I just have to say YES…it is fine to wear your hair curlers or pin curls in public. Setting your curls is no small matter. It requires patience and planning. No grocery store errand should stand in the way of your vintage curl goals. Just wrap a scarf around them and go about your business until you are ready to brush them out.
- Curlers in public = A badge of honor
- Being Outdoors helps your hair set better
- My Aunt and the Arizona Hairdryer
- Celebrities today wearing curlers in public
Curlers in public…A badge of honor
Where your curlers in public like a badge of honor. I do.
When I am working on a roller set or pin curls, I am in it to win it. I have committed to spending the time to style my hair in a way that it does not do on its own. And I am proud of that commitment and the finished style I get after I have finished.
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There was a time when this was just normal everyday. Women of all ages set out to take care of their daily business while they waited for their hair to finish setting.
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When I see these images of women in hair curlers in public, it reminds me of my grandmothers that I have since lost. It reminds me of a woman’s commitment to feeling good about herself. We should be celebrating this, not poking fun at it.
Being outdoors helps you hair set better
The great outdoors is full of sun and hair styling power. The factors that help a good curl last are water and heat. These two ingredients first help affect the bonds of your hair strand and, after these two ingredients have dissipated, the bonds reform to help the curl hold.
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If you are setting your hair in pin curls or rollers, you are most likely dampening it with some water or setting spray. The outdoor air and wind will help dry these products quicker. And the sunshine will both dry the hair quicker and add some heat to the curls which also helps the set last longer. Just make sure you get out of the sun and let your hair cool before you remove the rollers.
My aunt, prom night, and the Arizona hairdryer story
My favorite story of curlers and the great outdoors is of my aunt on the day of prom in Arizona. She used the big can rollers to style her hair that were too big to fit under a home hood dryer. She also didn’t leave herself enough time for her hair to dry before prom.
So my grandmother drove my aunt around the neighborhood with her head sticking out of the window. Anyone who lives in a hot climate can understand how this must have felt like being in a giant hairdryer.
Boating, the Ozarks and my grandmother
This image of the woman on a boat reminds me of my other grandmother. My grandfather and she had a little house on the Lake of the Ozarks and my grandmother would never let a roller set stand in the way of an after-lunch boat ride. Not to mention, she knew that the outdoors would help her hair set a little more.
Celebrities today wearing curlers in public
Curlers or curl sets in public today are rare enough that celebrities wearing them out and about is worth mentioning on gossip sites. Back when Christina Aguilera was styling her retro vintage waves look on a regular basis, paparazzi snapped photos of her traveling between locations with her pin curls wrapped in a curlers net.
And here is Amy Childs and Gigi Hadid both committing to great hair curlers sets.
So… go for it! Wear your curlers in public with pride.