Monday, March 17, 2014

A Different Flexi Rod Set

Modified Flexi Rod Set

Hi guys!! If you hadn't noticed, I had to take a blog break. I was actually very off the grid this past week (not really on too many social media sites and not really answering and returning phone calls like that) but I'm back now and I have a lot of goodies for you!

Today's post will showcase my modified flexi rod set. As you all know, I recently did a flexi rod set (see here). It turned out well, for the most part, but I had issues with moisture and curl retention. I decided to troll YouTube for different ways to execute the hairstyle and I came across this video. I liked the twist style she used and the size of the flexi rods, so I decided to start with changing those two things first.

First of all, I followed the same wash routine I usually go through. The only difference was the new conditioner I received in my February curlBOX (see here). I can't wait to try that product again; it did a great job on my hair!! Now, when I say twist style, I'm referring to how she treated the hair as she wrapped it around the flexi rods. I imitated this style by smoothing the products into my hair in a way that sort of smoothed the hair down as much as possible. I tightly wrapped the sections of hair around each flexi rod until I was complete. Here's what that looked like:

After completing this, I slept in the flexi rods overnight. I then unwrapped my hair from the rods (keeping the hair in curls) and pin curled each curl in place for a night. Here's what the unwrapped curls looked like:

After pin curling these curls and sleeping on them for a night, I was ready to take the curls down. I don't know what I was expecting to be different between this flexi rod set and the last flexi rod set but there really was none. This size of these flexi rods were 7/8 inches in diameter. The blue rods were 1/2 an inch (or 4/8 inches for comparison purposes).

It's not a bad thing that there wasn't much difference between the two sets, mind you, but I need more!! The finished results are below.

Lightened pic to see curls
Even with the change in conditioner, I've noticed that my hair always comes out really dry. I think I don't put as much product in my hair after washing it, because I just washed it!! Lol. I know the products aren't going to do anything but build up on my hair over the two weeks, so the slower I can make that happen the better. No matter how much or what kind of moisturizer I use, it doesn't help. The last time I washed my hair and it came out dry, I discovered that EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) was my solution. I decided to start using EVCO at the halfway mark. The oil is so oily that I don't need much but my scalp was very dry and itchy this time around so I ended up oiling my whole scalp!

As far as the heatless curl technique has its ups and downs. I like that I don't have to sit under a dryer and that I'm not subjecting my hair to heat. The downside is the frizzy look I get. Whenever I got my hair curled or put on flexi rods at the salon, the look came out very polished. My cosme was able to brush wrap the curls, comb them out, and they would pop right back. I wish I would try to comb these heatless curls! Lol.

Everything I do is a work in progress, but I'm hanging in there. I happen to have a few updates about my salon adventures in DC which I was going to include in this post, but I've decided to separate that into it's own post.

SO...look forward to that!!

Have a great start to your week (as I enjoy yet another snow day:-)!

P.S. - Don't forget to come back on Thursday, March 20th to enter the Spring Break Cash Giveaway!! Definitely be on the lookout for that! Also, if you're interested in being a co-host or contributor you have until tomorrow night to enter! There's great opportunities here for everyone!!

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  1. I wish you could see what we do such an amazing job with your hair! I'm anxious to hear about your salon visit(s)!!!

  2. I wish I would've known about heatless curl styling when my hair was! I agree, the ups and downs of natural hair styling are very real and sometimes quite frustrating. I've been using castor oil with olive oil as a moisture retention technique. Your flexi rod set turned out very cute!

  3. Your hair looks good. The coconut oil really helps. That's what I used when I did the flexi rods on my flat ironed hair. I would still like to achieve the Bantu knot put and the flat twist.

  4. Your hair looks like the picture of health to me and I know we all want instant gratification, but you are doing a good job and your haircut is perfect. . Rock those curls, girl!!!!!

    1. Well, besides the split ends, I think my hair is a picture of health! LOL. We'll see what report I get after finding a salon to go to! Also, instant gratification would be great, but I've been doing this for 2 years now, I should have a few things under my belt, right?! It certainly doesn't seem like it :-/

      Anyway, we'll see what transpires over the next couple of weeks!

    2. Your hair looks great. Split ends can affect the way your hair takes product and they just typically are the bad, dry damaged hair you may see better results post a trim also remember what I said about the hard water.

  5. You did a great job! Come and teach me!

  6. I love you hair! I keep mine in kinky twists because I have no idea what to do with my natural hair.


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