I’ve had fine, flat hair all my life. It’s the kind that slips out of a braid because there’s just not enough density to keep it together. It’s the kind that won’t hold a curl if its life depended on it. And it’s the kind that stays smooth against my scalp, despite the best effort of volumizing products. I used to hate it, and to be honest, I still do from time to time. Generally, though, I’ve come to accept it, and a short stint with high-maintenance hair extensions helped me with that.
These days, I rely on a few volume-boosting products, including texturizing spray and dry shampoo (I swear nothing lifts my roots quite like dry shampoo). When I really want volume, though—like ’90s volume—I’ll reach for my secret weapon. It’s an old-school hair product that gives me the lift and bounce I’ve always wanted. Think Topanga Lawrence from Boy Meets World-level lift and bounce. Keep scrolling to see what product it is and see some seriously good before-and-after pictures to prove its efficacy.
These are the ones I use and swear by (Lopez does too. He says he even keeps them in his kit). I like them because they heat up quickly and evenly, and they don’t damage my hair, thanks to the velvet-flocked barrels.
So, how do you use them? It’s actually quite intuitive. Just section your hair and roll them up to the scalp, securing them in place with the included clips. “I like to use hot rollers on dry hair a few hours before an event so the hair has time to set in position while you are getting ready with makeup and wardrobe,” Neill says.
He emphasizes the importance of prep to extend the life of the style. “If you want your set to hold for a few days, blow dry your roots with a volumizing product, like Aveda’s Invati Advanced Thickening Foam ($13), to give your roots a directional lift. Once you have volume at the roots, you can dry the mid-shaft to ends just with your hands to make sure they are dry but are not too straight. It’s important to not stretch all of the elasticity out of your hair before you reset with the rollers.”