Control Your Kinky Curls with These 3 Basic Wet Sets




Curls come in different shapes and sizes with a personality all of their own. Bouncy spiral ringlets tend to be cute and flirty, while larger curls with volume can take on a seductive quality. However, these curly styles rarely happen naturally, even for those with curly hair. Curls that have shape and definition are usually set and defined into a style. One gentle way to achieve long lasting curls is via the wet set. There are different methods of wet setting besides using rollers. This guide will walk you through the traditional wet set and also show you two different ways to wet set your hair.


Preparing the Hair to be Curled


Wet setting can be achieved by simply rolling the hair while damp without applying any styling product to it. If you have normal hair that is well moisturized with a natural shine to it, then no prep work is needed for your hair. However, many require the use of styling products before the wet set begins to help the curl out and provide extra moisture to the hair.

A moisturizing setting lotion or frizz smoothing product is often needed before setting the hair. These products help control frizz and add hold to the curl aiding in curl definition. A lot of these products provide extra moisture for the hair so your hair will be soft once styled. If you have thin hair or straight hair a small amount of setting lotion or smoothing product should suffice. If your hair has a frizzy or coarse texture then apply your product on each section of hair to help control frizz and smooth the hair.


Sponge or Foam Roller Wet Setting


This is a very simple process that can be taught to young girls as well to get them used to doing their own hair. You should have plastic or satin wrapped sponge rollers for this. Sponge rollers without a satin wrap often catch stray hairs and break them when it is time to remove the roller. Any size roller can be used depending on the size curl you’re looking to achieve. Regardless of the size roller you choose wet setting provides a tighter curl than dry setting. So if a loose curl is what you are seeking than wet setting using this method may not be best for your needs.

Taking one section at a time hold on to the end of the section with one hand. Using your other hand place the roller underneath the section starting at the ends. Using both hands hold your hair and the roller together and slowly roll them towards your scalp. Stop rolling about a half inch away from your scalp. Secure the roller in place. Repeat this for each section of hair you wish to wet set. You can finish the set one of two ways by sitting under a hooded dryer for an hour or letting your hair air dry for several hours. If you opt for air drying, then the wet set should be performed an hour or two before you go to bed and taken out the next day. Once your hair is dry remove the rollers and style as you wish. Finger styling is best for retaining the curl. Using a comb will remove some of the curl and can lead to frizz.


Two-Strand Twist Wet Set


Another form of wet setting is to create two strand twists and roll the hair. Again you are working in sections as with the traditional wet set. Take a section of hair and divide it into two. Now twist these two parts together. If you want a tight curl twist the hair tightly, but if you want a looser curl then loosely twist the hair. Now take your roller and starting at the end of the twist roll your hair towards the scalp in the same manner you use for the traditional wet set. Again you can opt to sit under a hooded dryer or air dry overnight. Remove the rollers and separate the twists. You can finger style or comb them out. Combing out will give a fluffier look to your curls but will add frizz to the ends as well so be careful.


Loose Wet Set


This wet set can be performed on various lengths of hair; however hair that is shoulder length or longer tend to achieve better results as gravity helps to loosen the curl even more. Depending on the length of your hair you can break your hair up into many sections or just two large sections (recommended for long hair). Take a section of hair and braid it half way down the length of hair. Take your roller and place it where the braiding stops. Wrap the loose hair around the roller in a winding motion. Now proceed to roll the hair towards the scalp stopping a half inch from the scalp. Repeat for the remaining sections of hair. You can either sit under a hooded dryer or air dry overnight.

Remove the rollers and undo the braids. For longer hair, combing out with a vented brush or a detangling extra-wide tooth comb will help create a loose wave with bouncy, curly ends. If you opt to finger style (recommended for shorter hair) your curls should by very curly at the ends with a deep wave from the root through the middle of the hair. This is a great wet set if you have a lob haircut.


Experimenting is Encouraged


Play around with these methods or create your own. You can even combine these different methods to achieve different curl textures. Experiment to find out what works best for your hair. If you found a method that gives you the curl you love share with others and help keep the world beautiful!


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