Flexi Rods (a no-heat, no-hairspray way to curl your hair)
I think after my “How to get a full head of crimped hair (in 10 minutes or less)” and “Headband curls (my first attempt and my failure)” posts, I illustrated how much I prefer having crimped or curly hair to my everyday straight and boring hair. In response to those posts, a fellow blogger, Fancieland, mentioned that I should give Flexi Rods a try. I immediately started doing a bit of research and was certain I had seen them at Sally Beauty Supply, but didn’t know anyone who had used them. So, the next time I went into Sally’s I decided to grab a pack and give it a go.
What are they?
Flexi Rods or Super Rollers are a no-heat method for curling your hair…and who doesn’t love that?! They are soft flexible foam rods that are easily mould-able and can hold your hair in place, which over time create curls without the use of heat.
I purchased the Super Rollers Gray 11/16″ by HairArt, you get 10 in a package.
The website shows them at $8.49 US and I’m pretty sure I paid $11.99 CAD in store.
They do offer other sizes as well if you want an even tighter curl. At first I was skeptical, but I figured for the price, if it worked out, I would be thrilled. To be safe, I decided I should also pick up some setting lotion while I was there, as that was recommended in the research I did. You can grab something like this Lottabody Olive Oil Setting Lotion at Sally Beauty Supply, if you are close by, but if not, Wal-Mart and drug stores also carry different brands that should work for you.
This particular brand (I can’t speak for others as this is the first I’ve ever had) is a concentrated formula and requires that you mix it with water. So I followed the directions for normal hair and did 3 parts water to 1 part Lottabody. It states that you should use 5 parts water to 1 part Lottabody for color treated hair. The best thing I found for this is to just mix it straight in a spritz water bottle. To measure the parts I actually used the cap to ensure I was using a consistent amount each time of both Lottabody and water.
So assuming you have your mixture already made, I would allow about 6-7 minutes to put them in. You want to start with dry or slightly damp hair. The first time I tried to use these my hair was too wet and didn’t dry completely throughout the night, it didn’t work out too well! This time, my hair was 100% dry when I started.
Next, you want to grab a section of hair. You need quite a lot as you only have 10 rollers in a pack. I was actually worried about one pack (10 rods) being enough, considering my hair is quite long and thick. But to my surprise, it was more than enough. As I was doing this, I just tried to imagine my hair in 10 sections, 4 on each side and two in the back. Once you have your section of hair, spritz it once or twice (depending on how thick your hair is) with your mixture of setting lotion and water. Take a brush or comb and brush it through that section of hair so it is evenly lightly damp. Wrap your hair around the centre of the flexi rod and roll it all the way up tight against your head. Then, simply fold the ends in to hold it in place.
Repeat all over your head until you look something like this:
As you can see, I went to bed with mine in, but you can of course do this while you are milling around the house as well. You just need to leave them in until your hair is completely dry…so depending on length, thickness and size of rod, that will be dependent on the person and the situation.
So the next morning when I woke up, it only took about 2 minutes to remove the flexi rods and I had giant ringlets everywhere there had been a rod.
So all I did was gently run my fingers through the curls breaking them up and my hair looked like this:
I didn’t put any product in my hair at this time and I didn’t use any hair spray at all. I wanted to see how the curls lasted throughout the day on their own.
By the time I got home from work (9 hours later) the curls were much more relaxed, but they were still very evident and added a great deal of body and shape to my hair.
I wish I’d taken pictures for day 2…but I woke up the next day with curls still (much like the 9 hour picture above), brushed them out and enjoyed a nice wavy look for an additional day.
- Incredible results
- Quick and easy
- Much less effort than using hot rollers, a straightner, curling iron or rod to curl your hair
- Less damaging than using other more common methods containing heat
- You don’t need hairspray to hold the curls, so your hair doesn’t need to be crunchy all day
The only possible draw back I see:
- For me, the most convenient time to use these is overnight while I am sleeping…I love being able to wake up the next day for work and having my hair look great without taking me any time at all. But that means, you have to be able to sleep with these in your hair. They are a bit uncomfortable obviously, but I found it easy to get used to them and have had no problems sleeping with them. I have seen some peoples reviews saying they can’t sleep with them. So keep that in mind when deciding if this product is right for you.
Do I recommend Flexi Rods/Super Rollers?
Absolutely. For me, they are a fabulous no-heat and no-hairspray method for getting gorgeous curls. I see myself using these on a regular basis, once a week.
Tell me, have you tried these already? What do you think? Do you have any problem sleeping with them in?
Thanks for reading!