by Nyasha of Blissfulcurls.com
When it comes to curling your natural hair at home by yourself; knowing what do and what to get can be a mine field. But since I first went natural ohhhh so many years ago, the one thing, that I have always found to be a great way to curl my natural hair are perming rods.
You might have thought perming rods were only for old ladies who want to get a perm. That is not their only use. I have found that perming rods are a great way to create various natural hair styles, especially if you are new to curling your own hair.
Perming Rods On Natural Hair 101
Now if you are wondering how the heck to use perming rods don’t worry. I struggled myself on where to start when curling with perming rods.
If the perming rod is thin, it’s much easier to use on short natural hair. As the diagram below shows:
Not all manufacturers will have their perming rods in the colors above. When deciding which ones to buy, I would suggest that you look at the diameter thickness instead.
If you have never bought your own perming rods, I would recommend you start with the thinner ones, especially if your natural hair is in its TWA (teeny weenie afro) phrase or just a little bit longer than that.
Even if you natural hair is bra-strap length, I would still recommend the thin perming rods. The only issue is your hair will take longer to dry.
Benefits of Using Perming Rods On Natural Hair
The main thing I love about using perming rods is that, you are able to curl your hair fairly easily especially if you are new to curling your own natural hair. Why is it so easy? Well, because you can roll your natural hair around perming rods and then secure these with a rubber band.
It doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t perfect right away because a certain amount of your natural hair will be curled and over time you can perfect it.
The other thing I love about perming rods is that you can use them to create so many natural hair styles, like:
the twist and curl (which is when you curl the bottom of your twist and unravel your twist)
you can use them to refresh an out twist out or braid out;
the curly afro; and
so many more.
Please note when styling, perming rods will compress your natural hair rather than elongate it.
Here are a few styles that I have created with perming rods, on my own natural hair.
The Twist and Coil
Mind you these are just a few of them and I will continue to create even more styles.
Besides being able to create all of these styles, the other thing I love about perming rods is that they are fairly cheap to buy.
So when you are buying them you can get several packets to ensure that you will have enough to be able to sufficiently set your entire head..
Be sure to go and grab several bags of perming rods, as the more you have the better.
Have any of you used perming rods on your natural hair? What were the results?
Nyasha Gowora founded Blissfulcurls.com after having struggled with growing her own natural girl for many years and after learning what worked and what didn’t. She then decided to share her love of all things hair. As an African women, she provides a different perspective on growing natural hair, from how to use ancient remedies to help your hair, to how you can build your own hair care routine using science. And for those people that need a bit extra help, Nyasha offers one on one consultations to make their natural hair journey a bit easier.