I had this brilliant idea to execute a roller set that resembled a straw set. I knew that 1) it would save time installing and 2) it would produce similar (if not the same) results as would a traditional straw set. I don’t know if you all have seen one before, but a straw set on natural hair is beautiful absolutely beautiful. It is an awesome style for those transitioning from relaxed hair back to their natural hair and it lasts FOREVER – oh, and if you work out consider this one of those “go-to” styles. The longevity of it is bananas!
For this style, I started on freshly washed hair. I used my Kurlee Belle Almond & Shea Shampoo for a good cleansing and followed that up with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask for a good deep conditioning session. I allowed my hair to air dry for about an hour after using my favorite leave-in conditioner, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, to coat my strands.
The process of styling included using small sized perm rods (the smallest I had in my arsenal) which varied in sizes (you can see more information on perm rods here) and I used a very small amount of Obia Natural Haircare Curl Enhancing Custard on each section before twisting and rodding. I wish I could tell you exactly how many rods/twists I installed, but that would be too good to be true, right? You can see more of the action below:
Everything was going perfectly – I installed the style in about an hours time, I was allowing it to set for the ultimate takedown and then my husband called and suggested Happy Hour and anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Happy Hour (how could I say no? I mean really). So I had to get my life together meaning I had to take down my faux straw set down earlier than expected. #lettucepray
I felt around my hair to check on the drying time and it felt as though most were completely dry with just a few left to fully dry (only damp). No need to panic, right? And I didn’t while I took down the rods and separated the twists. Once I had to separate for fullness my biggest fear came to the forefront – my hair wasn’t 100% dry anddddddddd some of my separated pieces weren’t holding a curl!
No. need. to. panic. pRoy.
I kept calm, fluffed my hair, created the volume I needed and my hair turned out wayyyyyyy better than expected:
You see what a little prayer and confidence can do? My hair, though still a little damp, looked great and the essence of the straw set on natural hair was captured for sure. Will I try this style again? I absolutely will, only next time I will let it dry completely before removing the rods!
Have you ever had to rock a style that wasn’t completely dry? What did you do to fix it?