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Flexi Rods (a no-heat, no-hairspray way to curl your hair)

how to get curls with no heat

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.

Super Rollers - 11/16" thick

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.

Setting Lotion for using flexi rods

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.

flexi rod tutorial

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.

how to put flexi rods in your hair

Repeat all over your head until you look something like this:

flexi rod tutorial

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.

how to get curls with no heat

So all I did was gently run my fingers through the curls breaking them up and my hair looked like this:

how to get curls by using super rollers from Sally Beauty Supply

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.

curls with flexi rods/super rollers

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.

The verdict:

  • Incredible results
  • Quick and easy
  • Inexpensive
  • 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!



Seduce Me

china glaze nail polish swatch - seduce me

Just a quick post to rave about “Seduce Me”, my favourite nail polish at the moment.  It is a gorgeous creme shade from China Glaze’s permanent collection.  You can purchase it at sallybeauty.com (or in store), it should also be available anywhere else China Glaze polishes are sold (Cosmoprof, Nail Polish Canada, etc).

creme berry nail polish

I would say that the colour itself is best described as a creamy berry shade.  It is a deep rich berry pink/red with no shimmer or glitter.  (Imagine Sexy Silhouette, but as a creme polish.)  It is certainly a cool-toned colour, but given that it isn’t too dark or too bright, every skin tone should be able to pull this one off.

china glaze nail polish swatch - seduce me

What I love most about this shade is that the coverage is excellent.  You can almost get away with one coat, but in order to achieve a perfectly opaque and even look, you will need two.

creme berry polish

Even though this is probably a nail polish better suited for fall or winter I am absolutely in love with it and I don’t care what season we are in!  I love that it is bold, without being over the top – that is exactly what I want out of a versatile nail polish that is suitable for all occasions.

berry creme nail polish

What is your favourite nail polish right now that you can’t get enough of?



Decades of Dysfunction and a Mysterious Curse (Swatches and Review)

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse Nail Lacquers by Orly

Just a few days ago I was talking about the new Summer 2012 collections that are either out already/or are to be expected shortly for the big name nail polish brands…and today I made it to a Sally Beauty Supply store to see what had already hit the shelves in Canada.  Crackle Glitter was there, so was the new Fingerpaints Neon collection and both of Orly’s collections were already available too.  (China Glaze’s neon collection due to be released next month.)

With so many options and so many limited edition nail lacquers to choose from…it was not an easy decision.  I ended up grabbing two Orly nail lacquers from the limited edition Dark Shadows collection.

Orly Summer 2012 nail polish collections

Dark Shadows came out in theatres today May 11th, 2012 (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton).

Dark Shadows, in theatres May 11th, 2012

This nail polish collection struck me as the most unique with a couple of colours that really drew me in.  I gravitated towards “Mysterious Curse” (second from the right) and “Decades of Dysfunction” (furthest right).

Orly's Limited Edition Dark Shadows Nail Polish Collection

Dark Shadows Collection by OrlyDark Shadows Nail Lacquer collection from Orly

Decades of Dysfunction is a beautiful milky, creamy shade with a subtle hint of pink. This shade is perfect for spring or summer.

And Mysterious Curse is one of those shades that looks different every time you see it.  Depending on how the light catches it, it could be blue or purple and sometimes you’ll even think you are seeing red.  Mysterious Curse is just a beautiful, rich, metallic shade that is a lovely addition to any nail addicts collection.

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse nail polishes by Orly

Orly polishes are actually my favourite polishes.  At $6.99CAD at Sally Beauty Supply stores, they aren’t the least expensive option, but you also recieve 20% more per bottle than their competition (each bottle of Orly is 18ml).  Orly nail lacquers are always such an amazing texture and slide on so easily.  I even have a few polishes from over 12 years ago that still aren’t chunky and unusable, you’d never be able to tell their age (other than the very dated old style of bottle).  I’ve never needed to add my polish thinner to a bottle of Orly nail lacquer…and I think that is pretty damn awesome!  I do end up with a fair amount of China Glaze polishes in my collection as well, mainly because I find they have a more extensive range of colours than Orly.

These two polishes didn’t disappoint either.  I’m super happy with both shades and am glad, that with all of the options, I opted for Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse.  (If I have any regrets though, I am wishing I’d grabbed all four shades from the Dark Shadows collection, Buried Alive and Grave Mistake are gorgeous too!  I might need to head back.)

Now let’s take a look at my swatches and see just how many coats were required to reach an opaque affect.

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse Nail Lacquers by Orly

One Coat of lacquer

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse Nail Lacquers by Orly

Two coats of lacquer

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse Nail Lacquers by Orly

Three coats of lacquer

I found that three coats was required for complete opaqueness.  But I was doing very thin coats so you could see a real difference as the coats build.  Generally I apply a heavier coat to start with and can get away with two coats, no matter the polish.  (But that is just me and I have bad habits!  LOL)

Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse Nail Lacquers by Orly - Reviews

I hope you enjoyed this mini review for these two polishes and consider giving them a try, I can’t imagine you being disappointed if you do!!

What do you think of these two shades?  Is there something else you can’t wait to get from the 2012 Summer Nail Polish Collections?



Summer 2012 Nail Polish Collections feat. China Glaze, Fingerpaints, OPI and Orly

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

Even though Spring has been fighting to make an appearance around here, the 2012 summer nail polish collections are starting to hit the shelves.

China Glaze has been releasing their Crackle Glitters collection this month, featuring four bright funky shades.  They are receiving fantastic reviews saying the glitter creates a much nicer look than standard creme crackles.  I must say I am excited to try them!

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

From left to right: Glam-More, Gleam Me Up, Jade D and Luminous Lavender

Hitting stores next month is their gorgeous Summer Neons collection.  Featuring 12 new shades!!

Summer 2012 Nail polish collection by China Glaze

Top Row: Love’s a Beach, Hang-ten Toes, Beach Cruise-R, Under the Boardwalk, Ride the Waves, Splish Splash
Bottom Row: I’m with the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Orange you Hot?, Surfin for Boys, Flirty Tankini, Pink Plumeria

I am looking forward to seeing what these look like in store because I do already have some neon China Glaze polishes and I don’t want to double up if they are too similar.  There are some really beautiful shades in this collection though, I can’t wait for them to come out in Canada at the Sally Beauty Supply stores!

Summer Neons by China Glaze

Finger paints (a brand exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply)  is coming out with a collection of neons as well, featuring 7 new shades.

neon polishes by Fingerpaints

OPI is hitting the shelves this summer with two unique collections.  Minnie Mouse featuring gorgeous pinks and a beautiful top coat complete with hearts…

Minnie Mouse summer 2012 collection by OPI

…and Spiderman!

Spiderman Nail Polish collection for summer 2012

Orly has a couple of collections due out as well.  First they have their Dark Shadows collection in honour of the movie hitting theatres May 11 starring Johnny Depp.

Orly 2012 summer nail polishesOrly 2012 summer nail polishes

And to not miss out on the neon trend, they are also releasing their “Feel the Vibe” collection for the summer of 2012 as well.

Orly 2012 summer polish collection

So tell me, is there anything you absolutely can’t wait to have or perhaps something you have already ran out and purchased?

Isn’t summer the best!?!?!