I love a great wet-set style (I’ve done curlformers & twist n’curls here, braid-outs & twist-outs are other great styles), but am always experimenting with ways to get my roots to match the rest of the style. For that reason, I stayed away from flexirod sets because I didn’t think I could get the right amount of tension at the root. When we were little & would get box braids for the summer, my mom used the rods on the ends of our braids before dipping them in hot water for curls, but I’ve never used them on my own hair. I recently decided to give them try despite my reservations, and was happily surprised! Wherever I felt that a rod wasn’t creating enough tension, I used small rubber bands to hold it to another rod, creating the tension I needed. I experimented with different sized rods for different sized curls, and love them all! Maintenance is easy – at night, I flipped my head over and put on a satin cap (so sexy, let me tell you) to protect the curls from frizzing. Check out my results below!
I bought all of my rods from my local beauty supply store for $3.99/pack. Smaller diameters come 6/pack, with less rods/pack as you move up in diameter. Starting with wet hair, I applied MoroccanOil Hair Treatment & Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse to each section, and made sure to brush smooth before rolling.
After all of my hair was rolled up, I sat under Laila Ali’s Soft Bonnet Dryer for about an hour until fully dry (ps: love this dryer!). For the first set, I used 28 rods in the following colors/diameters: Purple (3/4″, 2 packs of 5), Blue (9/16″, 2 packs of 6), and Orange (5/8″, 1 pack of 6).
This is what my hair looked like right after I removed all of the rollers, and before separating. Since I did this at night, I didn’t bother separating then, just put my hair up into a satin cap & went to bed.
In the morning, I used my fingers to gently separate the curls, and ended up like this:
After 2 days & 2 workouts, my hair looked like the below (I wore it in a ponytail while working out the first day, and in a ponytail all day the second day, but took it down so you can see what it looked like):
By the end of the third day & after three workouts, my hair looked like this:
On the third day, I washed my hair & tried a different combo of sizes for a larger, looser curl. For this version, I used 25 rods: Purple (3/4″, 2 packs of 5), Dark Green (1″, 3 packs of 4), and Burgundy (1 & 3/16″, 1 pack of 3). In the future, I won’t bother with the burgundy ones at all & will just use more dark green ones – I think 1 & 3/16″ is too wide.
This is what it looked like after taking the rods out:
And this is what it looked like after separating the curls with my fingers:
This is what it looked like on day 2, after working out once:
I’m just a little obsessed with flexirods now, and especially since I don’t have to sleep on them – the Laila Ali soft bonnet dryer absolutely saved me a good night’s sleep! Have you tried using flexirods? Tell me about your experience in the comments!