Welcome to the second half of my tutorial on creating the quintessential late ’50s, early ’60s hair do that’s my personal go-to. You’ll see gals like Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner rocking a similar look.
Make sure you caught my tutorial on wet setting the hair and what pattern to use, as you’ll need to follow it pretty exactly (though a heat set will work just as well, depending on preference):
…if you did, then you’re ready to finally style your hair!
The products you’ll need are:
- Hair Pins and/or Duckbill Clips
- Hair Brush
- Teasing Comb
- Teasing Brush
- Hair Spray (or Pomade)
…and get ready to rumble!
I would love to see photos if anybody tried this wet set + brush out, so tag me on Instagram, Facebook, etc.! This is how mine looked out in the wild later that day:
Stay tuned for a post showing the evolution of my wet set through the week!
Miss Lark Bahar
I’ve been promising a brand new hair styling/wet set tutorial for some time, so here it is! A few of you will have been following me long enough to have caught my original post and videos (head here for the original wet set tutorial and here for the original brush out tutorial), but I wanted to film it with more controlled light and, more importantly, I wanted to show you all how much faster and easier, and more controlled, the process is when one has the proper vintage haircut.
Since the middy haircut is a crucial part of getting the proper 1950s look, I’ll save the truly in-depth discussion it warrants for another post. For now, I will simply say that I have the “Baby Middy,” and while the basic principles I use are applicable to all hair lengths and cuts, the process I’m going to demonstrate in the below youtube tutorial is very specific to that haircut. If you’d like an in-depth discussion of basic pincurling and wet setting, and are working with longer hair, or less of a “u” shape framing your head, I would suggest watching the “How I Wet Set My Hair” video previously filmed. The most important differences in the process are direction and size of the pin curls. But, if you have committed to the Baby Middy or something similar and are wondering how to achieve the hair do shown in my Instagram video here…
…then look no further!
Before you get started, you’ll need three or four basic things:
- Hair pins
- Setting lotion (I personally use Garnier Fructis Spray Gel as I find it holds best on this length of hair)
- Spray bottle full of water
- Comb (optional)
…and now, you’re ready to go!
If you have any questions about wet setting, feel free to ask away, and stay tuned for part 2, how to brush out your wet set!
Miss Lark Bahar
Last week’s tutorial was all about how I set my hair, so today’s is all about how I brush it out – both equally important steps. (Take a peak at yesterday’s post if you need a refresher.) Although the process changes a bit every week as my hair behaves differently depending on products used to set, how wet the hair was when I set it, etc., the overall concepts remain steady. Most importantly, just keep brushing! Don’t give up, and you’ll get there. I didn’t speed much up in this video since I felt watching the process in real time would be most beneficial, so this is about how long it takes to brush out and manipulate my hair the first day I take it out of its set each week, but the more time you spend perfecting your hair the first day, the less work you’ll need to do every other day of the week if your hair’s like mine and can go unwashed so long! Definitely worth it in my book – especially considering how scratchy and uncomfortable my natural curls always became after two days going unwashed.
I actually love brushing my set out as it’s something I never got to do with my natural hair. Brushing this heap of curls always resulted in a giant puff ball!
Here’s a list of the types of products I personally use when brushing my hair out:
1) Some sort of paddle-esque brush – preferably with cushioning
2) Teasing brush
3) Rat-tail comb (or any comb with thin, tight teeth)
4) Hair spray
5) Moroccan Argan Oil (not necessary)
6) Pomade (not necessary)
7) Duck bill clips
Below are a few photos I (tried) to take of my hair after filming the tutorial so you can see the brushed out set a bit more clearly than in the video itself.
Hope this is helpful in figuring out how to brush out your own wet set!
Miss Lark Bahar
I get questions about the way I style my hair all the time and the base for all of my dos is one specific wet set that I then work with as the curls fall out throughout the week. So I recorded a little (or a long!) video showing the process I go through for a set! I learned how to set my hair from perusing blogs and youtube tutorials just like mine and began by only setting every now and then to setting once a week and never going out with my hair natural. If you have thick, coarse, curly hair like mine, you should be able to make your set last several days – up to a week! And sometimes more, if you should be lucky. Although the set I do results in a 1950s look at the beginning of the week, by the end, the curls loosen just enough for my hair to emulate 1940s looks! Best of both worlds, if you have a longer midi cut like I do. I’ve done this same set on a gal with straight (but thick) hair, and a gal with extremely long and curly (but fine) hair, and I would say that this method of setting is really made for shorter hair down to mid-shoulder-blade at the longest or it won’t brush out with the same effect. I plan to experiment a bit more with longer hair to see if I can make it work – perhaps try heat setting.
This is my first filmed tutorial so bare with me. Had to get creative with lighting and camera placement since I don’t have any fancy equipment and can’t afford to acquire any. I plan on re-filming this this weekend now that I’ve gone through all of the steps and have learned a bit about editing/how much longer it takes to set when you’re talking through most of it, but I’m quite excited to take my first step into the video tutorial world and hope to film many more!
Meanwhile, here’s the video I did film – and I’m throwing in the diagrams I drew of my wet set pattern that I follow as a more concise aid + what the wet set I did in the video brushed out to look like.
Hope you enjoy!
Miss Lark Bahar