Bombshell Waves without a Curling Iron
With my fine hair, I’ve always had a love hate relationship with curling irons. I love the way they create those soft, woke-up-like-this waves, but they leave my hair so damaged and feeling like straw for days. Thankfully there are other ways to get the same style without scorching your hair.
One of my favorite styles is loose, romantic waves which I achieve using... hot rollers!
And no, they're not just for grannies or Hollywood pinups from the 1950s. Modern technology has come a long way and sets are better than ever with controlled heat settings and claw clips to fasten the rollers in place without denting your hair. Plus, they're super affordable and will last forever. I had a set that lasted probably 6-7 years and only had to be replaced when one rogue roller fell out of my hair and into the toilet. Whoops.
You can get so many different looks from one set by altering how much hair you place in the roller. The more hair you wrap in the roller, the looser the curl. The less hair, the tighter the curl.
Start out by using a good heat protector to minimize damage. I like this one by Giovanni 2chic. I spritz it in my wet hair before I comb it out.
After blowdrying my hair until it's completely dry, I'm ready to start curling.
The beauty of hot rollers is you really can’t go wrong with the placement. The more haphazard you place them, the more natural and loose the style will be. I usually grab some pieces in the front first and roll upwards on top of my head. Same with the crown of my head in the back. This is where you want the volume. For the rest of my hair I'm pretty sloppy about it - just divide into a few sections and roll.
Think about where you want the curls to start. I usually don't roll the curler past my ears because I don't want the top of my head too curled, but that's just my preference. You can start as high, or low, as you'd like. Sometimes I'll just wrap my ends to get a little flip but leave the rest of my hair straight.
The key is to make sure you don’t leave the rollers in too long, or you can get a weird crimping effect. I plug them in for 5-10 minutes and leave them in my hair no more than 20 minutes.
Another good rule of thumb to follow is the smaller the roller, the tighter the curl. I have two sets of rollers and use the smaller barrels for when I want tighter curls and larger ones when I want just a little volume at the crown and a flip on my ends.
For this look, I used Conair Instant Heat flocked rollers but I also love this travel set because it has super jumbo sized rollers for straighter styles. It seems counter intuitive, but you can also use curlers for straight hair. If you normally use a flat iron, try rolling your hair in large rollers on low heat for just five minutes. It gives a sleek, polished look like straighteners do but with far less damage to your hair.
So there you have it! If you're addicted to your curling iron and need to go to hair rehab, try giving hot rollers a whirl. They just might surprise you!
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