Beauty Shortcut: Creating Root Volume with Calista

Above: Second day “vacation” braid.
The past two weeks have been pure bliss…from casual makeup to minimalist haircare, my vacation from work has been filled with much needed respite and leisure.  My hairstyle of choice as of late during long and relaxing afternoons at home has been a braid, which (gasp), often gets slept on and carried on into the next day.  Like I said…pure bliss.  However, what may be fit for home is not as apropos in public so when I was to go shopping with my mom earlier this week, I faced a conundrum.  I knew once I too my braid out that the second half of my hair would be tolerably wavy, however, the hours spent close to my head would make the upper half of my hair a fine flat mess.  Curling everything with hot roller seemed counterproductive since the ends were already full…what’s a girl to do?  I know, first world problems, indeed.  And then I had an epiphany…why didn’t I try curling just the roots? 
Above: The Calista Ion Rollers come with 12 rollers, a heating station, 12 easy-to-use clips and a travel case for compact storage.  
I heated up my trusty Calista Ion Hot Rollers for Long Hair (reviewed HERE and HERE) and proceeded with my little experiment.  When putting in the rollers, I started at the root and rolled my hair until about half of my hair (from the root until the middle of my hair) was in the roller and let the remaining hair dangle freely; I only used six rollers to cover my whole head!  Then, I left them in for about 15 minutes.  
Kindly scroll on for what that situation looked like as well as the subsequent results…

Above: The “Root Rollers” experiment.
Above: The trick was to leave the ends (which were already wavy from a two day braid) alone.
Above: The final outcome!
Above: Why have I never tried this before?!
Bottom Line: As the old adage says, “necessity is the mother of invention!”  I highly recommend this incredibly easy method for infusing volume into the roots…all you need are curlers and some creativity. What are some of YOUR favorite beauty shortcuts…please share in the comments section if you are so inclined! 
Happy weekend, one and all…good things coming up on the blog in the coming days, including products from RMS, YSL and Chanel as well as jewelry and fragrance profiles ; ) And, if you haven’t seen it and have about 25 minutes of excess time, please take a peek at my Best Beauty Products of 2013 video…beauty products abound!
–The Beauty Professor

**This post contains  affiliate links as well unaffiliated links for your convenience; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Share this post

Comments (20)

  • Kate Reply

    I love this!!! Your hair looks incredible. And, I am a huge fan of just curling the root. I love volume at the top (the higher the hair, the closer to God, they say) and don't necessarily want curls at the ends. Your end result is absolutely perfect. I may have to invest in those rollers. Lovely, dear friend!


    P.S. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying your break and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation!

    January 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello dear Kate!

      Thank you so much…glad to know you are a fellow root curler (though, in light of our similar affinities for everything else, I must say I am not surprised!). These rollers are truly my favorite and I suspect you will thoroughly love them! Thanks also for your supportive words about my rest time…truly, it was difficult to just "be still" and not work like a fiend, but I think my mind/body needed it. Hope your new year is off to a wonderfully restful start as well…xoxo and talk soon!

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Your skin looks flawless!!! What m/u are you wearing?!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you! In this picture, I am wearing LMdB Peau Vierge plus a combination of Kog Gen Do Aqua Foundation in #213 plus a drop of Ardency Inn Custom Coverage Concentrate in Light-Medium Olive, all applied with a Beauty Blender!


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm
  • Lynn127 Reply

    I just purchased these long rollers as well. Will be trying them on my salon clients this week! Great tips. Your skin does look flawless like another reader said but I want to say it always looks like great skin. NOT MAKEUP! Glad u relaxed as well. xoxo

    January 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello dear Lynn!

      So glad you got these…I think you (and your clients!) will love them! Thanks for your sweet words about my skin…as someone who has had my fair share of blemishes over the years, your compliment means a great deal!

      Hope your weekend is simply lovely…xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    amazing results! tons of body and movement to the hair. What do you think of these rollers compared to the O Cloud Nine?

    January 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, SJ! Both the Calista and the Cloud Nine sets are incredible…it just depends on what price point you are into. I'll say this…the Calista are much more conducive to travel and small spaces since the entire presentation is quite compact. The Cloud Nine are a more expensive investment and entirely luxe, I just think they are better for "at home" use rather than travel. You can get fabulous, lasting curls from either set!

      I hope that helps…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 4, 2014 at 5:38 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    I agree with the others….you look amazing! Did you change anything with your brows?

    January 4, 2014 at 4:45 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much!

      I did recently clean them up and start using a brow powder applied with an angled brush (Billion Dollar Brows), rather than a pencil ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 4, 2014 at 5:43 am
  • laura z. Reply

    This is such a great idea! One of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas!! I have super long hair and really don't like putting heat on the ends for fear of damaging them. (I tend to overdo it). This look is amazing on you, I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks and Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2014 at 5:28 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Laura,

      Thank you so much! This process just keeps the heat at the healthiest part of the hair (the roots) and only takes a few minutes. As a fellow super long hair girl, you must try this and tell me how it goes!

      Happy New Year and have a beautiful weekend…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 4, 2014 at 6:05 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Stunning! How often do you wash your hai

    January 4, 2014 at 9:18 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Mary! I generally wash my hair daily (hate the process, love the feeling of clean hair) or every other day, depending on my mood, schedule and how my hair "feels." I know some women who can go days without washing but I max out on "day two!" ; )

      Enjoy your Saturday…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    I can only dream of having hair like that!!
    Just love the volume you have created and no frizz at all just devine!
    Do you colour your hair? It's a beautiful colour.

    Love the hair posts they are really great.

    Take care and talk soon

    Julie xoxox

    January 10, 2014 at 4:35 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      That is too kind…thanks, Julie! I don't color my hair and my mom cuts it…pretty low maintenance ; )

      I so appreciate your support and comments…it is a bright spot in my day!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm
    • Unknown Reply

      Wow!! No colouring that is truly beautiful. Fantastic that your Mum cuts your hair for you, that is one thing I hate having to pay for I could be buying something beauty or skincare related with the money lol hence why I get my hair cut very rarely.
      I hope your having a lovely weekend.

      Talk soon

      Julie xoxo

      January 11, 2014 at 5:52 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you ever so much…I come from good hair genes from both of my parents and cannot take any credit for it myself ; ) I am so thankful that my mom cuts my hair…she knows it better than anyone else!

      Hope your weekend was marvelous!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 13, 2014 at 4:35 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Gorgeous results! I know this may have seemed like a simple process to you, but I'd love to see a quick video on this, so as to see the width of sections you take and which direction you roll each curl. Just me?

    Thanks for all your hard work and Happy New Year!

    January 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Anon…I think I could definitely do a video on this. Thanks for the suggestion…I will add it to my "to do" list ; )

      Love and blessings in this new year!


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *