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June 7, 2010

That's How I Roll- Best Rollers for Natural Hair


Deirdre asks:

Which roller systems work best (least painful to sleep in, best air-drying time, best well-formed curls, least need for products for decent results) on natural hair?


CN's Response: I've got everything from old school foam rollers, to flexis, perm rods, magnetics, and even Curlformers. I rocked perm rods and magnetic rollers for a year-- they provide very firm sets, and quick drying times.
I'm not a fan of the sponge roller, but the satin covered ones (purchased at Walmart) work great on my dry Braid-n-Curl and Twist sets. I'd never use these rollers without the satin covers (drying), and I'd probably never try them with a wet set either (poor drying and the product may be absorbed).
Right now, whenever it's Twist-n-Curl time, I turn to flex rods. They are foamy and contain no hard or sharp clasps or securing mechanisms-- I feel that they result in less stress to my delicate ends. The only draw back is that my hair seems to take longer to dry.
For me, no roller is comfy to sleep in, but the flexis (with only the last 2-3 inches of hair rolled) are easy to toss over the top of my pillow so that I don't have to lay on them.
No matter the type of roller, I usually opt for the smallest size to match my wave/curl pattern.

15 Chime in!:

Jay said...

I have to agree...the flexirods have worked best for me. I tried the jerri curl rollers, they didn't work. But the flexirods have worked and my results are almost never what I've expected.

I usually will do my usual two strand twists and then roll the twists up with the flexirods, and the results are just gorgeous hair. These work well for me when my hair is fairly damp, and I usually sleep well on them.

I use the green ones. Hope that helps

Jay said...

I have to agree...the flexirods have worked best for me. I tried the jerri curl rollers, they didn't work. But the flexirods have worked and my results are almost never what I've expected.

I usually will do my usual two strand twists and then roll the twists up with the flexirods, and the results are just gorgeous hair. These work well for me when my hair is fairly damp, and I usually sleep well on them.

I use the green ones. Hope that helps

"Chatty Patty" said...

I went to Sally Hansen beauty supply store today and saw those exact same rollers and thought that it may probably curl my locs much better than the rods. Thanks for the post...I'm certainly going to go back and purchase them.

Anonymous said...

Curlformers, hands down! Other rollers merely straighten my hair or only serve to roll my ends for a twistout.

NaturallyCurlyDee said...

Curlformers and flexirods are my favorites :) i can't always get my hair to stay on the flexirods but i'm learning little by little!! So right now curlformers are my best friends!!

mood_indigo said...

Perm rods (or jherri curl rollers, LOL) are what I use mostly if I am doing a twist and curl. I also use flexi-rods if I am rolling larger sections of my hair and I plan on doing a full head flexi set soon.

Anonymous said...

Love a flexirod on my natural hair! And while they are not super comfotable they are much easier to sleep on than hard rollers.

Anonymous said...

I have used flexirods on my locs for 3 years, I also use them on my girls natural braids, braidouts and twistouts. We love them.

Anonymous said...

I am transitioning and I have a year and a half of new growth. I use straws to curl the remainder of my relaxed ends...they work great!

embracingmycurls said...

I like the flexirods, HOWEVER I can't get my hair to stay on. Maybe I am using too much product because they just unroll back down and slip right out!

nappy headed black girl said...

I'm a Lock Loops fan.

Comfortable to sleep in, were dry by the time I woke up, big, bouncy curls and I only used oil and water.

Click my name to see my results.

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best hair hot rollers said...

Flex rods are cheap. But price is not a matter results are priority i prefer to use heated clip..

Chanel =) said...

I like them! They made mah hair feel much better than them hard rollers. I dnt need a curling iron anymore. Mah hair is naturlly curly buhh i still use those rollers wen I wanna go out and party!!! :)

Kathy said...

I have allot of thin spiral long curly hair and trying to lengthen my curly hair alittle more the curl formers help?

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