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Roller Setting: Half and Half Method

Lately, I’ve been roller setting my hair in this half and half method and I like it a lot.  Below you’ll find a pictorial on how I set my hair.  This method may or may not be easier than the traditional mohawk method.  But if you’re having issues with the mohawk method, I would definitely give this a try.

Step 1. Separate your hair into two sections by parting your hair down the middle.  Secure one half with a clip.  Start working with the loose half.
Step 2. Create a parallel part that leaves a rectangular (mohawk-like) section of hair with a width no wider than the width of the rollers you are using to set your hair.  Leave the rectangular/mohawk section loose and secure the rest of the hair with a clip.
Step 3. Start setting the rectangular mohawk section at the crown working your way to the front. When rolling this front section, I comb the hair forward, bring the roller to the end of my hair and roll the hair back. When I roll the back section, I roll it in the opposite direction (comb the hair down/back, bring the roller to the end of the hair and roll the hair forward).  Keep the hair as smooth as possible while rolling.
Step 4. Set the Sides. Remove the clip from the section close to your ear.  Create a horizontal part to separate into halves.  How to Roll: Comb the hair down, bring the roller to the end of the hair and roll the hair up.
Step 5. Once you’ve completed the first half.  Move to the second half and repeat steps 2 through 4.
Recap on How to Set the Rollers.  You can roll them differently, but this is just how I’ve been doing it.  Whichever way you decide to roll the rollers, be sure to roll the ones in the same section in the same direction.  It will help to make sure that the curls collapse/fall together.
Finished Product. This is how it looks when done. Two “mohawk” sections down the center and two vertical rows on each side.
All done.
Edited to Add Video Tutorial:

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12 thoughts on “Roller Setting: Half and Half Method

  1. Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your method for roller setting, I always get so overwhelmed trying to part right and get the rollers in, so this looks much easier. I'm going to have to give it a try. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

  2. Kim your roller sets always come out so lovely. I've always had the hardest time with rollersets. This method makes it seem so easy!

  3. Your hair is so gorgeous and thanks for sharing your technique. I will have to try it out myself.
    I read on your blog you use the Affirm Fiberguard sensitive scalp relaxer. Do you use 1 or 2 of the little relaxer jars/tubs. My new hairdresser has been using 2 on my SL hair and I worry that my hair might be over-processed. Thanks.

  4. Hey CC, thank you! I do use 1 tub of the Affirm Fireguard Relaxer (sensitive scalp/no-lye version) for about one to two inches of new growth. Sometimes I wish I had a little more, but I've been pretty good about making it through all my new growth without running out. If you hair is thicker than mine, I could see why she might be using more than one tub/jar. One good thing about this relaxer is that it's not easy to over process or get bone straight hair using it. So as long as the processing time doesn't exceed the time listed on the instructions (13-18 minutes) you should be alright. But if you feel like your hair is over processed you might want to convince her to use just one jar. Good luck and Happy Hair Growing!

    P.S. I added a video tutorial to this blog post for further instructions and a better visual. 🙂

    Thanks for commenting!

  5. Thanks, just watched the video and it helps a lot. My hair is fine thus will try switching to 1 jar/tub.

    I know you're busy with your daughter ( who is soooooo cute) so I really appreciate the response.

    Thanks again and Happy New Year

  6. Very helpful, i've been struggling for years trying to rollerset my hair the other way. Thank you

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