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When hairdressers say “big hair” they usually mean perfectly quaffed blowouts or over the top roller sets. This is something else: wild, unruly, bouncy coils, the kind that come from nature…or a wet set. Heat styling tends to create uniform, polished curls, but wet sets give a more natural look. When wrapping hair wet slight changes in tension, dampness, and section size give curls different shapes and amounts of spring, creating a soft, natural-looking curl that people will think you were born with. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

Step: Begin with clean, damp hair. Comb out tangles and mist ends with hydro mist to prevent frizz and make wrapping easier.

Step: Beginning at the top of the head, section out hair in 1” wide strips and wrap around bendable styling rods or small curlers, using firm, even tension.

Step: Continue wrapping over the entire head, vary roller size and/or sections to produce natural-looking coils.

Step: Allow to dry naturally or use a hood dryer for faster evaporation.

Step: Remove rollers, rake through with fingers to separate and dishevel coils. Finish with a light mist of primp.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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