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Rod Setting Natural Hair With Nmoultry

By January 27th, 202130 Comments

Rod Setting Natural Hair With Nmoultry

**This can also be a great transitioning style!
**Determine how you want your curls before rodding hair: I like a ton of curls, therefore I use a
ton of rollers.

Tools Needed:

  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Rat Tail Comb
  • Perm Rods (I use the purple ones as well as the gray ones)
  • Hair clips
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Setting lotion, if desired (I dilute my setting lotion with leave-in conditioner)
  • Elasta QP Mango Butter (or whatever you choose to use to seal ends)
  • Hooded Dryer (optional)
  • Glosser or oil sheen
  • Satin Bonnet

Step-By- Step Instructions:

1. Begin with clean hair

2. Using a wide tooth comb, detangle hair from end to root

3. Section hair into 4 parts (as if you were making 4 ponytails). Apply a little leave in conditioner to each section (so that hair doesn’t dry) and pin hair out of the way using hair clips

4. I always begin on my back left side. Start at nape of the neck, part a small section of hair using a rat tail comb (I use fairly small sections because in my experience its harder to rod with too much hair on perm rod)

5. Spray that parted section of hair with setting lotion/leave-in mix, or whatever styling aid you’re using for your wet set. Using your comb, distribute it evenly throughout.

6. Put a dab of oil on the ends

7. To begin rolling, start at the end, and roll hair up the rod pulling as you go (doing this will get your roots fairly straight as well and it will also smooth the hair)

8. Secure rod at root by fastening

9. Repeat steps 2-8 until the entire head is complete

10. Allow to dry. I normally air-dry for 1 hour and I sit under hooded dryer for 30 minutes

11. When removing the perm rods, be sure to do this carefully because you do not want to alter the curl. I remove one rod at a time in a spiraling manner

12. When all the rods are removed, mist the hair with a glosser for added shine

This style lasts me for exactly one week and that’s with working out!

How do I maintain style? Each night I apply either coconut oil to my hair or I spray on oil sheen. I then cover hair with a satin bonnet. Each morning, I separate the curls a little more and I fluff my hair to make it fuller.

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Just removed rollers

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3 day hair!Rod Setting Natural Hair With Nmoultry


  • Sleeper11 says:

    Love the style, I am transitioning and instead of perm rods I use flexi rods (and get a similar look) but how do you sleep at night to get your look to last for a week, mines last about 2 days before I have to re rod my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this style. Looks great! What do you do to maintain it while working out? How do you keep all curls from falling while sweating?

  • aliyakeys says:

    This style is oh so cute on you!

  • Lioness Tresses says:

    Your last comment sold me about the working out. "This style lasts me for exactly one week and that’s with working out!" Thank you for this.

  • Ms Sassy says:

    Love it! I have this style right now and it has lasted 4 weeks!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey, I love the style! You look lovely!
    I was just wondering, do you think that bigger curlers would be as effective, because I want slightly bigger curls?
    Jade x

  • Anonymous says:

    I am going to try this myself had it done professionally cost great went to Sallys not sure of size/lengh of the roller rods to purchase nor how many suggestions? short/med hair. Thanks, Neet

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried this but my hair turned out frizzy. What suggestions do you have?

  • Anonymous says:

    What type of setting lotion did you use?

  • Sunshinecurls says:

    Your hair looks great!! I'm hoping to try this out for the holidays! Question: Did you separate your curls after you took the rods out?

  • nmoultry says:

    NewbieNaturalDiva: thanks!!

    Once Upon a time: LOL@ fat and juicy. Don't feel bad about going out and buying stuff. The chicks at Sally's know me by name and they think I'm a hair stylist since I buy so many rollers

  • BekkaPoo says:

    Oh goodness… I'm gonna have to go out and get yet ANOTHER set of rollers because this is TOO cute! Those curls look fat and juicy!

  • NewbieNaturalDiva says:

    I love your hair! The rod set is divine!

  • nmoultry says:

    All, thanks for the wonderful compliments.

    aKinkyHairMonologue: You should try the style, I think it's a wonderful look as well as an easy go to style that lasts for days n days…

    Nicole: I'm sorry but I'm clueless about hair typing. I would say try the style and if it doesn't work the first time give it another try at least. I personally think rod setting is a versatile style (like natural hair) that works for all.

  • Nicole says:

    Your hair is gorgeous! I love this blog and the more I read it the more I learn. One question for you nmoultry- what is your hair type? I am always wondering if something will work on my combo 4a/4b hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Currently using this as a transitioning style, but your look so much better ! Very pretty.

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to wear this hairstyle , following the same technique…. I like a lot of curls as well, I've been following this thread for about 2 weeks now and I'm also growing out of a perm and this hairstyle is a good look for me and easy….thanks ladies for rocking it well on this site…

    All hair textures and everyone has their own style , but is doing something healthy for the hair….

  • The Way God Made ME says:

    this is a style that I do a LOT. i love the look as well.

    i use the purple and the white rods. since the white are smaller i use those around the edges since the curls will fall there first.

  • Tori says:

    Very cute! I'm gonna have to try this – I'm getting tired of the shingled look … and I want to show more length.

  • nmoultry says:

    @ Bead, Braids and Beyond: It took me about 2 hours to roll my hair with majority of the time spent on the back.

    @Tia: I actually wore this style when I was a permie and my hair was long. It was super cute. The curls were longer and they actually lasted longer.

    @Tina: Cool beans. It takes me longer to do it around my fingers (or sometimes I did it with a pencil) so that's why I had to invest in the rollers

  • Unknown says:

    Very Cute!! I really love that look!
    I want to try that but I am worried about how it would look on longer hair.

  • Tina Beanie says:

    I did a similar style when my hair was a bit shorter, but I sectioned and rolled each part around my finger and let it air dry.

  • Anonymous says:

    That's A WHOLE LOTTA ROLLERS there!!! That would take too long for me to do, I would get tired! But it looks cute on you!

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    That came out very nice. How long does it take to put the rods in?

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank You!!!

  • nmoultry says:

    Thanks MahoganyCurls, I so love your TWA, too cute

  • nmoultry says:

    You can so do the rod set with 2 plus inches of hair. I just BC'd in July and then I cut my hair again in October and my hair is around 4 inches

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow!!!!! This looks SOOOOO cute!!! I will definitely be trying this technique. How much length would you say an individual should have to do this? I BC'd about 2 months ago and have a little over 2 inches stretched out.

  • NIAELAN says:

    Beautiful- Luv the 3rd day hair!

  • MahoganyCurls says:

    this is gorgegous!

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