Anyone who loves soft waves and curls or looks with lots of hair volume knows that hair rollers can be a big help when it comes to achieving such hairstyles. But anyone who has ever tried to use hair rollers also knows that sometimes they can be a little tricky.

So to help you combat curl drop, flat hair and waves that look more wacky than wonderful, we’ve put together a list of hair tips and tricks to try the next time you're styling your locks with hair rollers.

Hair Roller Tips: Before You Style

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If your hair is naturally smooth then Velcro rollers are the best option to use as they are less likely to get tangled in your hair.

If you have very thick hair then you’ll need to divide your hair into lots of small sections to get a result.

Keep in mind that large rollers will give less curl, while small rollers will give you lots of curl.

Hair rollers that don’t heat up, such a Velcro rollers or foam rollers are less damaging to your hair.

If you know you'll be using rollers for a particular event and you want to create a hairstyle that lasts, wash your locks the night before. Curls form and hold better in day old hair.

If your hair really just doesn't keep a curl try skipping the conditioner when washing your hair as this will only make your hair excessively soft. Adding volumizing hair styling products to your hair before adding your rollers will also help to add grip to your hair strands.

Hair Roller Tips: Styling

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To get the best finish when using hot hair rollers, wrap your hair smoothly and tightly around the roller and always allow the rollers to cool completely before removing them.

When using hair rollers with pin clips put a tissue in between the clip and your hair so that your hair doesn’t end up with a dent impression from the pin clip.

When using any type of hair roller never try to roll up a section of hair that is wider than the width of the roller you are using because it'll take forever for your hair to dry or set

Make sure your hair is wrapped around any roller tightly and securely. Good tension is what creates a good curl.

Hair rollers aren't just for adding curls and are a great way to add volume to fine hair or any hairstyle that needs extra oomph.

  1. Divide damp hair into large sections.
  2. Roll large Velcro rollers from your tips to your roots.
  3. Let your hair air-dry or use your blow-dryer and then unroll your hair.
  4. Use your fingers to style your hair into place and finish with a mist of hairspray.

Hair Roller Tricks: Keeping Your Style

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When taking your rollers out, always remove the rollers from the bottom of your hair first and then move to the top sections to avoid tangles and possibly ruining your hairstyle.

If you find that your curls drop soon after styling then the next time you style try the following:

  1. Make sure your hair is completely dry before adding the rollers.
  2. Mist some hairspray over your locks once the rollers are in for extra hold and lift.
  3. Make sure the rollers really are completely cool before removing them.

To see how you'd look with any of the salon hairstyles pictured in this article, click on each image to try the virtual hairstyle with your own photo!