How to do a ‘Wet Set’ with a Crown Extension

Wet set hairstyle

A main concern for women that are thinking about investing in a hair loss solution such as a wig or a crown extension is whether or not they will be able to style their hair as normal. One amazing client has a lot of fun and is very creative with how she styles her hair piece and she offered to share with us how she creates this hair style. 

Introducing Elinor from The Nylon Swish 

I’m a 28 year old woman who has been experiencing hair loss since my late teens. I used to have beautiful long, thick hair that took forever to wash, brush and style and I took it for granted, until it started to fall out. I have diagnosed female pattern baldness and it is something that I used to think about almost every minute of every day. I would spend hours searching through various websites, trying to find something that would make my hair grow back. Once I realised that it wouldn’t grown back, I tried to find hair pieces that would hide my thinning hair and shiny scalp. Honestly, it was exhausting.

One of my hobbies is blogging, I blog about vintage underwear and stockings and often need to do photoshoots. In the vintage scene, all the girls have beautiful hairstyles, such as ‘victory rolls’, ‘bettie bangs’ and beautifully styled waves. I would have no option but to tie my hair back and clip in a bunch of horrible extensions. As shallow as it may seem, my hair made me very unhappy.

However, that all changed when I discovered crown extensions. I have owned mine since May of this year, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I now have the hair that I have always lusted after. Luckily, I have some very talented friends who were kind enough to show me how to do a wet set on my ‘special hair’, and I haven’t looked back since.

Vintage look photo black and white

If you would like to try something different on your crown-extension, or you are after a vintage look, keep on reading to find out how to recreate my favourite style.

Vintage look photo

What you will need:

  • Foam rollers - 2 different sizes, small (1 pack is enough) and medium (2 packs) 
  • Tail comb
  • Hairspray
  • Fabric/ scarf to wrap around your head
  • Setting lotion (I use Jane Carter Solution - Wrap and Roll)
  • Hair brush (I use a paddle brush)
How to:

Step 1:

Wet Set step 1

You can do this style on both freshly washed hair or days old hair, it is up to you. Either way, it will need to be 90% dry. If you have just washed it, blow dry until most of the moisture has gone, or spray your hair with a little water.

Step 2: 

Add the setting lotion evenly to your hair, not too much as we don’t want crispy curls!

Step 3:

Wet Set step 3.1

We are so lucky to be able to wear these crown extensions as we are able to style our hair off of our own heads, making it so much easier! Take your crown extension and a large roller then using the tail comb, section off some hair about the width of the roller. Roll the hair OVER the roller and secure the end of the hair with your fingers. Then tightly roll all the way up to the ‘scalp’. Clip roller closed.

Wet Set step 3.2

Step 4:

Wet Set step 4

Repeat this all the way around the crown extension. If you want more curls, you can section off smaller amounts of hair and add twice as many rollers

Step 5:

If you have bangs cut into your crown extension, take a couple of the smaller rollers and roll as desired

Step 6:

Wet Set step 6

Now for your real hair, this is pretty much the same as the above steps. Try to follow the same placement as the rollers on the crown extension. I do mine really badly because … Well I haven’t had much hair to practice on before now!

Step 7:

Now that you are all rollered-up, take a scarf and wrap it around your head to protect the hair from getting messy while you’re sleeping. You can leave your crown extension on it’s mannequin head. Sleeping in foam rollers isn't my favourite thing to do but it’s not the worst, you will get used to it after a couple of times, trust me!

Step 8:

Wet Set step 8.1

In the morning, take all the rollers out of your real hair and your crown extension.

Wet Set step 8.2

Once the rollers are all out, clip your crown extensions in, as you would normally do.

Wet Set step 8.3

Step 9:

Wet Set step 9

Keeping the crown extension in place with one hand, start brushing all the curls out. Don’t hold back, really brush your hair out. The secret to this hair style is the brush-out, keep on brushing for a good 5-10 minutes. *Warning* you will look ridiculous!

Step 10:

Wet Set step 10

Once you have finished brushing-out, start brushing your hair over your hand and towards your face. As you do this, follow the brush down the hair with your other hand and smooth it out in between your fingers. You then need to basically ‘sculpt’ your hair into place.

Step 11:

You will then get cute waves throughout your hair, at this point you just need to arrange your hair into the shape you want it. If it looks bad, bush it out again and then smooth and sculpt it with your fingers. Don’t give up!

Step 12:

Wet Set step 12.1

 I then like to clip the left side of my hair behind my ear and then I use hairspray to keep everything in place.

Wet Set step 12.2Wet Set final

Don’t forget, practise makes perfect!

We absolutely LOVE hearing from people about how they are finding their hair piece and what they have been doing. If you have any suggestions or helpful hints please let us know!

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