How to Use Curlformers

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Curlformers

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Maybe you've tried magnetic rollers, bendable rollers, hot curlers, sponge rollers and more to get that perfect curl in your hair. Now you have yet another option to get those springy curls that are all the rage.

If you're not familiar with Curlformers yet, take a look at this detailed step-by-step. Not only will you see how to use them, you'll get tips to make the job of putting these curlers in easier and you'll get to see the spectacular results.

First, let's take a look at some of the different sizes of Curlformers (not shown are Short and Wide and Long and Wide). From left to right, there are two colors in each size:

  • Short and Narrow (blue and green)
  • Long and Extra Wide (yellow and magenta)
  • Long and Narrow (blue and green)
  • Extra Long and Wide (pink and orange)

You can purchase a Salon Kit which comes with 40 long and wide, six short and wide Curlformers and a hook. Other size Curlformers are sold separately so you can choose the amount and sizes you need.

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The Curlformers Hook

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The hook that comes in the Salon Kit and sold separately as well is made up of two interlocking pieces. Detach them as shown for compact storage. When using, connect them to make a long hook that fits through all of the Curlformers.

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Inserting the Hook

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Each Curlformer has an opening at both ends, allowing you to insert the hook and pull it completely through. Simply place the hook end into an opening of the curler (it doesn't matter which end) and slide the hook all the way through.

Tip: Squeeze the end of the Curlformer to open it to make hook insertion easier.

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Give Hair a Small Twist

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Near the root of the section of hair you're getting ready to place into the Curlformer, give the hair a little twist. This makes it easier to get all of it inside the curler.

Tip: Set wet or damp hair. Here, I'm using two to three pumps of Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Wrap/Set Mousse on each section of hair. Other products to try include Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam or Keracare Foam-Wrap Set Lotion.

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Hook the Hair

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Place the hook beneath the hair section you're getting ready to place inside the Curlformer.

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Begin Pulling Hair Through

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Push the Curlformer close to the scalp and with the other hand holding the end of the hook protruding from the opposite Curlformer opening, gently pull the hook holding the hair through the curler.

Tip: Every pull may not go smoothly, especially if some hair escapes from the hook. If you catch or snag, stop, and push the hook back toward the scalp. Begin again so that you don't place tangled hair into the curler.

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Pull Hair Completely Through

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Continue pulling the hook end in one smooth motion until the hair section is encased in the Curlformer.

Tip: If the Curlformer doesn't spring back to its perfect spiral shape once the hook is removed, simply hold the end of the curler nearest the scalp and run the other hand down the length of it to smooth it straight out. Let it go and it should bounce right back into shape.

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Repeat Over Entire Head

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Repeat this process over all the hair you want to curl. Although it may seem like a tedious process, once you have the technique in place, it goes surprisingly quickly. This model's hair was completely curled and pictures taken in a total of 45 minutes.

The reason Curlformers come in two different colors for each size is because they twist in opposite directions. If you want your hair to curl away from your face, color matters!

Tip: To curl hair away from your face, place pink, green and magenta curlers on the left side of the head; blue, yellow and orange curlers go on the right side of the head.

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Removing Curlformers

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Let hair dry completely before removing Curlformers. Because their surface is mesh-like, air constantly circulates through, so drying time isn't as long as magnetic rollers. To speed things up, you can sit under a hood dryer or use a hand-held dryer over the head. Air drying may take two to five hours, depending on length and thickness of hair.

Once hair is dry, hold hair close to the scalp with one hand and use the other to straighten the Curlformer and slip it off.

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After: Model A

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This is Model A, whose hair is chemical-free and just past shoulder length, immediately after removing Curlformers.

Tip: For more spiral-type curls, use the smallest section of hair possible. Otherwise, you may get these tubey, Shirley Temple-like curls instead.

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After: Model B

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This is model B immediately after removing Curlformers. This is also chemical-free hair, about mid-back length when stretched.

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Separate Curls for More Volume

Don't like the Candy Curls look? Then carefully pick each curl apart into two to four separate sections. Take your time! Do not rake your fingers through these curls if you want to preserve their shape.

Getting curls that last is as simple as that, whether your hair is natural or relaxed. Check out the Curlformers site for more information and a helpful video!