Happy Saturday, my darlings! How are we all doing? I had such a relaxing week! And I was lucky enough to model for Miss Rockabilly Ruby on Sunday, but there will be more on that next week! Two weeks ago we had a little look at House of Drewvid products. That was how I do my typical straight hair style, but today we’re going to look at how I do my typical curled style – without heat!
So to start, I didn’t photograph clearly, but I section my hair into two horizontally. I’m lazy with sectioning, since most people (that are good at hair haha) will section in at least six parts. Most people do sooo much more than that though! I section my hair again horizontally, and then take a smaller section of around an inch. One thing you might notice, vintage hair is ALL about sectioning.
Once sectioned, I spray the Marcel Spray liberally over all my hair and brush it through. This makes sure I’ve got the spray evenly through the hair in case I forget to spray individual sections later.
I used 1″/2.5cm diameter rollers in this post, but have since switched to a mixture of 1″/2.5cm and 3/4″/1.9cm. How small the roller controls how tight the curl will be. Since lopping my hair off, I’ve needed some smaller rollers for the fringe/bang section.
I start my roller at the middle of my hair to give the root more volume, and I roll vertically downwards for 3/4 of my head. The last quarter is the fringe/bang section, which I roll at a 45 degree angle to get tight curls that fall towards the front of my face.
Sticking your hair in rollers is boring. There’s no two ways about it, guys. Your arms WILL get tired and you will give up the will to live whilst you’re doing the back.
But I promise you, it’s SO worth it.
And now we’ve gone through all that arm pain and finished the whole head. We’ll put little spritz of the Marcel Spray over the whole head to help that curl set in.
This is technically a wet set, since we’re using the Marcel Spray as a setting spray. (Note; wet sets are not on wet hair but damp hair. Wet hair will never dry.) It needs to completely dry before it comes out of the rollers. Why? Well, skip down two images to find that answer out!
I give these sets a blast of a hair dryer before sticking them up in a scarf (learn how to tie one here), and either heading out to shop for a few hours or sleep. I’d say a minimum of two hours is good, but the longer the better! I personally prefer sleeping on any sort of set, since I know it’s really going to stand the test of time!
And this is why we make sure the set is dry before taking out those rollers!
So because the curls didn’t really form, it’s going to be difficult to get the same sort of style I usually go for. Although not all hope is lost! Strategic backcombing will save this sad side. And flowers. If in doubt, stick a flower in it.
And then it’s brushing and backcombing time! I brush with a Denman Grooming Brush for brushing out curls, as I find its best for smoothing the curls. I don’t have any method for brushing out, other than “Brush until it looks right.” My usual style is pageboy-inspired, with a big ol’ S-wave fringe. My hair naturally goes into that shape when it’s curled.
With backcombing, I go through and comb my roots first, concentrating on that fringe swoop. Remember to brush the underside of your fringe to keep it smooth! I also stick in duckbill clips at the dents in my hair. I was stupid to not photograph the back, but there’s a line of them at the nape of my neck.
Now my hair can get real frizzy when I wet set my hair, it just hates anything that isn’t heat! The Classic Pomade from House of Drewvid is perfect for curled styles. It’s weightless, but does a great job of taming flyaways and forcing the odd hairs into submission!
And then a spritz on the Lustre! This gives a little bit of shine to the hair. And it smells like marzipan! My boyfriend steals this all the time for his beard, turns out its great for smoothing beard hair too.
This is the secret ingredient to most vintage hair styling – finishing with a blow dryer!
Using a strong hairspray and blasting your hair with a hair dryer means it really sets that style in. I promise you, your hair will. not. move. with this technique. I use Tresemme Freeze hold at the moment, but I’d honestly recommend an ultra-light mist hairspray instead, it will leave a better finish on your hair.
Once your clips are out – you are done my friend! Now, stick a giant flower behind your ear and you’re ready to go!
What do you guys think?
Alsooooo; The winner of my RUE107 giveaway is; Lollo Wilson! I’ll be emailing you soon doll – thank you to everyone who entered!