The 6 Best Types of Rollers to Use on Natural Hair

Here are our favorites, including Conair’s Self-Fastening Foam Rollers.

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Nearly every Black woman I know has done a roller set at one time or another — whether it be at the salon, or on a weekend before a special family event. This styling tool has been a staple in our community for decades, and it's an amazing option for when you've got a little bit of extra time and want to avoid any direct heat on the hair.

There are more options than ever for comfortable rollers that will give you a variety of curl sizes and shapes. We researched the best rollers for natural hair that are comfortable, easy to use, and provide long-lasting curls. Whether you're looking for soft waves or tight coils, we have you covered. Conair's Foam Sponge Self-Fastening Rollers is one of our favorites; read on for the rest.

Here are the best types of rollers to use on natural hair.

Foam Rollers

Conair Foam Self Grip Hair Rollers, 48 pack


Available at Walmart and Amazon

Foam rollers are a classic, well-known type of roller that is arguably the most comfortable to sleep in. This set of 48 snap-close foam rollers from Conair is perfect for creating a variety of hairstyles. The pack includes four sizes of rollers for different curl and wave tightness.

Ideal for a variety of hair lengths and types, the rollers are easy to use on wet or dry hair. The set comes with a convenient carrying case for easy storage.

One downside? The material can leave hair dry, so make sure to use moisturizing products before and after setting your hair.

Satin Covered Foam Rollers

Salon Care Satin Foam Roller 1 1/2 Inch

Available at Sallybeauty and Amazon

If dryness is a concern, these satin-wrapped foam rollers are the perfect solution. Use these on wet hair, or dry, stretched hair to create gorgeous, soft curls.

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Curlformers Original Heatless Hair Curlers


Available at Sallybeauty and Amazon

Curlformers come in a variety of sizes and shapes to create the curls of your dreams. Simply thread your hair through each roller and leave it to dry. Once you take them out, you'll be left with soft, frizz-free, bouncy curls.

Snap-On Rollers

Salon Care Small 1/2 Inch Blue Snap On Rollers


Available at Sallybeauty and Amazon

These snap-on rollers are the OG joints that your momma and your momma's momma has been using for decades. So trust and believe that these will give you a perfect roller set every time. Simply prep your hair with a leave-in conditioner and a setting lotion or mousse then just roll up.

Perm Rods

Soft N Style E-Z-Flow Cold Wave Rods


Available at Walmart and Sallybeauty

While perms themselves aren't as popular as they once were, the look that they give to natural hair is a timeless hit. Use these on wet, freshly washed hair to create gorgeous, ultra-defined curls that will last until your next wash day.

Silicone Rollers

JANYUN Magic Hair Rollers


Available at Walmart and Amazon

You may or may not have seen these types of rollers before, but if you've got a free weekend, they're worth testing out. Simply wrap your hair around the base, then flip the top over your hair to keep them in place. One thing to keep in mind: since these have limited ventilation, it will take a full day or two to air dry. So if you're in a rush, you may want to start on damp hair versus wet, and sit under a bonnet dryer for a bit.

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