...it's kids' play...
Roller setting is key when straightening your hair properly; it smoothens out crinkles and jagged edges the round brush and flat iron didn't know were there. So, before you tong and as soon as you wash, get those magnetic rollers out and begin Step 1...
Make sure you get your section clips, serum and water spritz ready -first timers you're gonna need it; it always takes longer to set the first time round, and your hair may have time to dry out.
After applying your best serum throughout hair, we recommend atrActiva serum, take your tail comb and section off the back: You're beginning at the front, so use those clips.
"hair that is wet, slickened by water; appearing straight, listens, --moves, --sits, --and stays, in place on the roller as you request of it."
Leaving only the front ear width section out, your directions are back at the top, one horizontal roller in the centre along your front hair line.
And from there, down on the sides, with roller sections that lay adjacent to your hairline.
Now, you will roll upside down, the Dominican way, place the roller on top of the tips of the hair, and with your index finger smoothing the hair flat on the roller begin to roll the hair in, and the roller up.
Once you have reached the root, with one hand still holding the roller and maintaining the tension, reach for a bobby pin. separting the tips just a little, will help you slide the booby pin across the roller at the highest part of the roller that lays flat against your roots and scalp. Securing it to your head. Remember, the bobby pin is supposed to pick up a slight layer of hair at the root with the roller, anchoring the roller in place.
"some people separate the tips of the bobby pin apart with their teeth, but index finger and thumb partnership is easier on the tastebuds."
After the front rollers are in, you can begin placing your rollers in a brickwork pattern, one roller section under the partings created in the row above.
"you will feel a slight release of tension when you secure the bobby pin, as long as the roller is in place, and your hair still looks smooth on the roller, then it's nothing to worry about."
And this is where the foreplanning stops... As long as you take hair sections less than the width of the roller, you should be fine, just keep combing out each section before rolling and pinning, rolling and pinning. Even if the section left out to roll is half the size of the rest.
"keep your water spritz close; drying hair doesn't stick to the roller, no stick then no smooth. and wet hair sticking to the roller makes for a easier, cleaner, neater set."
Smile when you've finished! Just know that skills don't come at once: it takes practice, so keep up the rolling.
(If your set results aren't right, then check this troubleshooting blog here!)
DHA Hair Care Experts
Dominican Hair Alliance