Curling irons and curling wands are great for curling hair, but let’s face it – not everyone wants to have to put heat on their precious strands every time they want a gorgeous curled style.
Luckily, you don’t have to! Here’s the scoop on curling rods (a.k.a hair rods, flexi rods), and why you should definitely add these to your hair styling lineup.
How to use
Curling rods, or flexi rods as they’re also commonly called, are one of the best options for heat-free curls.
When you get your hands on a pack of these, you’ll see exactly why they’re called flexi rods!
These cute foam rods are designed to bend and twist around your hair. Using them is easy.
You simply split your hair into sections — the size of your sections will determine how defined your curls come out – and prepare the section by spritzing with water and adding your curling cream, gel, or butter of choice.
You can use a brush to distribute the product evenly and to ensure that your hair is completely smooth and tangle-free before you begin to apply the rods.
Different hair textures require different levels of hold, so it may be wise to experiment on one section before you attempt your entire head.
Then, starting from the ends of your hair, wrap your section around the flexi rod, holding it taut as you do so.
When you reach your roots, simply give the rod a twist and bend each side of it upwards to hold it in place. It’s really that easy!
Taking down curling rods are also easy as 1, 2, 3, as you simply unbend the rods and unwind the rod from your hair. You can even separate your curls for a fuller look with lots of volumes.
Apply a small amount of oil to your fingers before you begin to a takedown, though, or frizz might just destroy all of your hard work!
Since it’s a no-heat style, it takes longer for your curls to set! Doing your hair a day in advance is definitely recommended for the best results. This way, your hair has time to dry and set perfectly.
Pros and Cons of Curling Rods
The only con to curling rods is that they can be a bit time-consuming.
Applying the rods can take a while, especially if you’re a first time user, and your hair also takes as much as a day or more to set.
It’s a lot of prep time that everyone doesn’t always have. However, let’s take a look at the pros.
Firstly and most importantly, curling rods are no-heat. Giving your hair a break from heat does wonders for its health in the long run.
Curling rods are also much more comfortable to wear/sleep in than traditional plastic rollers. The soft, foamy material is a welcome change!
Curling rods are super affordable! Many curling irons can be quite pricy, o simply out of one’s budget. Flexi rods, on the other hand, barely cost much at your local beauty supply store.
Lastly, the results are always guaranteed beautiful. Whether your hair is curly, straight, wavy, or kinky, flexi rods transform your hair into stunning spiral curls worthy of a magazine.
What We Recommend
The brand Annie offers a variety of curling rods that are high-quality and durable. These 6-piece rods come in a range of colors, each color representing a different size rod. They’re affordable and definitely worth the purchase.
Tifara Beauty also offers curling rods for hair, with a large 42-piece pack that’s perfect if you have thick hair. The pack comes with a range of sizes from jumbo to super small, for maximum versatility.