Is anyone else wondering how in the world it’s already October!? No? Just me? Fine -_-

[1] I started off by pre-pooing with L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner. I applied the conditioner to dry hair and sat under my steamer for 15 minutes.
[2] After letting my hair cool, I rinsed out the conditioner and co-washed with SheScentIt Blueberry Co-Wash Conditioner. First impressions: this co-wash was kinda on the “meh” side for me. It actually reminded me of As I Am’s cowash because it left my hair feeling a bit stripped after rinsing it out but it did provide a nice amount of slip on application, in addition to rinsing out well (e.g. did not cling to my scalp and hair).
[3] After co-washing, I coffee rinsed. For more on the benefits of coffee rinses, check out this post: Coffee Rinses for Shedding.
[4] After coffee rinsing, I squeezed excess liquid from my hair with my hands and then wrapped my hair with a cotton towel for 15 minutes to absorb the remaining liquid.
[5] Next I deep conditioning with HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner for 15 minutes under my steamer.
[6] After rinsing out the conditioner, I t-shirt dried for a quick 10 minutes and then sat down for a flexi rod set. I had initially planned to go my usual tension method route but with kidney stones doing the cha-cha inside me, I just didn’t have it in me to sit for 1.5 hours to dry my hair. No ma’am. I needed something fairly quick and that would distract me so a flexi rod set it was.

For leave-ins I used Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + Organix Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum. For sections that needed to be re-wet prior to setting on the flexi rod, I sprayed my hair with Paul Mitchell Moisture Mist (not shown above because I forgot to grab the bottle, whoops). Per usual, I started a two-strand twist before rolling my hair on the rods in order to stretch my new growth for a more uniform finished look.

I did small sections for this set because I wanted to make sure my hair dried overnight but then next morning I still had a bunch of damp sections at my roots. I’m learning that my natural hair is too thick for it’s own good. The nerve!

I was also in a rush so I couldn’t separate the curls as much as I would’ve liked but I still liked the curls, achieved them without heat, and it only took 40 minutes to set my hair, so mission accomplished!

As much as I love flexi rod set results, I’m not a fan of the tossing sleeping in them brings so I’m going to give curlformers (well, curlformer dupes) a try!

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  1. Awesome curls! And really shiny, healthy hair.
    I am yet to officially join a challenge, but I do follow along as best I can. I'm still figuring out what my hair needs and when….But you continue to inspire me 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks Josie! Getting a hang of the whats and whens before starting challenges is perfectly okay!

  2. Gorgeous per the usual! Your 40 minute setting time makes me sooo jelly! Do you find that you have a easier/faster time setting because you have more practice or did you use a different technique?

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Author

      Thank you! No new technique, just practice and getting the hang of how to twist the rods so that they stay secure.

  3. I have the curlformers dupes and those arent any fun to sleep in either, which is why I've only used them twice, BUT the end results are beautiful. And silky smooth.

    1. Author

      🙁 I hope they're at least a bit more comfortable than flexi rods. Silky smooth curls are worth it.

  4. You get the best flexi-rods results. I really need to look into this two strand twist before adding the flexi-rods

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