curling hair with rollers? (or other way to get big glamorous curls)

I have pretty tight ringlets, probably 3a, but not with much hold. It's pretty long, when its wet (straight) it's down to the small of my back. I really want to know how to get loose curls. I've tried blowdrying my hair and then using a curling iron, but it just ended up really frizzy at the top and wouldn't hold very well. I've heard it works better if you straighten it first, but I don't really want to damage my hair that much or put that much effort into it. Does anyone know if rollers would work? If so, is there a brand or a technique that you recommend? Thanks.
Caruso steam rollers work well - they use steam, not heat, so they're less damaging than curling irons, hot rollers, etc. and the curl lasts for me until I wash it out.

If I straighten mine first, no matter what method I use to curl it, the curls don't last, though the Caruso rollers have the best chance of lasting. It works better for me if I dry it curly then roll, whether I'm using those, regular electric hot rollers, or a curling iron.

Be sure to allow any moisture in your hair to dry before styling it, or it'll probably frizz up. I'd roll mine, leave the rollers in 10-30 minutes. Remove them but didn't do anything with it until I was sure all the moisture was gone - if you just left it up in the rollers longer, the clamp-on covers could keep the hair from drying. Then I'd finger comb upside down, flip upright and arrange a bit with fingers or a pick, if needed, and lightly spray with hairspray (I like the one in my siggie below for a soft, natural look and hold). If I brush out these curls or those from other methods, they don't last.

I really only used the Caruso rollers for a while about three years ago when I got a bad haircut that wouldn't do anything when I used my usual curly styling methods, but I didn't want to get it cut off yet - got me thru a tough period.

One other old school method you can try is to put your dry or slightly damp hair up in a pineapple at night then roll it on several pink sponge rollers and sleep on it. In the morning, take down and style with hands, much as I described above. This, too, is more gentle than heat styling and is generally long-lasting.
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Last edited by WurlyLox; 02-29-2012 at 11:31 AM.
Thanks! I was looking at the caruso rollers and I was just wondering if you think 6 of each size is enough for long, average thickness hair or should I buy an extra pack of rollers as well. If so, what size would you recommend?
Maybe medium since you can somewhat control the size curl by how tightly you wind the hair, so they'd allow you to go either direction. I'd play around with them first with just the rollers that come with it before buying extras. You may find you're fine with just those 18 (assuming your set came with 6 of three sizes).

If you use too much hair in each, it doesn't curl as well - the warm steam just can't get thru it all.

Tip: once you steam each roller, give it a shake to remove any excess water before winding your hair around it.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
I've tried to re-curl my hair (like straight haird people do), but it never works out for me. If I straighten my hair first and then try to curl it with a curling iron the curl does not hold at all. I actually find this extremly weird considering how curly my hair is.

I have a pic of what my hair did once when I rolled individual pieces (about an inch big) and pinned them with boby pins. My hair was slightly damp and then I sleeped on it. The next morning when I took the pins out I had a fro.

Since your hair is long enough, you could try the sock bun method. It's very similar to the pineapple. There are a lot of youtube videos on how to do it. And there's no heat used.
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combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
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