Rollers aren’t just for straight hair.
Rollers help shape and direct curly and wavy hair, too. In fact, textured hair usually holds roller sets better than straight hair.
Roller sets require moisture and heat.
In order for rollers to effectively set human hair, the rolled hair needs to be damp, then dry fully. Using dry heat on human hair will speed up the drying time and make the pattern set much better. Setting gels, applied to damp human hair, also help the style set. But styling products should be a secondary setting method – all the product in the world won’t hold a style that didn’t set completely.
The most reliable way to roller set synthetic hair is steam heat. Use a garment steamer for the best results and thoroughly steam each roller. If you don’t have a steamer, wrap the rolled wig in a wet towel. Use a handheld hair dryer or bonnet dryer (see below) to indirectly steam the wig. Let the wig dry and cool completely before unrolling.
Dry completely before unrolling
If the hair doesn’t dry completely before you unroll it, the set won’t take. For this reason, it’s best to set a wig that’s barely damp rather than a wig that’s dripping wet. Adding hairspray to hair that didn’t set up won’t save the style from falling quickly.
While we use a cabinet dryer in the CWC studio, they a pretty big investment for home wig styling. To add some dry heat to your wig and help really lock the roller set in, try a portable bonnet dryer like this: