How to Get Shiny, Bouncy Hair with Hot Rollers
Anna Debecki, 28, uses hot rollers to add body to her long, straight hair. But her placement of the rollers wasn't maximizing their potential.
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Hairstylist Matt Fugate of the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon
in New York City showed Anna how to roll her way to shine and allover bounce.
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While the rollers are heating up, divide and clip dry hair into four large sections—one over each ear, one in the back and one on top. Separate the top section into three parts, each about one and a half inches wide; grab the one closest to your hairline and pull it straight up. Place a roller under the hair a few inches from the ends.
Leave the ends out and, keeping the hair pulled taut, start rolling away from your face. After two full rotations, tuck the loose ends around the roller and then continue rolling to your scalp. (This technique helps keep the hair tight against the roller.) Place the clip on the roller to secure it.
Repeat the process: First, use two more rollers in the top section, always rolling away from your face. Then make a horizontal part in the middle of one of the side sections and roll top and bottom under. Next, divide the back into three side-by-side one-and-a-half-inch sections and roll each one under. Finally, separate and roll the remaining side.
Let the rollers cool for 20 minutes. Unroll them one at a time, starting at the back of the head and moving forward. Once they're all removed, run your fingers through your hair from roots to ends to loosen the waves. Don't brush! It will destroy the definition of the waves. Mist your hair with a light spray to help maintain your newfound bounce all day.
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Fugate prefers felt rollers to plastic because they smooth the hair, adding shine as well as body. If your hair is long and thick like Anna's, you'll need a set of at least ten (such as BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Professional 12 Jumbo Roller Hairsetter, $55; Folica.com
); five rollers are usually enough for shoulder-length or shorter fine hair. Try Conair Jumbo Instant Heat Travel Hairsetter, (At left: $20; Conair.com
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