Heatless Curls with Flexi Rods on Natural Hair

Get bouncy, weather-proof curls to take you through all your parties.


Summer may be notorious for putting our hair through its paces, but the colder months brings out a whole lot of hair issues as well. Dry and fine hair types, as well as natural hair, are particularly susceptible to the extreme dryness that’s brought on by winter weather. This can lead to frizz, stubborn flyaways and static, with the use of heat tools also exacerbating damage. Using flexi rods on natural hair as a styling tool helps create heatless curls, making it a key addition to your arsenal.

Scroll down for a simple, step-by-step guide to using flexi rods on natural hair. Check out the video to help take you through each step, and get ready to obsess over the super-cute results using flexi-rods:


Start on clean hair.

To begin your flexi rod set on short natural hair, start with clean, slightly damp hair.


Spritz hair with water.

To make hair a bit more pliable before styling, spritz with water. This mist helps detangle and moisturize your strands, as well as helps soften hair without a heavy feel.


Apply gel to hair.

To style your hair, use a gel that provides a firm hold without drying out your strands. We like the nourishing yet, non-stiff feel of TRESemmé Mega Firm Control Gel.


Part hair.

Starting at the back of your hair, create a small section to begin your first flexi rod set. As you work your way around your head, you will repeat this step.


Take a section of hair and twist around flexi-rods.

Starting from your hairline, twist a small section of hair around a flexi-rod, just as you would with a curling iron or wand.


Bend to lock it in.

Bend the rod on both ends in opposite directions to lock your curl in place.


Repeat on entire head.

Continue the process on all sections until all of your hair is set into rods.


Remove rods.

Gently straighten each rod and unfurl your curl.


Tame baby hair with a toothbrush.

Use a toothbrush to help you comb your baby hair the way you want it to be styled. If needed, apply a bit more gel to help with hold. Use our tips for taming your edges to help you with this step.


Fluff for volume.

Gently fluff hair at the root with an afro pick to add volume.



Now you have mastered flexi rods on natural hair! You’re all set to go party-hopping with your new curly ‘do!

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