Curlformers Review On 4a/4b Natural Hair


In my never-ending quest to find the perfect curl, it wasn’t long until curlformers found their way to my door. I’m a natural 4a/b and I’ve done the Brazilian Keratin Treatment which loosened my curl pattern to one vaguely resembling a 3c. I have tried curlformers in the past pre heat-training and my results were blah, to say the least but feeling brave with my now looser curls I was ready to try again!

My hair when slightly shrunken in a braidout is at that awkward length where it has lost the ‘normal’ shoulder-length braid outlook but is not quite at the luscious waist length stage (when straight my hair sits at mid-back length). For this reason, I would love to find a style that can make my hair appear shorter and shapelier without resorting to natural shrinkage and attracting the curse of single strand knots!

Enter curlformers. Curlformers are a totally new and innovative way to curl your hair. They are easier to apply than flexirods while giving similar or better results according to the curlformer manufacturers and fans. See full specs.

I was itching to give myself a curly makeover….

The Process

1. I started with freshly washed and conditioned hair with just a mist of glycerine water for my leave in

2. I separated my hair into 5 sections. Each section was divided into 6 for a total of 30 curlformers. I purchased the 40 Extra long and wide set.

3. The curlformers are applied using a large plastic hook that is used to grab the section of hair at the roots and insert while stretching the rest of your hair inside the curlformer. Sound cryptic doesn’t it? Actually it’s much easier than using flexi rods and less fiddly than regular rollers. Youtube users have some great video tutorials on the process.


4. Once all the curlformers are appplied, just sit under a dryer. The curlformers are made of a plastic mesh like material so they allow your hair to dry in record time, mine was done in 45 minutes!

5. Remove the curlfomers by sliding them off your hair and separate the curls for fullness

6. Blow out or flat iron your roots if desired

Results and Thoughts

I gave up stylists about 3 years ago when I went natural but one thing that I have always missed from my relaxed days is those fresh roller sets that I got from my stylist. I would never have imagined for one moment that I could get those results again as a natural and at home no less! The curls that I got from the curlformers were soft, light and so bouncy! Here are the pictures of my adventures in curlformers:

The curls gave my hair a great shape and with ‘pineapple-ing’ my hair at night I was able to get 3 days wear out of them. So do I think curlformers are worth it?

Well speaking as a natural 4a/b, when I originally used them on my hair, my expectations were way too high. Although the set did flatten my hair, there was none of the smoothness or shine that I had expected. I have seen ladies on youtube with similar results that I had with my first set and I have been loving the sets so it depends entirely on your expectations if that is your hair type.

However, fast forward post BKT and my results have been amazing. For my hard work, I was rewarded with smooth and shiny curls. I would suggest you take a look at youtube video tutorials of someone with similar hair to you to get an idea of potential results before you purchase.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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I keep messing mine up. I think I have to make smaller sections.