Wash Day (aka Roller Sets Equal Upper Body Workouts)

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After watching Kim Fancy’s video of how she styles her pin curls after a roller set, I was motivated to roller set my hair for my next wash… aka channel all my patience towards actually doing a roller set. I used to love roller setting my hair, and still do, but the extra time (and aching arms) has me air drying my hair more and more.

(1) Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp and safflower oil on the length of my hair. (2) Shampooed with Mizani Supreme Oil Shampoo(3) Tea rinsed with a mix of CC’s Naturals Marshmallow and Burdock Root Tea (contains marshmallow root, peppermint, lavender, and burdock root) and green tea. Since there’s a lot going on in this post, I’ll write on the benefits of this tea mix in a separate post. I brewed two packets of green tea and 1 tablespoon of the CC’s tea in 12 oz of water and used a strainer to remove the loose leaf tea. (4) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for a few minutes. (5) Deep conditioned with Silk Dreams’ Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream under my conditioning cap. (6) Wrapped my hair in a cotton towel for about 30 minutes to soak up the excess water and let my hair dry a bit. (7) Applied my leave ins: Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In and applied a small amount of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to each of my four sections. (8) I detangled each of the sections, letting my hair air dry in the process. (9) Roller set my hair, spraying with water to rewet the hair (for straighter, smoother results, hair should be wet when rolled on to the roller) and ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer (I didn’t feel like doing a protein treatment today so this is how I squeezed in some protein) before setting my hair on the roller. I used end wrap paper to protect my ends.

I bet you’re wondering: “why did she let her hair dry only to wet it before setting it on the rollers?” Over the last few weeks, I’ve really noticed a difference in the amount of hair lost while detangling when I let my hair dry (it’s still damp but about 80% dry) before detangling. Our hair is weakest when wet. Letting my hair dry before manipulating it helps decrease breakage, and I’m 100% for anything that allows me to retain my length. Ok enough of my gabbing, here are the results… which make me mad at myself for not roller setting more often:



For bed, I did four large pincurls and covered with my silk scarf.


  1. when you wet your hair again do you use your 3 combing method then roll it? your hair is beautiful by the way 🙂

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      Hi there, no I don't. Because I detangle before letting my hair drying a bit before going back to rewet and apply the rollers, my hair is very detangled so I only use one comb to smooth my hair out before I roll it.

  2. Amazing jen you make me want to try and roller set again. I have been air drying my hair a lot and im kinda use to the low manipulation. Hmmm I will try again looooooooove your hair

  3. looks beautiful jeni! ive heard that when ur texlaxed u always have to flat iron ur roots when u rollerset…is it true? is it harder to do with the texlaxed thicness? i kinda picture it as being similar to when i did a rollerset at like 20 wks post…


    1. your hair does not have that red tinge like it used to have, i was wondering if you dyed it ?

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      Kim, that's not 100% true. It depends largely in part on how texlaxed the hair is. If there's a lot of texture left, a roller set will not look as smooth as a bone straight roller set, but using the saran method is a great way to smoothing out hair with a flat iron. Roller placement also plays a very big factor. If the hair is taut and wet when rolled onto the roller it will dry straighter than hair that isn't.

      In this set, and others where I opt to flat iron instead of saran wrap it's because I'm just tired of sitting under the dryer lol.

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      Anon I havn't dyed my hair. It's stll the same color. The red tinge is apparent when I'm standing in the same or when I take a pic with the flash on.

  4. Your hair looks fabulous. I have 2 questions.
    1) Did you rinse out your deep conditioner ?
    2) After roller setting, did you sit under a dryer ?

  5. LMBO @ your title, its SOOOOO TRUE! I applaud you for rollersetting all your hair. I promise this is the MAIN reason I plan on stopping at full BSL. My upper body can't handle rollersetting much longer! lol

    P.S. I love seeing the smiling pics with your hair styled. It makes me smile back at you, lol!

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      Lol tackling this set really made me want to rethink going past MBL! The ache in my arms was no joke lol.

      LOL! Your comment made me smile 🙂

  6. Jenijen, your hair looks wonderful. I like the pin curl idea. I washed my hair today but I was to tired to roller set (which I began last month) after much encouragement watching your results. I am going to pin curl my air dried hair.

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      Thanks Pebbles. Roller sets are definitely one of those things that should be done when you have energy.

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      Thank you! Lol it's definitely worth it to try!

  7. Thanks Jen. Brill idea will try it when I wash my hair bext week.

  8. Amazing!!!
    Every time I watch your hair videos you make me sooo excited to do my hair!
    I definitely agree with you with detangling your hair when its drier, I find I lose more hair when my hair is wet also.
    Great post 🙂

  9. Oooohhh, great idea! I used to do roller sets before I colored my hair. It seems like I get sooooo much breakage now when I manipulate my wet hair so I gave up on roller sets. I'm going to try this method and see what happens.

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      Try it! I think you'll see a big difference in breakage

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