OK! This is my first setting lotion review so bare with me because it certainly won’t be perfect.
I’ve tried so many different hair products including sprays, gels, pomades, leave in conditioners, heat styling and moisture lock products. I have only recently got into using setting lotions… in all honesty I just never really thought I needed them as my hair is so wavy naturally and holds curls really well. If I do a hot roller set I don’t even need to use hair spray… that’s how crazy and well my hair curls!
So naturally, when you start practising vintage hairstyling, you come across what’s called a ‘setting lotion’. This is a product which is usually added to the hair while its still wet and before you begin your styling. I have tried a few different brands and I have found what I believe is the best product for my hair in particular, so I thought I would share it with you.
First of all, I will start the obvious… this product is blue – and comes out clear so don’t let the colour freak you out.
Secondly the product is concentrated… you don’t want to use the product straight on your hair from the bottle (although I’ve read that some do!). If you’re trying this out for the first time it may be best to just follow the instructions on the back of the product which states the following:
On normal hair 2-3 parts water to 1 part Lottabody. On tinted hair and bleached hair 4-5 parts water to 1 part Lottabody.
I went and bought a cheap spray bottle from the 2 dollar shop because it makes it super quick and easy to spray onto your hair. The spray bottle I use is 300 ml, so I measured out 100 ml of Lottabody and 200 ml of water. Mix the product up and then you are set to go. By diluting the product you will not only get more bang for your buck, but you will also keep your hair manageable and soft without that straw-like, crispy feel (I’ve tried using it straight from the bottle and it made my hair crisp and hard which wasn’t at all sassy).
So now I’ll go through the process of what I do when I’m setting my hair, everyone does it differently and I find it really interesting to talk and read about the way others do their sets because I feel like I always learn something new!
I have naturally dark chocolate brown hair, which I’ve been dying blue-black for as long as I can remember. I like the intense inkiness and shine that blue-black gives. I also have extremely wavy hair which curls like a dream. I feel lucky now that my hair curls so well, but growing up and through my early teenage years I hated my hair because I always wanted to straighten it, even wanting to get it chemically straightened at one point. Now I embrace my naturally curly hair and pretty much keep it curled every day (it’s also much healthier without the constant straightening!)
When my hair has been freshly washed and conditioned (conditioner is super important and it helps the hair to ‘curl’) I towel dry it and run a tiny amount of leave-in smoother through. The product I’ve been using recently is this one PPS cuticle seal – it smells amazing, doesn’t leave a greasy feel or look and actually helps my hair to stay soft at the ends. I then start spraying my hair with Lottabody Setting Lotion – I brought this product from The Vanity Casehere in New Zealand but I know its sold all over the place online so just keep an eye on Ebay, or I’ve noticed a lot of online vintage stores which stock hair styling products usually sell Lottabody.
Once this is distributed (about 5-6 sprays on my mid-length hair), I give it a good comb through and then begin my pin curls, or rollers.
I then get under my hood dryer for approximately 30 minutes, grab a book or put a good ol’ fashioned film on (one of my favourites like Casablanca, Psycho or Creature from the Black Lagoon), turn up the heat and relax while your lovely curls develop!
I’ve got a range of photos from start to finish below, and I am not at all good with vintage style hair techniques or brushing out, it really is quite the art form so apologies in advance, I still have my training wheels on 🙂
Now in the photos, I have brushed my curls out vigorously so it’s less poodle and you can actually see the hair. A lot of people seem to think that this product makes hair flaky? I’m yet to have this issue but wanted a close up for you all to see.
I haven’t used any hairspray whatsoever, just so you can see how well the setting lotion holds curls in without the use of loads of spray. I think it does a pretty good job, but this was a test and I usually spray the heck out of my hair!
* Plenty of product, as it is diluted and a little goes a long way.
* No flakiness.
* No crusty, hard feeling once the product has set and the curls are easy to brush out.
* Reasonably priced at $25.00 for 236 ml
* Still keeps some shape without the use of hairspray
* Leaves hair looking extremely shiny
* Perfect for wet-setting
* If you need more hold – use less water and more Lottabody, its completely up to you and your hair type so the power to customise is quite handy
* Its blue – but don’t be frightened!
* The smell isn’t amazing directly from the bottle, however as you are supposed to dilute it the smell is non-existent once in your hair
* You need to buy an extra spray bottle to use it, unless you have one around home
Overall, I love this product and will continue to buy it! As always, everyone is different but if you are looking for a setting lotion and you are yet to try this one give it a whirl and see if it works for you.
I will also do another review for the same product and my favorite hair spray when it gets to Summer time – I want to see how this product works in humidity with our sticky, tropical summers in New Zealand.
A big thank you to Miss Charlotte Cake for sharing her experience with the Lottabody Setting Lotion. Please check out her blog at http://www.misscharlottecake.com.