My first experience with curl formers left much to be desired. I purchased the set at Sallys for a disrespectful amount of money and rushed home way too excited about plastic curlers than any woman should be.
I started out on freshly washed hair applied my styling product grabbed the grey stick thingy and tried to get a section of my hair through the curlformer*. Everything was great except I kept pulling and pulling, but for some reason it felt as if I was going to rip my hair out.
I could not get my hair through the curlformer* for anything, which just seemed a little ridiculous. I finally decided to walk away; I gave up, packed the curlformers in its little container, and put them away until I could figure it out again.
A year later I had a stylist teach me a few techniques or tricks that I could use to make installation a bit easier for me, for example, twisting the roots of my hair prior to pulling it through the curlformer through and everything worked out great after that.
Curlformers* are great for a number of reasons:
1. The curls are consistent– Curlformers really give you a great uniformed curl, and the consistency helps to make sure your styling options are endless.
2. They stretch your hair – Curl formers are a great style for stretching your curls and if you have type 4 hair with tons of shrinkage they can really help you to keep your hair stretched and tangle free.
3. No heat necessary – The style does not require any heat whatsoever! All you have to do is install them and let your hair air-dry and you will end up with curls that are just as smooth as if you used heat to dry them.
4. They are comfortable – This benefit is relative, some women can sleep on them without any issues, others have complained about them being uncomfortable. If you watch the video below, Whitney shows a way to wear the curlformers while asleep so that they are comfortable.
Why they are not so great
The great quality official curlformers are not very economical if you want to purchase the entire set with different sizes. It really depends on you and what you can afford but they are considered to be quite on the expensive side.
Also depending on your hair type, you may not be able to get more than 1 day hair out of the style so you may have to leave them for special occasions only.
Have you tried curlformers yet?