How to Brush Out a Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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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:

  1. Hair Pins and/or Duckbill Clips
  2. Hair Brush
  3. Teasing Comb
  4. Teasing Brush
  5. 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:

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Stay tuned for a post showing the evolution of my wet set through the week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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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.

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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:

  1. Hair pins
  2. Setting lotion (I personally use Garnier Fructis Spray Gel as I find it holds best on this length of hair)
  3. Spray bottle full of water
  4. 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!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar