My new favorite hairstyle ~ Tutorial

So about month ago, I started playing around with my hair and trying different ways to achieve a specific silhouette I was wanting. I love finding old photographs and puzzling out how to imitate the style. Here are a few photos of the silhouette I was striving for. I wasn’t really looking for the height so much, but the most important thing was that lovely wave in the fringe. 

So this is what I’ve come up with

TUTORIAL

To create the wave in my fringe I set my hair like I normally do, aside from my fringe – (see my set here) – and then I put a hair net on and slightly push it back along with the rollers. This was a total accident by the way, I always put a hair net on to make sure my rollers stay put while I sleep, but for some reason one night the net got pushed back and also pushed the rollers back and it created the most beautiful wave. So now I make sure that this “accident” happens each time.

For this set I rolled my fringe all down, away from my part, and I move the plastic bar around and secure it with a pin curl clip. This helps to stop that dreaded bend you can get with sponge rollers.

I usually do this style on day two or three of my set, so I’ve already brushed it out for a few days. So you just need to section off your hair in three sections. From your part down behind the ear (small side), From your part across the crown and down behind the ear (big side), I usually pull the rest of my hair back into a ponytail just to keep it out of the way.

Take the small side and start to twist it backwards (towards the back of your head). Nudge it forward to create a little bit of height and then pin it down with 2 bobby pins X’d to secure. Leave the tail end out for now.

Now take the big side and basically do the same twist, but make sure you are setting the twist behind that front wave, again pin it down with two bobby pins X’d. You should have a curl at the tail end of both sides.

Now at this point you can just secure the tails with bobby pins making them into a curl right at the part. Or you can tuck them back into the twist if you don’t want the curl.

I hope this was helpful, please feel free to ask me any questions about this style or tutorial. 

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The Life Cycle of My Wet Set – Day Seven

DAY SEVEN

Well, I made it! The last day of my set. My curls have fallen substantially and my hair desperately needs to be washed so I will do that this evening and start the whole process all over again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and you’ve gained some insight to how I style my hair. I hope to produce more hair tutorials in the future for you. I prefer to do pictorials rather than videos, for me personally I learn better that way. Plus videos are so time consuming to produce and I just don’t have the equipment to do it properly right now.

So here is my seventh day hair with a quick how-to guide below. Only once my hair has smoothed out can I do this style. It doesn’t work very well at all when it’s curly, so I reserve this for 1-2 days before need to wash it.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

First, you’ll want to section off your fringe and pin it up and out of the way. Brush out the hair and smooth it out with a bit of pomade. Start on one side of you head and and start twisting and rolling the hair gathering another section as you go. Place a bobby pin or two horizontally to secure the roll.

Follow this all the way across to the other side. Twist and tuck the ends in on it self and secure the ends with bobby pins. Feel along the roll for any loose sections and add more pins wherever needed, making sure you pin horizontally to hid the pins.

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Now take down your fringe and smooth it out. Add a bit of pomade to smooth any fly-a-ways. Create a swoop and tuck the end into the twist on the side of your head. Secure with bobby pins.

 

Take the tail of your comb and while holding the swoop secure lift up a little to give a bit of height. Place a hair flower or hair comb to further secure the end of the swoop and to hide the pins. Run a comb through the back of hair from the crown to the roll.

The Life Cycle of My Wet Set ~ Day Six

DAY SIX

My hairstyle today is one that I do on a fairly regular basis. I will give a more detailed pictorial on how to achieve this style below. It’s best done when the front fringe is not as curly, however the back should have some curl or wave to it to help with the “messy bun” look. I don’t always add hair flowers, but I recently bought these and thought they looked nice with what I was wearing.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

Someone on Facebook has asked me to show what my hair looked like before styling it, so here it is on Day 6 just after I’ve taken in out of a bun, I haven’t brushed it yet.

First, section a your hair on the smaller side by creating a side part then sectioning off the hair down to the top of your ear. Then section off the larger side down to the other ear. Tease a little bit to get some volume. You can secure the back of your hair with a tie if needed.

Take the hair from the larger side and start twisting the hair back and down until just past your ear. Push the twist forward a bit to give it some volume, then bobby pin to secure, making sure you cross the pins for a secure fit.

Do the same thing on the smaller side.

Now for the back. Take three sections and make a partial pony tail, not pulling the hair all the way through the hair tie.

Now, using small bobby pins, just start pinning sections of the partial pony tails up. Make sure you take some hair from each section and pin to the next, so they look like they are all one “messy bun”. There really is no specific technique to this, just start pinning where you wish. After you’ve pinned a few sections, check in the mirror for any “holes” or hairs falling down and pin them up.

Once all your pins are in, just take your comb and run it through down to the curls to get rid of the three parts and create a smooth crown. Then you can adjust the front part of your hair and carefully pull the twists up to get more height if needed. Hairspray and you are finished. You can leave it like this or add hair flowers if you wish.

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The Life Cycle of My Wet Set ~ Day Four

 

 

DAY FOUR

As you can see my curls are really starting to fall and some of the volume has flattened. This will probably be the last day that I wear my hair down this week. I have to admit that I had a difficult time figuring out what I wanted to do with my hair today. Sometimes at this point, I would use a few hot rollers on my fringe or do a dry pin curl setting with my curling iron. But I really want to show how my hair evolves throughout the original set.

Today I just sectioned off my fringe and created a front roll, pinned it inside the roll and off to the side. Then I did a small pin curl on the smaller side. I added two small hair flowers to finish off the look. I prefer to do rolls like this on day 3 or 4 hair. As you can see the curl at the end is still pretty stable, but the rest is smooth.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

 

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The Life Cycle of My Wet Set ~ Day Two

DAY TWO

It’s still pretty chilly here in Germany right now, so I will try and wear my hair mostly down for as long as I can. Once my curl starts to drop I will wear it up more.

For my second day, I chose to wear my fringe in a front pin curl and bring the sides up using a twist method and secure with hair combs. This is really a very simple vintage style and one that I wear a lot in many variations. I lightly brushed my hair with my Denman brush prior to styling and added a little bit of Precious Oil for shine and taming fly-aways.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

Here’s a little pictorial guidance on how to twist and secure the sides. You’ll want to grab the sides of your hair and hold it up towards the ceiling and twist inward toward the center of your head. Push the twist forward just a smidgen to give it some volume and secure with a hair comb.

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Now the other side

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Day 2 - 3

 

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My Sponge Roller Wet Set

I’ve been asked several times to do hair and makeup tutorials. As I’m not able to do a proper video tutorial as of yet, I thought I’d at least do a photo tutorial of my typical sponge roller wet set. My hair is shoulder length and cut in the traditional middy cut.

My hair is naturally curly. You can see the curl even on my wet hair. For this set I simply used LottaBody Olive Oil setting lotion concentrate mixed with water. I used two different sizes of sponge rollers. For the back I used 1 1/2 inch rollers and for the sides and bangs I used 1 inch rollers.

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I start by sectioning off my hair in 4 sections.

1 – bangs/crown
2 & 3 – sides from end of crown section to behind the ear
4 – the remaining back section

IMG_1812I start with the back section. There will be three rows of rollers. The first row is rolled down, the second is rolled up and pinned with a pin curl clip (explained below) and the third row is rolled down. This sequence will create a nice wave effect. I also use my rat comb to smooth down the top crown then place duckbill pins to hold it down. Since my hair is so curly this will help to create a nice smooth effect from the crown down.

 

imageedit_2_7022628847Since I rolled the hair upwards in the second row I need to secure the plastic portion of the roller in place by using small pin curl pins or bobby pins, otherwise the roller will just flop down – you know gravity 🙂

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Now for the sides and bangs, I roll the hair down in the traditional fashion. However, I don’t like having a crease in my curl which happens when you secure the plastic clip in place.

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To remedy this, after you secure the plastic clip, take the bar and pull it downwards your head.

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I continue with is on the other side and for my bangs. So here’s the finished set on all sides.

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Now I will sit under my bonnet dryer for about an hour on medium heat and then 15 minutes on cool to set. Make sure that your hair is COMPLETELY dry before you take the rollers out. Since LottaBody is a lighter setting lotion I can get away with 1 hour under the dryer. Sometimes I use a combination of a straightening balm and anti-frizz serum which is thicker, then I need about 2 hours to dry. Sometimes I’ll even let it dry naturally and just put a silk scarf on like this.

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This is my typical wet set and I do this once a week. I usually don’t need to re-set or curl my hair for the rest of the week unless I’m doing a very specific style or the humidity has reeked havoc on my hair. At that point I might use my hot roller set or just do a hot pin curl set with curling tongs depending on what style I’m trying to achieve.

A quick bush out to form the curls, throw a flower in and VOILA! 5:14:15
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