Curlformers Reviews and Styles

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Curlformers and Magic Leverag Curlers Reviews

Getting perfect curls can come at a price, and usually, it’s in the form of heat damage from overdoing it with a curling iron. There are definitely ways to curl your hair without heat, but most of them are either very time consuming or likely to come out uneven or disappointingly flat. Because of this eternal struggle between saving your strands from damage and getting perfect curls, Curlformers have gained a huge following since their innovative product was released. This system promises to perfectly curl your entire head without the need for heat or household items like pencils, socks, or paper towel rolls. If you’ve been intrigued by Curlformers but wondered if they live up to the hype, read on to see our reviews of various types of Curlformers and the knock-offs they’ve inspired.

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Curlformers Barrel Curls Review

Curlformers Barrel Curls are designed to give you big, loose curls, and like all Curlformers they come in two different directions to help you precisely control your look. Barrel curls are great for women with thicker hair, or anyone trying to create big sexy curls or a tousled beachy look. They’ll give you the biggest curls of the three Curlformer varieties, and can be used to create volume in updos without fixing hair in tight curls. If you love the look of hot roller sets or blowing out your hair with a round brush, Curlformers Barrel Curls offer up a great heat-free alternative to these classic products.

Pros:

  • Great for thicker hair.
  • Set big curls and waves.

Cons:

  • Don’t work well on short hair.
  • Thin hair may slip out.

How to use Barrel Curlformers: Tutorial

To get tousled waves or big sexy volume with Barrel Curlformers, follow these steps:

  • Work with freshly washed hair that’s damp and detangled.
  • Prepare each Curlformer by pinching one rubber end and sliding the hook all the way through until it comes out the other end.
  • Use the hook end to grab about a one-inch section of hair (smaller sections will be more defined while larger ones will have a looser pattern), then push the Curlformer up the hook to the roots of that section.
  • Slide the hook back out through the bottom of the Curlformer, bringing the hair along with it and releasing the hook once hair is pulled through.
  • Repeat with the rest of your hair. Use one color of Curlformer on each side of your head to create uniform direction curls on each side, or mix them up for a more natural look.
  • Leave Curlformers to naturally air dry either overnight or during the day. Curlformers that don’t begin right at your roots tend to be more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Once hair is dry, stretch out Curlformers and pinch the rubber end at your roots, then slide the Curlformer off to reveal a perfect curl.
  • Use your fingers to separate your Barrel curls into softer waves, then finish with product for hold and definition as needed.
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Curlformers Extra Long & Extra Wide Review

If you’re looking for big heatless curls in hair that’s quite thick, the Extra Long & Extra Wide Curlformers offer up the largest surface area of all Curlformers products. Larger sections of hair up to 24 inches long will fit into these curlformers, meaning less time getting your entire head set. For women with a lot of hair, this can be incredibly helpful; if you’ve got hair that’s on the thinner side or typically resistant to curling, the extra wide version might not create the defined looking curls that you were hoping for.

Pros:

  • Easier to use on very thick hair.
  • Great for looser curls or big waves

Cons:

  • Curls won’t be ultra-defined.
  • Not great for thin or curl-resistant hair.

How to use Extra Long & Extra Wide Curlformers: Tutorial

To get loose curls using Extra Long & Extra Wide Curlformers, follow these steps:

  • Work with freshly washed hair that’s damp and detangled.
  • Prepare each Curlformer by pinching one rubber end and sliding the hook all the way through until it comes out the other end.
  • Use the hook end to grab about a 1 1/2 inch section of hair (smaller sections will be more defined while larger ones will have a looser pattern), then push the Curlformer up the hook to the roots of that section.
  • Slide the hook back out through the bottom of the Curlformer, bringing the hair along with it and releasing the hook once hair is pulled through.
  • Repeat with the rest of your hair. Use one color of Curlformer on each side of your head to create uniform direction curls on each side, or mix them up for a more natural look.
  • Leave Curlformers to naturally air dry either overnight or during the day. Curlformers that don’t begin right at your roots tend to be more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Once hair is dry, stretch out Curlformers and pinch the rubber end at your roots, then slide the Curlformer off to reveal a perfect curl.
  • Use your fingers to separate your curls into softer waves, then finish with product for hold and definition as needed.
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Curlformers Corkscrew Curls Review

For the most defined styles, Curlformers Corkscrew Curls are the thinnest product available from Curlformers and will give you the tightest finished product. If you’ve got hair that’s on the thinner side or resistant to curls, the corkscrew shape may help create a more defined look. Women with naturally curly hair can use corkscrew Curlformers to help create a smoother look without losing their texture or as an easy way to stretch naturally kinky hair before executing other hairstyles. Corkscrew curlformers also come in an extra Long variety for hair up to 22 inches, but be aware that it’ll take more time to cover a full head of thick hair in the corkscrew variety.

Pros:

  • Ultra defined curls.
  • Great for natural hair.

Cons:

  • Can take a long time to install on thick hair.

How to use Corkscrew Curlformers: Tutorial

To get ultra defined curls with Corkscrew Curlformers, follow these steps:

  • Work with freshly washed hair that’s damp and detangled. For more precise definition, apply a styling lotion or curl cream to hair before attaching Corkscrew Curlformers.
  • Prepare each Curlformer by pinching one rubber end and sliding the hook all the way through until it comes out the other end.
  • Use the hook end to grab about a half inch section of hair (smaller sections will be more defined while larger ones will have a looser pattern), then push the Curlformer up the hook to the roots of that section.
  • Slide the hook back out through the bottom of the Curlformer, bringing the hair along with it and releasing the hook once hair is pulled through.
  • Repeat with the rest of your hair. Use one color of Curlformer on each side of your head to create uniform direction curls on each side, or mix them up for a more natural look.
  • Leave Curlformers to naturally air dry either overnight or during the day. Curlformers that don’t begin right at your roots tend to be more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Once hair is dry, stretch out Curlformers and pinch the rubber end at your roots, then slide the Curlformer off to reveal a perfect curl.
  • Leave your Corkscrew curls ultra defined, or separate into a brushed out style, then finish with a serum to add shine and moisturize dry ends.
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Curlformers Spiral Curls Review

As the in-between size of Curlformers, the Spiral Curls set offers up a nice midway point between big barrel curls and super skinny corkscrew curls. If you’ve got naturally straight hair, this set can create beautiful ringlet curls that won’t take as long to cover your strands. Spiral Curlformers also come in an extra long kit that can curl hair up 22 inches long. Moms in particular love using these sets on their daughters to create beautifully defined ringlets for special occasions. For more aavant-gardeor editorial looks, brushed out spiral curls can be used to hit the perfect spot between volume and frizz. Spiral curls are great for defining and stretching natural hair patterns all the way from 3A to 4C, and will give you a looser curl that are more easily brushed out compared to the Corkscrew variety.

Pros:

  • Defined ringlets that aren’t super tight.
  • Great for elongating natural hair.

Cons:

  • Too tight to create casual waves.

How to use Spiral Curlformers: Tutorial

To get mid-sized curls with Spiral Curlformers, follow these steps:

  • Work with freshly washed hair that’s damp and detangled. Add a styling cream or lotion if you’re looking for more defined spirals, or leave without product if you’re going to go for a brushed-out look.
  • Prepare each Curlformer by pinching one rubber end and sliding the hook all the way through until it comes out the other end.
  • Use the hook end to grab about a one inch section of hair (smaller sections will be more defined while larger ones will have a looser pattern), then push the Curlformer up the hook to the roots of that section.
  • Slide the hook back out through the bottom of the Curlformer, bringing the hair along with it and releasing the hook once hair is pulled through.
  • Repeat with the rest of your hair. Use one color of Curlformer on each side of your head to create uniform direction curls on each side, or mix them up for a more natural look.
  • Leave Curlformers to naturally air dry either overnight or during the day. Curlformers that don’t begin right at your roots tend to be more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Once hair is dry, stretch out Curlformers and pinch the rubber end at your roots, then slide the Curlformer off to reveal a perfect curl.
  • Leave your Spiral curls ultra defined, or separate into a brushed out style, then finish with a serum to add shine and moisturize dry ends.
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Short Curlformers

Short curlformers come in both Corkscrew and Spiral varieties, and are designed specifically for hair that’s up to 8 inches in length. If you’ve got very short hair, this variety tend to be less cumbersome to apply than the longer lengths available. And because you’ll have less bulky material around your head, short Curlformers are more comfortable for sleeping on overnight (although some users still find them uncomfortable). For anyone with a length that’s approaching 8 inches, this set could leave you with a bit of hair left out of either end of your curls. No big deal if you’re looking to create relaxed curls that don’t begin right at the root, but may be a deal-breaker if you’re looking for even texture from roots to ends!

Pros:

  • Easier to manage on ultra-short hair.
  • More comfortable for sleep.

Cons:

  • Not versatile.
  • Need to replace if you grow your hair.

How to use Short Curlformers: Tutorial

To get curls on your short hair, follow these steps:

  • Work with freshly washed hair that’s damp and detangled. Add a styling cream or lotion if you’re looking for more defined curls.
  • Prepare each Curlformer by pinching one rubber end and sliding the hook all the way through until it comes out the other end.
  • Use the hook end to grab about a one inch section of hair (smaller sections will be more defined while larger ones will have a looser pattern), then push the Curlformer up the hook to the roots of that section.
  • Slide the hook back out through the bottom of the Curlformer, bringing the hair along with it and releasing the hook once hair is pulled through.
  • Repeat with the rest of your hair. Use one color of Curlformer on each side of your head to create uniform direction curls on each side, or mix them up for a more natural look.
  • Leave Curlformers to naturally air dry either overnight or during the day. Curlformers that don’t begin right at your roots tend to be more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Once hair is dry, stretch out Curlformers and pinch the rubber end at your roots, then slide the Curlformer off to reveal a perfect curl.
  • Brush out curls if you’re after a softer look, and finish with hairspray or serum for hold and shine.

Curlformers Video

If you need a little help visualizing the Curlformers process, check out this great video from YouTuber Mini Marley:

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Curlformers vs. Magic Leverag Curlers and Knock-off Curlformers

One of the biggest drawbacks to Curlformers is that they’re relatively expensive. If you’ve got a lot of long, thick hair or you’re interested in using different styles of Curlformers, buying multiple sets represents a significant cost investment. If you’re looking for a lower cost way to get heat-free curls, Curlformers knock-offs called Magic Leverag are a fairly popular alternative.

These curlers are much cheaper than the original Curlformers, and can be up to 75% less expensive depending on where you get them. Unlike Curlformers, Magic Leverag curlers aren’t as readily available in various thicknesses, giving you less control over specific curl type. Their cheaper kits also come with fewer curlers than Curlformers do, which can end up reducing your savings, especially if you’ve got very long hair that requires more than one Curler per strand.

Some users also find that the mesh in Magic Leverag is less durable than Curlformers. This can lead to accidentally puncturing your curlers with the hook, and longer installation time. The rods in Magic Leverag are also stiffer than Curlformers, which can make them more difficult to install for beginners and less comfortable to sleep in. But some users find that this more rigid plastic helps to create even more defined curls, especially on hair that’s naturally kinky or curly to begin with.

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Curlformers Styles: Brushed Out Barrel Curls

Proving that heatless curls have tons of range, curlformers barrel curls give you big volume style that’s perfect for creating gorgeous vintage inspired looks. Once these curls have set, gently brush them out or pull apart with your fingers to get this sexy voluminous look.

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Bouncy Spiral Curls

This is one protective, heatless style that looks like it came straight from the salon. If you’re looking for curls that are the perfect thickness for your chin-length natural hair, try Curlformers spiral curls variety. Leave set curls as-is for a tightly formed style, or pull strands apart to create this perfect curly bob.

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Big Volume Waves

These tousled waves were created using Curlformers barrel curls, and begin from close to the roots to create a look that’s voluminous all throughout strands. To create the most natural look with your big volume waves, mix up the direction of curlformers you use on each side of your head.

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Tight Spiral Curls

If you’re all about ringlets, add a curl lotion to your damp hair before setting section in Spiral Curlformers. Unravel extra carefully to help preserve curl shape, and you’ll be left with a head full of perfect spirals.

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Loose Spiral Curls

Using larger sections of hair in Spiral Curlformers will leave you with a looser curl pattern that walks the line between casual and glam. If you’re after this soft look, leave an inch or two between Curlformers and your roots.

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Natural Corkscrew Curls

Tight Corkscrew Curlformers can help to create extra definition in your naturally curly hair.

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Bouncy Barrel Curls

If you’re looking to create different texture in your natural hair rather than just defining existing curls, Curlformers Barrel curls can serve up some gorgeous and unique looks.

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Extra Long Barrel Curls

For the longest haired ladies, extra long Barrel Curlformers offer the perfect way to wear your ultra long locks in curls without compromising your ends. This style strikes the perfect balance between perfectly formed and brushed out curls, making it a great transitional style for days when you need to look fabulous from morning ’til night.

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Short Corkscrew Curls

If you love to keep your hair closely cropped, Short Corkscrew Curlformers are the perfect product for getting defined curls without a ton of hassle. With defined corkscrews on top and natural curls at the sides, this short style mixes textures to perfection.

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Soft Natural Barrel Curls

Use barrel curls on your long natural hair to create a big volume look that doesn’t sacrifice the health of your hair.

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Short Corkscrew Curls

Corkscrew curls can be quite tight if left as is after removing Curlformers. This style shows that’s it’s possible to get a vintage glam look by gently separating out corkscrew curls and finishing with a touch of hairspray.

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Spiral Curls Bob

If you’re trying to keep your bob length hair healthy enough to grow out or for a big color change, this spiral curls style is fun, flirty and heat-free.

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Tight Corkscrew Curls

These tight corkscrew curls create tons of volume without sacrificing the texture of your natural hair.

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Extra Long Spiral Curls

If you’re in the mood for some edgy texture, these brushed out spiral curls are perfect for an extra special occasion. To get this specific shape, leave several inches of hair between roots and the beginning of your curlformers.

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Spiral Curls Bun

After setting natural hair in spiral Curlformers, a high bun is the perfect way to show them off while keeping your hair safe and secure all day long.

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Long Corkscrew Curls

Although corkscrew Curlformers may take a while to install in long, thick hair, it’s worth it for this perfectly soft texture.

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Brushed Out Spiral Curls

These Spiral Curlformers were placed right at the roots of natural hair to create a style where individual strands have been set in place to form gorgeous ringlets. With some perm rods used throughout the front section, this is a great example of how multiple curl products can be used together to create your ideal look.

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Brushed Out Barrel Curls

Big barrel curls that are brushed out and finished with hairspray create a dynamic curly style that’s perfect for a dramatic prom look.

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Messy Corkscrew Curls

These corkscrew curls have just the right amount of tousled texture to look natural.

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Soft Barrel Curls

With curls directed away from the face, these soft barrel curls create a feathered look that mimics the ultra popular ’70s hair trend.

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