Roller sets are not new to the style game, in fact, they have been around for quite some time. I remember getting roller sets when I was relaxed and they were one of my favorite styles. Since I have been natural, roller sets are still on the top of my style list. Achieving a frizz-free roller set can be a tricky process, but it’s all in the technique and each of my steps is essential for bouncy, defined curls.
1. Start out with clean hair
You want to make sure that you are starting your roller set with clean hair that has been washed, conditioned, and moisturized. You should also detangle your hair before starting this style. You will get smoother results on clean detangled hair that has been moisturized.
2. Use rollers that have a smooth finish
Some rollers have ridges or small teeth. Make sure that you are using rollers with a smooth texture, such as perm rods (without ridges”> or flexi rods. This will ensure that when you take your rollers out, your hair is not getting caught on the ridges or rough parts of the rollers.
3. Use a setting lotion or styling foam
Using foams and setting lotions reduce frizz. My favorite setting lotions and foams are Lottabody Style Me Texturizing Setting Lotion, Crème of Nature Style & Shine Foaming Mousse, and Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse. Also, when styling you should make sure to brush or comb each section with a Denman brush or rat tail comb for smoother curls.
4. Don’t put too much hair on each roller
Too much hair on one roller is more likely to slip off the roller and cause frizz from the roots to the ends. It also slows down your drying time and doesn’t allow for the fullest elongation at the roots, making it challenging to roller wrap if you wanted to.
5. Make sure your hair is completely dry
This is probably the most important step to achieving a frizz-free roller set. If you remove your rollers when your hair is not completely dry, your hair is guaranteed to frizz, especially in climates with high humidity and high dew points. I have been there way too many times and it is not a good look for your roller set. Sitting under the dryer will expedite the drying time, especially if your hair is high density.
6. When separating use an oil
Consider using a lightweight oil to separate your curls, but don’t fluff too much, as this can create unwanted frizz. Avoid heavy oils that can cause your style to feel weighed down and accumulate buildup easily. My favorite oil of choice to use for the takedown is Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil.
7. Protect your hair at night
As with any style, protecting your hair at night is important. In this case, it will also help keep your frizz at bay. I usually put my curls into a pineapple and then cover my hair with my satin bonnet.
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