How to Use Flexi Rods on Natural Hair

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

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Looking for how to use flexi rods on natural hair? You’ve come to the right place.

Summer may be notorious for putting our hair through its paces, but the colder months bring 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 the 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:

Step 1

Start on clean hair.

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

flexi rods on natural hair: clean hair
Step 2

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.

flexi rods on natural hair: apply water
Step 3

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.

flexi rods on natural hair: apply gel
Step 4

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.

flexi rods on natural hair: part hair
Step 5

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.

flexi rods on natural hair: wrap hair
Step 6

Bend to lock it in.

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

flexi rods on natural hair: twisted hair on rod
Step 7

Repeat on entire head.

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

flexi rods on natural hair: hair rollers for long hair
Step 8

Remove rods.

Gently straighten each rod and unfurl your curl.

how to use flexi rods on natural hair: remove rods
Step 9

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.

how to use flexi rods on natural hair: brush baby hair
Step 10

Fluff for volume.

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

how to use flexi rods on natural hair: fluff hair
Step 11


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

how to use flexi rods on natural hair: final look

Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to share the finished look with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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