After seeing CurlyNikki’s roller set, it gave me the idea to do another one myself (the hubs also mentioned that he would love to see my hair straight, I cringed at the thought, but he has been a good sport about me wearing my hair curly, lol!). I think her hair turned out beautifully, and it gave me the courage to revisit the style.
Cleansing Your Hair
Before you begin you want to make sure that your hair is clean. Now, the last time I set my hair, I actually clarified it beforehand. This time I decided that I would hold off on the poo, as I’ve been following a strict shampoo free regimen. I know that it may sound gross, but the products I use do not build up on my hair or scalp. I can remove the excess dirt or product through co-washing or water rinsing. I just rinsed my hair and massaged my scalp thoroughly.
Conditioning and Detangling
The next thing I did was condition my hair. I feel that conditioning is a very important step in the styling process. I am a conditioner freak! Lol, I love conditioner. I used Tresemme Naturals as my conditioner of choice. I divided my hair in four sections and applied the conditioner to each section. I used my Jilbre shower comb to detangle. Twisted the detangled section, and started on the next section. When I finished all four sections, I allowed the conditioner to sit for a while before rinsing. I then removed each twist, finger combed it, and rinsed the conditioner out with lukewarm water. Finally, I squeezed the excess water and stepped out of the shower.
I didn’t use the Jane Carter Wrap and Roll solution this time. Well, I started using it, but it made my hair super hard! So I rinsed it out and decided to go with the Tresseme naturals. The conditioner made it very easy to section and smooth my hair during the setting process. When my hair was completely dry, my curls were soft, bouncy and shiny!
Before you began setting your hair, make sure that you have all of your tools set out and ready to go. Roller setting takes a lot of time, and the process can be very time consuming if you are not prepared. You will need:
- Rollers of your choice (I prefer salon magnetic rollers)
- Duckbill or metal clips
- Rattail comb
- Spray bottle
- Wide tooth comb
- Setting lotion or product of choice
- Hooded dryer (you can also air dry, but it will take a long time to dry)
- Hair clips- I use butterfly clips
- Oil or heat protectant for shine and smoothing
- PATIENCE- most important thing!
Setting The Hair
Remove the clips from your hair. You may notice that your feels a little dry. Take your spray bottle and fill it with water. Begin saturating your hair. After your hair is completely saturated, apply your leave in, foam wrap, or styler of choice. Now, take the end of your rattail comb and make an off centered part on the left side of your head going vertically to the nape of your neck. (The part should be a little off from the center). You should now have two parts. Gather the hair on the left side in your butterfly clip. Repeat the same step for the right side. There should be a total of 3 parts and the hair in the middle should resemble a mohawk.
After the “mohawk” section is complete you can either start on the right or left side for the next section. Step three is similar to step two. This time make a vertical section towards the back of the left side. This will be the beginning of your new section that you will set. Secure the hair that is exposed. Now, make a horizontal section at the top of the new section you just created. Take your rattail comb and smooth the hair. Grab your roller and roll your hair smoothing the ends towards the ceiling. Secure the roller. You are going to repeat these steps for the left and right sides of your head. Until you have completed the setting process.
Drying- now you will sit under the dryer. Depending on your length and thickness, it can be between 1-2.5 hrs. I usually dry my hair on medium heat. Remember that you should not touch your hair. This is the annoying part, because the dryer can get pretty hot! Just remember to be patient. 🙂
After a little “fluffing” and “curl positioning” with my fingers, I am good to go! You can see that the ends need a little dusting…
What’s your roller setting routine?