Vakind Hair Curler Magic Spiral Ringlets Former Leverage Stretched Length 50CM Circle Roller Pack of 40
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It doesn't work because the plastic mesh is too dense. This prevents the hair from drying completely so it doesn't set into curls like its supposed to.
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It took multiple tries to put in each of the first 4 curlers, but I quickly got the hang of it. By my third curlformer set (which is in my hair right now!), I am sliding these curlers on like a pro. I just wash my hair, spritz a small strand, twist the strand at the root, and the hook slides right over the hair strand and the hair glides down into the curlformer. Generally, I use 38 of the 40 curlformers that come in the package, but I'm thinking of ordering about 8 more because I want to make the sections even smaller.
Note: I put Krazy Glue all over the hook part as soon as I opened the package, because I'd heard horror stories from others about hooks breaking on first use. The Krazy Glue should help prevent breakage. This product does NOT come with instructions, so you should search YouTube for "curlformers" to see how other women are putting theirs in. If you need your curlformers in a hurry, keep in mind that this product will take several weeks to arrive, as it ships from China.
My hair is very thick and down to the middle of my back. It has a natural wave to it but it is unruly and I never leave it to its own devices unless I'm dressing up as Medusa for Halloween.
I'm 40 so I don't want to look like goldilocks or like I'm trying too hard to be young and cute. :)
I am also prone to migraines and headaches if I yank on my hair too hard. If I want to get a headache to avoid going to an event, I just think about the old school days when you pulled highlights through one of those caps with a hook. Ouch~ See I need an Imitrex just for writing that!
What I bought:
As I said I have very thick hair and it is long, so I bought 2 packs of these (80 curlers). I used everyone of them except for 3 and I honestly could have used those. I also took the advice of the other reviewers and bought a Curlformer hook as many said that worked better.
With the first three curlers I was about to throw the whole thing away as I was terrible. However, by curler number 10, I was a pro (and I'm not a very patient person).
1. Watch a couple of You Tube videos. They make it look easy, and be forewarned that your first few will be a hot mess.
2. Do not attempt to take a larger section of hair than the 'mouth' of the curler. It will snag and pull.
3. Hair should be 90% dry. If it is purely wet, the curl looks a bit mushy to me. I actually did mine on Day 3 hair and just used a water bottle to spritz the sections lightly and it turned out great.
4. I didn't see much difference between the hook provided in the kit and the curlformer hook. I ended up buying the extra long and that was so long it was unwieldy. Therefore, I used the hook in the kit and it was just fine (in fact better).
5. The most important part of the entire thing is to get the full section of hair inside the mouth of the curler. Then the hair will slide through nicely. Again, don't try a section wider than the mouth or it really makes a messy curl.
6. You will snag your hair because it will come untwisted and the hook will be in the middle. The trick is as soon as you feel any resistance to stop, unwind the curl and start over. When you have it right it will pull smoothly. When it is wrong, it will give you resistance immediately. To avoid breaking hair or creating tangles, stop as soon as you feel any tension.
7. I used this teasing brush (which I LOVE) to brush out the sections before I twisted them to go in the curler. http://www.amazon.com/Spornette-Little-Wonder-Teasing-Colors/dp/B000I82POI If you don't have one, get it now. I love this thing for teasing, up do's, etc. It is the only thing that helps me tease without breakage. However, it also did a very nice job on smoothing each section and getting out a few of the knots I made when I tried to put in too much hair.
8. If you are struggling, you are trying to get too much hair in the curler. This became my mantra.
9. Don't expect your first time to be a style that you can go out with :). You could tell I was a beginner as I didn't have a lot of uniformity to the sections I took or whether I used the clockwise or counter clockwise ones in the right places. I could have gone over to a friend's house, but not to an event.
10. It takes time. It took me almost an hour and a half to do it. I also thought I'd put them in and clean my house, but I really couldn't. They kept falling all in my face. I don't know how people can sleep in these comfortably. With that said, they are not uncomfortable or heavy. Again, I get headaches and wearing these didn't trigger a headache for me. I did start to get one when I was tugging on the crown of my hair, but that was because I was cramming too much hair in because I was losing patience.
11. When taking them out, stretch the curler out completely and squeeze at the mouth. They should slide out effortlessly.
My curls were beautiful. They reminded me of Phoebe from friends and they were soft and bouncy. However, there were a lot of them (77 curlers full). These are the extra long and wide ones. I think I would have been better with extra wide. These came out as lovely spirals. Seriously the most beautiful curls I have ever had. However, they were too tight for the look I wanted. Still, I will use these on the bottom layers and order the wide set.
I can't imagine that the real curlformers could do any better of a job than these. The results were outstanding. However, if you want waves and big curls, get the wide ones. They will look short, but I thought my hair would go to the bottom of these since it is so long. However, I had several inches left at the bottom.
Unless you are able to sleep in these, I don't think these will save you much time. It takes a while to put them in. However, if you are more concerned with results than efficiency, these are great! I can image that you'd also get several days out of the curls themselves. Definitely give them a try. They are fun and the results are lovely, soft, bouncy curls.
Too bad they didn't work.
1) These are for "long" hair...well if your hair comes to your bra strap like mine, they are a little too short. I had about an inch or two of hair sticking out the ends on my longest pieces.
2) You have to use the smallest amount of hair in each roller. If you have a lot of hair like me, it would take forever and tons of curlers to finish it all. Seriously, it's like putting in perm rods lol. They should make some that would hold a regular hot roller amount of hair. The amount of curlers you need is impractical to use on any regular basis.
3) My hair is also very very fine. It snags and catches/sticks to itself and anything else. My hair was slightly damp trying these and that made it even worse pulling the hair through. It would constantly get caught half way thru the roller and I would worry that I would end up losing some hair each time!
All in all, if you have shorter hair that is not thick, these might work for you for special events, etc. Everyone else, it is more hassle than it's worth.