I recently uploaded my Updated Curlformers Method on YouTube, and since then, I've received lots of questions about which I prefer more, the Flexi Rods or the Curlformers? Some people are just curious and wondering, but I also realize that some people want to know if the investment in Curlformers is worth it! While Flexi Rods and Curlformers both produce similar results, as hair tools, they're completely different.
Flexi Rods are the foam rollers that bend and lock in place. You're able to create a barrel curl by rolling your hair around the Flexi Rod, and rolling it all the way up to your roots, bending the rod in place so it doesn't move. While it's possible to set your curls in Flexi Rods without heat, they're really made to be used with heat.
Setting your Flexi Rod curls with heat, under a hooded hair dryer, blasts the hair dry quickly, creating a smooth, tight curl, without frizz. If you opt to go heatless, the curls are forced to dry freely in the air. The curl is less tight, less shiny, and is subject to frizz due to slow air-drying and possible humidity. A great curl can be achieved without heat, as seen in my Heatless Flexi Rod Set video, but you have to do some extra steps to achieve it and make sure the curl is as smooth, tight, and frizz-free as possible.
Curlformers are the orange and pink rubber, aerated tubes that come with a hook rod for installation. You're able to create a barrel curl by placing the hook through the aerated tube, grasping your hair with the hook at the root, and pulling the hook, with the hair, out through the aerated tube, where it will remain until the curl has set. Again, with Curlformers, you can set the hair with or without heat, but the difference is that Curlformers are specifically made for heatless styling. Locked inside the aerated tube with tiny holes, the wet hair is forced to dry flat, evenly, and without frizz. But you can also decide to use heat! Whether you decide to sit under a heated hair dryer to speed the process, or not, your hair dries smoothly, without frizz, and remains shiny. There's no extra steps or precautions to take while setting the hair without heat, and your results remain consistent every time.
Because I'm currently a girl who prefers heatless styling, my clear favorite is the Curlformers! I have tons of videos where I've used them to set my curls before styling. They're just so easy, quick, convenient, and hassle-free. If I used heat styling, I don't know if my favorite would change or not, I've never tried the Flexi Rods with heat before, only heatless. I'm sure setting the style with heat would be much quicker and convenient, but I'll never know until I've tried it! So for now, to answer the question, I prefer my Curlformers for my heatless curling, but Flexi Rods are also a great option… but, my second option.
For those thinking about whether to purchase Curlformers or Flexi Rods, think about what your preference is! If you prefer heatless styling, I'm confident that you'll have the most success using the Curlformers. But if you don't mind using heat, maybe you'll want to save a bit of cash and go for the Flexi Rods instead!
In regards to the price of the Curlformers, I agree, they're pretty expensive! But it's a hair styling tool that you can use countless times, over and over again! Similar to a blow dryer or flat iron that can cost between $50 to $200, depending on the features, Curlformers are a one-time buy that will last for years. In my opinion, they're a better investment than a blow dryer or flat iron because they give you that blown-out/curly look, without damaging your hair with heat! But that's just my opinion of course, I was pretty skeptical of them too, when I first bought them. I'm not sponsored or affiliated with Curlformers at all, it's just my honest opinion based on my experience of having used them for over a year now!
So I hope that helps answer your questions regarding which of the two tools I prefer more! Happy styling guys!
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