Day 3: Flexi-Rod Set Results!

I scoured YouTube last night looking for advice on flexi-rod sets for natural and transitioning hair. I got loads of results, and after being a tad overwhelmed, I looked over a few well done vids and summed up the key things that were relevant to me:

  • My hair needed to be wet, or at least damp, in order to properly set the curls.
  • Smaller rods create tighter, shorter ringlets that last longer.
  • Larger rods create looser, longer waves, but it won’t last as long as the smaller rod sets.

Luckily I had both small (pink) and large (purple) flexi-rods left over from previous hair exploits as a teen, and i dug them out from the bottom of one of our closets. I decided I wanted long lasting, tight curls, so I went for the pink rods and avoided the purple. I had already washed my hair on Day 1, the day I decided to transition, so rather than rewash too soon and strip my hair of moisture, I sprayed each strand with water from an old spray bottle that used to be perfume to make my hair damp. Then I added me curling creme, and wrapped each strand around a flexi-rod. I put on a silk scarf, and off to bed I went.

Like most of the transitioning styles I’ve tried so far, the results were…mixed. I didn’t get the defined curls I had hoped for, but I did get a really cute look just the same. Here are some photos to give you an idea of how it came out:

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The relaxed part of my hair seems to look stringy and “off” no matter how I style it. This is making me more inclined to Big Chop, but I know that decision requires a bit more thought. It’s very hard to imagine myself with a TWA (teeny weeny afro) because my whole life I have aspired to long, straight hair. This movement to natural, this return to the hair God gave me, is very emotional because I have NEVER accepted my hair, so much so that I do not remember its natural texture at all. It was always pressed, braided, pulled, or permed.

I know I will have to let go of my obsession with length in order to embrace the beauty of my hair as it truly is, but it’s a process, and after all, I am only 3 days in! With time, I know I’ll get there. I can’t wait until I see Jazz (my stylist) on Saturday to discuss my options. No matter what happens, it’ll be a big day!

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3 thoughts on “Day 3: Flexi-Rod Set Results!

  1. Hey Jackie! I’m not an expert on using flexi-rods but from what I seen and tried on Marley hair, is that when you twist your hair while wrapping around the flexi-rod or perm rods very tightly it comes out with nicer curls. Also, making sure your hair is completely dry when taking them out also helps with keeping the curl. I think you should try curlformers (I use the knock off version off of eBay, it’s way cheaper than the real thing) or do three strand twist it gives a better twist out then the regular two strand twist. Hopes this helps!! – Ang

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    • Thank you, Angie!!! I see a few mistakes I made already just from reading that comment, lol. My hair was not 100% dry, and I probably could have rolled everything up a little tighter. Three strand twists sound like a good idea since I love braid outs, I get so much more volume from that than I did from the flexi-rods.

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  2. You’re welcome Jackie!! When you do any kind of __ out you have to make sure your hair is 100% dry, because when you take it out and it finally dries your gonna have a puff. Also, something you can try instead of wetting your hair with water, use a lotion or something creamy in your hair that’s going to give you the dampness, and that added moisture and shine. Yes!! Try the 3 strand twist out it gives you so much definition. -Ang 😄

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