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Cleaning Hair Rollers

Periodically you need to clean your hair rollers to remove stuck on hair or product. This is a guide about cleaning hair rollers.


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December 15, 2005 Flag

I use those velcro hair rollers, but after some usage, loose hair becomes stuck to the rollers and then they don't work very well. Does anybody have an easy way of taking the hair off the rollers? Picking it off by hand is very time consuming!


Thanks for any tips.

Marion in Ontario from Ontario, Canada

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January 7, 20060 found this helpful
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I have tried all. The toothbrush wasn't stiff enough and other brushes were too big . The velcro strip worked not too bad. Soaking them in bleach also worked not too bad. The crochet hook helped to lift the hair off the roller too, so it was easier to grab than just using mythumb and fingers.

So, thanks again for all your help, this is the greatest site!

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful
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Just rub the rollers against each other.

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful
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The Fuller Brush company makes a small rake-like tool to lift hair from hair brushes. You put the small tines under hair on a brush. It works very well. You might have to do some research on-line to find a distributor (they used to sell door to door in the "olden days"!)

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful
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I put mine in the washer with a couple of bath towels. Am a hairstylist and have done this for years. Run through low heat dryer with towels, also.

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November 17, 20130 found this helpful
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I found a fast and easy way to clean velcro rollers. Take a sanitizing wipe, like Botanicals lemongrass, or somesuch, and wipe down the bristles on the vacuum brush. Wait a few minutes, according to package directions, if needed. Turn on the vacuum and position the roller over the opening in the center of the brush, rolling the hair roller against the bristles on the vacuum brush. Make sure you are very careful with small rollers, as they might upend and get sucked into the vacuum. The suction force will help to remove and point out hairs that you can use your fingers to loosen if needed. It really doesn't take very long, and it will suction a whole bunch of them at once so that really speeds up the process. Plus there's no cleanup of hairs all over when you are done :)

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July 25, 20080 found this helpful

Was this a bad brand of hair rollers?

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January 4, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know much about hair rollers but I have cleaned cat hair out of flat Velcro using a Fur-Zoff tool. I bought it to get the dog hair out of my car and found it useful for all sorts of hair cleaning chores around the house. You can see it on their website at It actually works better than they say!

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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

I use sudsy ammonia to clean my brushes and combs so I'll try it with my hairy Velcro rollers. I don't have the patience to clean each.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

Do you put them into several small lingerie bags--or loose?

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

I use a fine-tooth comb to extract hair from the rollers. Just place the teeth of the comb firmly on the roller and go around the whole roller. The teeth on the comb are very good at pulling the hair out of the roller. You could follow up by washing the rollers as some others have suggested.

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