Hot rollers for voluminous, bouncy curls

I know what you’re thinking… Hot rollers? Really?

Before we dig in, please check those preconceived hair notions at the door. You might think hot rollers are from your grandmother’s era, but they have also produced some of the most sought after manes in the modern world!

Take hair goddess Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Reports suggest she uses them and they’re my secret weapon for camera-ready hair too. After trying all kinds of styles, products and methods over the years while anchoring and reporting, I can finally say my good hair days outweigh the bad. Hot rollers can do the same for you!

On-hair hair with hot rollers

My hair has a bit of a natural wave to it and is super thick. If it’s misting out or is a hot summer day, it gets wild and frizzy in a hurry. Put that on HDTV and… instant nightmare. No one wants breaking news from Cousin Itt, right?

Hot rollers smooth your tresses while providing controlled volume.

There’s no doubt hot rollers can take some getting used to but—I promise—they are worth it. This is the set I use; it’s inexpensive and ideal for those with long hair. I truly believe getting camera-ready doesn’t need to be pricey. My video tutorial above will walk you through the process. You can find more detailed instructions below.

—-Getting Started—-

  • Make sure your hair is 100 percent dry. (This is so important! If there is any moisture, your curls won’t last.)
  • Polish the ends with a heat protecting spray. (Moroccanoil Perfect Defense from Sephora is my favorite.)
  • If your hair struggles to hold a curl, spritz on a mouse or curl enhancing spray.

How to use hot rollers for voluminous curls

Hot Rollers | Heat Protecting Spray | Full Form Volume Mousse | Tresemme Hair Spray

—-Using the Rollers—-

  • Begin with a small section of hair in the center of your head, placing the first large roller horizontally.
  • Roll the curler—starting at the ends of your hair—toward your scalp, then secure with a pin or clip. (I prefer using pins to the clips, so I don’t get any lumps or bumps in my hair.)
  • Grab a section of hair behind the first roller. Roll on another large curler (again horizontally) and secure.
  • Move to the sides of your head next. You will be using the small rollers and securing them vertically. Start at the front by your face and move to the back. Make sure you are rolling the hair away from your face, so your curls fall in a flattering direction.
  • When all of the rollers are secure, spritz liberally with hairspray. Let set for at least 10 minutes, I prefer 15. You can use this time to do your makeup or grab a cup of coffee.

—-The Finishing Touches—-

  • Unroll your curls gently, trying to keep their shape intact.
  • Spray each piece with hairspray.
  • Now you will lock in your style, using a curling wand to touch up the ends and make it last. I use this wand on the second highest heat setting, curling away from my face. Hold each section for 6-8 seconds, making sure to pay extra attention to the areas framing your face. If you haven’t tried a curling wand yet, I highly recommend them. They make it much easier to achieve natural looking curls.
  • Once you have touched up your ends, let the curls cool for a minute and mist lightly with hairspray.
  • Softly brush your curls out and reshape with your fingers. This will provide a more natural finish.
  • If you have short or medium length hair, you may want to try this roller set. It has a wider variety of roller sizes and may be more appropriate for your hair type. If your hair is even longer than mine, check these out. The 12 rollers are extra long and can give you those perfect beachy waves.

—-The Products—-


Questions about the process or products? Leave a comment below and I’ll happily walk you through it.



  1. Leslie | 26th Jan 18

    As a newbie on the desk, this helps so much! When I was a reporter, being live on scene was so forgiving, but under studio lights that capture EVERYTHING – I need all the tips I can get! Love the blog!!

    • laveremis | 26th Jan 18

      Hi Leslie, so glad I could help and appreciate the kinds words about the blog. I found I needed to switch up my hair routine after switching from reporting to anchoring. Let me know if you have any other questions and congrats on your move into anchoring.

  2. Emily Fata, | 26th Jan 18

    I love the volume the hot rollers have given you! I use them myself oftentimes, but they never end up and gorgeous as this! I’ll have to try your technique. 🙂

    • laveremis | 26th Jan 18

      I’ve found it’s all about how you place the rollers and “training” them with the curling wand after. Good luck!

  3. Bev Boon | 26th Jan 18

    Have always used hot rollers, have 2 different sets. Absolutely swear by them as I have no luck with curling irons.

    • laveremis | 26th Jan 18

      Once you are used to rollers, they are so much easier!

  4. Britney Kaufman | 27th Jan 18

    Yes!!! Your hair looks utterly amazing. I’ve never using rollers like this before. My hair is SO flat and dies instantly after I curl it. Would love to give this a try.

    • laveremis | 27th Jan 18

      Hi Britney, I swear by them. Once you try them, you will never want to go back to curling irons alone again! 🙂

  5. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo | 27th Jan 18

    I wish I had heard about this product before I had my hair cut. Your curls are gorgeous! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth O | 27th Jan 18

    Your hair looks gorgeous, if I had longer hair I would absolutely give the hot rollers a go, they look like they provide a perfect curl 🙂

  7. Lisa Rios | 27th Jan 18

    I believe it! Your curls are literally flawless, so I will keep these hot rollers in mind for when I want to curl my hair.

    • laveremis | 31st Jan 18

      Awww, you are too kind Lisa! Thanks much.

  8. Savannah Pham | 28th Jan 18

    I use the regular curling iron and have been wanting to invest in a good wand. However, I’ve heard such great things about the hot rollers – my mother still uses it and she absolutely loves it. Gives a nice old-fashion curl which I love 🙂

    • laveremis | 31st Jan 18

      Hi Savannah, I love curling wands AND hot rollers. I highly recommend you try both. It gives you versatility and the ability to have two different looks.

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