My relationship with events is a bittersweet one. On one hand, I get to dress up and do things I don’t do every day. On the other hand, I get to dress up and want to do things I don’t do every day. If it’s a wedding, I suddenly realize that I have nothing I would like to wear in a wardrobe full of dresses. If it’s a casual thing I realize I don’t want to wear any of my tops or shoes and start picturing things that haven’t yet been sewn as my ‘ideal’ look. Last week I participated in a conference that culminated in a concert on Sunday afternoon – I’d mentioned it here. I hadn’t planned on doing anything fancy for my hair but eventually decided to bring back my flexirods from retirement.
How to Use Flexirods on Natural Hair
Before you embark on using the flexirods, there are a number of things to consider:
Firstly, wash and condition your hair.
Why? To do the flexirods, you will need to use product then roll your hair around the rod. If it isn’t clean, then any particles or even product build-up will simultaneously dry with the product you used. The problem with this is that your flexirods end up having a lot of gunk which may not be easy to clean. Additionally, your hair might end up flaky. Conditioning adds moisture and therefore a juicy luster and bounce to your curls.
Secondly, detangle thoroughly.
Why? Detangling gives you smooth hair to work with. It lays smoothly on the rod and ensures your curls are not bumpy at the end of the day. It will also make separating the curls a headache and you will end up with a frizzy mess.
Thirdly, ensure that you have enough flexirods and product.
You do not want to install the flexirods or use the product on half your hair then have none for the rest of your head. It gets worse when your hair has started drying and you don’t have a store near you that sells what you’re using.
Getting Flexirod Curls
I used to do the flexirod set on wet hair but this time I opted for dry, slightly-stretched hair. I washed my hair on Thursday, let it dry fully on Friday and stretched it out at night. The reason for this is that my hair takes long to dry, especially in flexirods, even if I use a hooded dryer. I didn’t have enough drying time and was on the move on Saturday so I opted to try them on dry hair.
This was back in 2016. I consider it my most defined flexirod set and it was on wet hair. However, it took two full days to dry.
Some hair yields bomb results when wet while others prefer starting on dry hair. This is a preference that you acquire once you have tried both and figured out what works for you.
The procedure is simple:
- Section your hair
- Apply your curling product to the section (I used Cantu curling cream)
- Run through a comb or brush to ensure there are no tangles
- Starting with your ends, wrap your hair around the flexirod in the direction you prefer, i.e., towards or away from your face.
For this, you need to first decide whether you want your roots to be puffy or not. If you don’t want them to be, twist your hair (about an inch) from the roots before you start wrapping it around the flexirods.
- Ensure that the ends are wrapped once or twice around each other to secure them on the rod then keep wrapping the length of your hair vertically on the rod. Avoid overlapping so that your hair dries faster and doesn’t end up creating frizz post drying.
- When you finish wrapping the hair, twist the flexirod to secure it in place
- Move on to the next section and do the same
After installation, you have two options: to air-dry or to use a hooded dryer. The latter is faster and more convenient if you don’t have the time to air-dry. You can see how sleeping in these things is not ideal although it’s necessary.
Finally, after your hair is dry:
- Rub some oil on your hands and start unraveling
- Untwist the flexirod to make it loose
- Twirl it in the opposite direction (opposite of how you installed it)
- Once all the flexirods are out, separate your curls
Ensure that you feel where the curls naturally separate. This helps to avoid getting frizz. It also shows that there is no formula for the number of times that you need to separate your hair.
- As you separate, twirl the curl around your finger to maintain curl integrity and avoid frizz
- Once you’re done, gently fluff the roots with a wide-toothed comb to your desired volume
- Go ye into the public and slay! 😀
These were my results this time around:
What we rarely show you, hehe. See my crown area? It looks like that because I ran out of flexirods and the ones I’d installed had started drying. I had to make four big sections on that part and it clearly shows. In my defence, I always have rods left over. Note to self is that I need to get another pack of these babies to avoid future embarrassment.
Nighttime Routine for Flexirod Curls
Now that you have your gorgeous curls, the next headache is to keep them all nice and juicy. You can either choose to do the pineapple or banding method at night. I used to do the pineapple method but I noticed that it elongated my curls at the back. I’ve come to enjoy the banding method because it keeps the curls tighter for longer.
Personally, I put my hair in five mini-puffs using rubber bands at the base. Even if I squish them at night, I can easily fluff them back to life when styling. So far, I’ve had the style in for six days and it still looks presentable.
Day 1 (Included bright lights, a lot of jumping and sweating so the roots became poofy proper!)
Day 3 (Included a lot of movement and so the base became much poofier)
Day 5 (Decided on a puff and threw in some African sauce to match the blazer)
If you have tips on how to get the most out of flexirods, share them so the gang can glean from your wisdom. 🙂 Till then, si tuonane next week, ama?