How to Make Steam Rollers

Updated March 23, 2017

Many hair roller sets on the market today are either electric or steam. Electric rollers are heated when you plug the set into the wall while steam rollers become heated when you fill the foam roller with hot steam. Steam roller sets come with a small vat you fill with water and then heat, a set of foam rollers and clips to secure the rollers. Steam rollers work well for damaged hair, hair that tends to frizz and limp hair. Hair that has been curled using steam rollers has extra volume and body.

Fill the warming vat to the fill line with room-temperature water.

Plug in the warming vat and wait for steam to start escaping from unit.

Place foam roller on top of warming vat where steam is escaping the unit.

Wait 10 seconds for roller to heat up and fill with steam. While waiting for roller to heat up, comb out any tangles in the section of hair you plan to curl.

Roll the steam curler into hair and secure with clip.


If your hair is thick, allow foam roller to remain on warming vat for an extra 5 seconds. Before curling hair, mist hair with a heat protective spray to guard hair from damage. Only use steam curlers on hair that is completely dry. Use the larger rollers for the top half of your hair and the smaller rollers for the bottom half of your hair. Wait for curlers to completely cool before unrolling them from hair. Read the directions that come with your steam roller set prior to using it. Some sets call for adding salt to the water before plugging the unit in.


The steam escaping from the heating unit is very hot. Use caution when placing and removing foam rollers from unit. Unplug unit when finished and empty water.

Things You'll Need

  • Steam roller set
  • Hair brush
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Based out of Kansas, Holly Smith has been an active writer and reporter since 2003, working primarily in online news. She has written for "Kansas Liberty News" the "K-State Collegian" and worked as an on-air reporter for "Manhattan Matters" and the "Educational Communications Center." She holds Bachelors of Arts in print journalism and electronic journalism from Kansas State University.