It’s hard to deny that great hair is the delicious cherry on top of a pinup girl sundae. You can definitely rock a cute pinup look without doing vintage hair, but victory rolls or Bettie waves can give even the plainest outfits a pinup twist. Committing to a middy haircut and setting my hair every day was a major step in my ~Pinup Journey~, and the art of a great wetset is one that every pinup gal should know. If you want to do something right, you need the right tools, so today I’m talking about the Suavecita Wet Set, a trio of products formulated to give you a great set, the foundation to every great pinup hairstyle. Do they do the trick? Find out after the jump!
As a purple-haired lady, I’m very protective of anything that might dull my lovely locks. Suavecita’s projects are safe for color-treated hair, vegan and cruelty-free!
I’ve been a devotee of the Argan Silkening Serum for quite a while now. It makes a real difference in the feel of my hair and the quality of my sets, and it smells uh-maze-ing. So, so good. The hairspray has a very complementary scent, though unsurprisingly with more of a chemical undertone. After I finished my last can of Suavecita hairspray, I decided to experiment with other hairsprays from the drugstore or (mostly) that I find on sale at TJ Maxx. And…yeah, I’m back to the Suavecita. It does a great job of holding your hair in place without it getting all gross and crunchy. You can make adjustments after spraying without feeling like your head is covered in stiff shards of hair.
This was my first time using the Suavecita Grooming Spray. I’ve been using the same bottle of Jane Carter Wrap & Roll for…like a year, probably? But I knew I was getting low, and since I was already grabbing the hairspray & serum, I figured I might as well pick up the full set instead. A lot of people say that this spray smells like watermelon Jolly Ranchers; I was worried about the scent, because I’m not super into the ultra sweet smells (I cannot deal with Lush’s Snow Fairy). I’m gonna be straight up with you guys – I am not into this scent. I definitely get the Jolly Ranchers comparison, but there’s definitely a chemical undertone to it…it kind of reminds me of if a watermelon Jolly Rancher was also a super metholated cough drop. That said, you really don’t need to use a lot in your hair and it dries down to a neutral scent quickly.
I may have wrinkled my nose when I first spritzed my hair, but all wrinkles were gone when I woke up in the morning and took down my set! The Grooming Spray does a real nice job. I haven’t been unhappy with my setting lotion, but there was definitely a difference. Especially as the days went on, I found that my curl stayed stronger (I do re-roll my hair every night, btw), hair retained more volume, and (potential TMI?) my roots got way less greasy. I usually use dry shampoo on my hair three days into a set, but I made it through all five weekdays without feeling like I needed a spritz of Batiste to look like a properly groomed human. You can see in the photos that I didn’t brush out the curl as much on the first day, but it was still very soft and pretty (I’d been frustrated with my curls being Too Much and frizzy on the first day of a set). And by the fifth day, I’m getting some mad height, pretty much no teasing required!
As you may have noticed from my Too Faced palette review, I’m a big sucker for cool packaging. Suavecita’s packaging doesn’t turn my crank especially hard, but I do love their iconic skeleton pinup girl. It reminds me every day to do my best to be a badass skeleton babe.
What are your favorite hair products for vintage style?