What Am I Doing Wrong?
Roller-setting your own hair, yet you're still not getting perfect sets... Let's troubleshoot with this guide to turn all your setting wrongs right!
Hair strands get caught up in other sections
This tends to happen when the hair has begun drying, hair that is sufficiently wet stays together, making clean sections and sticking neatly to the roller. So, use your spritz and keep your hair wet, but not dripping wet.
Somehow, whenever I've finished my set I find that there's a bit left out
Unfortunately, this happens from time to time as we just don't have those handy eyes at the back of our head. You can use mirrors to help prevent this. Otherwise, as soon as you notice, re-wet the section and place it in a roller, even if you have to remove the nearest roller and re-roll it to include the stray hairs.
My hair at the crown is always just too flat
Create a bit more volume by extending your hair at the crown, pulling it forwards, so it extends over your face like the brim of a baseball cap, making sure you keep it level to your scalp. This creates more lift at the root area.
Hair falls in awkward directions, becomes stubborn and hard to redirect
Change the way you set your hair. From now on, part your sections, roll your hair, and place the rollers all in the direction that you want your hair to fall. That means deciding on your final style's parting (if it's to have any) before you set.
Whenever I take out my rollers, the ends have always dried crooked
Be sure that you always comb your hair through and wet the ends thoroughly before adding the roller. If your ends are damaged, apply a small teardrop of atrActiva serum to lock in the smoothness, before winding up the roller. If all else fails, then follow the latter advice and additionally, place end papers over the last inch or so of your hair, as a final touch for smooth ends.
My rollers hang loose as soon as I put them in
Watch where you place the bobby pin. If you are rolling upside down, then slide the bobby pin towards the top of the roller, yet still across your scalp. Also, make sure that your rollers are not being weighed down by sections too thick and heavy with hair.
My hair bursts out of the roller
This could be 1 of 3 reasons: too much hair is being stuffed into each roller section, the hair is not wet enough, and/or the hair doesn't hold water, and is therefore not straightened by it. With each case take the appropriate action: wet your hair more, use thinner sections, a bigger roller, and use products to smoothen out curls that aren't smoothed by water.
My hair just won't sit smooth on the roller
Then tension you created is not sufficient and/or your hair is not wet enough, or straightened by the water. So check the roller size and experiment with another size to see if that solves it. Use less hair in each section as this enables to hair to be wound with even tension more easily. Ensure that each section is combed out and smooth in your hands before placing the hair on the roller; if the section is not smooth in your hands it's not gonna be smooth on the roller.
The roller keeps slipping out of my hair
Your hair may be too short for the roller size you are using, try a smaller size, and be attentive with your bobby pin placement. If that doesn't help you could anchor your rollers.
My rollers get loose as time passes
Use a hair net to tie the rollers into place. This will keep the rollers together and help absorb some of the shock as you move up and down. Alternatively, learn how to anchor your rollers.
Now you know how to ensure a problem-free set, just make sure you select the right rollers and you'll be creating your own professional sets in no time!
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Dominican Hair Alliance