How to use Hot Rollers

Hot Rollers can be a great way to style your hair with tons of volume! And depending on how large the curlers are, you can get a loose and wavy style, or a tight, curly style. Hot rolled hair is great either left down, or as a foundation for a half up, or full updo, style. It creates great lift and bend in the hair.

The rollers I am using in the video are these:

Click on the photo, or the link, to learn more about them!

Refer to this post to see what’s in my hair. 

Outfit: Grey ruffle shirt-The Loft Outlet; Sweater-Target; Jewelry-Elisabeth Ashlie (sold out) 

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Comments (31)

  1. Meghan says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    I have curly hair already. Could I use these same techniques to get a soft wave. My hair curls so easily so I never curl it. What tips would you have for me.
    Also I started my own blog a few weeks ago. Take a look and follow me if you like. Just beware I am still leaning. Thanks

  2. Traci says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    Hi Kate!
    Thanks so much for doing a great job on my hair on Friday! Love it and my new bangs. 🙂 I just had to comment b/c I’ve already noticed how we both have the cute Nine West shoes with the flower on top (I have the grey and tan/nude pair) and now I just looked at this post and we have the same Target sweater. :o) Have a fabulous week!
    ~ Traci

  3. Shannon says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    Love the volume you got with the rollers! My fine hair is always in need of some volume.

  4. Posted December 12, 2011

    I just found your blog….and love it! I am terrible at hair and makeup so this is a great resource!!! Where in North Carolina do you live? I’m in the Clayton area.


  5. Rachel says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    I really enjoy your blog and thank you for taking the time to make these video tutorials. I am terrible at fixing my hair. I have a question related to hair, but I don’t know how to submit my question via Formspring.

  6. Ashten says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    I love your blog. This post is definitely going to help me! And I LOVE your outfit!

  7. Anonymous says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    I recently bought a whole bunch of sweater like cardigans to layer with from New York and Co. Love cardis! Your’s is very cute as well. I have some hot rollers and have used them a few times but always seem to have difficulty controlling the way the curls will fall. A lot of times my top layer goes all under while my bottom layer goes in different directions which is what I want it all to do. I’ll have to watch your video =)

  8. Posted December 12, 2011

    Lovin’ that hair!

  9. Anonymous says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    Hi Kate, Im a hairdresser in knoxville,Tennessee, and love your blog. Just wondering if you have seen the Topstyler? I got mine back in the summer and love it. They are heated clips and you make a pin curl and clip it around the curl. They work very well.

  10. Anonymous says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    Love this! I use hot rollers everyday & am do glad you posted this! Love your blog! 🙂

  11. mvp says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    Love your site, and thanks for the hair tips. I am glad hot rollers didn’t go out with the 70’s!

  12. Posted December 13, 2011

    I love your blog! Thank you so much for the hair tips. I love your top and cardigan too!


  13. Candy says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    Is there any possibility that you will have those earrings in stock soon??? Love them….I’ve ordered from you before so was wondering if you could do a special order for these too?

  14. Posted December 13, 2011

    You are fantastic! I absolutely love your blog! My hair is a similar cut to yours and all your videos have really helped me! I am a new mom who was in need of some style!!! Thanks for all of your tips!

  15. Posted December 13, 2011

    I love having my hair in hot rollers but they never last long. Is there a tip that you can give me so that they will last please. I LOVE you blog and the hair videos they make having a new style so easy. Thank you.

  16. Anonymous says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    LOVE your hair. Thanks for all the “tips” . You’re such a doll!

  17. Anonymous says
    Posted December 14, 2011

    I loveeeeee the pinch and spray technique! I was using it without even knowing 🙂 Works well!

  18. etta says
    Posted December 14, 2011

    Your hair looks amazing as always. Does your hair stay all day because of the product you use while it’s wet? ((Aquage?)) My hair never holds the style if I do anything other than flat iron it. 🙁

  19. Anonymous says
    Posted December 15, 2011

    How long does it normally take you to get your Birchbox? I read they ship on the 10th and it takes a few days. Anxiously awaiting my box!!!!! -Amy-

  20. LL says
    Posted December 15, 2011

    Love this! I’ve been thinking about getting some hot rollers. I’ll have to check these out. Great video and thanks for narrowing down my choices.
    I’d love a tutorial on a deep waver. I bought the one by Hot Tools recently. I’d love some tips.

  21. Anonymous says
    Posted December 16, 2011

    I like when you say where your clothes are from. Where are these from? Love your blog. Never knew that about bobby pins.

  22. Posted December 16, 2011

    I read your blog faithfully and love all the little tips…. What brand from Target is your cardi?? I cannot find it but LOVE it. Thanks

  23. Anonymous says
    Posted December 17, 2011

    perfect hair,every time! love your tutorials..did anyone else catch the end of the video where the door slightly opens? I bet it was one of Kate’s cats!

  24. Mickey says
    Posted December 20, 2011

    Any cosmetologist / hairstylist in the Memphis area following this blog? I am in need of someone near Cordova. Thanks

  25. Posted December 31, 2011

    Hi Kate: You are darling and I love your tutorials. Even though I am old enough to be your Grandma (I am called Grammy) I have been so inspired by you and have not only “pinned” you but have recommended your tutorials to my family and friends. Wish I would have known about you last summer when I was visiting North Carolina but I live in California so I’ve gotten to know you through your blog. I love how you do your hair yourself and don’t use someone else for your tutorials. Thanks for taking the time to share your great hair styling tips. Have a blessed day.

  26. Randi Jo says
    Posted January 6, 2012

    When you finish with the pinch and spray your left hand and arm are always in the way. Is there a way to maneuver your arm or head so I can get a better look please!! Thanks, love love love your blog.

  27. Anonymous says
    Posted May 25, 2012

    Kate, you are a breath of fresh air! I am new to Pinterest and I came upon a pin someone had added and I am very glad I did. I am in the midst of growing my hair out and had reached a point of cutting it short again. Your tutorials have given me new hope that I can surpass this ugly stage in growing my hair out…lol I am so greatful that you take to make the tutorials and provide us with ideas, so we can feel like a new person. I have received so many comments in the last 3 days from using your tips. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep sharing. 🙂

  28. Posted March 19, 2013

    I actually have naturally curly hair, but I sometimes use rollers to get the larger, manageable curls. It’s great to see someone else using rollers. It seems like everyone I know uses curling irons!

  29. Posted December 14, 2016

    The hot rollers worked well with your hair. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely try this next time.

  30. Staci Roslein says
    Posted March 30, 2018

    Great video and article I have similar hairstyle, but hate using heat on my hair. So I use big Velcro rollers on dry hair to refresh my hairstyle, this is great take a few minutes to set the rollers I leave them in for a while, longer the better and I get tons of volume. After washing my hair I set it in large magnetic rollers, these are the best in both volume and curl and it holds for days. The down side you have to leave them in for while which means a day in rollers or you have to sleep in them. Takes some getting used to, I am ok with been doing it since I was a very young girl.1