller sets generally come with these awful little pink and white clips which pop out all the time. Basically, you will roll up your hair, and these will pop out. You’re going to want to buy some butterfly clips, especially for bigger pieces of hair, if you plan on moving and walking around during the time your hair is in rollers (which is the major benefit rollers have over just curling your hair with an iron). You can buy 12 butterfly clips here for $5.49. 

3) A hairbrush. One with bristles. Here’s one for $6

4) Hairspray. Some people say you should spray your hair down with hairspray after using rollers, but I like to spray it down beforehand. It means you get the hold, but it doesn’t look hard. Hold the hairspray at least 6 inches away from your head when you’re spraying. I use this Soy Touchable Hairspray, because Soy Touchables sent it to us. It works well! I think any other kind of hairspray would work as well, but here is a link to where you can buy Soy Touchables Sexy Hair Concepts Hairspray, the finest hairspray in all the land.

Step 3:

Now you are ready to begin the rolling process. Plug in the rollers. Let them heat up for around 3 minutes. Do other stuff. Drink coffee. Put on shoes. After three minutes, the rollers should feel hot to the touch (many brands will also change color to indicate they’re ready). Grab one of the rollers and begin rolling upwards from the lowest part of your hair. Kind of like this:

hot rollers hair how toStep 4: 

Roll in all the rollers. Bear in mind that smaller rollers will create tighter curls than larger ones. I like to use smaller ones towards the front, and on the lower layers for some extra bounce, but it’s really up to you. Experiment a bit to see which looks look best for your face. There are also a lot of instructional guides on exactly how to insert hot rollers – frankly I just roll them all up towards the crown of my head. I should probably plan it better, but I don’t, and it generally still comes out looking polished. This is what they look like on my head:

hot rollers how toStep 5:

Once you’ve clipped in all the rollers, wait 5-10 minutes. Or 20 minutes, if you like really tight curls! No, really, 5-10 minutes is plenty, generally speaking. This is also a good time to smear some lipstick on your face, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Step 6:

Remove the clip and pull out the rollers. You don’t need to remove them really, really carefully, but I guess do not yank them in some comical way. You’re going to get some pretty tight curls. They’ll look something like this:

curls hot rollersStep 7:

Okay, I find the whole curly thing too curly for me, personally. Pick up that brush with the bristles again. Brush it. Probably three or four times on each side. Ultimately, it should end up looking like this:

Step 8:

Now we are twins. Cool. Let’s buy identical outfits and go everyplace together.

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  • Meghan Keane

    Jennifer, I would like you to stop at Step 4. And wear your hair like this all the time. Because it is awesome.

  • Lisa

    Hey! I love going to drugstores! The makeup! The holiday candy! The drugs!

    Also, are you guys going to do a piece on straightening hair for some of your curlier/wavier audience members? I’m sure you’d find a willing guinea pig somewhere…

    • Jennifer Wright

      MAYBE. If I can figure out how to work a straightener.

  • Abba

    WHOA don’t use hairspray before heat. That just cooks the alcohol into your hair, making it horribler over time. I use a setting lotion (Lottabody—grandma alert) to spray each section as I go. It makes the hair damp so when it dries on the roller, it holds all day. Then do hairspray at the end.

  • MR

    As you know I was once a hard-core hippie, but minus the hair frizz I think your wake-up look isn’t that bad either.

    • Jennifer Wright

      You are kind. I look like a cavewoman, which is to say, sort of awesome, but unfit for the world.

    • MR

      Yeah it’s a more intimate view.

  • kiki

    this works great. unless your hair hates any efforts to make it anything but straight. like mine does. I hot rollered my hair for Christmas eve. Took some pics with the boyfriend and family immediately after pulling out the rollers, and had straight hair again 20 minutes after that. Maybe i should read the bit about the pinned up braid instead….

  • chrissy4

    I have very thin hair and the SHIELO VOLUME HAIRSPRAY seems to give my hair body when I spray it on my wet hair after I have shampooed. I set my hair with rollers and the set stays for a day so that tells me my hair has more body than without the spray. I am very impressed with the Shielo Hairspray!