How to use hair rollers: Asian woman with short hair styled using hair rollers

Easy Styling Hack: How to Use Hair Rollers

Make curls and waves with ease using hair rollers. Here's how.

Hair rollers are styling tools often used to make curls and waves. They’re often made of plastic, but some types are made of sponge or foam. Knowing how to use them can help you curl your hair without a curling iron. It can even help you get thicker-looking hair!

This styling tool can serve you well. So, get ready to take notes as we teach you the basics of using hair rollers.

Easy Steps in Using Hair Rollers


Start with clean hair.

Before you start styling your hair, wash it first. Use a shampoo-and-conditioner duo that will help make your hair smooth and easy to style. 

How to use hair rollers step 1: Wash hair
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Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Pair TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner. Aside from KERA10 Protein Complex, this conditioner also has oleo serum that deeply moisturizes your hair.


Divide and spray.

take a section of hair from your hairline up to your crown. Lift it, then spritz hairspray near your roots to give your strands some grip. 

How to use hair rollers step 3: Apply hairspray

Get rollin'.

Place one roller at the tips of the section of hair that you took in the previous step. Roll this section of hair inwards. 

How to use hair rollers step 4: Start rolling

Roll and blow-dry.

Repeat this step until you’ve wrapped all sections of your hair around rollers. Don’t forget to spritz hairspray on each section of your hair. 

Then blow-dry your hair for a few minutes while your rollers are on. This will help set your curls. Set your blow-dryer to medium heat to minimize hair damage. 


How to use hair rollers step 5: Blow dry hair with the hair rollers still on

Take them out.

Once you feel that you have blow-dried your hair enough, gently remove each roller. Avoid tugging or pulling to prevent hair breakage. Also, you wouldn’t want to mess up the shape of your curls, would you? 

How to use hair rollers step 6: Remove hair rollers one by one

The Result:

Asian woman with short bouncy hair smiling
Use hair rollers to give your mane some volume and texture. Credit: Hariono Halim

Ta-da! Now, your hair looks bouncy. It also has added texture, so you can say bye to limp and lifeless hair.

Wavy and Curly Hairstyles to Try

1. Scrunched Lob

Asian woman with short wavy hair
Add texture to your hair by scrunching it. Credit: Shutterstock

Add texture and bounce to your medium-length hair by wrapping sections of your hair around rollers. Blow-dry for a minute before removing the hair rollers to create soft, shallow waves. Then, remove your hair rollers and scrunch your hair to style. Very easy, right?

2. Bouncy Bob

Closeup shot of an Asian woman with brown bob wearing a white top
Achieve Korean-style bobs with the help of hair rollers. Credit: Shutterstock

Is your hair looking flat today? Wrap the tips of your bob around your hair rollers to add body and bounce. This hair hack will also make your bob curve inwards, so bye, tikwas! 

3. Bouncy Layered Hair

How to use hair rollers: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long dark hair wearing a pink jacket outdoors
Use big hair rollers when you’re styling long layered hair.

Wrapping your hair around hair rollers can help define your layers. You can spray hair wax on the tips of your tresses after you remove your hair rollers for more texture and definition.

4. Long Curly Hair

Asian woman showing off her long curly hair
No curling iron? No problem! Hair rollers will give you the waves that you want. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want tighter, more defined waves, use smaller ones and wrap sections of your hair around them for a longer period of time. You can apply hair mousse before putting on your rollers and blow drying to help add volume to your hair and create beautiful curls.

5. Bangs

Asian woman shaping her bangs
No more tikwas on your fringe when you use a hair roller to shape it. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Give your bangs a good shape by wrapping them around! Blow-dry your fringe for 30 seconds or a minute, then remove the roller. You can then comb your bangs if you want them neat and straight, or style them with your fingers for a wispy look.

6. Tight Curly Ends

Asian woman with orange curly hair
Level up your everyday hair game with a cute, bouncy twist. Credit: BarnabyChambers from Getty Images | Canva

Small hair rollers are your secret weapon if you want tighter curls – simply wrap your semi-dry, hair ends around the rollers, wait for them to set, and voilà – you’ll have perfectly curled ends that transform your ordinary hair into a charming, lively mane.

7. Big Waves

Curly-haired young woman applying perfume
Yes, you can create those stunning, big waves right at home. Credit: Makidotvn from Getty Images | Canva

This sleek hairstyle has an easy upkeep! Take small sections of your slightly damp hair, starting with the ones near your neck, and wrap them around medium-sized rollers from ends to roots. Go to sleep, allow your hair to set overnight, and the next morning, reveal gorgeous, voluminous waves.

8. Bouncy Voluminous Hair

Asian woman wearing hat
Hair rollers can solve your mane woes. Credit: Min An from Pexels

No more flyaways! Start by working a little volumizing mousse into your damp hair at the roots, then roll the ends of each hair section onto your rollers. A little pro tip for you: use larger rollers and ensure that you style them facing you to avoid flyaways.

When you know how to use hair rollers, you can style your hair in different ways. Make sure you have these little styling tools on your dresser, so you’re always ready when you have to glam up and look your best.