I came… I saw… I concluded that it *must* get better with practice.
Yesterday I wandered into Beauty World on a whim, and an hour later, re-emerged with 20 magnetic rollers (jumbo and extra large), Fantasia IC’s Styling Foam, and the courage to revisit roller setting. I had read your tips, memorized AOL’s BV’s instructions, and had a massive bottle of Shiraz on deck. I was ready… or so I thought.
After putting Boogie down for a nap, I hopped in the shower, co-washed, and gently finger detangled. I rinsed clean and added a teeny bit of Jessicurl’s Too Shea to my ends and stepped out. I was feeling confident- not excited about the work ahead- but determined to see it through.
I proceeded to the sink in all my nakey glory… I don’t know about y’all, but when styling sopping wet hair, it’s just easier. I always start off with a towel, but then it falls, and it’s too warm and steamy in the bathroom for clothes… so yeah, I style in the nude, which is one of the reasons I don’t make Youtube vids. Anyway, I applied Watermelon Seed Oil all over, and made two parts down the middle of my head (think mohawk). I secured the sides in large bantu knots, and started with the middle. I detangled the front most section with my Denman paddle, added a little styling foam, and for the next 30 minutes proceeded to put in the first roller. Frustration isn’t even the word. I re-wet that section probably 3 times… dropped the roller on the floor twice, and completely re-tangled my hair. It was a mess. Gia woke up, crying… wailing, so I had to drop everything and soothe her. But just before I was totally defeated, I managed to get all of the hair on the roller and secure it. SCORE!
I thought, ‘it’s all down hill from here, right?’ Wrong. It took nearly two hours to get all of the rollers in, and there were still stray hairs, frizz, and bunched sections. I learned that I still needed to secure the magnetic rollers (which had clasps) with clips, that I of course, didn’t have. So I made due with bobby pins. My roots were visible and very wavy and poofy. But alas, I was finished, and for some reason, felt… sexy? I guess I was channeling Beyonce… ‘you must not know ’bout me,’ feeling vintage chic… like Lucille Ball, like I needed one of those cigarette holders… and a powder puff… and a perfume bottle with one of those squeeze bulbs.
Hubby, who is now used to my hair shenanigans, didn’t say a word. He just smiled as I walked around the house, and minded his business.
I pulled out my old, dusty ION brand bonnet dryer and sat under it for all of 15 minutes. I can’t think of anything I hate more than the oppressive heat of a bonnet dryer, save for Basketball Wives’ Royce’s fashion sense. I headed for bed, with plans to allow my hair to air-dry overnight. The discomfort I experienced from those damn rollers… there aren’t even words. I was up by 1 am, taking them down. My hair was mostly dry, but the roots at the top were pretty damp. I pulled all of the hair up into a high bun… one big bantu knot, tied on a scarf, and went back to bed.
Around 9 am, I took my hair down, shook it out, and felt, well, luke warm about the results. It wasn’t silky, it wasn’t fluffy… it was lost in some awkward in-between state. But it was soft and felt moisturized. It reminded me of a CurlFormer set (slightly less silky), or my attempts at the Curly Fro.
As I was fluffing, hubby came in the bathroom with a smirk on his face. He said,’ooh, I’m feeling your Little Richie… WOOOO!’ I laughed, and had to agree.
Concluding thoughts… hmmm… I may incorporate roller sets into my GOC bunning routine, if I can learn to roll much more efficiently. My bun today is effortlessly big (which I love), and sleek. Also, if you remember, I rocked CurlFormer set buns for 3 months (2 years ago), and definitely retained some length.
I’ll let you know how it goes next time… which if all goes well, won’t be for 2 or 3 weeks!