How to Make Curls Last with Hot Rollers

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/26/22

Hot rollers are perfect if you’re in a rush and can’t be bothered to use the curling iron. It’s one of the best hair styling tools that’ll never go out of style.

It’s safe to you use on your hair and can quickly set your curls too. Sadly, some curls do not tend to last. No worries though. Lucky Curl is here to share a few secrets on how to make curls last with hot rollers.

Hot rollers should be left in the hair longer for long lasting curls. But don’t overdo it to avoid heat damage. 

Ways to Make Curls Last with Hot Rollers

Get to know your hot roller set.

A hot roller set comes in a variety of sizes. Smaller rollers are for tighter curls, and the bigger rollers are designed for loose curls. So, decide which areas of your hair you want these smaller or bigger curls.

Getting to know your roller set is important as it allows you to pick the right hot roller for your hair type. And it does not only speed things up when curling but also let your curls stay longer!

Tip: Try the Velcro rollers! It’s one of the best and the most versatile hair rollers on the market. And yes, it promises long-lasting curls too!

Prep your hair.

Always start with dry hair when curling with hot tools like the hot rollers. Wet hair is prone to damage and can ruin your locks over time.

In addition, spray some heat protectant products on your hair before using the hot roller. Make sure it is spread out evenly to safeguard your hair from heat.

Leave the hot rollers longer.

If you want your hot roller curls to last longer, leave the rollers in your hair a bit longer. A good 10 to 25 minutes is enough to get beautiful curls!

Still, that depends on hair type and the quality of the rollers. Of course, you might need to leave the rollers longer if you are blessed with thick coarse hair!

Let the curls set.

Let your curls cool for them to stay longer. You should pin your curls in place so that it stays in their desired shape as it cools down.

When done, unclip the hair and give it a few more minutes before brushing with your fingers. Do not forget the texturizing hair spray for the final touches!


Heated rollers are a great invention. It may sound like an outdated beauty tool to some people but do not underestimate its magic.

This classic beauty tool is gentle on your hair compared to the curling iron and other hot tools. You can leave it for a max of 25 minutes or even longer in your hair to get curls that are set to stay longer. But not too long to fry up your hair! Duh?

Lastly, do not skip the setting spray to lock in your curls!

Check out this article to find out the differences between hot rollers vs curling iron!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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