Pretty Simple :: How to Hot Roll

How to use hot rollers | martha lynn kale for camille styles

You know that amazingly bouncy look we always see in too-good-to-believe hair commercials? Well, I never thought it’d actually be possible to achieve that on my own, but ever since Martha Lynn showed us how to properly use hot rollers I’ve been singing a slightly different tune. Some of you may already have this styling skill down to an art, but for those of you who don’t, using hot rollers is one trick you’ll want to keep in your arsenal for years to come. Here’s how it’s done…

How to use hot rollers | martha lynn kale for camille styles

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  1. Create a section at the very front, top of your head and pull hair forward. Use a 1.5-inch roller to roll hair onto itself as pictured.
  2. Insert pin facing forward to secure.
  3. Repeat going back down, creating a mohawk down your head.
  4. Secure with clamp-style clips. Note: the more hair you put in each roller, the bigger, looser and more subtle the curls will be.
  5. Section hair on sides in half, then curl by rolling underneath and securing.
  6. Spray all over and let sit.
  7. Remove curlers, run fingers through your hair, and spray for hair that stays bouncy and moveable.

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48 Responses to “Pretty Simple :: How to Hot Roll”

  1. Stephanie

    What kind of hot rollers did you use?

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  2. Danielle

    Can you suggest a brand of hot rollers? I’ve been wanting to purchase but unsure which set to go with! Thanks!!!!

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  3. Martha Lynn

    I like Conair Jumbo and Super Jumbo hot roller!

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  4. Mary Hayes

    I am actually gonna give this a try! I have pretty easy hair but I love the idea of my hair fixing itself while I put my makup on!

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  5. Grace - Stripes & Sequins

    Ahh great tips! Thanks for this. I have hot rollers but don’t think I’ve been using them properly! :)

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  6. The New Diplomats Wife

    I’ve seriously always been wondering how to do this- with one best friend who was a texas beauty queen you would think i would have figured it out by now but those pins aren’t so easy when you have fine hair – still, i’ll give it a go!

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    • Camille Styles

      Agreed – I have super fine hair and the pins do take a bit of practice… I usually give my hair a good dose of hair spray before putting them in to give it a bit of “grip.” Then just push those pins in as tight as they’ll go, and spray again! (I’m sure your texas beauty queen best friend would agree that hairspray is your best friends when it comes to hot rollers, ha!)

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    • julia

      You can always get the clamps instead of pins.

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    • Leslie Matechuk

      I have fine hair as well. I went to the dollar store and purchased hair clips that fit nice and tight around the roller. This works much better than the pins and the rollers stay in place while you put on your makeup

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  7. Monica Bennett

    I just cleaned out my closet the other day and found my old hot rollers. Think I’ll give them a try again, thank you!!!

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  8. Cory Ryan

    I think I know what I am buying myself for Christmas now! :)

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  9. Meghan

    It’s time to get my hot rollers back out and give them another try! Loved this post!

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  10. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I have really long wavy hair and hot rollers are my secret weapon. While I love the effect of a curling iron, I rarely have the time (or patience) to really style my hair – plus, I try to keep heat to a minimum. My hot rollers aren’t nearly as hot as my curling iron and I don’t even feel they damage my hair. They take literally less than 5 minutes and create effortless soft waves. They’re hands down the best styling tool I’ve ever used!

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  11. hibnerfamily

    Just in time for Christmas! I need to pull those hot rollers out. I have the same Conair hot rollers but the pins don’t work as well as the clips for my thick, fine hair combo. I think the clips are the trick.

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    • Martha Lynn Kale

      Yes! I use the pins around the front so they don’t “dent” my curls and then the clips everywhere else.

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  12. Lynn

    Just wondering if this would work on really thick hair!? I would love to try this! So much easier than a curling iron!

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    • Camille Styles

      Absolutely! Just make sure you get a set that has enough rollers to cover your entire head. Sometimes the “travel” sets only have 5 rollers, and you’ll definitely need more!

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    • Martha Lynn Kale

      Perfect for thick hair…make sure they are fully heated and for the most curl let them cool all the way down before you take them out! Good luck ;)

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  13. Amy Lynn

    I have naturally curly hair but still use hot rollers when I need that something extra. I have two sets that I use since 1 roller isn’t enough for one strand of hair, a smaller size for the top and larger for the bottom since the top will be weighted down. Just a trick I found a few years back.

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      • Mom of two babies

        I have naturally curly / frizzy hair that I have to straighten daily with a blow drier and straightener. If I let it dry naturally it’s kinky and frizzy and just a mess. Would I need to straight it before I use curlers? Advice please

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        • Martha Lynn

          The rollers are more for volume and a slight curl, they wont really straighten it out. So YES I’d say at least blow it out as smooth as you can and then use the hot rollers to finish it off! Hope that helps :-)

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        • Ali

          I also have thick, naturally curly hair that is frizzy if I don’t do something to style it – hot curler’s are my secret weapon! No need to straighten it first – the hot curler’s smooth the frizz and then give you big bouncy curls.

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  14. L. Balduzzi

    I have pretty long hair and can put my hair in a ponytail on the top of my head and roll my hair that way too! I use half the rollers and they stay in place a lot better ;)

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    • Kaye

      When I had really long hair, that’s EXACTLY what I did! It worked great…kind of smooth on the top flowing down to big curls/waves.

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  15. Dina Jensen

    I love my hot curlers. My old Ms. Clariol just died. Using travel ones now. I have thick hair and need ones that get hot.

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  16. Jessica

    What type of spray did u use? I’ve never rolled my hair but when my hair is straight, it’s really fine and flat and I want volume and body.

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  17. robin shutze

    I could not live without my hot rollers! They curl so much better and faster than a curling iron. I have super thick, frizzy hair and they give me beautiful, soft curls, that last for days! Here are the secrets- you need setting spray, I use Hot Sets 22 by Redken. You spray it on dry hair, spray each section and immediately roll it up. This works much better than hair spray. Your set will last two days with setting spray. It also protects your hair from the heat. Another tip, leave rollers in for at least thirty minutes for lasting curls or waves. Rollers need to be cool before youremove them. This sets the curl. The absolute best rollers(and I have tried them all)are Conair Extreme Instant Heat. They say 75 second heat up on the box. They have gray clips and rollers are trimmed in hot pink. These are gentle on hair, but get very hot which is the key to lasting sets. I never quit using rollers when everyone else threw their’s away. I am glad to see this post. Rollers do so much better than curling irons and in half the time. I have two sets, so I have enough big rollers to make big waves, and enough small rollers for tighter curls. Try the setting spray on DRY hair. I promise you will love your hair! Even frizzy hair like mine stays smooth and glossy for days. Love this post!

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    • kate laskoswki

      wow thanks for all the tips Robin. im printing your post and taking it to the store tonight to buy the products you suggest!

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    • Lydia

      Robin, thank you for all the tips! Your hair sounds a lot like mine. Question… when you get out of the shower, do you blow your hair out at all or can they be put in while it’s damp (I know not to do it wet!) If you blow it out, can you just blow it out to where it’s dry but messy? With my hair I can dry it out “messy” I call it, but that leaves it pretty puffy & frizzy so I usually straighten with a round brush and THEN have to use a flat iron which takes a long time. I’d love to be able to blow it out messy then put the rollers in, do my makeup & go. I really hope you have a chance to reply cuz I’m spending a lot of money & time at blow dry bars! :)

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      • robin shutze

        Lydia, I never blow dry my hair, too lazy. I let it air dry and then roll it. You can blow dry and then roll. No need to flatiron or blowdry with a roundbrush before. Thats the great thing about hott rollers. I have hair thats on the frizzy side. Hot rollers are my miracle worker. They smooth my hair and make it shiny and bouncy. Its so easy to roll your hair and then do your makeup while the rollers work their magic. The key to a lasting set is your hair must be cometely dry. If mine is even slightly damp, the curl falls right out. The setting spray I use by Redken, is the other key. I lightly spray and then roll each section. This stuff makes your set last for days, even on my super thick hard to curl hair. You need rollers that get very hot, especially if you have frizzy or hard to curl hair. The Redken heat spray protects my hair from any damage. I roll my hair every couple of days. I have done this for thirty years, and my hair is very long, and healthy, shiny with no split ends. The Redken Hot Sets is the reason why. I got new rollers off Amazon and they are awesome! They get super hot which is what I have to have to curl my hair. They are called Hot Tools Ionic Hairsetter. Definitely the best and hottest rollers Ive ever used. So ,Lydia, don’t worry about all that extra work. Blow dry messy or air dry messy like me, then let the rollers and hwat spray work their magic. Let me know how it works for you! :-):-)

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  18. Nena

    Where can i buy those rollers?

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  19. Kate Laskowski

    Actually I bought them and used them 5+ times. Not great. The curls fall out within an hour. I’ll go back to my curling iron. I love the idea of curlers and they are so convenient but it just doesn’t last. Worth the try tho!

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  20. Jai

    I absolutely LOVE my hair rollers!! I use them daily and wish my curls would stay in for multiple days however they do not. I may have to try to setting spray and I also need to purchase an additional set so that I have enough rollers for smaller sections of hair. Thank you for reminding everyone about the fantabulous world of rollers!
    Also, I know when my last set passed I had to hunt down the old school rollers; the spiky ones and ended up buying them at Ulta. Seriously the cute sales associate asked me if I was buying them for my grandmother. When I told her they were for myself she asked me if I had heard of a flat iron. Hehehehe…… I imagine she has never used rollers in her life so I may have to print out this section and casually leave it at the counter.

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  21. Patti

    When I had long straight hair I pulled my hair into a high pony tail and the used 3 or 4 hot rollers. Created soft loose curls.

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  22. Preppymeetsredneck

    Help a girl out! I know where to put the rollers, however, my issue has always been the last inch to inch and half of my hair. I get a “kinked” look because if I got all the way to the end of my hair, most of it falls away and then I have to start all over. So I get the roller as far as I can to the end of most of the hair I am rolling and don’t know what to do with that little tail piece! I have very, very thick hair and a lot of it. So the chunks have to be larger in size or else I would have to buy two sets of rollers. any hints or advice?

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    • Martha Lynn

      I take the roller to about 3/4 of the way and then wrap the “tail” around it then roll it down!

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  23. Tee

    Tee
    I have straight soft hair. Hot rollers tend to slide out when I use them. I use the hot rollers with clips. HELP what am I doing wrong :(

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  24. kelly

    Tee, use hair spray first to act like a gripper and make your hair less slippery.

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  25. Colleen

    get a box of the little thin papers used on the ends of hair when doing perms.

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  26. Donna H

    A lot of good tips I think im going to try this again my hair is frizzy and I have what I call corky grays they have a mind of there own but with tips I hope I can have some nice big curls I have problems with the pins and clips though they just wont stay in so im really going to try spraying it first to get that grip (wish me luck ladys) =)?ill let ya know results

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  27. tiffany

    My hair is super long and think its about a little lower than the middle of my back. I probably can’t do this or I’d need like 3 sets of rollers.

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  28. Kathleen

    Can you tell me which photo editor you use to make your collage with text??

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