Amateur Hour: The Hot-Roller Handbook

Photo by: Naomi Abel, R29
Before you start, spray your hair, section by section, with a light coat of your favorite hairspray and then lightly backcomb the roots to add volume. According to Sharp, ... more 
Photo by: Naomi Abel, R29
Before you start, spray your hair, section by section, with a light coat of your favorite hairspray and then lightly backcomb the roots to add volume. According to Sharp, this will create a firmer set and help hold your curl. Note: This is a crucial step for girls with fine, straight, or hard to curl hair.
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Wed, Dec 12, 2012 5:34 PM EST
By Megan McIntyre, Illustrated by Naomi Abel, Refinery29


Contrary to popular belief, our staffers did not emerge from the womb knowing how to braid, curl, or draw a perfect cat-eye - we all had to learn it somewhere. With that in mind, we're starting a new series for you guys called Amateur Hour, where our staffers (with the help of top-notch experts) will teach you the basic techniques for some everyday beauty looks and tools. First up: hot rollers.



We've sung the praises of hot rollers on numerous occasions - they really are a one-stop shop for a coterie of curly coiffs. But for some women, they continue to be a mystifying hair tool that they just can't seem to conquer. Here, with the help of hairstylist Dan Sharp, we'll show you the basics of hot rollers, including how to create different types of curls and some sneaky tricks for mastering this handy hot tool.



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