The Retro Styling Tool That Fine-Haired Girls Need

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Ask anyone to use hair rollers and they'll physically recoil. They seem dated and needless when we have the technology of curling tongs, but there are two big reasons that is wrong. Firstly, for anyone with fine hair, a few heated rollers around the hairline and on top of the head can work wonders in the mornings while you're applying your makeup. Even if you don't have fine hair, they can fake the look of a blow-dry without the need for an inconvenient hair appointment.

Secondly, curly hair is back. And those long foam rollers can create a very impressive '80s curl without the damage of a heated tool.

Want to master the art and become a high (hair) roller? Yeah, us too, which is why we called on Tresemmé UK hair ambassador Aaron Carlo to find out how to use hair rollers (because it's pretty much a lost art, thanks to curling tongs).

Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about using hair rollers.

Which Rollers Do I Need?

"Velcro rollers will give a gentle set to already blow-dried hair," explains Carlo. "Unless you apply heat with a hair dryer after they're in place, they won't actually change the hair texture.

"Heated rollers, on the other hand, will actually set the hair into a different wave pattern; it's the heat followed by the cooling down that creates the wave or curl and helps it to last. They are great for a quick, voluminous blow-dry finish.

"Those long foam rollers were originally called Molton Browners—they're for tighter curls or tighter waves, depending on how they're wound. You can apply them to towel-dried hair and sleep in them—as the hair dries, the curl will set."

Does Size Matter?

"Yes, the larger the roller, the less curl you'll get, so it depends on your desired effect. If you have fine hair and it's just volume you're after, go for large rollers."

Do I Need to Cover the Whole Head?

"No, a lot of the time I use them just through the top for root lift.

"If you are going to cover your whole head, you'll need around 10 to 15 large rollers—of course, it does depend on your hair length and thickness."

Which Way Do I Roll?

"Always away from the face, otherwise the hair will bounce forward and look old-fashioned."

Okay, How Do I Do This?

"First of all, spray dry hair with Tresemmé Max the Volume Creation Spray [discontinued, but we also like Aveda Volumizing Hair Tonic, $24], focusing on the roots.

"Apply your chosen rollers to sections of hair, making sure the ends are tucked in smoothly to avoid buckling (kinking at the ends).

"If you're using heated rollers, which are preferable because they set the hair quicker, leave them to cool while you apply makeup.

"Take out the rollers, flip your head upside down, and rake through with a wide-tooth comb. Finish with more hair spray."

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