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I have long hair which is neither curly nor straight. I want to have lovely big wavy hair and have had hot rollers recommended. My friend uses babyliss ceramic hot rollers and I have tried a conical wand, don't know where to start. I was thinking ceramic hot rollers at least an inch thick, can anyone recommend a good make and where to get them from ? [happy]
Im sure ceramic ones would be good but any rollers are fine really. It's more about how you put them. Getting a good technique, which comes with practise. For what you want I would suggest a conical wand or straighteners to get the wave in. What happened when you tried the wand?
For hot rollers I recommend the Babyliss flocked ones. They come with lovely things called "superclips" which are like a crocodile clip that keep them in lovely - unlike pins which I find a faff. They also have pins. They give you 10 clips per set.
What I found is that 2 sets gave me the right amount of clips and big rollers (I liked the big ones not the medium and little ones)
I stopped using them for the following reasons:
My hair got quite long (I first got them when I was growing out a bob and they were brilliant until my hair passed my shouders)
By the next day the curl had dropped out - in fact by later that day if windy or slightly moist in the air. Great for a night out though and gave a little root lift too if put in properly.
Look a right berk when they are in, postman thought it was effing hilarious
I found they worked best when my hair was barely dry, so timing a hair wash and a hair style was hard with young babies - I ended up preferring the GHD method which you do on bone dry hair, so in theory you can wash your hair the night before, let it dry, and GHD it in the morning, or even style it the night before and it lasts days.
They are not very portable. Night out at someone's house, weekend away, holiday abroad etc, not practical, particularly if you use 2 sets to make up your ultimate set.
But they are very good, I do recommend them, and can't bring myself to chuck em out even though I tend to favour my GHD's these days.
OK, so a veronica lake set. A mixture of medium and large rollers would work - make sure all the rollers are rolled down towards your neck. As the other poster said though you never get enough in one set so if your hair is long you might need 2 sets (or make do and use the the little ones at the bottom). Also you cannot do it with in anyway damp hair - it must be bone dry and use a setting lotion- spray before you roll in the roller. It is one of those things that you would need to devote a bit of time too but then once you've cracked it, it becomes easier. It is difficult getting the rollers in at the back and the clamps mentioned are easier but they leave a crinkle. Anyway it depends on how much of a purist you are about these things.
Or, find an old lady hairdresser and get them to give you a set. The hot air drying wet hair will really 'set' it and it should last a good few days.
One of the things about the look you are going for it that after the rollers come out you need to give it a very good brush with a soft brush, and that takes courage!
Or, use the wand and use bigger chunks of hair. But I know what you mean about wavy not curly. veronica lake not shirley temple!
Like skyblue says, it's all in the brushing out. If you use large rollers then the curl will pretty much drop straight out. The medium ones are best. You might think they leave your hair too curly at first but once you brush it out it pulls the curls down. Unfortunately you can't get sets of rollers in one size but depending on how much hair you have you might be ok with one set. I can usually get away with it but I use the small ones as well around the front, sides and underneath. When you brush it out, use your hand to form the waves around with the brush.
Set it in horseshoe shaped rows about an inch deep, rolled down. If you can't be arsed with setting lotion, try generously spraying each dry section of hair with hairspray. Tresemme or Elnett work best.
have you tried 'THEO' by cloud nine. its a completely new way of heated rollers, my hairdresser used them on my hair the other day and the results were fab! You get a pod which is theO and then you get to choose different size rollers depending on how long your hair is, they heat up in seconds, and also don't feel hot while you put them in, so no burnt fingers! I had lovely wavy bouncy hair all day and well into the next as well, just ordered some of their website and can't wait to get them and play! Have a look they really are great and very easy to use!