Non-heat rollers for looser wavy, curls?

I was wondering if anyone uses non-heat rollers to get loose curls. I've always wanted really big, loose curls, but using a standard heated curling iron never worked. If so how do you use them? Are they cheap?

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I love velcro rollers, and yes, they are pretty cheap. You can buy variety packs of all sizes, or single packs of the same size. I like the ones from Sally's.

When I use them, I blow my hair out straight w/ a round brush. Then I set my dry hair on the velcro rollers. My hair is thick and shoulder length, and I use about 12 rollers. I spritz it with hairspray, and heat set everything really quick w/ my hairdryer. I keep them in for about 30 minutes, remove, and have tons of volume and loose waves.

It might take a while to get the hang of setting your hair, but I can set mine now in under 10 minutes. So, don't get frustrated with that part of it!

This is actually my fave way to wear my hear, however, I know it's not the healthiest, so I only do it a couple times per month.
Can you tell me how you set it? Do you roll the rollers under or up or set them lengthwise for curls. I always have velcro rollers -- the dollar stores have them also. I assume you take them out and pull the waves out with your fingers. This would be an alternate look. thanks
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I sometimes use the old-fashioned plastic rollers because velcro snags and pulls my hair out. I stick bobby pins in them to secure them. You can look on youtube for examples of how to do this and see the results.

I get big soft waves and curls which give a retro glam look. There's no damage at all from this unless I use a very hot dryer to dry them. Often I just let the rollers dry by themselves or I just use the hairdryer on warm, not hot.

Most drugstores still carry them in NYC and I'll bet if you google them Amazon probably has them.

Good luck with this!
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Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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Ooh thanks for the suggestions. I will have to buy a set and try it out! I'm also in doing this with no heat, and I'm fairly certain if I flat ironed my hair first (blowdrying does not work) the curls would fall out because I've tried with a curling iron before.

How comfortable are rollers to sleep in? Maybe if I let my hair dry overnight I would only have to blowdry a smidge.

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I use the same rollers Curlypearl uses. I use the long clips to hold them in place instead of bobbie pins.

I sleep in mine, so I use them when my hair is wet. I will put 3 on the top of my head, then I will comb up the sides and back and secure with a loose scrunchy. I then use another roller on that piece of hair. It gives me a smooth look.
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I also totally prefer the old-fashioned non-velcro ones. I hate the snagginess of the new-style rollers. I'd rather use duckbill clips to keep old plastic ones on. Or bobby pins, even.

I always put the hair on rolling over the roller (front to back on the crown, sometimes front to back on the side hairs above ears). The rest would be rows down, hair rolled over the roller, like toilet paper rolled OVER, not coming from down below.

I used to style my hair with rollers until the seventies, when blow-dryers took over. Although I went natural for like 5 years from 1978 to 1983, before I started blowing, either in whole or part, again. The 80's let me mostly go curly, but I'd blow the crown, bangs, lots of layers, let the bottom parts just curl.

I wish I'd kept my old rollers.
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I sleep in mine, so I use them when my hair is wet. I will put 3 on the top of my head, then I will comb up the sides and back and secure with a loose scrunchy. I then use another roller on that piece of hair. It gives me a smooth look.
Originally Posted by lotsawaves
Thanks This would tend to result in looser bottom pieces and tighter curls in the canopy, right?

I always put the hair on rolling over the roller (front to back on the crown, sometimes front to back on the side hairs above ears). The rest would be rows down, hair rolled over the roller, like toilet paper rolled OVER, not coming from down below.
Originally Posted by MirCurls
Thanks! That's some good info. to know before plunging into this, lol. So, did you mean that around the crown it should be rolled like TP rolled from DOWN below, and then the rest rolled OVER. Or do you do them all rolled over? I am a bit confused eh eh.

I have lots of clips at my disposal, so now I only have to select rollers. I've heard there are satin lined ones. Anyone know any brands? The less damage, the better.

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CG method since 2006 @:-)
fotki pw: whim updated 06.05.14
CO wash: suave naturals coconut
rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm & honey <3
stylers: As I Am leave in, original moxie hold up serum
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