Monday, December 8, 2014

How to do a Straw Set for 4c Natural Hair

A Straw Set is an ideal hairstyle for women with 4b or 4c hair that is tightly coiled. A straw set can be done on short to medium hair to provide a curly haired look similar to Shirley Temple curls. Watch these two tutorials to learn how to create a straw set on your natural hair and then read the tips below.

Tutorial #1 - The Chic Natural

Tutorial #2 - Vee Pee Jay

How To Create A Straw Set on Natural Hair

Materials You Will Need:
  • Bobby pins
  • Staws (cut in half) - available at Target and most grocery stores
  • Styling cream or jelly
  • Wide tooth comb
Tips for Creating A Straw Set
  1. Choose a good styling or holding cream. The stronger the hold, the more defined your curls will be. Look for a styling cream that smooths your hair and gives it shine.
  2. Leave your straw set in for 2 days before taking it down. If you style your hair over the weekend, leave the staw set in for 2-3 days so that it will be defined when you take it down.
  3. Part your hair in small to medium sized sections when styling. The smaller the sections, the more volume your hair will have when finished.
  4. Style your hair when it is wet. This will ensure curl definition and smoothness.
**If you have thinning edges: apply an all natural holding gel like Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle, Qhemet Biologics Honeybush Tea Soft Gel, or California Baby Jelly Mousse to your edges and brush them back gently with a SOFT bristled tooth brush. You can also wear a silk scarf or headband. (Note: All of these gels provide a very soft hold)

This article is part of My Fair Hair's "Hairstyles for 4c Hair" series. These hairstyles are selected especially for women with 4c, short to medium length natural hair. If you have thick hair, thinning edges, or a less "visible" curl pattern, these styles are for you as well!

What are your styling tips for creating a straw set?

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