Regimen + Goals

My Hair Regimen: I moisturize and/or oil my hair daily. As needed (usually weekly) I cleanse my hair and scalp with a moisturizing shampoo (or a clarifying one if there's build up). I do a moisturizing OR protein treatment with every shampoo. I stretch my relaxers 3-4 months.

My go-to protective/low manipulation styles: buns, braid-outs and halfwigs. In 2012 I want to start experimenting with more heat-free styles. I air dry most of the time and flat iron for length checks only.

I'm currently midback length (MBL) and actively working towards reaching waist length by my graduation in mid-2012.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

1st and 2nd Rollerset Ever

First Rollerset: JAN 4TH

1) Pre-pooed with extra virgin olive oil with a plastic cap for 30 mins under the dryer
2) Washed with Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair shampoo and conditioned with the matching conditioner
3) Leave-in: I intended to apply my leave-in (Aphogee green tea keratin recon) to each section but I only applied it to the top and forgot to apply it anywhere else. SMH note to self don't do hair late at night. So this rollerset is basically on naked hair. While placing the rollers in my hair with a fine tooth comb, it wasn't as much manipulation as I thought it would be. There was barely had any shedding/breakage in the comb.

4) Sat under the dryer. After an hour my hair was almost dry! I did four ponytails (2 rollers on each) because I didn't have enough rollers. It was a bit damp in the sections where I did the ponytails. One thing I will say about this dryer is that it has 2 heat settings -- one setting is a bit too hot and the other is warm almost cool. I found myself switching between the two settings.
FAIL -- My hair was damp after removing the rollers...I should have waited some more

5) Results -- overall I am pleased with the softness from my very first rollerset but I know I can only get better with practice.

Second Rollerset: TODAY


1) Lightly detangle hair
2) Wash with Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair shampoo 2x
3) Aphogee 2 Minute Protein Treatment (for 5 mins in the shower) then Porosity Control for 1 min. Towel dry.

Naked hair after washing and conditioning. You can see my hair is relaxed bone straight
4) Apply leave-in (Aphogee Green Tea Keratin), and set hair on purple and yellow rollers. I should note that at this point my hair has very little slip. My last rollerset I had a lot more slip so I will go back to using the Dove shampoo and conditioner combo (thus making it way easier to detangle and rollerset). Note to self I also need to purchase another couple packs of yellow rollers.

EbonyCPrincess reccommends to keep your hair wet while rollersetting so I sprayed diluted Lottabody as I went along. I literally only put a capful of lottabody and filled the rest of the spray bottle with water (in hopes of avoiding crunchy curls due to the setting lotion).

I did the mohawk method of putting the rollers in (one strip the width of a roller down the center of the head). I put in the rollers on the sides in a kind of hap-hazard fashion.
5) Sat under dryer for 1 hour 30 mins

I peeked

6) Combed out curls. At this point my hair was very soft, flowy and bouncy. Not crunchy at all
7) I was planning to do the saran wrap method tomorrow but I figured since I'm blogging about it, might as well show it now :)

I wrapped my hair very tightly in saran wrap, and sat under the dryer for an additional 20 minutes.
8) Here are the final results. Not only is my hair bouncier and fuller, I used NO direct heat. Win win situation!

9) To maintain the look over the next week or two I plan to wrap my hair nightly and use a serum or moisturizer every couple of days (not every day). I may also experiment with flexi-rods and updo's closer to wash day. Even though I've only done a couple sets I can tell rollersetting is definitely for me!

Next set: I will definitely try using smaller rollers for the back and sides of my hair for some more curl definition. I really like the curl the yellow rollers gave, where as the purple gave more of just a "bump" at the ends.

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  1. OMG Ally! I can't believe that is only your 2nd rollerset, you look like a pro!!! I love the curl results AND the silk wrap. Your dryer seems like a win - when I tried the ponytail method with my old dryer you know how frustrated I got with it, so for only 4 sections and an hour to be nearly dry is amazing! WHOOO HOOOOO congrats!

  2. Looks great! Your hair looks very silky!

  3. I've been waiting on this post!! Your hair looks sooo awesome!! Looks like you're a roller-setting natural!!!

  4. It turned out pretty well! I love doing rollersets. We'll I like how they look. They take some time to do on my hair LOL. It would be nice to see it pinned up if you wear your hair that way. Thanks for posting lots of pics :)


  5. Gorgeous hair girly!!

  6. Your hair is BEAUTIFUL. Very proud of the progress you are making. I commend you on roller setting. I can`t do it for the life of me. So hard. LOL


  7. Any advice as to how to reduce breakage during roller sets pls

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