For a more complex style, you can use rollers to set your hair. Even if your own hair is naturally curly or wavy, rollers can help shape and direct your hair.
Hair will need to dry fully in the rollers, so ensure you have plenty of time. You’ll need small curlers or bendable foam rods, a spray bottle of water and a can of mousse. The smaller the roller, the smaller and tighter the curl will be. Likewise, the larger the roller, the looser the curl. If you prefer waves to curls, use fewer, larger curlers.
Begin by parting hair in the center. Make another part from ear to ear (front to back). Sweep the back portion of the hair up into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Once the hair is secured into the ponytail, dampen the ponytail with water and work a small amount of mouse into it. You need the hair to be damp but not wet. Hair requires minimal moisture to achieve a set and using a “damp set” will allow hair to dry more quickly. Roll the strands of hair in the ponytail onto the curlers. Use more curlers if you desire a large number of tiny curls – use fewer curlers if you prefer a smaller number of curls.
If your own hair is curly or you don’t wish to use rollers for the updo, simply coil and arrange your own hair to suit your preferences. You can also braid some or all of the hair in the ponytail for a bun with braids.
Once all the hair in the ponytail is rolled, mist the front hair and work mousse or setting gel in. Again, it is not necessary or desirable for the hair to be very wet. Beginning at the top of the part, roll a piece of hair onto the curler – take a section of hair no wider than the curler and not more than ¼” thick. You will roll the hair so that the roller is under the piece of hair when it reaches the scalp. Continue rolling the hair in this manner until all of the hair is rolled. Repeat on the other side. If you want a large amount of curls, use more rollers with smaller pieces of hair – for smoother waves, use fewer, larger rollers.
Our Roller Styling Kit is a great curated tool kit for styling wigs with rollers.