Last week I stopped whinging about how using setting lotion never works on my hair and decided to give it another go. I wanted to see and to document how well it lasted. So.. here goes.
I picked up a bottle of "Stay Set Extra Hold" from Superdrug for a under £2. I googled this stuff, as I could not find it on line to give you the link. But in my searching, I came across this interesting article.
Anywho, before Yule I received my copy of "Style Me Vintage" by Belinda Hay, which has been wonderfully reviewed by Retro Chick. I had had my beadies on it for a while, but was thankful for the honest review before I parted with my rubles.
I decided to go for the "Marilyn Set" as I wanted something definitely curly. This is my feeble attempt... stop laughing.
I can never do the back of my head properly. NEVER.
I used the product neat on to freshly washed, dry hair. I know that you are "meant" to use it on "damp" hair - but my barnet takes a long enough time to dry as it is. I also used the product from a small spray bottle that I had decanted it into. Much easier than that comb malarky.
It's a little bit higgeldy-piggeldy at the sides
And I should have rolled the front bits going back over my head.
Sans makeup and confidence that it will all be alright in the morning.
I applied about 10 mins of low heat from the hair dryer all over. I leafed through a mag whilst waiting. Like in a proper salon. Once cooled, I covered it over with a head scarf and went off to the land of nod.
Day 1 - morning
Don't look too close. My bags are packing puffed up suitcases.
Ta da!!! I must say that I was proper chuffed with how this came out. It was all even (something I struggle with) and the curls were tight. I am not a brusher-outer. My hair is waaaay too thick for that. I would look ridiculous and I just don't have the time to deal with the aftermath. Which would be bad. Trust me. I have tried.
I bundled the curls up in a hat for my commute to work. It was drizzly-mizzly-bleugh when I left the house and I didn't want the curls to drop before they had a chance to make me feel suitably glam.
Day 1 - evening
Oh. Lots of droppage. But this on account of my hair weight.
Now. My hair does like to drop. Which is a right pisser. I have pondered the idea of having it cut into a midi, but it depends on how good I get at setting it as to whether I would go the whole hog. But it is still a lot shorter than normal. I pinned it up and re-covered it for bed. Thus ended Day 1.
This is me at the end of Day 2. I swapped my headscarf for a hat and didn't unpin my hair until I got to work. I only lightly went through it with my fingers. I was suitably impressed with how this had lasted. Granted - I coulda, shoulda, woulda done more in the styling department before I took the picture in the evening - but I was not in the mood. Trains delayed due to "rain" are liable to do that to a girl.
Now. Day 3. First thing at work. My immediate reaction to this sight was "oh FFS!! It was all going so well!" To me, this looks like a tangled mess. But. With a bit of coaxing - it did become a lot less ridged and messy looking. By the evening I had some decidedly straight bits at the back. This was on account of getting rained on. So I re-spritzed those bits with a little lotion and re-rolled.
I have to admit, that this is much better than day 3. I really like that fact that it still looks curly. But - as you can see, there are some straight bits creeping in at the ends.
Thus, the week ended. In an up do and some rolls. I loved the fact the curls lasted pretty much all week and that by the end of the week, a smart-ish looking up do was instantly achievable.
And so it came for washing time. And brushing. *shudder*. I know I should - will! - learn how to brush out properly. First I need a decent brush that does not fill my hair full of static, despite it promising not to.
My conclusion is that:- I need to get my hair cut. It is the weight of my hair that encourages the curls to drop so much. But, in short, I shall never be returning to using mousse to curl my hair!
Setting lotion is the way people!
Over and out!