How to get spiral curls using hot rollers

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether your hair is stick straight, full of waves or somewhere in between, you can get spiral curls using hot rollers. It is important to prepare your hair for styling and to select the ideal products to help form and hold the curls. Hot rollers are available in a variety of styles and shapes, but you can create bouncy spiral curls no matter which type of hot roller set that you have.

Wash and condition your hair the night before you plan to create spiral curls with hot rollers.

Apply volumizing mousse or gel to encourage the curls to last longer. Begin applying the product at the bottom of your hair and work your way toward your scalp.

Divide your hair into 1- to 2-inch triangle-shaped sections. Twist each section and roll as tightly around the curler and as close to your scalp as possible. Secure well with a fitting pin.

Allow the rollers to remain in your hair until the heat indicators revert back to their original colour. This usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

Take out the rollers one at a time. Once each section is free of the roller, use your fingers to twist the curl into a spiral shape. Spritz each curl with hairspray and fasten as tightly as possible against your scalp with a hairpin. Allow the curls to remain pinned for one hour.

Remove the pins carefully after one hour and use your fingers to loosen the curls to the desired tightness. Spray well with a lightweight hairspray.


Do not comb or brush your hair after curling. Avoid using hot rollers every day to prevent heat damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot roller set
  • Volumizing mousse or gel
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
  • Hairpins
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