Do you consider traditional rollersetting overwhelming and far too exhausting? Well, you’re definitely not alone. I seem to get overwhelmed with parting, detangling, smoothing and roller placement. Rollersetting in general is a lot of manipulation (for my hair) but is very rewarding when it’s all said and done. The best technique for rolling my hair is the ponytail roller set because it minimizes manipulation and breakage. This technique offers flexibility in that you can use as many or as few ponies to achieve your overall look. This post will cover how to ponytail rollerset relaxed hair.
How to Ponytail Rollerset Relaxed Hair
When I’m newly touched up and the roots are straight, I will ponytail rollerset with using only 1 or 2 ponies for the entire head. I will then roll the tail of each pony with 2 to 4 rollers. Although this technique does not stretch new growth (hence the reason I use it when roots are already straight), it remains a great way to achieve a sleek rollerset without the effort of a traditional rollerset.
When new growth is present, I will ponytail rollerset by creating ponies about 1 to 2 inches in width all over my head. If I had to guess, I’d say I have create somewhere between 25-30 ponies for my set. This technique mimics traditional rollersetting best because the size of each section is equal to that of a traditional rollerset. The difference is in the amount of manipulation required to smooth the hair. Working in smaller sections makes things manageable and easy to navigate. Smoothing and rolling the hair is a breeze with this method because I’m able to work in very small sections which works well for tangly prone hair. The end result is a beautiful head of curls just like a traditional rollerset.
Ponytail Holder Choices
I use small black rubber bands or small cotton scunchi girl hair ties.
I prefer using small rubber bands because they are cheap and disposable — when done under the dryer, I carefully cut them off the hair with scissors. The cotton hair ties are a little more expensive so I prefer not to cut them. I used the cotton hair ties for the longest but over time, I got tired of removing the hair ties and creating unnecessary manipulation. Therefore, I stopped using them and went back to rubberbands. I still use the hair ties occasionally but it’s not standard practice. I actually believe the hair dries better, faster and with less wave at the roots with rubberbands so it definitely remains my preference out of the two.
Detangling & Leave Ins
I always use the LOC method for my leave in products – liquid, oil, creamy leave in. I spray a light layer of Pureology 21 Benefits on my hair. This spray is awesome!! It really does like 21 different things for the hair, including being a heat protectant. I have used many setting lotions and sprays and all were hit or miss with making my hair too crunchy or too dry. Pureology 21 Benefits is a hit each and every time. It enhances my leave ins but never overpower them.
After applying leave-ins, I lightly run a wide tooth comb through the hair to ensure my hair is manageable and without tangles. I then part my hair in 4 quadrants and work quadrant by quadrant.
With each quadrant, I run the wide tooth comb through hair once more to to remove additional shed hairs and make 6 to 8 ponytails (more or less as needed). I get annoyed when crowded by rollers when trying to part & pony. Making all the ponytails first alleviates this frustration. I spritz the tail of the pony with distilled water if the hair starts to dry out. Spritzing with distilled water does not wash away my leave in products.
I rarely have to detangle the tail of the pony but if it’s necessary, I use my wide tooth comb and smooth with my hands. I try to stay away from smaller, smoothing combs as it causes way too much breakage.
1 hour – 1.50 hours — just really depends on how saturated my hair is before getting under the dryer. Right before jumping under the dryer, I heavily saturate my hair with water. The wetter the hair, the sleeker and softer the results. I tend to heavily saturate my hair to ensure I get the best set possible.
If you make the ponytail sections to large, the roots will take longer to dry. In some cases, they may not completely dry. The fix? Air dry, blow dry (with heat or with cool) or sit back under the dryer (without rollers, of course) and let the hooded dryer work its magic. I use a hair net to protect my curls if I have to go back under the dryer to dry the roots. However, making smaller sections alleviates this issue.
Rollerset Products & Maintenance
To make the set last, I pin curl or bantu knot the hair nightly and during workouts. I can make the set last a week if desired but usually I’m over it by mid-week. I sweat something serious so workouts do a number on my curls.
I moisturize and seal daily just like I would with any other style. I opt for a lighter moisturizer (example: Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Leave In) to keep the hair full of bounce and seal with just a tad bit of oil. Too much oil will weigh down the hair so go easy on the oil. If my hair needs a little more hydration, I will moisturize with a heavier moisturizer as my hair prefers heavier moisturizers at varying times (example: Bee Mine Balanced Cream Moisturizer). Several times per week I use Mizani H20 at night to combat breakage.
I know this was a lengthy post but I tried to cover all questions presented. If I missed something or you’ve thought of another question, drop me a note and I’ll gladly respond.