Whenever you want to give the illusion of a full head of curls, we think you should leave the classic roller set behind and grab a flexi rod set. Flexi Rods create consistent sleek, bouncy, spiral curls. Yes, the rods can give off an intimidating feeling. But, the noodle shaped tools are as flexible as pipe cleaners and are easy to clean.

Once you learn how to use them properly, you will be able to have flawless “Shirley Temple” inspired curls.

Here is a step by step guide on how to use the no heat needed Flexi Rods to achieve curls.

Wet the Hair.
You can either wash your hair or wet your hair using a spray bottle. We recommend applying a wrapping lotion to get the best curl results.

Detangle Hair.
Section a small part of your hair and use a tail comb to detangle it from root to ends.

Grab a Rod and Roll.
Wrap the end of your hair over and under the tip of the rod. Then, roll the hair around the rod vertically. Keep repeating steps two and three until your entire head is done.

Let It Dry.
Put on your satin bonnet and fall asleep until the next morning. Make sure you bend the rods in the direction that is most comfortable for you. If you have a bonnet dryer, sit under it for 40 minutes to 50 minutes. You will know your hair is dry when your ends are fully dried.

Take Rods Out and Enjoy.
Finally, you want to take each rod out carefully without damaging your hair or the curls it has created. Say hello to beautiful curls! To keep your flexi rod curls maintained, just moisturize and pin-curl your hair before you go to sleep.

What do you prefer – Flexi Rods or Roller Sets?

-Paulette Wilson

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  • Cha Cha

    I use curlformers but I’m interested in trying a flexi-rod set. I wonder how long it would last on my hair.

  • Concerned

    Would u flexi rod a 3 yr olds head?!

    • mzslick

      you can try the smallest ones they are like straw size and have short versions since they bend you bend them inward towards the scalp should be ok to wear in overnight to sleep at that age

  • mzslick

    I’ve been using flexi rods for 8 years now, since I was relaxed.I am now natural.

    With rods on wet natural hair once dry when you try to finger comb it for volume it becomes sparse looking , you have to pull the curls apart gently.

    For those stretched bigger smoother curls give yourself a blow out and use a alcohol free setting lotion right before each rod.
    Don’t saturate the hair wet it enough that it keeps the straightness then rods give it that extra tension. it will look more like the sleeker Traci ellis ross and Corinne Bailey Rae in those photos.

  • Nia

    I have some in my head right now. I’m wearing a weave for a protective style and it does a great job on it as well. I just hate how big and bulky the large ones feel in my head. Heavy.