How to Get the Curly Look on Relaxed Hair

Just because your hair is relaxed doesn't mean you have limited styling options. There are other ways to wear your tresses besides straight. Sometimes, relaxed women 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.

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They aren't like traditional rollers or flexi-rods because with Curlformers, 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 install. 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 to achieve your desired look. More »

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Straw Set

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. 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 one to two weeks.

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Flexi-rods

These curl-creating favorites also come 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 concentrating a hair section in one place, as you would a magnetic roller. These rods often create pretty spiral curls that hold up for days or weeks.

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Braid-Outs

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. 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 very curly.

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. More »

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Perm Rods

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 not having enough. They're smaller than most magnetic rollers, so these are ideal for creating tight curls.

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Magnetic Rollers

Magnetic rollers are an old standby and for good reason. They range in size from small to jumbo, thereby 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.