Learn How to Style Your Hair with the Hair Sponge

Have you heard about the hair sponge? Over the last few years, hair sponges have gained popularity in the natural hair community. Before recently, hair sponges were only available for purchase at hair shows, but hair sponges are now available at many retail stores and beauty supply stores. Curl sponges are great for natural women and men with short natural hair. The hair sponge is excellent for type 3 and 4 hair textures

You are probably thinking, what is a hair sponge? A hair sponge (also known as a curl or twist sponge) is a sponge that contains holes or ridges, and it is used for curling natural hair. Think of a sponge you use for cleaning; hair sponges look very similar. Many sponges have small holes, but some hair sponges have large holes. Hair sponges can be a rectangle shape or oval shape depending on the brand. 

For those with short hair, sponges with small holes are best. This is why hair sponges are also a popular tool for men. They will give you very tight, small coils and/or curls throughout your hair. Keep in mind that this varies depending on your natural hair texture.

If you have longer hair, the hair sponge that has larger holes will produce larger curls and coils. When you are deciding which curl sponge is best for you, make sure you check the hole size. This will help you determine which one will be best for your hair. You will want to consider the sizes of the holes on the sponge and the size of the sponge itself.

Fair skinned male using hair sponge on hair
Image Credit: Verity Jane Smith Try a hair sponge to make your curls pop!

Curl sponges curl your natural hair. To use a curl sponge, you rub the sponge on your hair in a circular motion to create curls, coils, and even twists. The holes in the hair sponge 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 to create this style by hand. Some hair sponges have grooves shaped like a pyramid that helps to give your hair volume. There are some hair sponges on the market that are double-sided, with holes on one side and grooves on the other. The hair sponge works best on damp hair. It is best to apply your favorite gel or cream or water before using the sponge on your hair. 

If you have short hair you will be able to get your desired look fairly quickly. It will take anywhere from five to ten minutes to achieve your hairstyle. The time it will take to achieve your hairstyle with the hair sponge will vary depending on your hair texture and length of your hair. If you have starter locs or mini twists you can use a twist sponge to twist your hair. 

For short to medium length hair, the curl sponge is a fantastic hair tool. Here are some steps on how to use the hair sponge to style your hair.


Start with damp hair.

This is best, starting on dry hair could cause breakage.


Apply a leave-in conditioner

A leave-in conditioner will help to give your hair moisture to aid in styling. Suave Pro Nourish & Strengthen Leave-in Conditioner is amazing and will keep your curls moisturized!


Apply water, gel or a cream styler

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


Use your sponge

Rub the hair sponge on your hair in a circular motion until you achieve your desired look.

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



Final look

Easy right? Now, are you ready to use the hair sponge to create your next natural hairstyle?

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