The other day I realized that in all my years of experimenting with different hair styling doodads, I’ve never once used foam curlers. No particular reason why. I think I just fell in love with my curling iron at a young age.
But since I’ve been hitting the curling iron a lot lately, now might be a good time to give foam curlers a try.
I can remember my granny rolling foam curlers into her wet hair before going to bed, so I plan to do the same with the Goody Summer Waves Rollers ($10 for 15 rollers) some time this week. They’re designed to build big, loose beachy waves instead of dense, tight curls.
I did a bit of research online and came up with the following steps to hopefully make The Goody Summer Waves Roller Project a curly success.
1. Work in sections
At the scalp, collect about a 2-inch lock of hair in one of your hands (measured about 2 inches along the scalp, as opposed to the length of the hair shaft).
2. Decide on the size of the curls you want
The volume of hair you wrap around each curler determines how tight or loose the curls are. For tight curls, wrap less hair; for loose curls, wrap more.
3. Coat hair with a styling product (optional)
This seems to be an optional step. I’ll probably use a soft hold hairspray, since my hair usually needs the help of a styling product to keep it under control. I’ve also read that a light application of mousse works well.
4. Rolling, rolling, rolling…
Roll each lock of hair tightly into the curler and roll up (ultimately, you want the roller to look thinner in the middle than it looks at the sides). When you’re happy with the amount of hair you have wrapped around the curler, snap it into place.
For more volume and lift at the roots, roll the curler inward toward your scalp, as opposed to outward (away from your scalp).
5. Dry hair completely
Since a blow dryer would defeat the purpose of trying to give my hair a break from heat styling, I plan to sleep in these overnight (like granny used to).
6. Be careful when you remove the curlers
Once your hair is dry, slowly and carefully remove each curler by unsnapping it, and then slowly unrolling it out of your hair.
If all goes well, that should do it. I should be able to just run my fingers through my hair to loosen my new beachy waves/curls (wish me luck!).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,