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
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