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Pin curls coming out!!

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by SwingPrincess, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. SwingPrincess

    SwingPrincess New in Town

    Imagine this: I spend a good two hours painstakingly putting my damp hair into lots and lots of pin curls, wait at least 12 hours for them to properly set, then take ages taking every single pin out of my hair.
    I brush out the set, and it looks amazing- I could have come straight out of a Golden Era film.
    Then I spray the finished hair style with hairspray so that it won't all fall apart.

    But shock, horror: the hairspray ruined the entire set! It made my hair look stringy and it stuck together. It didn't look soft and curly at all- my hair felt hard.

    Help! Does anybody else have this problem or is it just me? Is the hairspray the problem or is it the hair? What did women in the golden era do?

    Also, I tried not spraying my hair after another pin curl set and didn't stay as long as it usually does when I spray it, but at least it looked better.

    Ugh.... I need advice!
  2. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Are you using setting lotion?

    Have you tried a different hair spray?

    Hair sprays vary dramatically. Some are, for instance, more "moisturizing" or "drying." The moisturizing ones don't work on my hair, but I have fine hair without much volume.

    Another trick is to spray your hair with hair spray as you set it (in addition to or instead of setting lotion). Spray each section before you curl it.
  3. St. Louis

    St. Louis Practically Family

    St. Louis, MO
    SwingPrincess, this isn't so much a direct answer to your question (though Sheeplady's response seems very sensible and helpful) but more an addition to the discussion and further questions to anyone who is knowledgeable about 1930s and 40s products.

    I've always wondered about the specific products women used to hold their sets during the Era. I do know that they permed their hair every few weeks, which surely must have helped. I asked a hair dresser about that and she almost fainted. She told me never, never to attempt that. She said it would damage my hair beyond repair, so I guess it's not a viable option.

    Here's another puzzle: I read lots of 1930s and 40s magazines. Among the thousands of ads, I don't think I've ever seen a single ad for hair dressing products. I do see ads for Drene shampoo (and the like) but never anything for setting lotion or hair lacquer. Is that because these products just weren't used at home?
  4. SwingPrincess

    SwingPrincess New in Town

    Thanks for your advice sheeplady!

    Yes, I do use setting lotion, although maybe I should invest in a stronger one.

    Something else I'm definitely going to invest in is a different hairspray! The one I'm currently using apparently 'fights humidity', and I'm not sure if that's for me and my hair. I'll definitely try something else and see how that goes!

    St.Louis I've also often pondered about what they were using back then. I could use some nowadays!
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  5. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    I know that damaging my hair helps me with my sets, so I wonder if a perm did the same thing.

    I have very fine and slippery hair with a tendency towards greasiness and build up. I tried a lemon treatment (usually used to lighten hair, which was a pleasant side effect). I put the lemon juice on my wet head and went out in the sun for about 40 minutes. It gave me a lot more volume, helped to control the grease, and helped with my sets. It's been two months since I've tried it, and I'm keen to do another because the effects are fading, I think as I'm getting more buildup and grease.
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  6. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Also, I know some women nowadays use homemade flaxseed gel as a setting lotion... but I'd assume that if vintage women used that, they'd be reference to it in women's magazines, including recipes and how-tos.

    As a reference point, I doubt making your own setting lotion was common, basic knowledge that every woman knew, either. I have cookbooks from the 40s and 50s that go into extreme detail on basics of cooking... things I've heard people making fun of young people not being able to do today (boil an egg, cook rice, etc.). Very basic tasks. So I'd assume that if there was a portion of women who had no idea how to perfectly soft boil an egg, there was a portion of women who wouldn't know how to make homemade setting lotion.

    I was looking at my reprint of the 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook, and it occurred to me it was often so basic (carefully going through recipies and variations) because it was marketed towards a generation of women who lived through the depression and war. When I think about how my grandparents ate in the 1930s and 1940s, it wouldn't surprise me if the vast majority of women in their teens, twenties, and even thirties in the early 1950s had no idea how to cook given the scarcity many families had faced in the decades prior.

    So, to draw this back... I'm willing to bet most women didn't have all this background knowledge about hair that somehow never made it into publications, if some of them needed help to boil an egg, no matter what our modern society thinks everyone knew back then. And, given the lack of funds for so many, I doubt that they were using store bought setting lotions until after the depression.

    (Note, I'm not poking at not knowing how to cook eggs or anything like that. I didn't know how to perfectly boil an egg for the different variations until a year ago, and I am a quite capable cook. My point being that many of the skills we bemoan 18 year olds not having in 2017 many 18 year olds lacked in 1953.)
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