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How To Get Voluminous Hair With Sponge Rollers!
My hair: before and after
I've been trying to figure out a fool proof way of giving my hair a volume boost, and decided to give sponge rollers a try. They're extremely cheap, and I knew it wouldn't be a big deal if they didn't work.
But I'm very impressed with the results. I've used them several times now, and each time they've worked perfectly.
Here are my tips for using them. Keep in mind that I have medium length, fine, layered, and naturally wavy hair (results may vary for different hair types, lengths, and cuts)...
Pictures of the first time I used them (testing them out). The volume fell out after a few minutes, but my hair was complete cool when I put the rollers in and I only had them in for ten minutes
What You Will Need:
1) a pack of foam rollers. I used the Conair "body and bounce" 48 set of foam rollers.
These had clips attached to them, though clips may come separately with other packs. You'll want to determine the sizing and number of rollers to buy on your hair. Thinner or finer hair will require less rollers. Smaller rollers will make hair curlier. Bigger rollers are best for longer hair
2) a blow-dryer
3) texturizing/sea salt spray and volumizing mousse of your choice
5) 30 minutes to an hour of spare time
1) Apply some sort of volumizing mouse while hair is still damp and rough-dry hair with a blow dryer, making sure to use heat. Do this until hair is completely dry.
2) Immediately after blow drying, while hair is still warm, start putting in hair rollers (if you are confused with how to do this, check out the video at the end).
3) Once hair is up in rollers, spray on sea salt/texturizing product along with hair spray
Your hair should look about like this once the rollers are in (if using different sized rollers like me).
You'll want to look crazy like this for at least twenty minutes (though longer is recommended for hair that doesn't hold curls well)
When you first take them out, they're going to look a little crazy and uneven (and probably still flat). If you used different sizes, some hair will be curly, while the rest will just be curled in-ward.
1) Run your fingers through your hair and massage your scalp to lift up your roots
2) flip your head over if needed and continue massaging
3) use your fingers even out the rest of the hair and work out any unevenness
After that, it should start looking pretty big like this.
If your hair is like mine, you might still have a few random curls or strands that need to be smoothed out. I usually give it a quick once over with a flat iron and finish it off with hairspray
And after flat ironing and being out for several hours, my hair still has lots of body!
I could even feel the volume in my hair when I woke up the next morning
This is a decent guide of how to put them in (though keep in mind that she is using velcro rollers instead of sponge rollers). sponge rollers will have a clip already attached to them. I have not tried velcro rollers so I don't know how well they work compared to sponge rollers.
And lastly, keep in mind that practice makes perfect. It's probably a good idea to test them out first before using them on a day when you'll be out and about.