How to Use Velcro Hair Rollers for Instant Volume

Expert tips for getting a bouncy blowout every time.

Smiling person with a bouncy blowout

BriAnne Wills

'90s-era voluminous blowouts are back (just look at #HairTok for proof), which makes knowing how to use Velcro hair rollers a must. "Rollers stand the test of time as one of the most efficient, easy, and fool-proof ways to create gorgeous volume and bounce in your hair," says Rena Calhoun, Virtue hairstylist and ambassador. To show you how to use Velcro rollers, we tapped Calhoun for her professional advice and expert tips.

Keep scrolling for our step-by-step tutorial on how to use Velcro hair rollers.

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Don't Skip Hair Prep

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BriAnne Wills

While using the right size rollers is important, so is using the right products to set the foundation for the style. "To get the best, most long-lasting results, I recommend using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner on the ends of the hair," says Calhoun. (The stylist is a fan of Virtue's Full Shampoo and Conditioner.)

Once hair is towel-dried, she suggests treating it with a lightweight hold spray, like Virtue's Volumizing Primer. "Apply more of Virtue's Volumizing Primer in small sections. Focus spraying it first at the root for volume, and then follow with a light mist from mid-lengths to ends for hold and memory."

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Consider Your Hair Type

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BriAnne Wills

You're going to roll differently depending on the texture and length of your hair. "Stick-straight hair can lack memory and hold, so those with this hair type should rough dry use a volumizing primer to create volume and lasting memory before going in with hot rollers," says Coulhurn. "Curly or wavy hair may need to be blown out first using a bit of tension to really smooth the texture out."

And if your hair is long, you're going to need bigger rollers and will need to divide the hair into smaller sections. We like Drybar's High Tops Self-Grip Rollers and Kitsch Pro Ceramic Thermal Hair Rollers, which come in a set of six and eight Velcro hair rollers, respectively.

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Place the Rollers in the Right Direction

Person with half a head in Velcro hair rollers

BriAnne Wills

"Over-direction is very important for creating high-volume looks," says Coulhurn. "You want a section of hair that's about the same size, or slightly smaller, than the size of your roller."

When you're wrapping each section of the hair into the roller, Coulhurn says it's important to pull the section forward, exaggerating the direction, and then roll backward (toward your head and roots) starting with the ends. "The over-direction in the root will create tons of volume when set," she adds.

Person with a full head in Velcro rollers

BriAnne Wills

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You Don't Have to Blow Dry Your Hair

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BriAnne Wills

The beauty of velcro rollers is that they can be a means to achieving a big, bouncy blowout without using hot tools and a round brush. While you can set your hair by blowdrying it when you have rollers in, you can also let your hair air dry. The choice is entirely up to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What hair type should use Velcro rollers?

    "Velcro rollers will work for any hair type. The larger rollers will create less of a bend and the smaller the sizing goes, the more texture you'll be able to create," Calhoun says. Just ensure you're using the right size for your texture and desired style.

  • Are Velcro rollers better for your hair?

    They're actually gentle on the hair — especially if it's been chemically treated or processed. Velcro rollers don't use heat (unless you set your style with a blowdryer) so you can avoid damage by air-drying.

  • How long should you keep Velcro rollers in your hair?

    You can leave rollers in for 15 to 30 minutes. Curls will become increasingly tighter the longer rollers re left in.

  • What's the difference between Velcro rollers and foam rollers?

    Velcro rollers will are applied directly to hair whereas foam rollers are clasped to hair using a plastic clip. The former can be left in for as little as 15 minutes while the latter can be worn overnight since they're more comfortable to sleep in.

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