Back in late May or Early June, I connected with the folks over at at Hairflair (makers of Curlformers) about collaborating to bring together a tutorial and in-depth review of Curlformers specifically for ladies transitioning to natural hair. Why? Because pretty much every review I saw for Curlformers was done with ladies who have gorgeous completely natural hair. No shade, because I’ll be there soon enough. Truth be told, I could be there now, but I like my length where it is (and I want more…I’m greedy :::muahahahahaha:::)… but I digress. I wanted to do this review and tutorial because we transitioners don’t have the luxury of having a uniform curl pattern or thickness from root to end. Heck, if I had half a curl in some places I’d be happy.

I’m always on the prowl for new ways to blend my textures, especially for my weekend styles. And I am happy to report that Curlformers work WONDERS for transitioning hair. When I took those springy thingies out, I couldn’t tell where my natural hair ended and my heat damage began. Check out my video tutorial from start to finish, using Curlformers:

Here are all the steps and products used:
1. Prior to the video, I detangled my hair with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and cleansed with Miss Jessie’s Creme De La Curl cleanser.
2. I deep conditioned in the shower with Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment, left on my hair for about 15 minutes.
3. As a leave-in, I added Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, and sealed lightly with a little bit of Jamaican Mango & Lime Lavender scented Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
4. I banded my hair in 8 sections, using 4 – 5 scrunchies on each section. After banding, I clipped about 3/4 of an inch from each section, because I didn’t like how my ends looked. I sealed again with the JBCO. My hair air dried while I was at the dentist (under a scarf), for about 3 hours.


In the video, the products and tools I used to achieve this style were:

 

Curlformers Review

Overall, I LOVED using the Curlformers. For some reason, I found applying them to be fun and less of a chore than flexi rods. Maybe its the cute colors. I was able to lounge around in them without any discomfort, and even layed down for a spell in them. Once I got the hang of the install, it was smooth sailing from there. Here’s my transitioner take on the pros and cons of Curlformers:

Pros

  • 1. Easy to install; not as complicated as it seems
  • 2. Great for stretching hair
  • 3. Loved the clockwise and counter-clockwise pre-set Curlformers. Makes installation and deciding which way to curl the hair a LOT easier
  • 4. Comfortable enough to lay around/sleep in
  • 5. Curls can be formed without use of direct heat
  • 6. Does a GREAT job at blending textures, a bonus for transitioners
  • 7. Easy to remove
  • 8. Curls last 3+ days

 

Cons

  • Expensive. A Curlformers Styling Kit retails for around $70 online and in Sally’s. I spent $15 on 6 Curlformers, which works out to be about $2.50 per Curlformer. That’s a huge investment for a budget-conscious transitioner (like myself).

Bottom Line: Besides the price point, I really don’t have much to say. The material is high quality (in my opinion), and the Curlformers do EXACTLY what they said they’d do. If you’re willing to make that investment, then go for it. I’d do Curlformers over flexi rods any day. But then again, Bantu Knots are free…lol.


Deluxe Softhood Dryer Review

Can we say…Godsend? I love every single little thought and detail that was put into the Softhood Dryer. It comes in a cute little travel package made of the same material, has a drawstring for securing hair, and a chin strap. Folks laugh at the last one, but you’ll never appreciate a chin strap on a bonnet dryer until you have the experience of not having one and needing something to hunker that thing down. I love this dryer, period. It’s awesome at cutting down drying times and setting styles…of course I use it for other stuff besides Curlformers. And it’s only about $16 online, which is really affordable. I’ll never sit under a hooded dryer again!

Have you tried Curlformers as a transitioning style? What was your experience?

For more from Christina check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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38 Comments on "8 Benefits of Curlformers for Natural and Transitioning Hair"

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Candace

The continuously looping commercial/bad music looping in the background is beyond annoying. It even drowns out your vlog. It would be nice if there was a way to permanently turn it off.

bonton tootsie roll

I think Blue Ivys hair is/looks absolutely amazing!

Nesha

There’s generic curlformers on Amazon that work just as good. Naptural85 did a review on generic vs name brand curlformers.

Shandaleia

Yep! I have the knockoff vakind rollers and they are everything with a slice of pie! I have very thick hair so I have to use 64-70 of them each time I set my hair. But two packs at $16 each sis much better that $70 a pack. See pics below for before and afters
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[…] still a struggle. Again, however, I will say that when they do work they do deliver! Here is an article that explains the use of a Curlformer and even contains a YouTube video that shows how she applied […]

Kimberly

Thanks for the video. Nice Smile. Now I got to get up and go to the store and purchase the curlformers and the drying bonnet.
😉

Toi S

I Love curlformers! I brought some off brand ones from ebay. $25 for 50 and thats just enough for my whole head. They shipped from china which was probably why they were so cheap but they work just the same.

Sarah

I’m a transitioner and have used these sense I was relaxed. They always give me a nice curl but you need to have patience when applying them

Beth Kredel

Do they only work for African-American hair? I’m white and always looking for non-chemical ways to get curls that are like those produced by this product. Thank you for any feedback!

Hyspin

Luckily the toronto version possibly the all Canadian locations of tastygo is having sale on them now at: http://www.tastygo.com/Reusable_Magic_Leverage_Hair_Styling_Roller_Curlers2

Sale ends in 6 days, $9.00 CAD per box

Hyspin

I just bought a competitors product that is similar to curlformers called Magic Levrage which bought group buying site usually shows up on either buytopia, tastygo, and I think Wag Jag. But I think it may show up on Groupon, One Spout (a central group buying site that connect to other sites) milanoo, and Ali Express. Usually it doesn’t shoe up by name but by curlers.

Hope this help some who find curlformers to pricey, as for quality seems similar except according to youtubers that use both curlformers come out slicker.

A.J.

I brought these for my transition and they were amazing. My roots always seemed to puff up tho after day 2. gonna try again now that I’m fully natural and see how it works.

AJ

The ends of hair hair start to puff after a few days.
Can anyone explain or share what this is about?

Thanks

Celeste Pegues

I bought curlformers a few months ago and i like the results. BUT the style only lasted me a day! by the next day my hair was just a tangled curly mess. I don’t know if it’s because I did not sit under a dyer that the style did not last.

jmh

Beautiful results. I need to hear from someone who has thicker & more difficult hair. I have attempted curlformers but the results were NOT pretty!! I could not get the roots smooth.

HoneyB

Hmmm. Did you you try curlformers on clean hair with minimal product? By “difficult hair” do you mean 4c hair? I have 4c hair too and my results are always smooth and silky curls. However, that is when I do my curlformers on clean hair. I find that oils and product prevent the hair from taking to that curlformer shape. I’m going to do curlformers tomorrow night. I may just post before and after pics on here if I remember. I have thick 4c Nigerian hair.

HoneyB

I’ll also add that I have a lot of curlformers. Perhaps you need to try smaller sections and make sure that your hair dries completely. Since you have thick hair, you probably just need more curlformers. This makes for less hair per curlformer, more defined curls, faster drying time, and smoother results. My hair can dry in about 3 hrs if I do small sections, but again, I have a lot of curlformers.

The Mane Captain

curlformers are indeed easy to install and remove! I even tried doing it on dry hair with only a leave-in, and my curls still came out great!

the drawback with the price is the reason why it’s not as popular as magnetic rods and other forms of curling tools. I wish they could reduce the price a little

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z

They are currently having a 15% Off sale on http://www.curlformers.com site til 8/31/13. I plan on buying some as well.

Marlene

I love curlformers but they are NOT comfortable to sleep in (maybe if I’m taking a nap but I toss & turn anyways when I sleep so I can’t just stay in one position) so the review on that dryer is useful. I only use a setting lotion, curl creme & gel on my hair when using them. When I take them out & apart I use my shea butter mixture or an oil. Simple.

Jodeci R.

I LOVE Curlformers. They’re one of my favorite products! Though, fair warning, the application wasn’t as quick and easy; it takes practice. And, like others who’ve commented, I agree that they’re not that easy to sleep in unless they’ve changed their material from such a rigid mesh, which I highly doubt they have. Cost-wise, I was able to buy a full set for fairly cheap on eBay, so make sure you’ve exhausted all of your purchasing options. You never know what deals you’ll find!

evangeline

That’s a lot of product to be putting in a clean head of hair!

Toni

Is it just me or is that A LOT of product on each section? Surely all that is not needed to set the style.

Christina Patrice

Hi Toni,

Those three (Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, Lottabody & EcoStyler) were just my preference for a stronger hold. Anyone using Curlformers (or anyother curling tools) is free to style their hair using whatever products they choose 🙂 My hair came out light and very soft, but everyone must do what works for them. Thanks!

Kemz

Thank you! I’m transitioning, and after I take my box braids out I’ll use these to style my hair!

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TWA4now

I would love to try some Curlformers, a steamer, and softdryer soon! I heard bubblewrap is nice too! Thank you for sharing!

#afterChristmassale

Christina Patrice

That softhood dryer is the TRUTH! Lol.

cacey

correction. NOT easy to sleep on. and i’ve been using them for the last 3 years. maybe for some heads but not for a good half of people who use them.

Mai

Yeah I agree with you. I’ve had mine for 3 years and it gets easier to sleep on because you get used to them and know how to lay on them, but I know when I wear them I shouldn’t expect to have a good night’s rest.

Cy

This is what I was rushing to the comment section to say: They are NOT easy to sleep in! Otherwise love them.

Christina Patrice

Cacey, I think it may be a on a case-by-case basis. I cannot stand sleeping in flexi-rods or bantu knots, but I was laid out in Curlformers, lol.

HoneyB

What a coincidence that this was posted now. I bought curlformers last Christmas and have been in love with them ever since. Lately, I’ve really noticed how they make styling my 4c hair a BREEZE. The inventor of those things should get a damn Nobel Peace Prize.

Buhle M

I was about to ask how they work on 4c hair 🙂 They’re so expensive tho! (/_\)

gurlwiththefro

The generic brand works just as good. You can find them on amazon.

HoneyB
You should definitely buy them!. I have naturally dry and coarse 4c hair. Yet, when I use curlformers, my hair is stretched and soft. I can’t vouch that the cheap ones will last as long nor if they are of equal quality. I say just buy the real ones. Think about how much you spend on hair products in two months time. Well, curlformers can be used multiple times a week. I’ve had them since Christmas, and I haven’t seen any wearing of the product. Plus, I use them about three times a week. For the best results, use them… Read more »
Redseouls

Thanks for the video Sis! I may have to get that dryer!

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