How to Choose the Best Hot Rollers for Long Hair

Because not all rollers were created equal.

Hot rollers are a great option for helping you achieve bouncy curls and waves without having to rely on curling wands and irons. And they’re not just great for women with straight hair: It’s a common misconception that ladies who are already blessed with beautiful curls don’t need to use rollers. In fact, girls with naturally curly hair use them for exactly the same reasons: to create uniform,  long-lasting waves and ringlets! If you’re looking to find the best hot rollers for long hair, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a helpful guide on how to choose the right rollers to achieve the results you want. Read on:

flexi rods on natural hair: hair rollers for long hair
Flexi rods are easy to use and achieve springy, well-defined ringlets.

1. Flexi Rods

Versatile and perfect for natural hair, flexi rods have been around for what seems like forever, but they’re still super effective for creating well-defined spiral curls without having to rely on pins or clips. Equally easy to use on a wide range of hair types and distinguishable by their long, bendable, cushioned rods, they’ll allow you to achieve high-impact, bouncy ringlets that are both super cute and on-trend.

They should be used on wet, detangled locks, especially if you’re looking to achieve tight, coiled curls. Start by dividing your hair into small sections (about one-inch thick). Wrap each one around a flexi rod before rolling it up towards your scalp, before bending and fixing it in place.

hair rollers: velcro rollers
Velcro rollers provide a good grip on thicker hair.

2. Velcro Hair Rollers

Velcro hair rollers are a great solution if you struggle with thicker or wavy hair. Designed to curl your locks without causing damage, velcro rollers are not as hard to use as you may think and work especially well for those with shorter lengths as well. Just remember to unroll them as carefully as possible when you’re releasing each individual section to avoid tangling. We also suggest that you lock in this style by using some hairspray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Extend Hold Level 4 Hair Spray.

heated rollers for long hair
Heated curlers should be applied with caution, after hair is prepped with a thermal protectant.

3. Heated/Steamed Hair Rollers

The ultimate quick fix, heated rollers are a hair stylist’s dream when it comes to creating long-lasting curls quickly with minimum frizz. Start by spritzing some heat protectant onto your hair, like TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray. Then, curl the rollers in once they’re hot enough, then remove them once they’ve cooled down and ‘set’ (which should take about 20-30 minutes). Again, choosing the right hot rollers will depend entirely on the size of the curls you are hoping to achieve, but a good rule of thumb is the smaller the roller, the tighter the curl. Good luck!

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