Setting To Success 2019

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Browndilocks, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    My hair is stretched more than a blow dry but not as much as a flat iron. My avi pic is a curlformer set. Its definitely enough stretch to braid it up. And if you aren't going to wear them I would just moisturize the hair after taking them out
     
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    The set with gel seemed more moisturized and held the curl longer than the setting lotion set. The curls with setting lotion were a bit more bouncier on day 1, but the 2nd and 3rd day curls were a dried out and frizzy.

    I felt the moisture and overall sleekness of my hair was better with gel. Also I was able to convert it to other styles with ease once the curls fell.

    But if your main purpose for using curlformers is to stretch your hair, I would just use leave in for the set and then use your stylers when you do your braids.
     
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    Thank you guys! All of the advice given was really helpful. It sounds like using curlformers will be a good option for me. I will try one set without gel, and the other with, to see which I like better for braiding my hair. I hope I make it to the end of putting them all in tomorrow, lol. :look:
     
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    The waveformers are wonderful for stretching my hair. They go in quick and are much looser than the curlformers curl. I did them on wet hair with just leave in and hair is perfectly prepped for a next style if I wasn’t to lazy to just wear it pinned. I don’t joke the waves as they look too much like old school crimps, so I pinned them back to a pseudo-updo.
     
  5. ElevatedEnergy

    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    Results were ok... a little weighed down, so I'll be tweaking the recipe by reducing the oil portion and replacing it with more conditioning/smoothing agents. Good news is my hair was fully dry by the time the hour timer stopped on my dryer. :blondboob:

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    I crossed wrapped it and skipped applying shea butter as I normally do since my hair was super moisturized already.
     
  6. water_n_oil

    water_n_oil Well-Known Member

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    I think I might be ready to join you ladies. Well, after I buy some rollers. I haven't had rollers in my head since elementary school for Easter and picture day hair dos lol. No clue which size to buy.
     
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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    I hated how my hair was feeling...moisturized but stiff. I washed, re-set and cross wrapped. Hair back to feeling soft as ever. Gonna let my hair rest in this cross wrap for a few days, since I know its fed up with me messing with it!
     
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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    Which rollers are you looking at? How long is your hair?
     
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    None in particular yet. My hair is a little past BSL stretched. Not sure of exact inches. High density as well. Those wave formers also seem like they may be a good option. The plan for either is pre-stretching prior to flat ironing.
     
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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    I love the look Wave formers give....like a blown out braidout....so pretty!

    Magnetics might be a good option too. For BSL hair, the pink or grey would give you a nice stretch. If you get the ones with the snap on caps, it will help keep the hair stretched on the roller as it dries. Duck bill clips are good to have on hand too. All of this can be purchased at Sally's or your local BSS.

    I would suggest hourglass rollers as well if you need help gripping your hair on the rollers, however most have to be ordered online. I hardly use mine though...magnetics are my favorite!
     
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    Thank you! Will look at both of those.
     
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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    Hair feeling great today. It's humid here so it's soaking up all this yummy moisture out the air.

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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    Washed and did a traditional roller set. Finally perfected my leave in. Its lightweight so I was dry by the time my 1 hour timer went off, but the base liquid is Heritage rosewater so it really left my hair bouncy and moisturized. I'm running low on this brand of rosewater so I'm going to try making my own when it runs out.
     
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    Today's curlformer set is decent but a little frizzy in some sections. I am still experimenting with leave-ins until I find my perfect combination. Nairobi foam wrap gives me a perfect set that will last 3-7 days and look new but it makes my hair dry and hard. I can't do that consistently without a setback. Leave-ins like lacio lacio make my hair feel amazing but my set poofs shortly after I finish drying it. I mixed the two I get some puffy parts and some sleek parts lol. I will keep testing. I am giving myself a pass while I am still learning but the goal is to not be able to tell the difference from how I do it and how it would look out the salon chair. Something with the setting power of Nairobi but moisturizing like a leave-in. I know I will get there. I have a bunch of leave in and styling products under my cabinet(over 100 no exaggeration) I will find something that meets my goal.

    ETA I bought the LCL hooded dryer. My "old faithful" got a crack in it. So I was ready to buy a back up. I have the LCL ready but will keep my gold n hot 1400 until it is no longer functioning. I might see if can expoxy that joker to prolong the life of it lol.
     

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  15. ElevatedEnergy

    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    I think it turned out really pretty! I had a similar experience with Nairobi foam. Nice hold, but the crunch was too much for me....and it started to flake a few days after setting. LOL
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
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    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

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    My hair has been in a bantu knot bun since wash day. Took it down to moisturize it.

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  18. Lylddlebit

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    I roller set my hair this morning.
    My hair was already flat ironed so I just wet it down with a spray bottle, applied some Nairobi foam wrap and roller set it. I used Jane Carter wrap and roll so I can compare the feel of Nairobi to the different setting foam. I am a newbie at rollersetting. I have only tried 2 roller sets with magnetic rollers in the past. Today was my third attempt in my lifetime. I tried it today because I have a wash day coming this weekend and if it's a fail no big deal! Back in 2012 I bought all the tools I needed except a professional dryer. I put it all in the closet when my hair wouldn't be all the way dry after hours under my bonnet dryer. However, here and there I got that cool cap bonnet, the hourglass rollers and most recently the LCL dryer to step my game up. I have just been waiting for the urge to try again.

    Anyway, I really love the way mom mom used to style her hair in the 80's that combed out Diana Ross, Dominique Deveraux, Phillis Hyman (in the gif) combed out glamour shot roller set look. So that is what I am going for.
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    I don't even care if it gives me Jazzy Auntie vibes (poke to the off topic board) because it looks good to me even if it is retro. So that is what I will be going for with my sets. I am going to ask my mom for 80's roller set tips that she used to use on herself to perfect my own process because although she doesn't wear her hair like that anymore it was too fly in pictures and that used to be her signature look. I feel four again just reminiscing her in the mirror doing her hair and makeup


    My hair was fully dry when I checked around 30 minutes. I let it cool for another 10 before unrolling. The back came out just like I wanted. The top needs work but that is where my mom can help me. I tried the mohawk parting. I was able to get my rollers pretty tight, in some spots. I need to pay more attention to my roots being tight all over not "hit or miss" though. I didn't have any issues securing the rollers with the pins even though it as my first time using pins instead of clips. I had been watching 'Styles by Eden' YouTube videos to learn technique. The way her models hair looks when she combs down the curls is exactly my aim for an actual style. When I saw the take down I opted for a banana clip today. This is an improvement for me. It the first roller set I actually finished not a total fail even though it didn't meet my goal just yet. I will give it another go in a month or so. I have attached my photos.
     

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  19. GGsKin

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    @Lylddlebit Thank you for your post. I too, love that look. I've been preparing for my first roller set since being natural- for about 4-5 years:laugh:. Your hair is long and looks shiny:love:. Your set came out really nice. Hoping to see pics when you try again.
     
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    I did a set yesterday I'm so proud of myself for not just blowdrying. It took 2 hours to dry under my softhood, but that's a lot quicker than normal because sometimes even after sitting for 2 hours the roots would still be wet. I think it's because I didn't add any leave-ins or anything to my hair, just the heat protecting serum. This, coupled with my modified mesh rollers which allow for way more ventilation, is a lot more doable I think.

     
  21. Browndilocks

    Browndilocks Browndisha Brownie Sundae

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    Sooooo maybe by March I stopped roller setting :look: That wasn't my intention... the weather was just too hot and I started working out again. Spent my entire summer in hot Atlanta and wet bunned it again every single day and suffered the same damage on my ends as I did before I started this thread. I just did another cut :ohwell:.

    The good news is I managed to swing by the salon in Atlanta that sells the rollers and I met the owner. She was kewl. I'm back home with my hourglass rollers and I have an old set in my hair right now so I'll unpack, get my life together and try at least another 2 or 3 sets before the year is out.
     
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