Just because your hair is relaxed doesn't mean you have limited styling options. Sometimes, those with relaxed hair want to sport a curly 'do. You have several options to get those curls without relying on thermal tools like a curling iron — which, when used too often, can result in heat damage. These gentle methods will help you create the curly look you want with none of the dryness or damage that may come from using heat.
Ahead, check out some expert-approved methods for curling relaxed hair.
Curlformers aren't like traditional rollers or flexi-rods because with them, your hair actually is encased within the tools. It takes a little getting used to, but once you learn how to use them, they can be incredibly quick to put in. One of the best aspects to these rollers is their mesh makeup allow for faster drying time. They also come in different sizes, so whether you want big, bouncy curls or tighter ones, you can choose the roller size to achieve your desired look.
Straw sets have been around for a while, and fans of this set love the uniform curls they create. This is a more time-consuming method, but you don't have to shell out a lot of money on the setting tool. Simply purchase a large pack, or more, of regular drinking straws (or paper straws, which are biodegradable and work just as well). Because straws are so skinny, you work with very small sections of hair, which is where the time-consuming part comes in. However, once your mane is set, a good straw set can last for one to two weeks. Just make sure to recycle if you use plastic straws!
Flexi-rods are a curl-creating favorite that also comes in several different sizes, allowing you to design curls in small to large diameters. To minimize drying time, make sure you curl your hair down the length of the flexi-rod instead of rolling hair on top of itself as you would with a magnetic roller. These rods often create pretty spiral curls that hold up for days or weeks.
While twist-outs may not work as well on straightened hair, braid-outs often have great results. This is because braids are tighter than twists, keeping your hair from falling out of them. If you don't want your ends to remain straight, use perm rods on the end of each braid while they set. A braid-out usually results in a more wavy style versus a very curly style, though.
Crochet braids offer versatility while also doubling as a protective style. Due to the varieties of textures you can use for this weave, your hairstyle can mimic natural hair. Explore the possibilities of your crochet braids by curling, twisting, or braiding the hair. It's a great alternative for women who are thinking about going natural, as it gives you some idea of how you might look with a full-bodied style.
A rather inexpensive curling option, perm rods are another favorite for ladies looking to create curls of all sizes. These handy tools usually contain a closure on the rod, so you don't have to fumble around with hair clips or pins — or worry about digging for them mid-styling. They're smaller than most magnetic rollers, so these are ideal for creating tight curls.
Magnetic rollers are an old standby and for good reason. They range in sizes from small to jumbo, accommodating hair of all lengths. You can easily set your hair with small rollers one week and enjoy tight spirals; the next week, you can try large rollers and sport bouncy waves. The choice is yours when it comes to this hair curling tool.