Curlformers are a great way to give your hair some nice stretch without using heat at all or minimum heat by use of a hooded dryer. The application of curlformers appears to be challenging but once you get the swing of things using them is pretty easy.
Before you purchase you should consider the length of your hair. Curlformers can be used on all hair lengths even shorter natural hairstyles, however, they do have different sizes that you can choose from. They have rollers for shorter hair and longer hair.
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If you have medium length to long hair hair you are going to want to go with the rollers for longer hair because if you wind up buying the short ones you may have some of your ends sticking out.
For those who find themselves in this situation, you can simply two strand twist the ends of your hair that remain out to ensure that your hair is curled from root to tip.
They are a bit on the pricer side for rollers, but I have to say the price is well worth it, especially if you are not too great with using flexi rods. Now I will say this, flexi rods are a million times more comfortable to sleep in but in my experience especially since I am no expert at flexi rods, I had an easier time getting my roots to look good using curl formers.
Part of why I think curlformers are a great solution for naturals with type 4 hair, even type 4b and 4c is that it does an amazing job of gripping your roots. I notice on many tutorials on Youtube, most of the women twisted their hair at the root and then applied the curl former, however for me I didn’t find this step necessary my 4b and 4c kinks where stretched out quite well without incorporating this step.
The results look great even on Natural Maven’s Shorter Hair Length
Prior to using curlformers my hair was washed, conditioned, and detangled thoroughly. Detangling prior to the application the curlformers is probably your most crucial step along with applying a good hair setting product to each section. I used Jane Carter Solution’s Wrap and Roll.
I went over each section first with a wide tooth comb, applied the wrap and roll setting product, then before using a curl former, I used a fine tooth comb for extra detangling.
Again, I do not recommend sleeping on curl formers. They do a great job but the tightness that it puts on your roots and the hardness of the roller makes it difficult to enjoy a good nights sleep. There are naturals that have done reviews on curlformers and sleep on them at night and my reaction is, “I don’t know how they do it!”.
A sit under dryer is a better solution if you have one or putting them in your hair on a day where you know you are going anywhere is a good option. If you can handle sleeping on them, I solute you!
All in all the end results are beautiful giving you a nice low manipulation style that gives your hair some elongation without resorting to heat at all or minimal heat if you choose to a hooded dryer. As someone who has a mixture of a kinky 4b and 4c hair texture, I am really impressed with how it made my roots look nice and smooth as well as the nice stretch that it gave.