How To Cheat at Roller Setting Hair

ponytail roller set

A Guide to Getting Great Results at Roller Setting Without the Hassle that Comes with It

Good roller setting is an art form that takes a while to learn. It is also the healthiest way of achieving a straight style without using too much heat like a flat iron. If your hair is relaxed or you are trying to look after the health of your hair, limited heat is always a plus.

Now, if you are like me and patience is not you middle name then the cheat’s way of roller setting is for you!

Here’s what you will need:

1. 10-12 satin covered hair bands
2. 10-12 magnetic rollers or regular rollers with duck bill clips to secure
3. Rat tail comb
4. Setting Lotion
5. Heat protecting serum
6. Spray bottle with water

Start by washing and deep conditioning the hair making sure to detangle whist the conditioner is still in the hair. Towel-blot the hair gently to remove some water but remember that you need the hair to remain wet for a good roller set.

Apply a small amount of setting lotion for a bouncy set with lots of movement or apply a generous amount for a firmer set. Also apply a heat protection serum for smoothness and to eliminate frizz from the finished look.

Starting at the back, section the hair and comb the section through carefully with the rat tail comb. Make sure that you are careful with the combing as hair and particularly relaxed hair tends to be very fragile when it’s wet. Hold the section of hair relatively taut to get the roots nice and straight then secure with one of the hair bands. Repeat with each section of hair until your hair is tied into 10-12 ponytails. You may need to use the spray bottle from time to time to ensure that hair remains wet.

Once you are done creating the ponytails, start from the back again combing out a ponytail and attaching the end to a roller making sure that the ends of the hair lie smooth and flat on the roller. Roll until you get to the bottom of the ponytail and if you are using a magnetic roller secure with the cover or use the duck bill clips to secure.

Hair bandsRepeat this with each ponytail while still ensuring hair remains wet. Once complete, cover head with hair net and sit under a warm dryer for 1-1/12 hours or until hair is dry. Once dry remove the rollers and hair bands. If you are wearing your hair curly and you used small rollers then you don’t need to do anything about the indentation marks left by the hair bands as they blend with the curly style. Just massage the scalp to hide the partitions. However, if you are planning to wear your hair straight, then wrap the hair around the head securing with bobby pins where necessary, tie down tightly by applying 1 layer of cling film (saran wrap) and go back under the dryer for a further 15-20 minutes. The saran-wrap technique is also really good for taking the bulk out of the hair leaving you with silky smooth and bouncy hair which is full of body.

If you can achieve that without a flat iron, then the health and beauty of your hair is almost guaranteed! Read the article on how to get movement in relaxed hair.

About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


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  • AJ

    This is a great idea and time saver!! I will definitely try this method. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love ponytail roller sets!