This thing. Is AMAZING!!!

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I used mine to do a DT last night and this morning I used it to dry while doing my make up and brushing my teeth. Took about a full hour and a half off my usual 4-5 hour drying time, BUT my hair is frizzy today. It didn't start out that way, but got frizzier after leaving the house (could be dews which are high right now). I also added some new protein to my DT last night so I don't know which is the culprit. If it turns out that the protein is the problem, this hot bonnet thing is going to become part of my regular routine.
Type 2B - 3A
Med-High Porosity (partial highlights), medium & corse mixed textures

CG Day 1: May 16, 2013

Poo: CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish (as needed)
CO: Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Condish
RO&LI: CJ Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Condish
Styling: CJ Pattern Pusha or FSG, TRESemme Flawless Curls - Bouncy Curls Defining Gel, Giovanni LANaturals HardHold Gel (canopy only)
DT: CJ Curl Rehab, Coconut oil, SS Repairing PT

Techniques: Scrunch-n-pump, tshirt wrap
@alslgirl2002: sounds like it's the dews..!

@KauaiMareCurl: glad you had fab hair thanks to it.


Judging from the responses, I guess it really does matter what kind you have; whether it has enough ventilation holes, whether it has the ability to stay on your head, etc.

At hip length, going for mid-thigh!
3A/2C M iii med porosity, high elasticity

HGs:
Clarify: Nivea IR
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate CR
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: TBS Rainforest Moisture, etc

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
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O M G. I just got this in the mail, and this has given me the best hair I've ever had. No frizz, shiny (which my hair NEVER is) and 90% dry in 35 minutes. My hair usually takes 6+ hours to air dry. I can't believe it, this is going to save my life next semester at school.
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3b/c coarse, porous (I think), and THICK! Mod CG since: 10/11/08
Avoiding humectants and protein!
I have bra strap length hair half curly, half wavy hair that's medium to thin and low porosity. This gave me no frizz but I wasn't fully dry after 40 minutes. The top is dry but the rest of my hair just lays at the back of the bonnet and most of the top was empty. Going to experiment with a loose pineapple to get the hair up on top of my head. I'd flip it over but that seems like it would give me a headache fast!
Curly work in progress
2C with some 3A if all the stars align
Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
No sulfates since 2009
CG since 2013

In my stash:
Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
I want to buy either the Hair Flair Deluxe dryer attachment from the Curlformer site or the Conair one from Sally's. Which is better? I don't mind the price difference.
Curly and PROUD!!!

My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

CG since Sept. 2011
Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

* represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
ElizabethFaith, I have the "Conair Professional Soft Bonnet Attachment" from Sally's and it works. It has multiple vents all around, but it doesn't have a chin strap like it says it does online.

I tried using it "plop style" just to deep condition my hair and woah!

I was really surprised that a. my hair was actually less frizzy and b. it didn't do disastrous things to my 3c hair. Idk if it was my length before, but plopping used to be a huge no no.

I tried it again, but using only the cool blast and the results were even better: no frizz, defined curls, and the best part is my hair didn't take eternity to dry. I think I need to get a dryer that has an actual cool setting now.

Last edited by SpiralSpunk; 07-22-2013 at 01:57 AM.
Thanks, SpiralSpunk! It actually sounds pretty good! But I can't get over the appearance of the Hair Flair one. It looks so chic compared to the alien/80s-like Conair, lol! I bought it today from the Curlformers site. I can't wait!
Curly and PROUD!!!

My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

CG since Sept. 2011
Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

* represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
what brand seems to be best now?
I'm reaaally interested in buying one...
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2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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Thanks, SpiralSpunk! It actually sounds pretty good! But I can't get over the appearance of the Hair Flair one. It looks so chic compared to the alien/80s-like Conair, lol! I bought it today from the Curlformers site. I can't wait!
Originally Posted by ElizabethFaith
"Chic" is not the word my sons would use to describe it, lol. I still need to play around with mine to get the drying time down. I'm not sure why it takes so long compared to pixiecurling. I may need to up the heat a little.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
Thanks, SpiralSpunk! It actually sounds pretty good! But I can't get over the appearance of the Hair Flair one. It looks so chic compared to the alien/80s-like Conair, lol! I bought it today from the Curlformers site. I can't wait!
Originally Posted by ElizabethFaith
"Chic" is not the word my sons would use to describe it, lol. I still need to play around with mine to get the drying time down. I'm not sure why it takes so long compared to pixiecurling. I may need to up the heat a little.
Originally Posted by CurlyInTheFog
Yeah I can only imagine driving down the highway with one - can't wait lol. I turn mine on high speed since it seems the air flow is diminished.

what brand seems to be best now?
I'm reaaally interested in buying one...
Originally Posted by Neleke
Hmm idk, but I think having multiple vents is a good feature. Mine doesn't have one, but if I had to buy a new one I might also look for a chin strap.
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I actually went ahead a gave this a try. Without a heavy ro conditioner and with a gel it actually did work. I was wrong. It dried my hair in 20 minutes. This never happens...like ever. The back underside was still a bit wet, but that's nothing. It doesn't flatten my hair a but, but since I'm all about decreasing volume, that's fine with me.

This will be great for when workout and want to shower before bed, but don't want to go to sleep with wet hair.

I use the Conair one, the same one I use for DTs.
This cheapie...
Conair Professional - Conair Pro Soft Bonnet Attachment
I actually went ahead a gave this a try. Without a heavy ro conditioner and with a gel it actually did work. I was wrong. It dried my hair in 20 minutes. This never happens...like ever. The back underside was still a bit wet, but that's nothing. It doesn't flatten my hair a but, but since I'm all about decreasing volume, that's fine with me.

This will be great for when workout and want to shower before bed, but don't want to go to sleep with wet hair.

I use the Conair one, the same one I use for DTs.
This cheapie...
Conair Professional - Conair Pro Soft Bonnet Attachment
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
Can you share what you did--I mean in terms of what RO you used, how you did your gel, plopping, etc.? I'm still working on tweaking it a bit to cut drying time.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 939
Yeah I wish I had something interesting to share, but I don't.

I used the Darcy's Pumpkin as my RO conditioner. I get out of the shower, rake the CJ Smoothing Lotion to my hair. I grab my hair clip and clip it up, leaving a small bottom section down. I rake diluted gel (I like to mix my gel with water in my hand) through the section. I let my hair down section by section until I'm down.

I don't towel dry or plop. My hair has enough curl. I probably waited about 15 minutes, doing post shower things like moisturizing, then I threw the bonnet on my head. That's all I did.

My hair normally takes 8 hours to air dry and a little under an hour to diffuse.
I got my Curlformers bonnet today. I liked it and think it will come in handy but I think I need to practice how to use it some more. Here are my thoughts and maybe some of you can give me some tips. First of all my hair is about shoulder length. Even though it isn't that long I had a bit of a struggle getting my hair in the bonnet. I guess it wasn't a struggle but I felt like I was messing it up and touching it too much to get it inside. How do you guys get your hair inside? I tried to get it all arranged before I turned it on but it was actually much easier to deal with once it was on and the hood inflates so I might try that tomorrow. I also wasn't sure what to do with my bangs. Leaving them out caused the bonnet to push them down flat and weird. Putting them in made them stick up kind of crazy and weird. I thought the heat would make me feel really hot but it was actually kind of cool. I feel like I could turn it up higher than just the low setting. Has anyone else done that? I didn't really leave it on very long. Probably not even 20 minutes. So, my hair wasn't all that dry when I was done but I definitely saw progress in the drying department and it was worth it for the time invested. Sorry I didn't actually time it or anything. It also didn't cause any frizz except where I kept touching it to push it in the bonnet. I will try it for a longer amount of time tomorrow. I guess my question is how do you get your hair in without touching it too much or messing it up? I thought about flipping my head over and putting it on but I am afraid that will REALLY mess it up. I have very thick hair so I have to be careful how it dries or it can get kind of big and crazy. I usually can not diffuse upside down because it leads to big crazy hair! My hair tends to dry in whatever position it is in and then it stays that way which can sometimes be bad if it dries while it is looking weird! I think the bonnet will be helpful with keeping my hair out of my face. I sometimes have trouble with a few curls around my face always being in my face and bugging me. The bonnet holds them back while it dries so I think it will help them dry in a position out of my face.
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum

Last edited by pianogirl; 07-25-2013 at 08:49 PM.
Yeah I wish I had something interesting to share, but I don't.

I used the Darcy's Pumpkin as my RO conditioner. I get out of the shower, rake the CJ Smoothing Lotion to my hair. I grab my hair clip and clip it up, leaving a small bottom section down. I rake diluted gel (I like to mix my gel with water in my hand) through the section. I let my hair down section by section until I'm down.

I don't towel dry or plop. My hair has enough curl. I probably waited about 15 minutes, doing post shower things like moisturizing, then I threw the bonnet on my head. That's all I did.

My hair normally takes 8 hours to air dry and a little under an hour to diffuse.
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
Actually that was helpful. I'm waiting for a sample of the Darcy's and the CJ lotion and will try them out with the dryer.

I got my Curlformers bonnet today. I liked it and think it will come in handy but I think I need to practice how to use it some more. Here are my thoughts and maybe some of you can give me some tips. First of all my hair is about shoulder length. Even though it isn't that long I had a bit of a struggle getting my hair in the bonnet. I guess it wasn't a struggle but I felt like I was messing it up and touching it too much to get it inside. How do you guys get your hair inside? I tried to get it all arranged before I turned it on but it was actually much easier to deal with once it was on and the hood inflates so I might try that tomorrow. I also wasn't sure what to do with my bangs. Leaving them out caused the bonnet to push them down flat and weird. Putting them in made them stick up kind of crazy and weird. I thought the heat would make me feel really hot but it was actually kind of cool. I feel like I could turn it up higher than just the low setting. Has anyone else done that? I didn't really leave it on very long. Probably not even 20 minutes. So, my hair wasn't all that dry when I was done but I definitely saw progress in the drying department and it was worth it for the time invested. Sorry I didn't actually time it or anything. It also didn't cause any frizz except where I kept touching it to push it in the bonnet. I will try it for a longer amount of time tomorrow. I guess my question is how do you get your hair in without touching it too much or messing it up? I thought about flipping my head over and putting it on but I am afraid that will REALLY mess it up. I have very thick hair so I have to be careful how it dries or it can get kind of big and crazy. I usually can not diffuse upside down because it leads to big crazy hair! My hair tends to dry in whatever position it is in and then it stays that way which can sometimes be bad if it dries while it is looking weird! I think the bonnet will be helpful with keeping my hair out of my face. I sometimes have trouble with a few curls around my face always being in my face and bugging me. The bonnet holds them back while it dries so I think it will help them dry in a position out of my face.
Originally Posted by pianogirl
Do it like a plop. I was worried about it messing up my hair too, but it really doesn't. I carefully flip my head over, shake it a bit, put the bonnet on, turn the dryer on, and then straighten up. I have thick hair too, and the dryer gives me volume but not too much.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
My Hair Flair dryer attachment arrived today! I'll post my thoughts after I try it!
Curly and PROUD!!!

My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

CG since Sept. 2011
Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

* represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
Up tp to now I've managed to avoid being seen by anyone other than my younger son, who laughed but was smart enough not to say anything. Today I decided to use my bonnet while fooling around with my iPad on my bed. First my husband comes in, starts laughing--laughs, tries to ask a question, laughs, while I'm yelling "Go away!" Then two minutes later my older son comes in, shrieks with laughter while pointing at me, and I'm again yelling "GO AWAY!"

Sometimes I cannot believe I actually wanted to have boys.

Anyway...

This time I used about half the product I normally would (KCCC + BRHG). Used the dryer for about 45 minutes, and my hair was 75% dry. No frizz, good volume. I clipped the crown first so it would lay the way I wanted it to. I did get pretty good crunch, so I'm hoping the hold will last well enough with less product. It's still not as fast as diffusing, but being able to do other things while drying is a plus, and the added volume without poof is also a plus.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
Ughhhh... Using less product to decrease drying time is a no-go. I had great hair at first, but after a couple of hours way too much frizz, especially after I went outside in the wind. Since I can't avoid going outside, I have to use the additional product to hold the curls together. Not sure what to do about this. Maybe I can use the bonnet to dry partway with less gel, and then do a Smaster's and diffuse.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
I had seen this thread two weeks ago, and decided to order the Curl Formers hood. I used it for the first time today -- and can't get over how good my waves look!

I ended up plopping inside it, and used it for about ten minutes, just to get most of the moisture out. I had some wonky bits when I was done, but I clipped my roots and fixed the wonky pieces.

This thing is seriously awesome! It usually takes forever to dry my hair and I hate diffusing since I'm so impatient.

I'll probably use it as I did today -- to get most of the moisture out, and then let it air dry the rest of the way.

alslgirl2002, thank you so much for recommending it!!
Mod-CG since December 2010.
Hair type: NC: 2A; FIA: 2cFii; Fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity
Cleansing: CJ Cleansing Conditioner, Trader Joe's Tea Tree, or Deva No Poo
Daily conditioner: Deva One C or CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Hair Cond or GPB
Styling products: Deva B'Leave In + Deva Curl Cream + AnGel; or
SS CEJ + BRHG; or AG: Recoil + BRHG; or KCKT + KCCC + BRHG
Treatments: SS protein treatment or CJ Curl Fix or Nexxus Emergencee + CJ Curl Rehab

Up tp to now I've managed to avoid being seen by anyone other than my younger son, who laughed but was smart enough not to say anything. Today I decided to use my bonnet while fooling around with my iPad on my bed. First my husband comes in, starts laughing--laughs, tries to ask a question, laughs, while I'm yelling "Go away!" Then two minutes later my older son comes in, shrieks with laughter while pointing at me, and I'm again yelling "GO AWAY!"

Sometimes I cannot believe I actually wanted to have boys.
Originally Posted by CurlyInTheFog
I get it from my boys too. When they see me applying make-up, "Mom, why do you put that black goop on your eyelashes? Mom, why do you pull your eyebrows out?! Mom, why do your wear high heel shoes when you have to be careful how you walk?"

My oldest has remarked many times that he is glad he's not a girl because women "do weird stuff and wear weird uncomfortable things" and he's glad to not participate in any of it. I miss the days when he was a non critical toddler and actually wanted me to paint his little toenails just like mommy.


As for this bonnet dryer. Me thinks I have to get one.

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