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VLV Countdown: Wet Set VS. Hot Set

4:13 PMDollie DeVille

Wet set VS Hot set-What to do when you are pressed for time.



I have never wet set my hair at Viva Las Vegas. I always thought it was silly. How could anyone find time to wet set their hair at 5am while drunk? But I am starting to rethink my position on that. I don’t hot roller my hair normally because nothing beats a good wet set-period. I use foam rollers, setting lotion, and a hair net and sleep in them overnight. It lasts longer, holds up better to combing, and always looks more authentic then a hot roller set. I can get pretty good results from hot rollers, but I only do it as a last resort. The curl doesn’t hold up to heat outdoors, moisture and humidity as well as a wet set. A good hot roller set might last the night, but it definitely won’t last to the next day. Then you have to hot roller it again, exposing it to damaging heat again and again. As a bleach bottle blonde, I just can’t be doing that to my hair. On the flip side, a good wet set can last until I wash it out. It may loosen up a little, but the curl will be there for days and days, especially if I wear a hair net at night. I also have a little trick to make my set last really really long, so listen up ladies! Sometimes if I am feeling really frisky, I put the rollers back into my hair at night, in the same set I originally rolled it in. This is super easy to do, because the hair is dry and curly, and goes back on the foam rollers so easy. Then I take a little spray bottle and mist my hair all over, put on the hair net, and go to sleep. This really only takes about 10 mins, and the outcome is identical to an original wet set. I have tried this technique on strait dry hair and it doesn’t work, so make sure you only use this technique to freshen up pervious wet set.


In the past at VLV I would shower in the morning, wash, blow dry and then hot roller my hair. This would take like 2 hours or more, so I had to get up really early-which is no fun when you are hung over. Then it would fall out, and I would have to do it all over again the next morning. If I went to the pool in the afternoon, then I would have to do this route in the evening before dinner, which took so much time out of my day. So, I knew I had to figure out something different.

So, this year I am going to try the wet set route like I do at home on a regular basis. I will wet set my hair the night before we leave, then try and maintain it for a few days using the technique above, then wash it and set it again at some point in the weekend. Also, you can shower with the rollers in your hair, as the steam only helps to deepen the curl. If I can do this, it would save me hours and hours of hot rollering time! I can stay up an extra 10 mins at night and use the technique above to refresh my set, sleep in, and then it will only take me 10 mins in the morning to brush out. That would be great! So, wish me luck with this idea. I am still bring my hot rollers just in case of emergency!

What is your hair-do game plan for Viva Las Vegas?

XOXO
Dollie

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7 comments

  1. It's a very good idea but not for me. I can't resist to the call of the sea or the swimming pool :( but i will follow your mind for the day i will be in a frozen country festival ha ha ha !!!!
    I hate when hot set fall after 2 jives Grrrrr ...... ha ha ha
    Have a nive Viva.

    Olivia

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  2. If you prefer not to sleep in the rollers again I often start my wet set with perm rods and oat night do large pin curls and scarf to keep my set going for a few extra days. Also you could try getting on of those dryers bonnets that hook into a basic blow dryer to speed up your dry time on a wet set. It would be more portable than trying to bring a bonnet dryer.

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  3. Living Vintage- Thats a new one I should try! My girlfriend uses perming rods and swears by them. Maybe I will give them a try. My hair takes forever to dry but maybe it would still work!

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  4. Dollie, do you ever do pin curl sets? I switched from foam rollers to pin curls ~6 months ago (after building up the manual dexterity to do them efficiently). The nice thing about pin curls are that they lie flat to the head and are comfier to sleep on than foam. Also, you can wrap them in a scarf during the day without the bulk of rollers, and it looks cute and helps your set "stay" better. You can even do a standing pin curl set around the crown and leave those curls exposed by wearing a scarf like a thick headband, and it looks cute and then holds better when brushed out for night time. You can also re-pincurl at night and maintain a set that way. I get 5-7 days out of my sets this way (I'm a weekly hair washer).

    Perhaps the best bonus though is that, after lots of practice, I can pincurl almost literally in my sleep. If I am sober enough to walk, I am sober enough to pincurl! It only takes about 5 minutes so even when I'm drunk, tired, and cranky I will still re-roll my set before I go to bed, guaranteeing my hair always looks freshly done (even if the rest of me doesn't)!

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  5. I have tried pin curls, and I either cant get them all the same size in the back, of the pins all fall out, or they don't dry. I have never been successful. :( I have however done stand up pin curls in the front, and that does work well!

    XOXO
    Dollie

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  6. I'm a big ole cheater. I will wet set 2 wigs one long and one short. We get in Thursday night so I'll take out the rollers and style !

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  7. Thank you! You are the only blog post who has explained how to recycle curls!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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