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Setting Lotion? 
24th-Mar-2009 03:22 pm
Can someone explain to me setting lotion? I know it helps curls...how long does it last? Is there anything I should know about using it? Is there anything you wished you had known before using it?

24th-Mar-2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Setting lotion is basically just a heavy-duty gel... it's thick and creamy and has the best hold for curls.
I use "Mold & Play" hair putty (by Garnier Fructis) as a substitute... and can't live without it! It's great to use in pin curls and victory rolls and such... It's so strong that I could turn my hair into a Mohawk, I'm sure! lol :)

I don't think there is anything to know prior to using it, really? Just don't use it before going out on a big date or something without experiencing what the result would be, you know? ;)
24th-Mar-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe I will try that people always post setting lotions on here that I can NEVER find.
24th-Mar-2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
can we please put something like this in the memories?
24th-Mar-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
ikr! no one ever tags anything, drives me insane!
24th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
same here, drives me nuts bc i can't ever find anything!
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24th-Mar-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I've found the opposite - my hair dries really fast when I've used setting lotion, to the point that I spray as I go rather than spraying my whole head at once before doing curls.

Also, contrary to what the first commenter said, the setting lotion I've used has always been very watery. It comes in a bottle in concentrated form and is about the consistency of water, and is then diluted with more water. I use it in a spray bottle.
24th-Mar-2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
This. I was guided to Lottabody Setting Lotion which is a liquid meant to be diluted with water (ratios depend on hair type/condition).
24th-Mar-2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
This is what I use too, I have never used a gel-like substance as set lotion... Im intrigued.
24th-Mar-2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I have thin, fine hair (even when it's not platinum!) so the thought of having my hair weighed down with something as thick or thicker than gel makes me shudder. For gals with extremely thick, long hair - I could see a little bit of the heavy stuff giving them the hold they'd need, though.

Not sure how you'd want to sleep in that set, though! Even with a scarf! ew.
25th-Mar-2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well I have really thick very coars hair. I have always used lottabody concentrate and watered it down. That works like a dream for me. As far as gels, I only use protein gel when I wanna do fingerwaves and I certainly dont sleep in it.... double ew.
25th-Mar-2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Score another one for Lottabody, then!
24th-Mar-2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
The stuff I use, I THINK is from a salon.My mom is licensed so I get stuff cheap.It's called Joico Design Collection.It's a cream paste....They call it a forming polish.I set my hair dry,by pin curls.I put a tad on each strand before I twist and pin it.It makes the curls not be frizzy.
24th-Mar-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I use Wella setting lotion ($5 for a huge bottle of it at a beauty supply store). I mix it with water in a spray bottle so my curls aren't crunchy. I usually use it with sponge rollers on semi-damp hair. I spray before I roll, then I spray after I roll. I keep the rollers in for 8-10 hours while I'm sleeping. The curls will usually last 2 days without many touchups. This is a miracle for me considering I have naturally pin straight/fine hair that wouldn't hold a curl from hot rollers or a curling iron to save my life.
26th-Mar-2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this little bit of advice. I have pretty thin (but kind of wavy) hair, and curls can be such a hassle for me sometimes. I'm going to try your technique :D
24th-Mar-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Setting lotion is just a product that is applied to wet hair in order to set styles applied when wet, like finger waves, pin curls, etc. Products that are thick or need to be diluted generally cause frustration and crusty, crunchy, or otherwise undesirable effects. If you must go with a thicker consistency, use something pliable. I recommend this product, which does not need dilution and produces bouncy curls and soft texture when dry without flakes.


There are others out there, but this stuff is cheap for a large quantity and I absolutely love it.
25th-Mar-2009 03:52 am (UTC)
I completely recommend this setting lotion as well! I absolutely love it and my fingerwaves last for DAYS (well, 2 days was the longest I got out of them since I HAVE to wash my hair pretty much every day) and the fingerwaves were fine ever when I slept on them and I toss and turn a lot. My pin curls held too well that I ended up straightening my hair.
27th-Mar-2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I like IsoPlus setting lotion. it's about $7 from Sally's beauty supply and I've seen it at "ethnic" beauty supply stores in other forms besides spray-on... there was a mousse and at least 5 other products. I have very thin, fine, and naturally curly hair and this works well for me.

I'm on my second day of curls and they are still full and bouncy but not as much as they would be if I'd heat set them. My roots get greasy before my curls start to flatten. :)

Two things... a heat set helps a lot. I have not shelled out the small amount of money for a home dryer (the hood kind like they have at a salon) but the heat helps a LOT.

Also my stylist suggested that I transfer the setting lotion to a better spray bottle. The IsoPlus bottle has a push-button sprayer, which may lead to an uneven coating of product. transfer it to a trigger bottle with a good mist spray.

A couple other things taught me, not that you asked. But if this ends up in the archives someone might find this useful :)

If you use the short curl clips instead of pins you can grab more of the curl, and make sure to get the tips of the hair so you dont end up with a crazy ends like fishhooks!! And, if you pin your hair up every night and tie in a scarf, your curls will last a lot longer as well.
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