I know last time I got my hair cut a few of you were keen to see what it look like without any styling, so here you are!
Note: This time, I did not get my hair cut in a "middy" exactly. Instead I asked for a short cut, with a "U" back and framing around the face. As usual, I specified no razoring the ends and told them how I prefer to style my hair. On my left side I had it cut slightly shorter, into a longish "fringe" which I like to curl.
From this... to this!
And here's how!
As my hair is very resistant to curls I find a cold (wet) set is the only way to get lasting vintage styles.
By gum, By golly's late 30's/early 40's sponge roller set is the best tutorial I've seen that demonstrates how to roll and set your hair using rollers. Though I didn't use her exact set I follow many of the same steps, such as waiting till my hair is damp (not wet), using a setting product and rolling my hair in a similar direction.
There are many differences between By gum, By golly's set and mine but some of the most significant are:
- I do not push the rollers down as she does in her last step. This is because for my hair style I want lots of body and don't want the flat crown she is aiming to achieve in hers.
- I do not use her trick for preventing dents with sponge rollers, instead I use velcro rollers for the topmost layer of curls.
- I attempt to roll my curls on base, not off base. (notice I said attempt. I don't always suceed!)
Another hair set that's similar to mine is Snoodlebug's pageboy hair set.
Size of rollers
I used larger rollers at the crown of my head for two reasons.
Firstly, I don't have enough smaller ones and secondly I was going for a smooth set, where the larger curls end up almost "cupping" the smaller ones. The aim was to have all my hair ending in a similar place to form a smooth roll.
In the extremely messy diagram above I've tried to breifly illustrate the basic setting pattern I used.
I try to roll most of the rollers on base, especially the ones in section 2 and the tops of section 1 & 3. I do this to ensure I get as much body as possible at my roots.
Section 1 and 3 cascade down the head. When brushing out, I start with the sides and back to get a nice round "roll" or "curve". The back of my hair mimics the sides.
Section 2 goes straight back along my part. This includes my shorter hair/fringe section. As you can see in the photo below, the hair in section 2 stands up more than the other sections. When brushing out, I often leave the hair from the first 2 or 3 rollers in this section till the end.
Once my hair is in the rollers I leave it until it is dry. For this set I rolled my hair in the morning and let it set for 5-6 hours before getting ready that night. Note: it must, must be dry! Otherwise all your hard work will be wasted.
Here's my hair straight out of the curlers. I've had to lighten this photo considerably to show the details, so don't be too alarmed by my pale face!
The mirror photos were taken once I'd got home, as you can see some of my set has dropped and fallen out. More hair-spray next time!
Questions and comments encouraged!