I could use some help, advice, tips, etc., on figuring out what to do with my hair. I am planning to DIY it, something half-up, half-down. Fiance likes it best when it’s down, but I need something to anchor a fairly heavy cathedral veil. I would also like to have some curl, and so I went out and bought a set of hot rollers.
I know I need to just crack into them and start experimenting, but I could use some help getting started. For one thing, I never, ever use any kind of styling product in my hair, but I realize I will probably need to for that day if I want the curls to last. I’m not sure what to use – hairspray? Mousse? Gel? Do I put it in/on before or after using the rollers?
My hair is straight, smooth, and shiny. The individual strands are pretty fine, but I have a lot of them so it’s moderately thick. I generally just wash it, use conditioner once a week or so, never blow dry it, and just use a comb, brush, and sometimes barrettes or bobby pins. So if I want to do something with hot rollers, how do I go about it?
Beware! When you take the curlers out you will likely HATE HOW THEY LOOK for a few minutes… but they will ultimately fall down. You can use a comb or your fingers, but be careful not to go crazy or the curls will frizz. Wait for them to settle, and then work with them with your hands until you like the way they look.
Give it a few tries before you give up… it takes a certain amount of finesse, but you CAN do it.
Also, I realize you already bought the hot rollers, but look into curling with a straight iron or curling with velco rollers… both things I find easier than hot rollers. (However, I have very thick hair, so it may be a totally different ball game for you!)
So you put the hairspray on *before* you put the roller in? That’s kind of my biggest question … does that make it stick to the roller? Is that bad for your hair – does it get “cooked on” and end up with split ends from the heat?
Also, how long does it take you to put them all in? Does it matter that the first ones you do end up being on the rollers a lot longer than the last ones? (i.e. 20 minutes plus the time you spend putting up the rest of your hair, after you get the first ones done?) Because I imagine taking them out will be quite a bit faster than putting them in?
@KCKnd2: I spray each section immediately before rolling it. I will go ahead and assume that yes, that destroys my hair. Not sure?
I am very slow at it, but I also have A TON OF HAIR. The whole process from beginning to end usually takes me about 45 minutes to an hour. I don’t worry that the first curler ends up being in longer… the curlers lose their heat as they are in your hair, so it only ends up being HOT for the same amount of time as all the other curls. Then it is just being held up in position, but not “baking,” if you will.
Taking them out takes about 2 minutes… but then you have to wait for them to fall, which takes a lot more time.
Just wanted to say “thanks” to all the Bees who chimed in on this thread. I did a practice run today with the hot rollers, and I think I’m going to be able to make this work! Thank you for the tips and suggestions.
So I tried out the hot rollers + hairspray and ended up with something I was happy with. However, it definitely did NOT end up having much staying power. (That’s what I was worried about – with my smooth, slippery hair, it never seems to hold curl well.)
So, what do I do? Just load it down with a ton of hairspray? (I used hairspray today, but not a whole lot) Would mousse do a better job of helping the curl stay? Can you use mousse on dry hair, or is it only for wet hair? Curl smaller sections of hair at a time?
@KCKnd2: I’ve heard that mousse doesn’t have much staying power. My hair stylist swears by hairspray. Just keep spraying and spraying! Or you may need to try another brand. Did you buy a kind that says it has extra hold? You probably need to. Also, I’ve found that smaller/tighter curls seem to stay curled for longer… if you’re doing very loose waves that might be a problem.
Also try the sock bun tutorial for curls, those seem to last ALL DAY for me!
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