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Vintage foam roller set on naturally curly hair



Achieving a vintage foam roller set on naturally curly hair may seem like a joke at first, until you give it a try.

Allow me to let you in on a little secret……


The best part about vintage hair styling, if your hair is naturally curly, is that it is almost 100% guaranteed that it will hold most vintage hairstyles. 


Why? You ask?


Before the 90s most hairstyles were all about body andJAYNE MANSFIELD ACTRESS (1958)

Curl and what do we curly-haired types have plenty of?

You guessed it,

Body. And curl.

So now that we’ve gotten that out-of-the-way ….

Let’s get down to business.




Before we get started, you’ll need to get ready with the right tools, and the right products. Part of achieving a great foam roller set is about 50% based on technique and 50% based on the products that you use. Read on to learn more on how you can achieve a signature vintage hairstyle with curly hair. 


Exhibit A:


Foam rollers

If you had to choose between frying your hair with heating tools, or going the heatless route and eliminating breakage and heat damage, which one would you choose?

That should be a no-brainer.

Truth is, foam rollers are a fantastic alternative to achieving a great vintage style while keeping your hair healthy and happy.

The best part is that they’re completely affordable and quick to set. Click here to grab yourself a pack today!


vintage foam roller set on short naturally curly hair.Vintage foam roller set on short naturally curly hair












Exhibit B:

Motions Foam styling lotion

There are many different kinds of setting solutions. You’ve got lotions, foams, and liquids, but most of them don’t compare to Motions©. Okay actually, there’s one other but it’s pretty hardcore and I wouldn’t suggest using it until you get your technique down pat.

Motions setting foam offers you great hold without leaving a hard “cast” on the hair. When your foam roller set has dried and it’s time to style, then once you brush your hair you won’t have to deal with flakiness or crunching.

Motions also leaves a GREAT shine to your hair and cuts down on frizziness. For us curly-haired types, frizz is the enemy, but this product does a fine job of keeping our enemy at bay.



Exhibit C:


 Laila Ali Bonnet Dryer

I know, I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, I thought this was a heatless alternative?” and believe me it is, but if you’re short on time and need to get your hair set a bit faster, going the bonnet dryer route is your best option.


Well for one, you’re not creating heat damage by directly blowing hot air on your hair, unlike a blow dryer. Bonnet dryers evenly circulate the air cutting drying time nearly in half. With the Laila Ali Bonnet Dryer, you can adjust the heat settings so no more “low”, “high”, or “cool” you can set your hair to medium heat, for example. And finally, you can give your arms a rest! Unless of course, you’re trying to work on your muscle game, then in that case….


Exhibit D:


A Hair Net

Remember when I told you that motions setting lotion eliminates frizz? Well, it does, but it’s no match to tossing and turning at night. So, after you’ve put your rollers in, place the hair net over and pin it in place. I suggest the Ovation deluxe Hair Net, for instance, it has a nice elastic band at the base for extra hold.

You’ll thank me in the morning!



Exhibit E:



Snap Barrettes

Speaking of pinning things in place, go get yourself some snap barrettes. Some people use bobby pins or hairpins but I feel for maximum hold, go with medium to small-sized barrettes. Once you pop those babies in, that hair net ain’t goin’ nowhere!


Exhibit F:



Rat tooth comb

If you don’t have one yet, get one. They are AMAZING for creating perfect parts in your hair. For foam roller sets, parting your hair into rows is really important, and a regular comb just doesn’t cut it.



Exhibit G:


Boar Bristle Paddle Brush

Let me be honest with you, this is optional. You don’t necessarily need it as long as your foam rollers are securely rolled, BUT, the boar bristle paddle brush is great for smooth the hair follicles just before rolling your hair. Just consider it as your, “just to be on the safe side.” For example, I find this particular brush to offer incredible smoothing results.



Exhibit H:


Head Scarf

If you decide you’ve got the time to just let your foam roller set dry overnight, then a head scarf is a great way to protect your hair from breakage and frizz. Don’t use just any kind of scarf, grab a satin one like this. Satin scarves prevent your hair from breaking off which means no split ends.


For a list of more products for vintage hair styling, check out my post titled:

10 Vintage Hair Tools & Products For Any Hair Type.




Check out the video below which give you a quick view of how it’s all done. I am using all the products and tools I mentioned above.




Tips For Putting Foam Rollers in Your Hair


  Start off with damp hair. If your hair is too wet, it will become too slippery and the rollers will slide.

  Detangle your hair and add your leave-in of choice to keep your hair moisturized.

  Use a rat tooth comb to part sections in your hair, apply setting lotion foam and distribute it evenly.

• Once your hair is dry, put a quarter size amount of your favorite hair oil, lotion, or pomade in the palm of your hands and rub your hands together so the product coats both hands. Take each roller out and separate your curls gently. The product on your hair will prevent the hair from any further frizz.



So that’s it, folks!  I’d absolutely LOVE to see your results, So if you decide to try it out head on over to the Facebook group and post a pic of yourself! If you’re camera shy, then just leave a comment below telling me your success or struggles!



  1. Reply

    Angela Bost


    But not easy to do with long hair is it?

    • Reply

      Gabriella Ruiz


      Hi Angela,

      Actually the first time I ever did a foam roller set was on longer hair. My hair at that time was past my shoulders. You can still get a great set but just factor in that drying time will take longer. I suggest getting larger sized foam rollers so the hair isn’t so compact around the roller taking longer to dry. If prefer sleeping in your rollers, there are foam roller options without any plastic rod inside so you can sleep comfortably!

  2. Reply



    Fantastic tips! While I don’t have curly hair, I do have friends who do and have always asked me about tips for their hair and now I can point them to someone who knows. YAY!
    I’m a big Motions fan over here in straight haired gal land and have used it for years, sadly it’s becoming harder and harder to find it in Toronto so I have had to switch over to lottabody which does not give me the same results. Oh well.
    Anyways fantastic post! Your website is so great 🙂


    • Reply

      Gabriella Ruiz


      Hi Liz! Glad you enjoyed these tips and so happy to hear you like the website And yes, Lottabody is a whole Lotta’ something different…lol. I love that motions has a softer set making the hair manageable to style and gives a nice sheen to your hair, as well. I’m sorry to hear it’s hard to come by in Canada, though. I’m not familiar with Canadian/US Amazon rules, but if you run low you can always hop back on this post and either click on the pic or the embedded link in the description of the product.:)