I’ve been on a hair journey of sorts. In the last year or so, I decided that I need to lay down my flat iron, and start nurturing my curls more. My curl pattern is a curly-coily with tight ringlets that can often get pretty big and pretty frizzy. It needs lots of love, and conditioner. My curl pattern is best described as 3C.
My curls in their natural state… in desperate need of a trim!
In the past, instead of embracing my curls, I spent a long time trying to beat them into submission with heat. For a few years in high school (eons ago) I got semi-relaxers to loosen up my curl pattern (until I got a chemical burn!. After that, I turned to fairly regular use of flat irons, waving irons and curlers and curling irons to straighten my hair or at least make it less curly. Then I started to notice some heat damage. My curls just weren’t bouncing back like they used to. Now I’ve realized that I should love my curls. They are a God-given gift, and I should embrace the fact that they help me to stand out from the crowd – they’re really not that bad! In fact, nowadays I think they’re pretty awesome. See also: Natural Hair Movement. So, although I’ve stayed away from heat for a good while now and wear my hair natural in a wash-n-go style almost daily, I still like to be able to switch up my style and do different things with my hair. Enter: Curlformers.
Extra Long and Wide Curlformers
These puppies are a great way to get long lasting curls without using any heat at all, unless you want to set the curls faster, in which case you can use a bonnet dryer, which provides a gentle heat non damaging heat (but be sure to still use a heat protectant – I recommend Creme of Nature Perfect 7 Leave-In Spray). I have the Curlformers softhood bonnet dryer and I use it often when I do a Curlformers set because sleeping in them is not something I enjoy doing. At All.But to each her own :)
First I shampooed and conditioned my hair using Deva Curl No-Poo and Deva Curl One Condition. I detangled my hair in the shower and left in a fair amount of the One Condition in as a leave-in treatment. I divided my hair into sections and distributed generous amounts of Deva Curl Light Defining Gel through each section. Using the tool provided in the Curlformers Starter Kit (and using the extra long and wide Curlformers), I installed them in one-inch sections all around my head. For this particular set, I let them air dry by sleeping in them overnight, but you can use a bonnet dryer to speed the drying process, which I recommend (again, just be sure to use a heat protectant). You want to make sure your hair is completely dry before removing the Curlformers. Once dry, you just pinch the Curlformer at the top and pull it down to release the hair inside. You’re then left with a perfectly bouncy (and soft!) spiral curl. I then loosen the curls by running my fingers through them – this adds volume and body. Some people prefer to coat their fingers with a bit of oil before running their hands through their hair. I sometimes use natural jojoba oil or Chi Deep Brilliance Reflect Silk Reflection for this, but depending on the moisture level of my hair, lubricating my hands with oil is not always necessary for me.
I love using these to loosen up my curl pattern. They give me a totally different look, the curls are smooth and frizz-free, and I don’t have to worry about heat damage. When my hair is stretched like this, it also gives me the opportunity to play with different styles that might not always look right (in my opinion) with my natural pattern (I mostly feel this way about braided hair styles). Overall I love these things. I even used them on the day of my wedding, for a loose and romantic style.
I hope you’ve found this little review helpful! If you have used Curlformers, or intend to use them in the future, please let me know about your experience! Or ask me questions! I’m still experimenting with how to preserve the style for longer than just a few days, and am also constantly trying different product combinations to achieve the perfect set. So I’d love to hear what others have to say.
I purchased my Curlformers at Sally Beauty Supply. I’ve purchased and have experimented with both the Extra Long and Wide and the Long and Extra Wide styling kits on my own, and am excited to see that they’ve recently added Extra Long and Extra Wide Curlformers (might have to try those next, as those produce a larger and even looser curl).
For a complete tutorial on how to use curlformers, check out this YouTube video.
*this post was not sponsored in any way, and all opinions are my own.