Large Straw Set
I attempted to do a second straw set (first since being fully natural) about 2 weeks ago. In my previous attempt I was working with transitioning hair that was damp and just resulted in…let’s call it a mess!
I set my hair on dry hair that was co-washed, detangled, moisturized and sealed. I put my hair into less than 20 braids the night before and took them down in the morning because I figured it would be easier when it came to installing the straws if I had pre-made sections. 1 braid has 3 parts so I used 3 straws for each braid and had a total of 40 straws (and boy was it difficult to sleep, more on that later.)
In the past I used “regular” drinking straws but found some super huge straws (I think they are called Milkshake straws) and decided to try those.
The only product I used was my Rosewater Spray Flaxseed Gel.
I have a video demonstration on my YouTube channel (below)
- Rosewater Spray Flaxseed Gel
- Large Straws (I used 40)
- Bobby pins
- Hair clips (to keep my hair separate)
- Mixed Sealing oil (the next day to separate my curls)
Installing the Straws
My process was really simple, after applying the gel:
This is a closeup of my curls after I took down the straws
I did have one curl at the front that was a little “interesting” looking. I ended up “fixing” it by putting back a straw while I separated the rest of my curls (below).
To separate all I did was use a little of my mixed sealing oil (to help avoid extra frizz) and then gently pulled the curls apart where they wanted to be separated. Once separated I twirled the curls around my finger to get them to clump together and that was it (see below).
After I separated and fluffed my roots
I do have to say I LOVED the style but there are a few things I would change. E.g. I would cut the straws in half because sleeping with 40 large straws in my hair…was NOT comfortable! I think I might actually be able to get away with not having to leave the straws in overnight if I start early because I prefer to work with dry hair so they should be dry before going to sleep.
I will be trying this style again 🙂