Mane Monday: Gigi Hadid Resurrects Velcro Rollers for Bombshell Waves

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Celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas breaks down the steps to achieving the supermodel's retro curls with old school rollers.

Gigi Hadid is as well known for her street style as she is her work on the runway, her current Vogue cover, or the numerous ad campaigns she fronts. So when the supermodel slash social media star emerged in an Instagram post last week with her famous blonde mane set in large, pink, retro style rollers, the world, of course, took notice.


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Between the rollers, her round Perverse sunglasses and black-and-white leather Mighty Company jacket with her name emblazoned on the front (even her name, Gigi, sounds straight out of a 1950s beach teen flick), she was directly channeling a Pink Lady with a touch of her trademark '90s look in the form of a Versace choker.

The image also revealed how she gets her hair to bombshell status on a consistent basis. But if you were born post-hot roller or even pink spongy snap roller era, then winding the hair around coke can-sized barrels can seem puzzling.

Celebrity hair stylist and colorist George Papanikolas breaks down the basics of setting hair so the outcome is (something close to) supermodel status.

“First, it begins with prep. Make sure that you’re using a volumizing shampoo such as Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shampoo ($12.99), which has proteins within it to help boost the structure of hair,” says the hairstylist.

A volumizing conditioner applied to the ends of the hair will moisturize without making it too oily.

“Before putting it into curlers, run some Matrix StyleLink Minerals Airy Builder ($18) through damp hair to make sure you’re setting the basis to build airy, textured volume,” adds Papanikolas.

Divide hair into 2-inch sections and wrap the front and top pieces around each roller moving away from the face. The back and side pieces can be rolled under.


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Velcro rollers (he likes the Conair Infiniti Pro Cordreel Setter set) are easiest to work with in that they just wrap and stick in place with no clip to worry about fastening. But unwrapping the Velcro can sometimes prove tricky as hair may become knotted around the roller barrel.

To avoid this, mist a non-sticky hairspray, such as Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold, around the entire head and let set for 20-30 minutes. Once rollers are safely out, run a brush through the hair to connect the previously separated pieces.

Hope for a fortuitous and gentle gust of wind to blow the hair up and away from the face in a bouncy bombshell manner. It always seems to happen for Hadid, so we’re optimistic that roller ready hair is just as glamorous down as it now clearly can be, set.