In January, Anna wrote a really great post about curling her hair with a vintage hair setter, and I immediately wanted to try it myself. I thought it would be easy enough to find hot hair rollers in thrift shops, but after a few weeks of looking and finding only units with parts missing, I decided to get one on eBay. I got used to seeing listings with the word “pageant” in them, because these things really can give you tight pageant curls! Eventually I found one that wasn’t too expensive, that seemed pretty clean and that had all the rollers and all the clips in the box (in fact, this one even had the ancient bottles of conditioning mist from the 1970s! I will not be using those, but they are cool as artifacts).
I really like wearing my naturally wavy hair in loose curls, because I think it’s one of the styles that compliments my large, square-shaped face best (although I miss my long bangs and middle part so much! Grow, bangs, grow). I’ve never been able to find a method of curling that works well for me, though, because I am hopeless at hair. I’ve never had much luck with curling it with a round brush, although I love getting my hair curled that way after a trim (that’s how I had my hair styled when Arden took pictures of me for Boots & Pine last summer). I have a curling wand, but not the patience for it, and rag curling appeals to me since it doesn’t use heat, but I don’t like sleeping with all those knots on my head, etc. But this hair setter works well for me. I use Aveda’s Be Curly in my hair while it’s damp to cut down on frizziness, and once my hair is dry, I put in the rollers, always trying to make sure I curl them in the same direction. It’s pretty quick. Perfect!
The right side seems to have lost its curl a bit here, but I think that if I had used hair spray it would have held it. My hair is so dark that curls don’t photograph that well.