My most anticipated item of the year arrived in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago, the super innovative Curlformers!!! ($11.99 - $12.99 quantity varies between 6-8 per pack, depending on width & length, available at Sally Beauty Supply)
|I purchased 4 packs of the Extra Long & Wide and 2 packs of the Long & Wide|
I started with freshly shampooed, conditioned ,and detangled hair. Then I followed the directions as instructed on the package.
I'm glad I did my homework before attempting to try Curlformers with only the above instructions to guide me. Because of several YouTube videos that I watched before making my purchase, I knew to seperate my hair into at least 4 parts before beginning to make the process easier to manage.
After easily snapping together the two pieces of the Curlformer hook ($3.99, sold separately at Sally Beauty Supply). I inserted it into the Curlformer.
I started with the front section (which may have been a bad idea because the back "kitchen" part of my hair takes much longer to dry than the front). Grabbing about a 2 inch section (without clean parts), I combed through again with a wide toothed comb, applied BB Wrapping Lotion Foam and a dab of Proclaim Hair Oil Treatment, and then smoothed the section with a soft brush.
I began by twisting the root of the section as done by every Curlforming YouTubers that I had seen.
I then grabbed the twisted root with the hook, making sure to hold the base in place.
Still firmly holding the base, I pulled the Curlformer up over the top of the hook, grabbed the bottom handle of the hook, and pulled the section of hair through the Curlformer.
|One section completed, many more to go...|
|Complete head of Curlformers|
Some Things to Remember When Using Curlformers
- My hair is pretty darn long (bra strap length in most places on my head) even though its usually kept in shrunken curls. I regret not getting all Extra Long & Wide because I had multiple sections where the hair extended beyond the length of the Long & Wide (as pictured above). I just snipped off the those ends because that's how I roll (I need a trim anyway). However, if you're not sure if you need the longer length, just get the longer ones. I'll probably return the shorter ones or give them away.
- Apply the Curlformer to the hook before you start the section!! I forgot this step almost every single time so I would have to let go of my smooth twisted section to prepare the hook. Ugh!! This added about 30 minutes to the process. I had to train myself to do this step AS SOON AS I finished one section so that I would not forget.
- Do your research on the best techniques to use. YouTube is a heaven sent when learning about new products and techniques, especially because you can keep looking until you find someone with a hair type like yours. I had a pretty good idea about technique (twisting the root, smoothing the section with a brush, type of products to set with etc.) and was fairly confident my first go round (even though I did still have some setbacks).
- Curlformers dry pretty fast. If I air dry and don't put too much hair in one Curlformer, I'm usually done in about 4 hours, 45 minutes if sitting under a dryer. I have taken down a couple too early and found that they were still damp. Bummer!! But after resetting and blowing those sections dry for about 5 minutes, they still came out as perfect as the others. Now that's a first for me!! But it's a must that you let these suckers dry completely.
- For me, upkeep was not great. I'm not really good at maintaining my hair overnight. However, I have heard from other Curlforming ladies that have had the same experience. So unless I'm re-setting, pinning, or applying some other equally high-maintence routine, I usually need to figure out a new style for the day after. However, my hair is semi-straight post Curlformers, so I like that it gives me other styling options that I don't usually have with my curls, without having to apply heat.
|My curls after removing Curlformers|
Curlformers are definitely a great investment for do it yourself curls and a great tool for surviving the winter!! Love em!