Hair Setting Basics and a Simple Everyday Style

So you've already made the decision to shift from modern to a more retro style and you're thinking, "Where do I start?"

It can be overwhelming to go full out vintage because there were so many different factors to incorporating the looks from the 30s, 40s, 50s, etc.  It can be a bit much to incorporate the hair, makeup, clothing and shoes so for the sake of making it a bit easy, we'll start with the hair and then go to makeup before getting to the style.

I think the most difficult section for African American women with naturally curly hair is of course the hair styling because you do have to set your hair to achieve some of the signature looks from past eras.  For my everyday, basic style, I start with hair that has been set in large braids or plaits with a front section of hair on a flexi rod roller.  This helps stretch and elongate the hair making it much more easy to style.  My hair is super thick so all the bobby pins in the world wouldn't hold it together if I for went the hair setting process! 


 Two large braids (plaits) give me nice big waves!

The products I use to set my hair are products I've used for a long time.  My leave in conditioner of choice is Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner and my hair moisturizer is organic virgin coconut oil. I apply the leave in first, then the coconut oil and smooth my hair with a simple plastic bristled brush.  Applying these products leave my hair soft and very bouncy.  You can allow your hair to set overnight or if you're pressed for time, sit under a dryer, you'll get the best results if you leave them in overnight though.  Focus on next say hair that's bouncy and smooth.  If you're starting with freshly washed hair, your hair will be more fluffy the next day.  If you plan to start on 2nd or 3rd day hair, you'll have more smooth and defined hair.

 I usually fold my hair upward towards the top of my head and pin in place.  Then I pull back the side pieces and pin those in place. This is really similar to the Southern Tease by Mane and Chic.  The last step is to create a victory roll with the front section of hair. Use what products you need to so that your hair is smooth with minimal flyaway hairs. I don't mind them that much but if you're meticulous about them, that's okay - you're just passionate! ;)

The way I go about creating a victory roll is to pull the section of hair out to the side and begin wrapping it around my pointer, middle, and ring fingers making sure to roll upward. Keep rolling until you reach your head and use bobby pins to secure it. Be sure to pin inside of the circle where your fingers were so it doesn't look flat - we don't want flat, we want volume! Next is umm...well, that's it! :) Easy right? Okay, maybe not but you do have to practice so hop to it and in the next post we'll be looking at incorporating multiple rolls to give you a different look.

Have fun with it! :)

~The Retro Natural

11 comments:

~Marti26. said...

You look so pretty with this style. Thanks for this post. I attempted to do a look similar to the look from your last video, but my hair was not set properly and it just didn't work out. Once I accomplish it I will probably do a blog post about it. I'll be sure to reference your new blog.

The Retro Natural said...

I was doing a pomp for-ever! When this finally clicked, I had an AH HA! moment. Most of my mistakes are due to not setting my hair..but once you get that part down, you're good!

Lilia said...

I really love this look. I hope to achieve this look very soon-www.lilia-timesinoh.blogspot.com

DIY Hair Care Blog said...

I really like this look and plan to try it soon. You have a really pretty profile (I hope that does not sound weird lol).

I need a style for when I go out of town in a few weeks and this may be it.

Thanks
Jarmelia

Nefertiti said...

This is too funny-- I'm wearing a style that is very, very similar to this right now! I did it Saturday, so it's day 3. In the front, I don't quite have a victory roll (um...more of a...cinnamon roll? I dunno what to call this, but I likes it!), and the back is a variation on a Southern Tease bun. I can't wait to try this style your way, too.

Anonymous said...

I love this style! I can't wait to try some of the techniques and syles you've shown us. This blog is a dream com true!

Tashelle said...

It's cool how you have so much waves with just 2 braids. Unfortunately my hair isn't long enough to achieve this look yet.

The Retro Natural said...

Great minds think alike Nefertiti! :D I sometimes don't know what to call my psuedo roll..sometimes it ends up not looking like anything else but it's still really cute! :)

The Retro Natural said...

@ Tashelle, yeah I couldn't get this style done a few years back, just wouldn't have quite worked out the same way. If my hair were shorter, I think I'd try for some waves, kinda like finger waves but I wouldn't want them to be stuck to my head..I'm always afraid it'll make me break out or something!

The Retro Natural said...

@Jarmelia, I dig my profile so it's not weird to me hahaha, thank you! I love profile photographs of people..something really interesting about the angle!

Olivia Lane said...

I would love to try this this weekend. Thanks for the tips! I found you via your comment on a mod cloth article on 40s hair that left me confused. I like your tips better!