Bleh, Amanda...I'm all thumbs when it comes to pincurling my hair. I have had some nightmarish sets...luckily I've never used a setting lotion so it was pretty easy to wash out (though my hair stayed unpleasantly wavy). I wonder if part of the trouble was the ear-length "eton chop" I was sporting while trying to grow out an even shorter style. Any suggestions that can make it easier? I've seen (and tried) advice suggesting wrapping the hair around a "curling stick", one's own finger, etc. And how do you keep the ends tidy and bend-free?