I recently took a step towards super cool hair styling. I’ve discussed why I went natural here on the blog before, but for those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of reading that post; I’ll make it simple. I did my big chop back in February of 2008, while deployed in Iraq. I had decided to take my freedom regarding my hair, and I mean that on so many levels. From rules and regulations in uniform to the expectation that in order to look neat and well kept I needed to have relaxed hair. So I BC’d in ’08 and for the last few years I’ve been trying to find what styles I love the most or my “Go To Styles” when all else fails. For the longest time I would just wear my hair out (Rocking the Fro), then I went to Two-Strand Twisting, and then within the last few months I’ve gone to wearing it in a “Puff Ponytail”. But after a few months of stalking YouTube tutorials and a plethora of Natural’s blogs, I finally broke down and bought one of the coolest inventions ever!!!! Yes, I bought Curlformers. I was a bit skeptical at first and just knew that it had to be some hard technique to putting them in my hair, but in all honesty….It was easy as pie! I’m not into making my own tutorials so I took pictures of a few steps through the process and a cute pinup style for travel. Not only was I using Curlformers for the first time, I was also using a new hair product (Naturalista Cosmetics) as well, and it worked amazingly in my hair. Below is the process with pictures. I have to say I was impressed, not only at the results but also at the fact that my hair has finally begun to grow past the TWA stage…OK OK way past the TWA stage, and I’m proud of myself for sticking it out and not going back to that “Creamy Crack”…lol
Hair Type: 4c/4b
Length: I have no clue. Nape of the neck and tip of my nose, yes to me that’s a length, I don’t have a measuring tape handy
Color: Dark Brown
I bought the Short & Wide Styling Kit ( Orange Clockwise/Pink Counterclockwise) from Curlformers.com, priced at $48.95 for 40 curlers. After I made my order I realized that my hair is more than likely too thick for just 40 of these curlers and wanted to have a varied curl look, so I went to Amazon.com and bought 2 packs of Long & Narrow Starter kits (10 Blue Clockwise/10 Green Counterclockwise), these came from Sally’s Beauty Supply and cost $13.99 a pack (on the curlformers website they are $11.99). My order from Sally’s came first and the Curlformers.com order came the very next day. Both arrived within 3-5 business days, so if you’re not in a hurry and want to save a few extra dollars, I suggest ordering from Curlformers directly. Here’s what they look like straight out of the pack.
Now, I told you all I used a new hair product as well called Naturalista Cosmetics. I’m all about natural hair care products with none of the bad stuff (harsh chemical additives), so when I read about this product I was interested, when my stylist Candace of NNatural Hairstudio used the Juicy Leave In Conditioner in my hair with an Updo, I was in like, after I used the Juicy Elixir Herbal Moisturizer& Detangler and Juicy Leave In Conditioner…I was in love, that’s not even mentioning the fact that the AloeFlax gel made my curls super shiny and not stiff! *Caution these products smell absolutely yummy and will have you thinking there’ some kind of fruitilicious dessert part goin’ on while you’re using them!!!*
The only thing I was not happy about regarding using Curlformers was the fact that by the time I arrived in Yemassee, SC my dear old friend Humidity took all my curls away and left me with thick, juicy poofs of pinned up hair. So I’ve decided to try Ouidad’s Climate Control Heat& Humidity Gel instead. Also I didn’t realize how long my hair truly was so I have also bought Curlformers Long & Narrow, and Long &Wide set. In my opinion I believe Curlformers are easy to use and natural hair friendly. Overall, I’m pleased and know I’ve made a smart investment and I’ve also found a new style to rock with my natural hair.
Here are the websites for products used:
Curlformers: http://www.curlformers.com , http://www.sallybeauty.com , or http://www.amazon.com
Naturalista Cosmestics: http://www.naturalistacosmetics.com
I also found a few tutorials on YouTube that really helped, just type in curlformers on natural hair.