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The Perfect Roller Set- Transitioning Styles

By January 27th, 202115 Comments

The Perfect Roller Set- Transitioning Styles

The Perfect Roller Set!
by CurlsDivine

I’m in my 7th month of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, and what an exciting journey it has been so far! I’ve had so much fun trying new hairstyles and products. I really hate (with a passion) to sit under the hairdryer, but for these results, its well worth it! Check out how I achieve the perfect roller set:


  • I began with a clean head of hair. It’s your choice whether you use shampoo or conditioner for co-washing; I decided to co-wash using Biotera Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner. I didn’t rinse completely, leaving a little in for moisture. If any of you are unfamiliar with Biotera products, PLEASE head to Sally’s Beauty Supply and check them out . One word- WONDERFUL!
  • I detangled in the shower with my wide tooth comb and denman brush. Outside the shower, I sprayed a bit of setting lotion (Lotta Body).
  • I then parted in sections, and rolled from bottom to top. My rollers are the magnetic Yellow and Black, large size. I also added a little bit of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on the ends to seal.

The Perfect Roller Set- Transitioning Styles

  • I sat under a hooded dryer for about 1 ½ hours. I allowed the roller set curls to fall, but I did flat iron the front edges. However, throughout my hair, I felt nothing but little bumps of curls!

Lots of body and fullness, with minimal direct heat. The shine was so divine!

The Perfect Roller Set- Transitioning Styles
The Perfect Roller Set- Transitioning Styles

How do you achieve the perfect roller-set?

CN Responds: I don’t… wayyyyy to lazy to roll my wet hair, especially on such large rollers. I started the process on several occasions, but after one or two rollers were in place I was ready to throw in the towel. I’d love to see how it’d turn out on me though… any takers? I’m not tender headed 🙂


  • Flowers says:

    Roller sets rock! I have tried setting my hair with wet flat twist (cane rows) sets, but did not like the results. Roller sets allows more styling opportunities. Although I try to avoid dryers during warm weather

  • Anonymous says:

    Can someone recommend a hood dryer?

  • RoseofSharron says:

    I'm a roller set pro! Ive done my roller sets and several others since I wad about 10. My mom taught me how after she noticed my obsession with doing my dolls hair. I digress…. I love roller sets on my natural hair (roll my entire head in 15 minutes) .

    I use Jane carter leave in conditioner and that's it! Once dry, I breeze my edges with a flat iron, wrap my hair with a paddle brush, wrap with plastic wrap, sit under dryer for 3-5 minutes then take hair down and pin curl for ocean wave curls!

    @anonymous— u can air dry (I do sometimes), but the during process is longer. for products I use etc.

  • Anonymous says:

    Do you have to sit under the dryer or can you do this with air drying?

  • BlackBetty says:

    I love the roller set. The first time I tried it, I was surprised at how soft, bouncy and curly my hair was. I rarely have the patience to roll my hair and I hate sitting under the dryer but I'm sure I'll give this another try soon. @Lori, no need to be afraid. As soon as you wet your hair, the curls will come back. I've never noticed any change after rollersetting my hair or sitting under my hood dryer. Give it a try!

  • klt828 says:

    I do this process every week on my transitioning hair, it helps keep the hair healthy.

  • Lori says:

    The roller set was my default hairstyle while relaxed. I loved the way my hair looked (shiny, bouncy). I was able to feather my bangs like Farrah Fawcett in Charlie's Angels. LOL

    I'm afraid to try a roller set now because I'm worried my curls won't bounce back. I'm also afraid of using any heat…but those pretty pictures are making me want to dust off my hooded dryer and yes, mesh rollers. LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    @Divinediva: I am also a "mature natural" (thanks for a wonderful description). I still have my mesh rollers and hooded dryer. Funny how things go full circle!!

  • pinkrage says:

    Down here in the south….they only where rollersets.

  • Sabrina says:

    You can get coconut oil at Walmart it's listed under Luana Coconut Oil, and it's also at Food Lion under Nutiva Extra Organic Coconut Virgin Oil, and also at any health organic stores that may also have it listed under Spectrum Coconut Oil Cold Refined or Unrefined Coconut Oil.

  • Divinediva says:

    I am a mature natural and I remember that roller sets were the go to style before we got blow dryers and curling irons. Back-in the day if you had a relaxer the thought was you could not put any direct heat to the hair, SO if you were natural (no Chemical) you got a press and curl. If however you had a relaxer you got a roller set. But when the Blow-dryer and curling iron hit the hair scene ,roller sets fell by the way side. I bought some mesh rollers and a hooded dryer and this is on my list of styles to try. I prefer mesh to magnetic because the hair drys faster.

  • Anonymous says:

    Once u do the rollerset a few times it will take no time putting them in. Roller setting will be my winter regi. I wash, condition, spray motions heat protector, and roll. Add grapeseed oil afterwards drying(this can also be used before drying becuz of it's high flashpoint). I love this oil becuz it's super light and gives shine.

  • naturallyu says:

    I normally get mine at my local health food store, but I know Walmart super center, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and GNC sell Extra Virgin Coconut Oil too. Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can one find this coconut oil of which you speak?

  • naturallyu says:

    coconut oil + clear ecostyler gel + magnetic rollers or perm rods = awesome roller set. I usually use small rollers and the set lasts for a week plus. All I do is sleep with my satin bonnet. Time consuming initially but pretty good long lasting results. : )

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