April 20, 2016

Try These Tips for Roller Set Perfection

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A roller set on natural hair is a simple (but often times complicated) style.

With a roller set, you can have sleek, stretched curls without direct heat. This is especially great for those that want to achieve a stretched curly style and without putting their hair at risk for heat damage. With these tips and tricks, I’m sure you can get your best roller set.

1. Deep condition
The state of you hair’s health and how well you care for it prior to the style means a lot. An important step prior to doing your roller set is making sure that your hair is properly conditioned with a deep conditioner or protein treatment. These treatments not only repair your hair from the previous week’s manipulation and style but also prepares your hair for the roller style. So make sure your hair is conditioned and prepared.

2. Apply a heat protectant (as your leave-in)
Although you are not putting direct heat on your hair from a straighter, you are using heat from a hooded dryer. For a roller set to be completely dry, it’s essential to spend about 30-120 minutes underneath the dryer. A great spray heat protectant leave–in for roller set is ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. This product includes keratin, a common ingredient featured in heat protectants that helps to build a barrier and combat damage from heat styling.

3. Use a light moisturizing styling product
For a stretched style like a roller set, you want your hair to have volume, movement and not feel weighed down with product. It’s best to use a light moisturizer or hair serum. Stay away from styling products that include petroleum and butters that will be too heavy.

4. Perform a roller set on damp/dry hair
Doing a roller set on wet hair will be a challenge in itself. The slippery hair will make it much more difficult to wrap around the roller, leaving odd strands of hair from being curled. For an easy and smoother application, always roll your hair when it’s damp or dry. This will give your hair a better grip and you’ll spend less time underneath the dryer.

5. Divide your hair into small sections
The less hair for each roller, the better results you will get. Too much hair in each section will make it much harder to curl around the roller and take more time to dry. So divide your hair in small sections throughout your hair.

6. Use different size rollers
This is one of the tips I learned eventually. Using the same size rollers throughout your entire head will create the same curls. Using different size rollers will actually create fullness and add extra volume to your hair.

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