Wash Day | First Time with Curlformers

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a wash day post. 😯 April 22 to be exact.  My wash days are pretty much the same every week. In the future, I will post about my wash days if I try something new. This wash day, I used curlformers for the first time. I’m 11 weeks post now and I plan to keep stretching because of the fragile nature of the front half of my hair. My hair was a bit dry this week so I wanted to focus on moisture. Here’s what happened. . .

(1) Using 4 sections, I did a scalp massage with neem oil and my castor oil mix (Lavender JBCO, coconut oil, tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils). My scalp has been itchy lately. I tried to increase my co-washing and reduce shampooing but my scalp is revolting. Then, I sprayed each section with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir and detangled with seamless comb. Prepoo with Organics Cholesterol and Tea Tree Oil conditioner mixed with more of the elixir. I wrapped my hair with cling film and left it on for 30 minutes. I’m trying to finish products so I’m using them to pre-poo.

(2) Rinsed out pre-poo. Washed with Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN 1 Renewal System Shampoo once, then used diluted ACV on my scalp and hair, then washed a second time with the shampoo. I find that this combination works well to remove build-up from my scalp. I think the build-up is the cause of my itchiness. I got the shampoo and masque as a sample. The shampoo was just okay, not fantastic.

(3) Tea rinse with green and black teas that was steeped for 2 hours. I kept it on for ~5 minutes then applied Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner and rinsed. I haven’t done a tea rinse in over a month so I thought it would be a good thing to do. I was wrong, as you will see later. 😯

(4) Deep conditioned with the Superfruit Masque on 3 sections and Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment on one section. I got this tip for testing new products from The Kink and I. I left the conditioner without heat for 45 minutes and  with heat for 15 minutes.  The Creme of Nature conditioner felt smoother than the Shea Moisture when I applied it.  However, the Shea Moisture sections felt softer after rinsing. It doesn’t compare to how soft my hair feels when I use Hairveda Sitrinillah. 🙁

(5) Rinsed and t-shirt dried. Then, I sectioned my hair into 4 and applied my leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and African Naturalistas Leave-in). I also applied Aphogee Green Tea Restructurizer to the front sections of hair. Next, I tried to detangle my hair. My hair was really tangled. I think it got tangled because of the tea rinse and not the conditioner because all the sections were tangled. It’s been a few months since I’ve done one and I won’t do one any time soon. 🙁

(6) After detangling, I used the curlformers. I applied Creme of Nature Style & Shine Foaming Mousse Foam on each section and put the curlformers in. It was difficult to do at first but I got the hang of it after a while. The key was getting all the hair inside the hook before pulling it through.I had to use large sections becaue I only had 40. I still had to use a flexi-rod for one section. I left it to air dry over night.


The curlformers were difficult to sleep in because I normally sleep on my back. I also noticed some scalp tenderness, especially towards the front section of hair. I think the curlformers shifted a bit while I was sleeping and caused some pulling. When I try it again, I will dry it first with my hooded dryer. My hair dried by the morning and my hair was really curly. My roots were pretty stretched but I would have liked more stretching. The curls weren’t shiny and my ends started to frizz a few hours later. By the next day, all semblance of curls were gone. 😥 My hair also felt a bit dry.


Stretched New Growth!!

I believe the styling foam didn’t keep too much hold and it started to flake in my hair. I think that the curls weren’t smooth because I used the foam and I didn’t make sure my hair was really wet when I put the curlformers in. I was worried that if my hair was too wet, the pulling would cause some breakage.

Immediately after take down

Immediately after take down


After separating some curls

After separating some curls

Next time, I have some steps/ideas that may produce a better set.

  • Make sure each section is wet
  • Use smaller sections in the back and add flexi-rods if necessary
  • Use a hooded dryer
  • Use a different holding product (ORS Olive Oil Wrap/Set Mousse or EcoStyler Gel)
  • Don’t use too much glycerin (This will be tough because 90% of my products have glycerin)

I hope that I get a better set next time.

What do you do to achieve a long-lasting roller set?

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