If you do not want to use a curling iron and if you have not yet mastered the tricky, unconventional ways to create waves or curls on the cheap (e. g. by knotting napkins into your hair) you may want to test curlers. Today’s curlers are usually made of plastic and come in many sizes and designs. We are sure you will find the right curlers for your styling preferences.
The Ins and Outs of Hair Curlers
Your hair must have a certain length to be rolled around curlers. Of course, the required hair length depends on the size of the rollers. At least shoulder-length hair is required for curlers with large diameters.
Use curlers with large diameters to create large curls or waves or small curlers for tight curls.
Below, we show examples of small and large curls:
Use curlers of different sizes to tailor your curls exactly to your personal preference. To create the undone look, simply distribute hair wax between your hands and pull a few strands of hair through your hands or fingers.
Thin curlers work best if you want to create the well-defined curls showcased by Australian actress Clare Bowen (right photo above). After removing the curlers, hang your head upside down and run your fingers through your hair a couple of times. This will create bouncy curls. You may want to use volumising powder to create the big-hair look.
How to Roll the Curlers into your hair:
Using Curlers to Create Gorgeous Curls
1. Put styling mousse into the palms of your hands and distribute it through the towel-dry hair. If you want to part your hair you should create the parting now. Now partition your hair into one portion on and around the crown of your head and two more side portions.
2. First, roll up the hair on the crown of your head working your way from the forehead to the upper back of your head. Then put the curlers in your side hair working your way along in rows from the top to the bottom and from the front to the back.
Tip: You may decide not to roll the curlers all the way to the roots of the hair so that the hair near the roots remains straight. The hair is often left straight down to ear level.
3. Use a tail comb to partition off a small strand of hair. The strand should be slightly narrower than the curler. Comb the strand and gently pull it away from the scalp. Start to roll the strand of hair onto the curler starting with the hair ends. Roll the top strands of hair under toward the back of the head. Then roll the side hair strands under toward the neck hairline.
Tip: Long hair may be rolled onto curlers by first winding the ends of a hair strand around the curler. Then you can roll the strand onto the curler as far as you like to curl your hair. Gently pull the strand of hair while rolling it onto the curler.
4. Continue to roll up all strands of hair.
Tip: Curls look livelier if you use curlers of different sizes.
5. After you have rolled all your hair onto the curlers, use a blow dryer to warm up your hair. This will set the curls. Allow the curls to cool before you gently remove the curlers. Use your fingers to shape your hairstyle.
6. You may like to define individual strands of hair using hair wax. Use volumising powder if you want to create the ‘big hair look’. Hairspray keeps your curls in shape.
It may take some practice before the curls turn out the way you envisioned them. Luckily, curly hairstyles are very forgiving.