How To Set Your Hair: An Easy DIY Guide

Posted on Oct 4 2017 - 9:20am by Samantha Clark

A wash and set is typically an in salon service that involves washing, drying and, to some extent, curling your hair (depending on the rollers used). It’s a practice that dates back decades and although not usually preached about often, it is something some of our favourite bloggers and celebrities have regularly so they’re always photo ready. For many of us though it is a luxury treatment that many of us can’t justify the weekly excursion to the hairdressers to have done.

In the search for always luscious locks, we put the at home wash and set to the test. We won’t lie, it obviously takes a bit longer than your standard blow dry, but it doesn’t require as much time as you’d expect. Plus a set will generally last a little longer than a standard wash so it is worth spending that little extra time on giving your hair some tlc after washing. If you’re a little pressed for time though you can always do a half head or just around your parting to give your hair a lift.

We’re confident you’ll be so happy with the results it’ll be your new go-to style.

You’ll need:

  • Rollers

Large rollers for volume/structured styles

Small rollers for tight curls

  • Setting spray- we use Elnett hairspray
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairdryer
  • Brush/hair accessories

How to:

  • First wash your and condition your hair as per usual. To get the best from your treatment we’d recommend using a shampoo suited to the function. We love L’Oreal Tecni Art PLI for creating more volume and L’Oreal Tecni Art Mousse for creating curls.
  • After washing, pat/scrunch the hair in a clean, dry towel to remove excess moisture
  • Comb through your hair and apply a volumising mousse or spray evenly into your roots
  • Using your dryer, blow dry your hair with your fingers, moving the hair in all different directions to create lift and volume- bending over and blow drying your hair is also very effective.  You want your hair to be 80% dry

Just keep rolling….

  • Part your hair as you prefer it
  • Working from your parting outwards, pick a neat section of hair that is slightly narrower than the roller
  • Start the roller close to your root and roll it along the shaft of your hair until it reaches approx. 1 inch away from the end
  • Tidy the end around the roller and roll back towards your scalp, keeping the hair neat around the roller
  • Secure with a bobby pin and repeat until all hair is in rollers

Note: You don’t have to follow a particular pattern; however, working from and around your parting does make it slightly easier.

Once secured:

  • Spray with Elnett hairspray to give the hair more structure and hold
  • With your dryer on a medium heat and your nozzle on the end, to better direct the heat, run the heat over the rollers
  • When hair is completely dry, blast over the rollers with the cold setting on the dryer

When dry:

  • Remove your rollers one at a time
  • User your fingers to tease the hair apart
  • Use your brush to smooth the hair near your roots, avoid using on the ends unless you’re just creating a bit of volume or wave
  • Finish with hairspray or tease into your preferred style.

Vois la! Salon worthy setting you can do in your own home for any occasion  and save yourself tons in the process.

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