Almost all of us have gone through a time where we have set our hair in twists, braids, or rollers expecting to get gorgeous results only to find the exact opposite. You spent hours of your time only to undo your set and see a total bomb. You thought you were going to be looking cute but surprise… you look a complete mess! Here are some tips for avoiding curly set fails:
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1. Wet or Dry Hair
While you will get a more defined curl pattern when you start with wet hair, you may not be so fond of the shrinkage. For those who embrace shrinkage working with wet hair will not be an issue.
However, if you find that working with wet hair leaves you with not only highly shrunken hair but matted hair as well, you may want to give your hair some time to stretch first.
Try wearing a high puff for the day and then the following day you can proceed to dampen your hair with water or a water based moisturizer and begin your set.
2. Use a Good Leave-in Conditioner
All too often we diminish the importance of this step. Using a good leave-in will reduce frizz and will make your hair easier to work with.
EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner and Alikay Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner Team Natural Hair Rules!!! favorites.
3. Detangle Thoroughly
I know it’s a lot of work, but each piece of your hair must be thoroughly detangled. You will want to detangle your hair in sections to make sure you cover all areas. Then as you begin to do your set you will want to detangle again before rolling, twisting, or braiding to make sure everything is smoothed out. For a roller set, you may want to start with a wide tooth comb and then a finer tooth comb.
4. Use the Right Product
The wrong product can leave you in flake city or worse of all can leave your hair dry and crunchy. You can go with a setting foam like Jane Carter Solution’s Wrap and Roll (this will give you a nice hold) if you prefer a more buttery product I personally love Miss Jessies Baby Buttercreme (very moisturizing and leaves your hair shiny).
5. Consistency from Root to Tip
If your ends aren’t curled right your set will definitely suck. Make sure when you’re setting your hair that you’re applying tension to your twist, braid, and/or roller while also ensuring your ends are coiled. This will leave you with a smooth, more define set.
6. Make sure your Hair is Completely Dried
Don’t remove your set too soon or you’re guaranteed to be disappointed! Set time aside so your hair can dry overnight or you can sit under a hooded dryer. It’s best not to do sets on days where you are in a rush.
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7. Don’t Fluff Too Much
It’s okay to fluff your hair out for fullness, but avoid fluffing to much as this can cause frizz. You may want to gently fluff out only 2-3 times.