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5 Tips to Speed Up Your Roller Set

By January 27th, 20217 Comments
5 Tips to Speed Up Your Roller SetNicole Harmon of

Use a leave-in that contains amodimethicone

Amodimethicone is a type of silicone that strengthens the weak areas of your hair. You may be tempted to reach for a more natural sounding ingredient, but oil-laden products increase your drying time without giving your hair any additional moisture. For a smooth, bouncy roller set, choose a leave-in conditioner or styler that contains amodimethicone and make sure to cover every strand. To make your set last longer, follow up with wrap lotion or an alcohol-free mousse before putting the rollers in.
Try Curlformers or Flexi Rods
Curlformers and Flexi Rods are different than traditional rollers because your hair hangs down instead of being tucked under. Since you aren’t rolling the hair over itself, your roots can dry as fast as the rest of your hair.
Apply your products to towel-blotted hair
Towels are usually the enemy of frizz-prone hair, but when roller setting you can save time by blotting away excess moisture when you get out of the shower. Keep a spray bottle handy to mist any sections that become drier than you’d like.
Don’t dry longer than necessary
That sounds obvious but we’ve all tried sleeping in rollers at least once. The tension of sleeping on rollers is not good for your scalp so don’t make that part of your regular routine. Using the right products will help your set air dry (no heat) within 3-4 hours. For the quickest results, use a blow dryer on the warm setting for 15-30 minutes.
Roll small sections
The less hair in each section, the quicker your hair will dry. Buy enough rollers that you don’t have to worry about running out. You don’t need to make small parts with a comb, just grab sections about ½ inch wide and start rollin’.

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  • kikisf says:

    i like infusium 23 (original). i use it on wet hair and on those mornings when just one curl looks busted i also spray it on my hands when twisting/bantu dry hair and get a a great curl results in 30 minutes

  • Tiffany says:

    I will have to try because this is a style I would love to work on.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate,

  • CrisDF says:

    I'd love to rock a roller set, mainly to show some length, but, girl, that's difficult. My hair takes so long to get dried and after removing the rollers I always get puffy and frizzy hair.

  • LovelyB says:

    I literally JUST roller set my hair and decided to check curlynikki while I waited for them dry. Man! Should've checked here first. I'll know next time. and I totally agree about the oils — they add CRAZY amounts of drying time to your sets, so I try to add them after I take the rollers out.

  • Bernetta says:

    I wish you would have named some leave ins with that ingredient. But my flexi rods always turn out great and I do sleep in them. But I must say, sometimes my head is hurting in the morning!!! LOL!! But I can make a flexi-rod look good for at least 3 days. Also Bantu Knots are good too for a curl without a roller!

  • Anonymous says:

    Does anyone have an Amodimethicone containing leave in they like? I have fine, tightly coiled hair and would looooove to rock a rollerset.

    My overnight rollersets with leave-ins have been epic failures. There was just enough residual moisture to cause puffiness/frizziness as the day progressed.

    Thanks for your suggesstions!

  • Anonymous says:

    Tip: Instead of towel blotting, you can do the t-shirt drying method (meaning you wrap your hair in a t-shirt and leave it on for a few minutes)…it removes a lot of moisture but doesn't cause frizz.

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