ATH reveals why using flexi rods on natural hair is the easiest way to create curl definition

Bouncy curls without heated styling tools? Yes, please! This is how to use flexi rods on natural hair... 

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Flexi rods on natural hair girl smiling with afro hair


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Can we let you in on a styling secret? Using flexi rods on natural hair is one of the most underrated ways to create perfect heatless curl definition.

This technique helps give my hair shape and keeps it looking full – Amy-Naomi

Using a flexi rod set on natural hair will not only help you achieve defined, long-lasting spirals, it’s also a great lazy girl alternative. Rather than spending time using a curling iron and exposing your hair to potential heat damage, this tool does all the work for you – overnight.

Ready to learn more? Follow our simple step-by-step tutorial to see why flexi rods are totally natural-friendly.

How to use flexi rods on natural hair


Prep your tresses.

Start by detangling your natural hair with a comb or your fingers.

This will create the perfect canvas for the next styling steps.

Flexi rods on natural hair girl with afro hair smiling

Section the back.

Ready to use your flexi rod set on natural hair? Start by creating a box-shaped section of hair at the back of your head.

Use a comb and your hands to divide the hair and clip the rest of your tresses up.

Flexi rods on natural hair girl with back to camera sectioning her hair



Wet the ends.

Using flexi rods on dry natural hair? No problem. Simply wet the ends of your hair slightly so they are damp.

This will help you wrap each individual section around the flexi rod.

Flexi rods on natural hair tutorial girl spraying water onto ends of hair

Apply a frizz-taming cream.

To help moisturise your tresse, apply a small amount of the VO5 Frizz Free Cream to your hands and then run it through the ends of your hair.

This will help leave you with a glossy, defined finish.

Woman with black afro hair applying cream to hair before flexi rods



Start twirling.

Take a section of loose hair and place a flexi rod at the tip. Twist and wrap the hair around the rod, moving up towards the roots.

Once all the hair is wrapped around the flexi rod, bend both ends inwards to secure.

Whether you’re using flexi rods on short natural hair or longer strands, the process is the same. Just remember that you might want to alter the width or size of your flexi rod accordingly.

Black woman with afro hair applying flexi rods

Repeat the process.

Ensuring that you’re taking even sections as you go, repeat the flexi rod application process for the rest of your hair.

Work from the bottom layers to the top, securing each flexi rod tightly.

Black woman with head full of flexi rods side profile

Catch some beauty sleep.

Once all your flexi rods are in place, it’s time to hit the hay, leaving your curls to form overnight.

Black woman with full head of flexi rods side profile

Unravel your hair.

Ready for gorgeous curls? Gently unravel your strands from each flexi rod. Once all your hair is loose, use your fingers to gently pull the curls apart.

This will add volume to the style while reducing any frizz.

Black girl smiling and unraveling flexi rods from hair

Lay your baby hairs.

Use a spare toothbrush and the VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax to style any baby hairs at the edge of your hairline. 

Black woman holding toothbrush to hair laying edges with flexi rod curls

You're done!

And that’s all there is too it! If you need a little extra volume, fluff your roots with a wide-toothed comb and you’re ready to go…

Black girl with flexi rods created short curls smiling at camera


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