We all know that retro hair and make-up are big at the moment, you can see it everywhere from the catwalk to the highstreet.

The ultimate in retro hair is the ‘set’ where hair is either wound onto rollers wet and dried, wound onto hot rollers, and allowed to cool, or rolled with a heated tong, and pinned into place until it’s cool and ready to be brushed out.

In the 1940’s and 50’s it was the norm for women to visit the salon once a week, and have their hair washed, set on rollers, brushed into style and laquered to last until the next visit a week later. In many european countries it’s still the norm today!

Unfortunately in the UK with changing hair trends, it’s no longer an option for most women to maintain their hair in this way, and with salon costs as they are, a blowdry or style is more often than not, a one off indulgence.

However, with the aid of modern hairdressing appliances, and great hair styling products it is becoming increasingly easier for madam to take care of her own setting needs.

I think the best and easiest way to achieve a great set at home, that will last you is to invest in a good set of hot rollers, better still raid your Mother or Grandmother’s cupboards for an old set of carmen rollers. I’d suggest getting a set with the large butterfly type clips for keeping the roller in place, you can even buy these clips seperately if you come across an old set without. It really does make it easier to put them in!

It might also be worth getting a timer plug, this was a recommendation from a client of mine, She would set her rollers to swich on 45 mins before her alarm went off, so she could put them in as soon as she awoke, then let them cool while she got on with her washing/dressing and breakfast schedule. A top tip if ever I heard one!

When applying the rollers, take sections as wide as the roller by about 1 or 2 inches, spray the section with a strong hairspray that brushes out easily, I find TIGI Bedhead Hard Head is best for this, it’s a great hairspray, with the perfect spray flow for this job.

Once the rollers are cool (and they must be cool or the curl will drop) use a soft bristle brush, and dress out the set. Brushing the curl around your hand will create a better shape. Finish off with more HARD HEAD to keep the style in place, don’t forget to spray the underside of the style too!!

I like to finish off with TIGI Bedhead Masterpiece hairspray. Using 2 different types of hairspray will always give you longer lasting hold, and Masterpiece has the extra added bonus of a shine oomph!

A well executed hot roller set will last days (especially when the weather is cool and dry), any greasy roots can be battled with some TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo.

Rollers in, Brush out, Easy peasy Rita Hayworth.

Photos by louie banks.

Posted by Sami

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One comment on “THE RETURN OF THE SET

  1. Thanks for the tips!

    I daresay though that setting hair is something that has never faded here in the Caribbean. It’s still one of the top ways women with relaxed negro hair use to keep their style in check. Although I have never tried it myself, this is a great way to start.

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