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Roller Sets Can Help Your Natural Hair Growth. Here’s How!

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Let’s Get Into The Greatness Of Roller Sets!

When I was young, my mom used to use roller sets for every hairstyle she had. It didn’t matter what kind of look she was trying to achieve; she always had a set of rollers ready to be sued. As a child, I had always assumed that roller sets were for curling hair only.

I didn’t know that there were so many other benefits of using roller sets to complete hairstyles. I grew up in an era where relaxers, straightens and curling combs were the primary ways people would achieve luscious hair. Despite this, my mom always remained old fashioned.

As I think back on it, I realize that I shouldn’t have asked my mom to give me relaxers because I could’ve had smooth curls without all the unnecessary chemicals and heat. Also, my hair probably would’ve grown so much by now instead of breaking off from improper care and damage.

Roller sets can help with hair growth and the great thing that is that they’re not harmful. When used correctly, roller sets are a great tool to use when trying to achieve lovely hairstyles that promote healthy hair.

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What Is A Roller Set?

Roller sets are perfect for all occasions. It doesn’t matter what hair color, length or face shape you have, a roller set will give your hair that ideal look it needs to turn heads.

Roller sets give you the freedom to choose what style you’d like without having to ruin your hair with chemicals and heat. In the past, the most famous roller sets were the big ones that you likely saw everyone wearing.

Those roller sets are called magnetic rollers, and they are among the four roller sets that people use the most. The four favorite roller sets are perm rods, magnetic rollers, curlformers, and flexi rods.

Each of these sets can help you achieve a specific look without having to put too much heat or product. If you want to use heat or product to complete a particular look alongside the roller sets, you can!

Either way, roller sets can help your hair more than you may think. The most important thing to remember is that each roller set caters to a different hair type.

You’re free to use whichever kind that you wish but it’s essential to know which one will work best for your hair type.

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Magnetic Rollers!

Magnetic rollers have a funny name because they aren’t magnetic. The rollers are simple plastic rollers. Wet hair usually longs to magnetic rollers the most. When wet hair clings to these rollers, it stretches while it dries soil that it can form into the shape that you desire.

These rollers can be the most difficult to use because they tend to be significant, and hair is slippery when wet. Also, hair is most sensitive when wet. Wet hair tends to break when pulled. You’ll want to make sure that you’re extra careful when using magnetic rollers.

Magnetic rollers are usually for those with longer hair. Don’t use magnetic rollers if your hair is less than shoulder length. Why? You want to stretch your hair so that it can dry but you don’t want to damage it by putting too much strain on it.

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Perm Rods

Perm rods have a name that matches what they can do for your hair. Usually, when people think of the word “perm,” they think of chemicals, but perm can describe a look of hair. Permed hair is very curly.

Perm rods are made up of a foamy texture and are very different from magnetic rollers. Perm rods are best for people with shorter, more natural hair.

These kinds of sets will help you get a curly look without having to add a lot of product.

When putting these roller sets, you may find that you’ll need to use a lot of them because they are small. They are super fun to use though, and come in a ton of colors!

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Curlformers are the most fun in my opinion because they can transform just about any hair texture and length. The only length that won’t work well with curlformers is a super short length or something similar to a natural tapered cut.

These sets hit the market a few years ago, and they are an easy solution to achieving your best curly haired look. The only downfall is that they can be a bit difficult to use for first-timers. It’ll take time to get the hang of it, but once you get it, you’ll be able to install with no issue at all.

Also, curlformers are great to use when transitioning between natural hair growth, and relaxed ends. In my opinion, curlformers have the quickest drying time, and the fastest take downtime.

However, because these sets are relatively new, they are a bit expensive. You can usually find them on a particular website. If you don’t want to spend the money, you can always choose a knock-off brand as well. Get into it!

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Flexi-rods, next to perm rods, are the most flexible when it comes to producing a fabulous curl. They work well on natural curls, especially while wet or in a blown-out state.

These rods are a great way to get voluminous curls without using any heat. They aren’t as tight as magnetic rolls, and because they are so flexible, you can create any coil that you want.

When using flexi-rods, it’s essential to use them while your hair is wet. By doing this, you’ll have longer lasting results, and your hair will look fuller.

Add moisturizer to make sure your hair doesn’t dry out while it is air drying. Here are is a tremendous flexi-rods tutorial for you to try!

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How Do They Help Hair Grow?

Roller sets have many benefits such as curling hair, stretching hair and providing a natural way to achieve great hairstyles without heat manipulation. Every time that you use a roller set instead of heat or chemicals, you’re allowing your hair to go through its natural growth cycle without manipulation.

The less that you apply heat, and harsh chemicals on your hair, the more that you should expect it to grow. As long as you are keeping it clean, moisturized and properly trimmed, you should see a significant difference in the overall look of your hair after six months.

Roller sets are prevalent in the natural hair community and can be used for anyone trying to transition to natural hair. Don’t be afraid to try them out.

Watch as many tutorials that you need until you get it right!

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Roller Set Facts

Roller sets are fun, cute and easy to use once you get the hang of them. They are a great way to promote natural hair growth as well. Many people think that when you wear natural hair, you have to stick to only a few styles. That’s completely false!

With the help of roller sets, you’ll be able to create some curly, bouncy and fun hairstyles. The best benefit is that you can do this without having to damage your hair.

Try out some roller sets today to bring some life to natural hair journey!

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

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9 thoughts on “Roller Sets Can Help Your Natural Hair Growth. Here’s How!

  1. V-Chanti Carson says:

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    I believe that roller sets are definitely better for your hair and which is why older women tend to stick to them. As stated above, yes roller sets require less heat; therefore resulting in less breakage. Besides older women losing hair due to health problems, the ones that use rollers seem to have thicker, fuller hair. Another pro to roller sets is the fact that they hold a curl longer than one that has been used with a curling iron, etc. This article has opened up my eyes; even though I knew some of these facts, it gave me a chance to be reminded the extra benefits of roller sets.

  2. Crystal Medina says:

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    I don’t usually use a lot of heat on my hair so this will be perfect for me.
    I usually just pull my hair into a bun or two ponytails but using roller sets will allow me to try different hairstyles. I’m definitely going to try the perm rods and flexirods for my hair.
    I have been experiencing a lot of hair breakage recently and had to trim a large amount of hair off. So I wasn’t feeling very confident with styling. But I will try the roller sets and see 😁
    This article was extremely informative and helpful!

  3. Tanaya Johnson says:

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    Modern Days, I think of Dominican hair salons (doobies) which I use to live for until I moved from NY/NJ to Pittsburgh.. when I moved here, no stylist even owned rollers and probably hadn’t rolled hair since hair school… Long story short roller and rods sets are definitely a great way to grow long healthy hair with trims in between. This article is right on point… more African American Salons need to incorporate this into the clients routine to give their clients hair a break from the direct heat, this kind of styling will make your hair long luxurious, and full of body. If you educate your clients, they will listen.

  4. SHAYNNA WASH says:

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    I’m honestly thinking of adapting the curl former method. I did a big chop twice having no idea what I was doing or how to properly take care of my hair. I had no idea what to do. It was so dry and so hard to manage. 2 years later I had had it. I got a relaxer while pregnant with my 3rd child. (Don’t think I was supposed to do that)Now that I’ve had her (3months) I’m trying to transition back to natural the healthiest way possible and the curl formers just gave me life! I’m for sure getting into this. Quick and easy especially for a working mother with no time to even sneeze let alone take care of my hair. Thanks for this!

  5. Estelle Ahou Goli says:

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    I love using roller sets but I hate sleeping in, it never comes out right! lol
    I tried Bantu knots, roller sets, and flexy rods, and end up twisting it the wrong way or one side come out right and the other doesn’t.
    I also find out that the curls come out better with extensions than my real hair. This was very helpful and might try some of the tricks included in the article.

  6. Christina Sanchez says:

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    The roller set has always been one of my favorites to use to achieve that desired Style it gives your hair a whole lot of body also, it allows you to achieve that curl and that bounce and, that body without sacrificing heat damage to your hair this is definitely an old-school way of maintaining good natural locs. I recommend it to anybody who wants to maintain their natural hair. Wear it out wear it well without having to use Heat or chemical’s

  7. Erika Davies says:

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    While I love the look of these curls it absolutely never comes out right for me. I’ve watched numerous tutorials on YouTube as well as asked my stylist on the proper way to install them to get them to perfection and I can NEVER get it right lol. Maybe one day I’ll try again but for now, I’ll just admire.

  8. Tiffany Halll says:

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    I used to use rollers as a child as well but who knew they could actually help with hair growth, this is an interesting article on facts about different sets of hair rolled and their uses. I will be trying the rollers again very soon!

  9. Tladyjay says:

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    I have never learned how to use a flat or curling iron, at 64 I have been natural this time 11 years and I may still have a few pink sponge rollers around somewhere 😃 I have block braids for the first time and I like them. Natural hair is a lot of work, especially for working women. Men styles are more except-able nowadays. I see more young folks embracing their natural hair and I realized I never needed a relaxer, during the coldest months or a special event I will have my hair pressed. I can and I enjoy the versatility (pressed), old school, and retired.
    I know a stylist who can still handle a straightening comb. Thanks for sharing!

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