3 DIY Hot-Roller 'Dos That Aren't Dated

Question: When's the last time you used hot rollers? Whether it's been weeks or years, it's time for you to dust off those babies, because we've got three stunning DIY 'dos that will forever change the way you think about this old-school styling tool.
And, to inspire you beyond curling 101, we called upon Ashley Bokowy at salonblonde in Wicker Park, to show you how to use these rollers for volume, too. We promise, even if you've never used these heated wonders before, you'll be on a roll in no time.
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Hot rollers can give even a simple ponytail a welcoming boost.
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The following roller set can be used for the next two looks.
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Start by parting your hair into four equal sections across the top.
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For each quad, divide hair into two sections. Roll each section, making sure to start at the middle. As you start to roll up, carefully tuck the “tail” in as shown.
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Secure each roller with a clip. “If you want extra volume, roll each section at a 90-degree angle,” suggests Bokowy.
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Once you finish the four sections on the top, roll the back section in a “brick-layer” fashion, using two-inch sections of hair.
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While the number of rollers used will depend up on the length and thickness of your hair, a good rule of thumb is to alternate the number of curlers in each layer. In this case, it was two, three, and then two again.
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Since you are only using the hot rollers for volume in this case, you can begin to remove them immediately.
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If you have super-fine hair, leave the curls alone for a couple minutes to ensure your hair captures some shape.
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Gently brush out the waves so that there aren’t any dents in the hair.
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Lightly mist hair with a medium-weight hairspray and tease a one-inch section in the front.
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Smooth out with a brush after teasing.
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Pull hair back into a high ponytail.
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Secure with a hair tie.
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Hide the hair tie by wrapping one small section of hair from underneath the ponytail around the base. Secure with a bobby pin underneath the tail.
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Divide the ponytail into two sections. Tease the section underneath.
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Make sure to leave the ends smooth.
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Repeat with the top section.
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Use a comb and your fingers to smooth the ponytail into the desired shape.
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Gym ponytail this is not!
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The same roller set can be used to make a voluminous updo with some serious staying power.
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Make a section of hair that stops at the occipital bone as shown.
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Pin that section out of the way. Take the rest of the hair in the back and pull it up in a ponytail-fashion until you reach the desired height.
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Take the ponytail and twist it upward. Secure with two large bobby pins.
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At this point, the tail portion of the twist is resting over the top of the head.
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Keeping the ends smooth, tease half of the ponytail.
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Repeat with the other section.
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Wrap the teased tail around the twist. “Don’t worry about it being super-smooth,” says Bokowy. “The idea is to create an undone look that isn’t contrived.”
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Secure with bobby pins around the perimeter of the bun.
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Lightly mist the front section of hair with a medium-hold hairspray.
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Tease about a two-inch section of hair closest to the ear.
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Wrap the section around the twisted bun you just created. Secure with bobby pins.
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Repeat with the last two steps with the remaining hair.
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This is what the style should look like from the back once you’re completed.
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This not-so done bun is perfect for a night out on the town when washing your hair beforehand was simply not an option.
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You’ll be using a different roller set to achieve this sexy swoop.
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Determine which side you want the “flip” and part in the opposite direction. “You’re creating volume by setting your hair in a direction that it does not normally lay,” says Bokowy.
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Make a two-inch part right behind both ears.
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Clip the back of your hair out of the way.
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Start rolling downward on the non-heavy parted side of your head.
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Keep rolling all the way across the top of your head.
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One and a quarter-inch rollers are good for fine and medium textured tresses, while gals with thicker hair will be better off with one-and-a-half-inch rollers.
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Continue rolling across the top. As you reach the wider part of your head, use two side-by-side rollers as shown.
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Once you reach the other side, you can go back to using single rollers. But, this time, roll up versus down. This helps to create the “wave.”
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Remember that “brick layer” format of rolling you did with the first roller set? You’ll repeat that same process with the back of your hair for this look, too.

Unlike the first two looks, you really want the curls to set, so leave them in for at least 20 to 30 minutes — or, until cool to the touch.
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Gently maneuver the base of your scalp with your fingers to get the creases out.
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Pull hair to one side in the back.
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Secure with two large bobby pins, making sure to hide them underneath the hair.
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This modern-day pinup girl look will be perfect for all those upcoming holiday parties!
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