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DIY Hair: Curlformers Review

Updated on January 17, 2016
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The Process
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The Result
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The Inspiration

I've been following Melanie Harter, or Wisely_Chosen, on Flickr for 5+ years... And I've been envious of her perfect curls ever since. I really thought for a while they were natural, but by following her photos I learned that they were actually manufactured by Curlformers.

Not only does Melanie use Curlformers to create her great style, but she also uses them when dying hair. As you can see, she's got all of these great colors mixed into her hair. Curlformers help to keep the dye from mixing and getting muddied when she's applying it. That also makes it a lot easier to wash out in sections!

The Purchase

I like to dye my hair a lot, and I can totally see the value in having heat-free curls. I've been eyeing Curlformers for a while, but never made the plunge.

I've been contemplating some major hair changes as of late, which would require lots of bleach. I have been trying to get away from using heat on my hair anyways... Even with a heat protectant, it's still no good for your hair. So the timing was perfect!


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How It Works

Well, it's pretty simple. You look like an alien for several hours, and then you look hot as hell.

Seriously though, it's not a difficult process. In your kit, you get some hooks - they look like big crochet needles - and the curl form tubes. The forms are made of a kind of woven plastic, and no matter how you bend them, they spring back into their curl shape.

Basically, you thread the hook through the curl tube, hook a section of your hair, and pull it through. There's rubber on either side of the tube to keep the tube from slipping out of your hair. Your hair should be damp to start. When it dries, slide the Curlformers off for big, bouncy spirals!

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3 Types of Curlformer

I discovered in my search that there was not just one type of Curlformer - they make three different sizes for barrel, spiral, and corkscrew curls.

  • Barrel Curls - These are wide, bouncy, and big.
  • Corkscrew Curls - Corkscrews are narrow and tight.
  • Spiral Curls - These curls are right in between barrel and corkscrew.

Barrel Review

My hair falls about 4 inches past my shoulders, and is dead straight. I figured that barrel curls would be manageable as well as the most natural-looking on me. I purchased a kit for 16 barrel Curlformers. It comes with 8 clockwise spirals and 8 counterclockwise, so that curls will not all be in the same direction.

It took a couple of tries to get the hooking technique down so I wasn't pulling my hair out when I was trying to thread it. After a while, the prepping was complete! I only ended up using about 11 curl forms to cover my whole head.

No Pain

The great thing about Curlformers is that there is no pain. The rubber at the tops of the forms keeps them secured to your hair without tugging and ripping it out. They're easy to put on and easy to pull off.

As a matter of fact, they aren't even bad to sleep in! I did this for my first time using Curlformers, and enjoyed a long night of sleep. Sure, I had to adjust my curl forms every so often, but they're flexible and fairly soft. They didn't really get in the way.

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The Result

I was so pleased when I took my Curlformers out - they worked perfectly! No heat, no excessive styling products to hold in the curl. Just big, beautiful, perfect curls.

In my opinion, you should always comb or at LEAST finger comb your curls out. Nothing looks more weird to me than perfect little ringlets. They're just unnatural, stiff, and they look kind of dumb. The look is complete once the curls are fluffed a bit.

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