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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[…] 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 […]

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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bonton tootsie roll

I think Blue Ivys hair is/looks absolute­ly amaz­ing!

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.

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