Sunday, November 06, 2011

Transitional Styling for Natural Hair With Mesh Rollers

mesh roller set

Have you ever used Mesh Rollers on your natural hair before?
Ok, if you are desperately trying to hang on to every sting,oops! I mean strand of hair  to avoid to the big chop, then  my suggestion is to use this ole school styling product called.... MESH ROLLERS.

I remember the first salon I worked in right when I came out of beauty school and my co-worker was this ole school 'pimp' type stylist named Romeo. He had the processed hair and always came to work suited up like he was ready for Easter Sunday service.

This was the first time I saw Mesh Rollers being used!
He was stealing the few clients I managed not to scare away(I was still burning ears with the marcel irons) by giving them a mesh roller set. He used a setting lotion-can't remember the name right now- and end papers and these little plastic pins to secure the rollers to your head.

The first lady I saw him roller set was Roberta, 69, retired, widowed, and use to be my client until.....
Romeo swept her off her feet! I could never get her hair as straight as she wanted, it was just  resistant to relaxers and her scalp of super sensitive so her hair always looked like afro roots with over processed ends.

I wasn't sure how it was going to look..

I wasn't sure how Romeo would get her hair looking silky without a hot comb, so I was glued to my seat watching him roll Roberta's "Nigerian Hair". In 45 minutes she was dry, Romeo lifted the hood from the dryer and let Roberta sit there for a few minutes before in escorted her to his styling chair. "You have to let the hair cool first, you don't just drag the rollers out her hair", he said.

 I couldn't believe what I was seeing!
So I'm staring at him remove each roller, waiting for the afro puffs to reveal themselves, I waited and waited and waited some more. Nope! Not a one. Roberta's hair was smoother than baby's booty crack. You couldn't even tell she had 4 months equivalent in new growth, Wow!

The comb glided through her hair, not a snap crackle or pop to be heard. Romeo combed that hair forward, he combed it backward, to the side(well.. for showmanship purposes I guess) and when he was done neither of us saw again Mrs. Roberta for 3 weeks

So I say all that to say, If you need a transition hair style that will protect you hair from breakage and give you a look that will last, go to your nearest beauty supply and pick up some mesh rollers for your next wet set.

 The major difference between these and other rollers is that the wire gives you just enough firmness for a strong set, yet it is very flexible and using it along with the end papers with will actually help put enough tension on the hair hair to loosen the hair at the root too.

Ok, Here's how to use the mesh rollers
 what you need:
  • End papers
  • mesh rollers
  • plastic stick pins (might come in the pack)
  1. After hair has been shampooed and conditioned apply setting lotion or leave in conditioner.
  2. Part the hair, comb any tangles out, an end paper fold in half and slide it to the ends of your hair
  3. Take the mesh roller and begin rolling the ends of the hair with the end papers around the roller until you reach the scalp.
  4. Take the stick pin and push it through the hair and roller until you feel it firmly against your scalp(Shouldn't hurt though)
  5. Go under a hooded dryer and let completely dry.
  6. Always let roller cool off before taking them out, you get a stronger hold that way(Romeo's Tip).
Try and let me know how  the mesh roller set works for your transitional style. Oh!, I forgot to add that you can do spiral sets with them too just buy the smaller sized rollers!

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