Pipe Cleaners Part I: Loose Curls

As mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to share with you this amazing way to curl braids or twists using pipe cleaners.  Yes, pipe cleaners. $1 (or so) pipe cleaners.  Yup, I call them “Poor Man’s Strawllers.”  I was at my family reunion earlier this summer when my two cousins, who have GORGEOUS teeny tiny locs, rolled up in that joint with “Shirley Temple” like curls.  MAN I wish I had a pic… Anywho, they told me about pipe cleaners and how they set their hair in them for a few days to achieve the curls, and how the curls loosen over time, given you a great look for like – WEEKS!!  So naturally, that was put high on my list of “hair hopes” (like, I hope BBH’s hair can do that, LOL!).

After rockin’ BBH’s hair out for awhile from trying Queen Helen’s Royal Curl Curl Shaping Creme for the 1st time (a tub of GOLD I tell ya, see review here), it was time for a protective style.  Once Upon a Curl was having a braids contest on FB so I figured for my entry (vote for me!) I’d do box-type braids style w/a lil’twist, the pipe cleaners! The closet crafter I am, I just happen to have some pipe cleaners stashed away.   But when I grabbed them, I realized they were the metallic kind and I remember my cousin telling me the chenille kind were best. She was right. I tested one in my own hair; not good, metallic pipe cleaners pull the hair. So I grabbed the chenille kind during my (almost weekly) visit to Jo-Ann’s.

So I braided BBH’s hair Saturday morning (related product review to be posted separately and soon), but Daddy BBH and I had plans late afternoon thru the evening. So I didn’t bother to curl them that day or that night, since we got in so late. BUT I tried it 1st thing Sunday AM before church and later that evening before bed (yes,I did it twice, you’ll see why).

Poor Man’s Strawllers Take One: Loose Curls:
Apply a little bit of product for hold.  Or spritz with water to revive the product already in the hair.  If you decide to add a bit of product for hold, I suggest rubbing in your hands 1st and then blotting/pressing the product into the hair between your hands.  I like blotting because (for me) it keeps the style in tact and I feel like I’m getting product into the “nooks and crannies”, LOL!  Ok so moving on…

1st: Take a pipe cleaner, loop the end and twist like this:

2nd: Take hair and start rolling from the bottom (but above of the loop) like so:

3rd: Secure by bending the top of the pipe cleaner back like this:

Lastly: Let set. That’s it! But you might as well have a little fun and get “bendy” with it…

I removed them from her hair about and hour and 1/2. These are the results (Sorry about the watermark but trust, very nice):

Not exactly what I was visualizing, but I did like how soft the curls were, especially after having the cleaners in her hair for a short period of time.  We were off to church, but I was determined to have tighter curls.  See what we did that evening in Part II’s post coming up next.  In meantime…

Be Curly!

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