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Thanks to TikTok, tons of age-old beauty tricks are getting a second life. One of them? All kinds of hair rollers, which lend natural-looking curl and volume with very little effort.
So when should you use rollerblades, as opposed to, say, your trusty curling wand or Dyson Airwrap? “I would suggest using rollers over a curling iron to create natural lift at the root,” Ryan Trygstad, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City, says. Keep reading for everything else to know about the handy hair tools.
Which Hair Rollers Should You Use?
There are several different roller options to choose from. Trygstad says the ever-popular hot rollers “can be used for any length and will create the most curl of any roller,” adding that they’re “great for creating a Cindy Crawford, ’90s supermodel body wave.” (A major trend this year, by the way.)
Then there’s the ever-popular Velcro roller, which holds itself in the hair. “Velcro rollers are more to maintain volume and use during blow-drying to ‘set’ the style or maintain volume to each section,” Trygstad explains, mentioning that these rollers can also be used to style curtain bangs.
To cover your bases, try an option that includes multiple sizes of rollers. “I would recommend getting a pack with different sizes to experiment with,” Trygstad says. “Larger rollers will create less volume, while smaller will create more volume.”
How Do You Use Hair Rollers?
“Hair rollers are used on dry hair,” Trygstad says. “You should wrap the ends of the hair around the roller and roll them to the root.” How much hair you put on each roller depends on your hair type, as well as the roller itself. “Most clients can use three to five rollers to set the hair throughout the crown while blow-drying,” the stylist advises, adding, “This is also a great way to keep your hair out of your face while doing makeup.”
Ready to (hair)roll? Keep scrolling for 14 models we love, no matter which type you’re on the hunt for.
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Best Ceramic Hair Rollers
Ceramic Thermal Hair Rollers
These ceramic rollers hold heat as you blow-dry for extra sleekness, and the set of eight includes three sizes.
Best Hot Rollers
Volumizing Hot Rollers LUXE for Volume, Body and Shine
Stylists love these hot rollers, which provide smooth, shiny curls and take only a few minutes to set.
Best Velcro Rollerblades
High Tops Self-Grip Inline Skates
These no-fuss, self-gripping rollers are great for adding lift to bobs and other shorter hairstyles.
Best Color-Coded Velcro Rollerballs
Self-Gripping Multipack Inline Skates
This set of 31 rollerblades—in five color-coded sizes—is ideal for beginners (and The Home Edit binge-watchers).
Best Headband Curler
Heatless Curling Rod Headband
Wear this heatless, headband-style overnight curler and it reveals the easy, voluminous waves of your dreams when you wake up.
Best Satin Pillow Rollers
Satin Heatless Pillow Rollers
Pillow curlers are like mini versions of the satin rod; rather than wrapping all the hair around a single rod, they’re wrapped in small sections for more control, then secured overnight.
Best Foam Rollers
Soft Foam Rollers
Former cheerleaders may have flashbacks when they see these babies, but if this TikTok (with more than one million views) is any indication, these inexpensive rollers punch way above their weight class when used the right way.
Best Satin Rollers
Satin-Covered Rollers, 18 Piece
Satin rollers act similarly to foam ones in terms of results, but their silky material is a touch more durable and kinder on hair.
Best Rollers for Bangs
Hairdress Magic Bendy Hair Rollers
If you have bangs, it’s basically a prerequisite to add these easy-to-use, inexpensive clip-in curlers to your cart.
Best Hot Rollers for Travel
Nano Titanium Hot Rollers
This set of five jumbo hot rollers is great for home and travel alike. But if that won’t quite cut it, you can also choose from options with additional rollers.
Best Rod Rollers
Spongy Rod Rollers
Roll hair around these flexible rods, then shape as desired; they’ll stay put without pins or clips, then just as easily release when you’re ready to style.
Best Large Rod Rollers
Jumbo Inline Skates Burgundy 1.25″
These nifty tubes function similarly to the thinner sponge rod rollers, except with a wider circumference. Rather than twisting, form them into a VS shape for soft, easy waves.
Best Magnetic Rollers
Although they aren’t actually magnetic, they’re so named because they easily adhere to damp or dry hair (like a magnet), while the vents allow for quick drying. This set contains a whopping 54 rollers—plus 20 clips and a comb—all for less than $15.
Best Hot Rollers for Long Hair
Jumbo and Super Jumbo Ceramic Hot Rollers
These rollers come in two sizes—1.5 inches and 1.75 inches—both of which lend themselves to shoulder-length-or-longer hair. If you’re worried about heat damage, don’t be: The velvet flocking keeps the heat extra gentle (still, it never hurts to use a heat protectant!).
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