photo: jamie nelson post designed by kristin ess
Yesterday on twitter I asked everyone to post hair questions. I randomly selected a tweet from one of our tweetie pies named @CatherineLoves. She asks how to get volume in thin, lifeless hair. The answer is simple. You have to set it! Setting hair ain’t just for grannies, you know. Roller sets are quietly working their magic all the time! On photo shoots, backstage at fashion week and on the always voluminous Victoria’s Secret runway shows. You guys don’t see a lot of them, you only see the results.
You can go about setting hair in a number of ways but here are the basics. First, find a volumizing product that you love. Ask your hair stylist to recommend something that’s weightless that won’t get sticky. Volumizers that feel sticky will end up weighing your hair down after an hour or two. Blow dry upside down to get the hair going upward and off your head. Flip back over and blow out your hair in sections as you normally would.
While your hair is still warm, start putting velcro rollers in the top section and work your way down if desired. You don’t need to spray hair with hairspray before you wrap it around the roller. In fact, I recommend that you do not. It makes them harder to pull out. I always like to put rollers straight down the part because that’s where people usually feel their hair is the most flat. Use a bobby pin to secure. The key with setting is to let it go from hot to cold while rolled up. Once your hair is wrapped, warm it up once more with a blast from your dryer and then let it get cold! (Yes, you can use the cool button on your blowdryer if you have one to speed up the process.) Use cooling time to get dressed or put your makeup on. Once the rollers have cooled unroll them and style as usual!
Velcro rollers are your best bet for lasting lift. Many of our readers use curling irons or flat irons and with velcro rollers you can still use them after you set. Put 2-3 on top for added height, or do the whole head for maximum fullness. This is a lot of info, but setting your hair with velcro rollers will only take a few extra minutes and it’s so worth it.