First Cold Set

Hi dolls!

Sorry I haven’t been posting much the past week or so, I have just been dealing with a lot of personal stuff. But I have still been going about my retro ways!

I tried my first cold set the other day, and it turned out pretty well. It was more to experiment, to try and see what I need to alter and how to cater doing a cold set to my personal needs.

Here it is:

My first cold set

It didn’t exactly turn out exactly like I had wanted, but I really analyzed what I can do next time to get more of a vintage look. First of all, I will need to use larger sponge rollers. I used the smallest blue ones at the very bottom under layers of my hair, and only gradually got to using the biggest pink ones, but only for the very top front section. I think I will need to use these larger rollers throughout my hair, in order to be able to have that authentic 1940s wave/curl when I brush out my hair. Secondly, I will need to put the rollers at the same level, down near my ears. I put the rollers up too high, and the result was what you see in the picture. It doesn’t look bad, not by any means (I actually got great reaction to it on Facebook!), but it is not the authentic look I was going for. I will try it again this week, this the changes I had just mentioned.

It takes a while to do the cold set, but ultimately worth it if you want to go for the original true vintage look. I like this option because if you feel too lazy to really go and blow dry you hair or use hot rollers (which do not hold a curl very well, as they tend to fall out and flatten rather quickly, especially with my rather thick hair). You do need to use a setting lotion, however – I use Lottabody setting lotion professional, as was recommended by Lisa Freemont Street. It works very well, and holds the curl very well. I still have my cold set going strong, not flattened out, and this is almost into the third day – sleeping, wind, sweat, and all. If you want it done right, go with the best.

Now, I just want to give all of you a tidbit about doing cold sets. I know the term “cold set” (also known as a “wet set”) makes it sound like you get right out of the shower and apply the setting lotion and start rolling, but that is au contraire. Let your hair dry COMPLETELY first. You can either blow dry your hair with some curling mousse or Motions Wrap lotion. I am going to use the curling mousse until I can get the wrap lotion. After your hair is either blow dried or air dried, start taking about 1″ by 1″ sections and spray the setting lotion on that section. Don’t spray so much that you entirely re-soak the hair as if you had just gotten out of the shower. Spray a moderate amount, enough to cover the hair, but not drown it. Use your fingers to spread the lotion and get it throughout your hair section entirely. Then take your sponge roller, and starting in the middle of your section and start wrapping the hair around it. Make sure that you pull the hair tight around the roller, enough that you squeeze and cinch the sponge on the roller. If you make the mistake of wrapping your hair lightly around the roller, your curl will end up crushed when you sleep or have your head rested on anything. We don’t want that, darlings! After you finish rolling your whole head, just sit back and relax. What I usually do is just put on my sleeping cap to protect my curls, and get a good nights rest. The next morning, I put on my makeup, and after I am done I begin taking out my rollers from the bottom up to the top. Begin to separate your curls with your fingers, and then use a wide tooth comb to brush a few times. Then take a regular plastic bristle brush and brush through a bunch of times. Your hair may start off as frizzy and poufy initially, but rest assured, through enough brushing and while smoothing with your other hand, you will get the results you are looking for. Afterwards, apply some pomade for shine, frizz control, and hold. Add any extra styling steps here and finish with whatever you would like to put in your hair. A light coat of hairspray and you are good to go!

I know it may seem like a lot of work just from reading this, but I wanted to make sure I explained every facet of how to do a cold set for those of you who have never done it. When I first learned how to do it from a video on YouTube, I still had questions afterwards (particularly regarding whether to leave the hair wet after a shower and roll, or to let it dry. My very first cold set was an epic FAIL since I left the hair about 70% wet and then applied the setting lotion, which made it soaked. Eight hours later, I took the rollers out, and it looked as if I had just gotten out of the shower! I just want to make sure that all of the bases are covered for everyone, and nothing is left out that I can think of. And of course, if any of you have any additional questions, you can always send me a message! 🙂

4 comments on “First Cold Set

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