Hair Rollers

How to use hot rollers: A step-by-step guide

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An easy way to get bouncy, luxurious-looking curls.


Women have been using hot rollers for years – and they’re still just as popular today as they were back in the ’70s. Why, you ask? Well, probably because they make creating voluminous, bouncy curls at total breeze, and because they’re super easy to use!

Now, while these neat styling tools are essential for any lady wanting to work a bountiful curly mane, the practical use of them can seem a bit daunting. But fret not, because we’ve got you covered! Simply follow our guide to using hot rollers below, and you’ll be flaunting luscious curls in no time.

A step-by-step guide: How to use hot rollers


heated rollers technique
Roll sides of your hair after you’ve done the middle section.

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Turn on your hot rollers

Plug your hot rollers in and let them heat up. The unique heat technology of the Toni&Guy Professional Extreme Rollers set means that they warm up in record speed (less than 2 minutes!).

Step 2: Prep your hair

Starting with freshly-washed and air-dried hair, spritz some Toni&Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist on your tresses to help safeguard them from any damage that may be caused by the heated rollers. Remember: a protected head of hair is a happy head of hair!

Step 3: Section your hair

You’ll find it much easier to apply your hot rollers if you divide your hair into 3 sections: a left, a right and a middle one (which should be as wide as your forehead). Using your comb to help you separate these portions, make sure that the middle section starts at the front of your head and finishes at the nape of your neck. Once you’re done, use your sectioning clips to clip the left and right sides up so that they’re out of the way.

Step 4: Roll the middle

“To prevent heat marks in your hair from a roller, wrap a square of tissue paper – which has been folded once – around the roller before wrapping your hair around it,” – Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist, Dan Lynes.

Staring at the front of your middle section, take a portion of hair (about 1-2 inches thick) and spritz it with some of the VO5 Classic Extra Hold Hairspray, to help hold the curl for the maximum amount of time. Then wrap the hair around one of the larger-sized heated rollers, by placing it near the underpart of the ends of your strands and wrapping the section around it. Rolling back, towards your head, will help you to achieve a gorgeous, blow-out effect.

Secure the heated roller in place with one of the clips provided in your kit (in the Toni&Guy set, you get several heated butterfly rollers, which will help set your curls even more) and repeat this entire step for the rest of the hair in the middle section.

gently take out heated rollers
Gently remove your heated rollers.

Step 5: Roll the sides

Following the method in step 4, roll the left and right sections of your hair with a mixture of the medium and larger-sized hot rollers, making sure to roll away from your face.

You can achieve different looks depending on the direction that you roll your locks: if you do it horizontally, you’ll get major volume; if you do it vertically, you’ll create a loose, tousled effect. And remember: always start rolling from the top of your head, not the bottom, as this will make your life much easier!

Step 6: Let your rollers cool

Keep your rollers in until they have cooled down. Follow the recommended time suggested by the instructions in your kit (usually around 20-30 minutes).

Step 7: Remove the rollers

Once your rollers have completely cooled, remove them one by one and let your curls fall loose. Then gently run your fingers through the curls to separate them and fluff up your hair, or use a hairbrush to create soft, glamorous waves. Play around with your curls until you’re happy with the way they look.

Step 8: Set your curls

To help your curls retain their shape, give your mane a final spritz of the VO5 Classic Extra Hold HairsprayNow, go forth and take on the world, girl!


Okay, so we know that the use of heated styling tools isn’t for everyone. But if you’re still dying to get those luscious waves or super curly coils, check out our method to curling your hair without using heat, here!

25 February 2017