At the moment, I'm really enjoying using foam rollers to get some vintage style s-waves. I use them on damp, slightly air-dried hair and sleep in them with a silk headscarf thrown over to avoid friction and frizz against my pillow whilst I snooze. I've only been using them for a few months, and think I've finally found a setting pattern which works for me, so thought I would document the whole process for the blog so that you can see how I spend about 90% of my life!
List of products:
- Boots Essentials Firm Hold Mousse
- L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Colour
- Two packs of Boots Essentials Large Cushion Rollers
- Goody Wavy Bobby Pins (these are so long, so great for holding in rollers AND pin curls)
- Elnett Satin Hairspray
You'll notice that I don't use a setting lotion. I've used them in the past, and have found that for me they didn't make much difference as my frizzy texture can hold a curl for days. However if your hair is poker straight or has a tendency to drop, it is worth using at the point where your hair is damp and about to be put into rollers as it will make a huge difference. I also use a postiche brush for sectioning and dressing the hair, and a paddle for smoothing and shaping against my hand. Also, full disclosure - I am NOT a hair dressing professional. I'm just a nerd who likes messing around with vintage styles and has found a way which works for her.
When you start the brushing out process, it doesn't matter how often you do it, it's hard to not freak out. Your hair will look like something's exploded inside it for a good ten minutes, and the trick is to use a good brush so that your hair doesn't get more and more static. You use the brush against your hand to help smooth and shape the wave, and with the help of a little product, it'll soon start to look how you want it. I've had times where I've spend the best part of 30 minutes attacking it with bristles and pomade which is why it's always good practice to brush and re-set your hair in the morning when you have more time.
Once the waves are looking a little less like monster fur, I split it into five sections. First is a giant pin-curl which would be my "fringe", and then the rest split into four sections. I always try to pin the four side sections in a way which pushes the roots upwards rather than flat to the head so as to keep the lift in it. Also criss-crossing two pins will keep them nice and tight.
I made a video to show the movement better, but before watching, please let me say two things. Firstly I am SO SORRY that I shot it portrait - I wasn't thinking at all, and was in total selfie mode when taking it on my phone. Also I really hope that my voice doesn't sound like that in real life! I know everyone says that, but yikes! And please excuse the terrifying brows. I used a new brow powder, and it's WAY too dark for me.
Anyway, I hope that this helped at least one person - if you have any questions (or tips!), feel free to leave them in the comments!