How to Use Flexi-Rods on Wet and Dry Hair

Get big, fluffy curls overnight.

How to Use Flexi-Rods
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Flexi-rods are essentially foam rollers you can bend and twist to secure to your hair. Once you take them out, you're left with gorgeous, bouncy curls.

Technique is everything when it comes to doing a flexi-rod set. However, even if your curls don't come out as defined as you had imagined, who says a good hair day can't include a little (or a lot) of frizz?

Here, we show you how to do a flexi-rod set on natural hair two ways — one tutorial for wet hair and one for dry — that will leave you with a beautiful head of hair, no matter your texture.

What Are Flexi-Rods?

Flexi-rods are blendable foam rods you can use to curl or add texture to hair. They come in a variety of lengths and sizes to accommodate a multitude of hair types.

How to Prevent Frizz:

If you use flexi-rods on wet hair, make sure your strands are freshly washed and thoroughly conditioned. While a gel may give too much of a strong hold, a lightweight mousse can help to curb frizz and add hold — without the stiffness.

If you use flexi-rods on dry hair, ensure your hair has been blown out with a smoothing cream beforehand. And don't worry, it doesn't have to be bone-straight.

How to Use Flexi-Rods on Wet Hair

Step 1: Wash and Condition

Whenever you style your hair, always start with a clean slate. So, go ahead and grab your favorite cleanser and deep conditioner, then get your wash day started.

Step 2: Styling Products

Once your hair has been prepped and is ready, reach for your favorite leave-in, oil, or your favorite hydrating hair product. Next, grab a mousse or setting lotion and apply it to the hair section by section as tis will help to define the curls — just make sure to use it after your other products. We're fans of Afro Sheen's Texture Flexing Foam.

Step 3: Wrapping the Hair

When you're ready, grab a small section of hair (this will vary based on your own hair's thickness) and wrap it taut around the flexi-rod. Once finished, bend the rod around the roots and ends of the hair to secure it in place.

Step 4: Drying and Styling

Once all of the rods are in, you can either let your hair air dry (which is the best option if you want to avoid heat), or you can go under a hooded dryer to speed up the process.

Afterwards, carefully unwrap the hair, section by section, and fluff out your roots with a pick. You can also finger comb each section to add more volume, or leave the curls as is — it's totally up to you.

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How to Use Flexi-Rods on Dry Hair

Step 1: Wash, Condition, and Stretch the Hair

As always, you want to start off on freshly washed hair. After cleansing, do a chunky twist-out or braid-out and let air dry to stretch the hair. You can also use a blow dry brush if you're in a rush.

Step 2: Styling Products

Since your hair will already be dry, you'll want to avoid water-based foams or setting lotions that will lead you back to step one. Instead, use a styling butter or cream to help add moisture and set the style. Apply this product to the hair in small sections.

Step 3: Wrapping the Hair

As seen in the first tutorial, you want to wrap the hair taut around the rods section by section. Once you're done, bend the top and ends of the flexi-rods to hold the hair in place.

Step 4: Drying and Styling

Once your hair is ready, let it set overnight for best results. When you wake up, gently unravel the hair and fluff with a pick. Separate the curls as much or as little as you'd like to create your desired looked.

What Do I Do If My Hair Comes Out Frizzy?

You applaud your hair for doing what it does naturally and let it be.

Even if this wasn't the look you were trying to go for, you can never go wrong when wearing your hair in a fluffy afro. Simply use a pick to add some volume, brush out the curls, or put your hair in an updo. Either way, you're going to look bomb, because our natural hair is gorgeous no matter how it's styled.

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