Learn How to Style Your Hair with the Hair Sponge

Learn how to use this must-have tool.

Have you heard about the hair sponge? A hair sponge is a tool that is great for women and men with short natural hair and is also excellent for type 3 and 4 hair textures. Over the last few years, it has gained popularity in the natural hair community; in the past, they were only available for purchase at hair shows, but they are now available at many retail stores and beauty supply stores. Keep reading to learn more and get inspired to try one out yourself:

A hair sponge is a hand-held tool that contains holes or ridges and is used for curling natural hair. For those with short hair, options with smaller holes are best, as they will give you very tight, small coils and/or curls. If you have longer hair, a larger option will produce larger curls and coils.

When you are deciding which is best for you, make sure you check the hole size. This will help you determine which one will work best for your hair. 

How does a hair sponge work?

Curl sponges curl your natural hair. To use this tool, you rub it onto your hair in a circular motion to create curls, coils, and even twists. The holes and the movement you create with your hands will curl and twist sections of your hair.

Using a hair sponge takes less time than it would create this style by hand. The hair sponge also works best on damp hair. It is best to apply your favorite gel or cream, or water before styling.

Not sure how to use a sponge brush? Check out this easy tutorial to get all the tips and tricks when using this tool on natural hair.

Step 1

Start with damp hair.

It’s best to style on damp hair as using a hair sponge on dry hair can cause damage

man with short hair
Step 2

Apply a leave-in conditioner

A leave-in conditioner will help to give your hair moisture to aid in styling. SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment is amazing and will keep your curls moisturized!

fair skinned male parting curls
Step 3

Apply water, gel or a cream styler

Apply throughout your entire head making sure not to use too much product. Try TRESemme TRES Two Mega Sculpting Gel. Your curls will pop!

Fair skinned male holding TRESsemme gel
Step 4

Use your sponge

Rub it on your hair in a circular motion until you achieve your desired look. If you want a lightweight hold, use a pomade like SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Waves Pomade.

Tip: The tighter the circular motion, the tighter your pattern, and vice versa. 

man using a hair sponge
Step 5

Final look

You’re done!

man with short hair smiling

Whether you’re new to a hair sponge or looking for a different way to style your short natural hair, this tool is sure to come in handy for many hairstyles.

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