First Hair Set, Post Cut

Hey gals!  As you know I cut my hair last week and I still love it so much better now than when it was longer.  But I imagine that’s the way it is with any new cut.

I thought I’d share a few images of my first hair set with you all today.

I showered on Saturday morning, like any other day, and went about my morning routine.  I got around to setting (ie curling) my hair in foam rollers around 11am, when it was a bit damp still.  I spritzed on a setting lotion to get it damp as I was working; since I work slow I had to keep spraying it on my hair, and even again when I had to re-curl some sections.

I should now tell you…. this is really only the 3rd or 4th time I’ve set my hair with foam rollers… ever!

I then went about my day (indoors only) which meant working on Project CPR’s Vashon Sweater during the day.

I used a medium curler (the pink ones) at the top and sides of my head, and I only used the smaller size roller (the black ones) at the nape of my neck.  I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason for this, besides running low on the pink curler size.  I was going for a 50’s Grace Kelly-swept back look so I wanted to be sure that I had the larger size curler up on top of my head to attempt to get some body in my normally-flat hair.

After getting ready (for the most part) in the evening, 7 hours after setting my hair, I took the curlers out.  This is how curled my hair ended up:

This is sooo not the best picture of me, but it’s the only one that isn’t terribly blurry.

Anyhow, you can see the curls look like Shirley Temple curls and are really tight to my head.  Much brushing ensued afterwards.  I brushed my hair close to 10 minutes trying to get the right curl pattern that I was happy with and taming out the fuzz.

I was graciously invited by Tasha (of By Gum By Golly) & Mel to their home for a Christmas party, in which dressing up was welcome.  This made my little heart skip a beat as I had this 50’s surplice bodice dress that never gets worn since it’s a bit too fancy for work & everyday occasions.  Tasha’s party was the perfect occasion as there were other wonderful vintage loving gals who dressed up as well.

Left to Right: Megan, yours truly, Leilani, and Tasha.  I love how we’re all sparkling due to Leilani’s sequined bodice.

Megan is totally dwarfing me, but really…. most people do anyhow and it doesn’t bother me like it used to.  You guys now have an excellent perspective now of how much of a shortie I am. heh

Can we just take a look at how lovely these gals all are?!  I have to admit I think Tasha’s dress still has me reeling at its fabulousness; the bodice details are simply superb.

Luckily Miss Meg had sneaked some photos of my hair at the party and she was kind enough to send me a few more.

And the other side (although a bit blurry):

Sadly, the only other pictures I have is the aftereffects of the set from my Project CPR Recap post.  When I came home that night, I washed my face and crashed in bed; I didn’t do anything special with my hair, just slept on it like any other night.

This was taken around 4pm on Sunday.  I brushed my hair at this point which made the curls fall even more, but I continued to brush it until the curls made a nice formation around my face, once again.  It lacked the *omph* and body that it had the day before and there is less curls around my crown.  But I’m quite happy with it, since most of the time what happens the day after are crazy, rouge curls that refused to stay curled.  My set must have been pretty good to hold some curl on day 2, like this.

The one thing I’d like to try out next are pin curls.  The foam curlers are great for setting during the day, but it’s such a pain (literally) to sleep in these foam rollers overnight.  I’d love to see how the pin curls would hold up: both sleeping on the pin curls during the night and how they look the next day.  But they are going to take some practice for sure as I can barely get a decent looking victory roll.

Has anyone tried pin curls and have some good tips for a newbie like me?

Well, that’s all I have to share for you today.  Hope you are all having a lovely day.

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Comments (17)

  1. Marie December 12, 2012 — 7:53 AM

    I said ‘wow’ so many times whilst reading this post! Firstly your hair looks amazing and you totally achieved that Grace Kelly look! Your dress is to die for and the fact that you got an invite from Tasha and got to spend the evening with those lovely women is such a treat. I’m so jealous right now! You all looked stunning! I’m also so impressed at how your hair held the soft curl for a second day!

    On the pin curl front, I tried it and loved the result…and they were surprisingly ok to sleep in. You can see the result here:

    However, when I say ‘I’, I mean a friend did the pin curls. When I tried doing it myself it was an EPIC disaster…so I can’t really give you any good tips. YouTube is full of good tutorials though ;o)

    1. Liz December 14, 2012 — 11:50 AM

      Thanks Marie for your sweet comment and thanks for sharing that link. :)

  2. Tilly December 12, 2012 — 7:59 AM

    Oh you look so beautiful! This style reeeeally suits you. Shame it’s such an effort (I’d try it myself if it only took two minutes!) xx

  3. I love your hair!!! It turned out splendidly! Pin curls are much more comfortable to sleep on though. I would watch a bunch of youtube videos on it if I were you–find a nice setting pattern, and go to it! And just brush and brush and brush once you take the set out until you have the look you’re going for. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t turn out right the first couple of times–it took me a little while to really get the hang of it and learn how to make sets look good. You can also go to the Beauty section of the Fedora Lounge ( and read some of the threads.

    I have fairly long hair (almost elbow length) in layers and if I do a damp set and sleep on it, I get curls and then waves for the next four or five days afterwards.

    1. Liz December 14, 2012 — 12:39 PM

      Hey Miss Virginia! I’ve been on the Fedora lounge for about an hour now looking at some great threads. Thanks so much for sharing that link, there’s a wealth of information on there! :)

  4. Jamie December 12, 2012 — 9:23 AM

    Your fist set turned out fantastic!! I think you learned the secret, brush, brush, brush! Frizz is your friend when it comes to those vintage styles, especially victory rolls. Check out LisaFreemontSt on YouTube. She has a huge library of videos, including a couple specifically aimed at pin curling (and victory rolls!).

  5. I’ve tried pin curls a few times and found them relatively easy… Just find a clear set (indicating where to place the curls and what direction they’re going) and stick to that. I also found it helped to thoroughly comb my hair before, so there were no tangles at all in the strands I was curling.

  6. Lauren December 12, 2012 — 10:10 AM

    Your set looks awesome! Every time I’ve tried the foam rollers or rag curls, my hair ends up a big frizzy mess the first day haha. I like pin curls because I think they tend to behave better (they aren’t as tight, so you get less frizz and the curl is more volume than anything), but they definitely don’t last very long at all in my hair :( They fall out after a day :( But they aren’t bad to sleep on, so that’s a plus!

    All you ladies look gorgeous, by the way! Looks like a fun party :)

  7. Laura December 12, 2012 — 11:39 AM

    You look lovely! I didn’t even know they made those foam rollers anymore; I remember them from when I was a kid. I sorta do pin curls on occasion – I do the twist and roll (not sure that’s the best way to describe it, but hopefully you know what I mean) and then secure each curl with one of those metal hair clips. I’m at a loss as to what their proper name is, but they’re the ones that are all one piece of metal and you kinda bend them to open and then bend to close again? They are usually found in black and brown in packs much like bobby pins but are bigger. I find they stay on my head a lot better than bobby pins, especially if I sleep in them, and work better with my thick hair. It gives an overall curl – at least with my hair, not as much of a precise curl as just overall body and waviness. It’s not as vintage-y looking as a proper pincurl but I still like it, and it’s pretty quick to do.

    The other day I was eating at a fast food restaurant and saw a teenage girl with her mom and she had her hair up in ‘pincurls’ tied with pieces of fabric. I almost laughed because I remember bits in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series about curling hair that way. What goes around comes around, I guess.

  8. Becca December 12, 2012 — 12:50 PM

    I have tried pin curls and it takes me a while to do them (but i have pretty thick and quite long hair, for a blonde). What works best for me is to start at the bottom and roll them in a circle, if you try the just wrap the around your finger it doesn’t work. Try using some kind of hair cement, that helps.

  9. Tasha December 12, 2012 — 3:28 PM

    Aww look how cute we all look. ;)

    Good luck playing with your new haircut! I’m going to try pin curls when I get a couple of inches cut on my hair and re-buy hair clips for them (because I can’t seem to find the ones I need, argh, I know I did own them at some point!). I got a pin curler tool that I’m anxious to try and see how it works. I just can’t stomach doing them by hand.

  10. Sarah December 12, 2012 — 6:04 PM

    So much loveliness in one post! Your hair looks terrific and I have serious dress and brooch envy with your outfit! I’m glad to see that you’re a shorty like me :) Lucky you to live so close to all of those fabulous bloggers and what a lovely holiday party :)

  11. Jenny December 12, 2012 — 8:29 PM

    What a great post! Everyone looks fantastic and your hair is especially lovely!

  12. Liz December 12, 2012 — 11:55 PM

    Your hair looks lovely, it doesn’t look like you need any tips as it looks great! I used to curl mine with the straightening iron which seems to get similar results. Although this is not recommended as I fried the ends and now my hair is much, much shorter than this time last year!
    Your party looks fabulous, what a great occasion to dress up and have people there to appreciate it!

  13. Esz December 13, 2012 — 12:08 AM

    LOVE your hair! I am so envious it looks so good :-D

    I’m terrible at doing pin curls – my hair is quite fine and I just dont know how to section it properly to get neat curls. They go super frizzy and then fall out. No awesome middle bit, cos my hair is also dead straight normally.

    Thankfully I have found another method that looks good – Tasha’s back-roll with a scarf! I wore my hair like that the other day and when I took it out at home I had the most amazing curl that framed my face and was tidy. So I tried to replicate it with clean hair and some setting lotion. It was a bit harder to tuck into the scarf because my hair slips so easily. But enough pins and a few hours later I had that awesome set again. Woo!
    So give that a go too – it looks great :-)

  14. Rachel December 13, 2012 — 11:56 PM

    I’ve tried pin curls…. they don’t last quite as long :/ BUT, I am quite anxious to try the homemade rollers I am working on ;) You might like that idea, I think I pinned them under sewing….
    Your hair looks really good though, very nice!
    And yes, Megan does make you look very short… shorter than I thought you were! But you need to refer to yourself as a ‘pocket rocket’ or something that sounds more like a 50’s term ;) lol Not that it matters- you looked great anyway!

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    Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

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