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10 Types of Hair Rollers for All Hair Types in 2020

Curly hair for days. 

Here at All Things Hair we like our hard work styling our hair to really last. And when it comes to curling hair there are all types of hair rollers that can help you to get your curlicues to last for days. You see, there are different types of hair rollers that can give you different curled effects but all of them help to set your curls. Setting your curls is the key to having your style last as long as possible.

Hair rollers are perfect for helping you achieve bouncy curls and waves without having to rely on curling wands and flat 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 ringlets and waves!

So, if you’re looking to find the right rollers for your needs, 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 to learn more about the different types of hair rollers that’ll give you the right amount of curl.

Check out our helpful guide on how to choose the right rollers to achieve the results you want.

1. Heated Rollers

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Hot rollers are one of our favourite types of hair rollers for super quick curls. They’re so great because you can create totally different looks depending on the size of the rollers and how you roll your hair. A set of hot rollers usually comes with rollers of different sizes in a container that both stores your rollers and heats them up. You just roll in the mini electric rollers, clip them in place and let them cool down for curled looks that will last you all day and night and probably the next day too. You can also consider jumbo hot rollers if you’re looking to create a looser and wavier curl. You can also invest in a second set of travel hot rollers for hair styling on the go.

Don’t stress about finding hot curlers for long hair that will allow you to wrap the length of your hair around each roller. The standard types of hair rollers have enough surface area and strength to hold hair coiled around and around the base.

2. Foam Curlers

Foam rollers, which are also known as sponge rollers, may seem a little old school but they are super useful. These are the only way to get gorgeous defined ringlets without heat styling your hair. Roll slightly damp hair in small sections from the ends all the way up to the roots and use the attached clip to hold it in place while you sleep. In the morning, take out all the rollers and you can style to perfection.

Editors Tip: For extra shine and a bit of definition, try using the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray.

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3. Velcro Rollers

Velcro rollers are plastic hair rollers with a velcro pad attached to the top. This structure allows for strong curls that will stay intact for hours. Velcro rollers provide the best grip on your hair. Keep going till you’ve covered your whole head and all the curls cool. When your curls are all cooled off, unwrap for the biggest hair of your life.

4. Steam Hair Rollers

Steam rollers are very similar to hot rollers but they have the added benefit of steam to help set your curls perfectly in place. Using steam gives your hair a really strong set so your curls will last even longer. When your curls are cool, just let them loose!

5. Flexi Rods

Flexi rods or bendy rollers as we like to call them have been around since forever and for good reason as they are still super effective for creating spiral curls without having to rely on pins or clips. Distinguishable by their long, flexible, cushioned rods, they’ll allow you to achieve high-impact, bouncy ringlets that are the ultimate in curl envy.

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These spiral perm rods should be used on wet, detangled locks, especially if you’re looking to achieve tight, coiled curls. Make sure to use a detangler beforehand if your hair is especially knotty. Then, divide your hair into small sections (about one-inch thick), then wrap each one around a flexi rod before rolling it up towards your scalp, before fixing it in place. Versatile and perfect for natural hair, flexi rods are available in all shapes and sizes!

6. Heated Hair Rollers

The ultimate quick fix, heated rollers and steam hair rollers are a hair stylist’s dream when it comes to creating long-lasting curls quickly with minimum flyaways.

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Start by spritzing some heat protectant onto your hair like TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray. Then, position the rollers once they’re hot enough and remove them once they’ve cooled down (which should take about 20-30 minutes). Remember, choosing the right hot rollers will depend entirely on the size of curls you are hoping to achieve.

7. Ribbon Curlers

Ribbon curlers are a more recent variation of this old favourite curling technique.  These bendy rollers are super soft and comfortable to sleep in. They allow you to go to bed with damp hair and wake up with gorgeous natural-looking curls. Specific versions of ribbon curlers come with curlers that spiral in both directions for ultra natural-looking results. These are great hair rollers for short hair in particular because the extra mesh tube sits comfortably empty below the ends of your strands.

8. Magnetic Rollers

Magnetic hair rollers are a great option for those of us who are less experienced in the hair roller department. These rollers promise exactly what their title provides: an easy magnetic snap closure that does a lot of the coordinating for you. You only get the magnetic effect when your hair is wet: wet hair is what snaps onto the rollers.

9. Brush Hair Rollers

If you’ve ever wished you could give your arms a break mid-blow dry or easily afford a salon blowout each week, brush hair rollers might be the best option for you. These curlers include bristles on the surface to help lock your hair in and keep it smooth. A few hours in these rollers will leave you with silky smooth beautiful curls.

10. Sponge Hair Rollers

Sponge rollers make sleeping with rollers so much easier. If you want to preserve your curly style overnight without any pain, try using this styling tool. We love to use this type of rollers to achieve pillow soft curls.


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Whether you’re in the mood for a sponge roller or a flexi rod, we have a curling method to suit your every mood! Try out these fantastic hair techniques and thank us later.


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