I use curlformers!!
I'm new here.. just stumbled onto this site a few days ago sooo not sure what type of hair I would be considered. I was thinking a 2c using the naturallycurly.com descriptions because I have thick hair but my hair looks more like 2a according to the pictures... I'm so confused. Well it looks like 2a when my hairs wet but once it dries I only have 2 or 3 waves per clump and my hair is about 2 inches longer than bra strap length and my hair is a crazy frizzy mess
Anyways onto curlformers, I'm not sure about Sally's return policy but I think you'll like them, the end result is a shiny curl usually in the same size of the curlformer you're using.
I use 1 pack of long & wide for the top layer of my hair (though I don't loveeee the way it looks after I take the curlformers out so I have to touch it up with a curling iron) and 2 packs of the extra long & wide for the rest of my head and I'll use a few pink ones on the right side and vice versa so they're not so uniform and it looks more natural. In case anyone was wondering why curlformers come in different colors, the pink ones go the left side of your face (so the curls curl away from your face) and the yellow or orange or whatever other color you have goes on the right side.
I usually put them in when my hair is almost dry (or if I plan on sleeping with them in, which is a tad bit uncomfortable, I put them in when my hairs still damp so probably 30 mins after I shower). I have a LOT of hair and it's thick so almost dry for me is about an hour after I get out of the shower. I put 2 globs of leave in conditioner in my hair before I put the curlformers in.. this step is probably because I started using leave in conditioners at the same time I started using curlformers so this step probably isn't necessary for everyone
I take them out after about 2 hours (which for me is when my hair is completely dry) or after I use my dryer on the cold setting. When I first take them out they're spiral curls and I'll spritz on some hairspray (I know I know hairsprays probably bad but I'm new here) but since my hair is resistant to styling after about half an hour they loosen up into pretty 1.5" (I'm estimating here) curls.
The reason I like curlformers is because my hair is extremely damaged (I chemically straightened (the japanese straightening one.. I think it's called magic perm/straight or maybe I just call it that because that's what korean people call it and I'm korean and go to korean salons to get it done) my poofy, frizzy, semi wavy hair from 1999 to 2009 (1 every year) and flat ironing it for the past 14 years (I flat iron it when the perm grew out and I've been flat ironing and curling ironing (yes I made that word up
) ever since my last japanese straightening) and I'm trying to save my hair by not using heat on it and the curlformers give me pretty frizz-less, nice curls without using any heat.
Only thing is I'm not sure how great it is for my hair because of all the rubbing and isn't rubbing your hair with a towel even bad for it?
Advice would be to put a mark on one end so you know which side should be pointing up or down. I find that if I have a lot of hairs sticking out down the length of the curlformers and I take it out and put it on the other ways there are less hairs poking out
Here's a pic of my hair and my face blurred out hehe I took this picture at the library a few months ago.. I was supposed to be studied
I usually recurl the top layer using a curling iron so that swoopy piece on the left is a result of the curling iron, not a curlformer
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I haven't used curlformers in about 3 weeks. I severely burned my left hand.. 2nd degree burns and the skin on my palm, top of the hand and thumb was damaged =(
Anyways it's healing nicely but I think I'm going to try CG and see if my barely wavey hair will be pretty on it own