Every blue moon I will do a rod set. I typically prefer straight hair but this week I decided on curls. If you have ever done a rod set and it did not turn out the way you planned, I'm here today to give you a few tips on how to make it come out perfect every single time. Once you incorporate these tips in your rod setting routine, you'll never be unhappy with your rod sets from here on out.
Tip 1: Prep your hair correctly- I can not stress this enough. The hair products you use make a huge difference in the way your hair looks. All styles look better with healthy hair so prepping the hair is the most important step. To prep the hair, make sure you thoroughly cleanse the hair. I used this clarifying shampoo, then followed up with this moisturizing shampoo. Clarifying the hair helps you start with a clean slate so that you can start layering the moisture in your hair. After properly cleansing the hair with your shampoos, it is also important to moisturize and soften the hair with conditioner. I used this conditioner and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing. For extremely dry hair, a deep conditioner may be necessary.
Tip 2: Use setting lotion/foam wrap/mousse- I typically prefer to use a foam wrap (like this one) because foam is very light and dries very quickly. Setting lotions and foam wraps are pretty much the same thing, with the only difference being that the foam wrap is simply a setting lotion that foams. Using them will help your curls set better and will help eliminate them from becoming frizzy. If you are extremely new to rodding your hair, you may want to use endpapers to help your ends not stick out.
Tip 3: Make sure your hair is 100% dry: Sitting under a hooded dryer is the preferred method to dry your rods. They MUST be 100% dry in order to come out perfectly. I have thick hair so what I will do is let the curls dry under the hooded dryer then sleep in them overnight if time permits. Then I remove the rods the next day. Some people do not like sleeping in rods, but as long as the curls are completely dry, sleeping in the rods is not necessary. If you do not have a hooded dryer, using a blow dryer also works, but this method takes much longer.
Tip 4: Add extra moisture to them: One tip for making your rods look super "juicy" is to add even more moisture to them, then seal that moisture in. I use a nickel sized amount of this moisture cream and add it to my dry curls before pulling them apart. Then I use this oil to seal the moisture in while pulling the curls apart to get the full look.
Tip 5: Pull them apart- To make your rods look extra full, pull them apart once you take the rollers out. This may seem obvious to some, but believe it or not, I have seen people NOT pull the curls apart. I personally turn each curl into 10-12 more curls. For fine hair, you could even use a wide toothed comb to pull them apart and make the hair look thicker.
Check out the ToyaJTV video below on how I got this look and how you can do the same! Be sure to subscribe to the channel so you don't miss any hair tips.