Roller set styles have been a staple styling option for many women, regardless of their hair type or texture: relaxed or natural. I used to get roller sets on the regular when my hair was relaxed, but I wasn’t sure if I could achieve the same results once I went natural. However when I had a flexi-rod set done a few months ago by my favorite stylist, I was quite impressed by how it turned out.
Afterwards, the goal was to keep it looking fresh and frizz-free. The kinkier the hair texture, though, the more susceptible our hair is to frizz. When you are doing a roller set, there are a few things you can do before, during, and after styling to help keep your roller set frizz free.
Ensure your hair is clean, conditioned, and thoroughly detangled before doing a roller set. After detangling with your fingers and a wide tooth comb, you’ll want to use a paddle or Denman brush for the smoothest results. Moisturized hair is less prone to frizz. Ensuring the hair is detangled allows for a smooth finish.
When you are setting your hair, hold the hair taught by gently pulling the hair away from your scalp as you rod. Use perm rods with a solid finish instead of rollers with ridges or sponge rollers to ensure a smoother set. Make sure your hair is completely dry. Be sure to account for enough time to fully dry before you get started so you won’t have to take your hair down while it’s even slightly damp. Use a light oil or anti-frizz serum on your hands once your hair is dry to take down the rollers.
Sleep on a satin pillow case or use a satin scarf or bonnet to put your hair up in a pineapple. Our hair strands slide against the pillow while we sleep, which causes frizz. Satin will prevent that and keep your hair nice and smooth. Here’s a great nighttime routine for a roller set by DiscoveringNatural:
It’s all about maintenance. Avoid water like the plague. This includes even the steam from your shower, so be sure to leave your shower cap on until the steam has evaporated even after you are done showering. Constantly touching your hair will make it frizz much faster. I know it’s hard- I personally suffer from HIH (Hand-in-Hair) syndrome. But if you can keep yours and other people’s hands out of your hair, you will experience less frizz.
Roller sets are a great way to change up the look of our hair and create curls and volume we may not naturally have. But no one wants to ruin their style with tons of frizz, especially after spending so much time trying to get the best results. Hopefully these tips will keep your roller set frizz free.