This review is so late, however since I have used this product many times now I can now give a full review for those who are transitioning.
Let’s start with the cost of this system which runs you about $70 (Sally’s) for one of the pre-assembled kits or approximately $100 if you mix-and-match the individual packages of Curlformers (8/package). One important thing to note is the Curlformers sets do not include the styling hook which costs and additional $4.29 (Sally’s).
Moving on to the actual use of this product and the results:
When you initially use this product you will have to get used to using the styling hook and develop the technique for threading your hair through the Curlformer. To a newbie this can seem challenging but, trust me you will get the hang of it rather quickly and be able to proceed on from there. Since I wanted a soft but lasting set I tried using my normal Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In conditioner after washing my hair as well as Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey on each section of hair before placing it in the Curlformer. After partially drying under the dryer and then allowing the rest to air dry, the set was too soft turned out to be too soft and quickly dropped by mid-day and by the evening frizzed.
The second use went about the same because unfortunately I believe I was suffering from some kind of temporary amnesia because I used the same exact styling products again, except once my hair was dry and the Curlformers were removed I sprayed my hair with Ojon Elastik Flexible Finishing Hair Spray (which I love!). The hair spray helped the hold to last a lot longer however once I slept on it even after placing my hair in a pineapple the frizz returned.
They say the third time is charm and it was, per a specific recommendation from a friend! Lottabody and Argan Oil was the key to the perfect hold! When using the Lottabody make sure it is diluted correctly and do not over saturate the hair, otherwise the hold will be to stiff and breakage can occur when removing the Curlformers from your hair. Using these products the style lasted for five days without becoming to frizzy. My nighttime routine for preserving this style was a simple pineapple wrap with a silk scarf and then the take down in the morning was just a simple fluff and the possible separation of the curls to increase the volume.
The Curlformers create a seamless style for any transitioner. The set that is achieved with this product blends the two textures flawlessly and I highly recommend this product to anyone whether journeying or fully natural!
*Have you used this product? If so, please let me know your opinion of the Curlformers and your experience with it?
Being a long grow-out transitioner I have had to try all sorts of products to get the two textures to “work together” ultimately trying to achieve some kind of harmony on the top of my head. This product review should really be titled “Renewed Love” because that is exactly what I have for the Cantu Shea Butter line of products. I used these products when I was relaxing my hair faithfully, however, I didn’t like the end result when using them on my solely relaxed hair. After using the products along with others in my regimen, my hair felt clammy. However, now that I am transitioning, and using these products together, I love the end result.
The Cantu Shea Butter Rinse Out conditioner, I use as a deep conditioner. I place the product on my hair and then cover with a plastic cap for at least 30-45 minutes. I find it best to detangle my hair while this product is on as the comb moves through with ease. After rinsing the product out my hair feels moisturized and soft. The shea butter in this product nourishes your hair by coating the hair shaft from root to tip.
The next product I use in this regimen is the Cantu Butter Leave-In Conditioner Repair Cream. This leave-in conditioner is the bomb.com! It helps with the definition of one’s curl pattern and leaves your hair soft as well. Hair is not weighed down or clammy! In addition, since using this conditioner I have also noticed a decrease in breakage, which is one of the claims the company makes about this product.
This regimen has aided in my transitioning which I find challenging at times and I recommend these products to anyone who is in this stage of their natural hair journey.
|Halley’s Curls – Virgin Malaysian 12″ & 14″
Transitioning styles are plenty, however time is not! The task of coming up with hairstyles leaves me at a loss. The choice is to weave! There is a first time for everything and this will be a first. Weave or wigs or braids, have never been my thing, but I never knocked it. Per the recommendation of a close girlfriend, a woman whom I would call a “weaveologist,” I purchased Halley’s Curls Virgin Malaysian since their Salon Relaxed was OUT OF STOCK. Being a newbie I was skeptical at first until I received the hair. The hair is gorgeous and soft as well as very similar to my relaxed texture!
Halley’s Curls shipping turnaround time is very quick as I ordered on Wednesday and was in receipt on Saturday. HC provides very detailed instructions on how to prepare the hair for installation which includes a hydration bath with Dove Intensive Hair Conditioner which smells great and makes the hair feel fabulous!
I am in love! At first I didn’t know what to expect; didn’t know how long the process would take or even what was involved, however, I enjoyed every moment. Feyi owner of Lush Manes did a fabulous job on my install! I feel like a new woman and highly recommend her. The install took just under two and half hours and to me that was quick. This is new experience for me and I am sure my alter ego is bound to show up soon!
Transitioning is a struggle for me especially since my hair has gotten a dose of creamy crack just about every six weeks since I was 12. My problem is styling and I must admit that it has been challenging; so challenging my friend has been my beloved ponytail. So my new plan of attack on this transitioning stage is to cut an inch or two off my hair this month before I weave it up for an entirely “new do”. Then we will see what happens after that…