Rod Set Styles for Black Hair

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Rod Set Styles for Black Hair
Curling rods create numerous hairstyles. (Sexy black woman image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Curling rods are used on all different types of hair. They can amplify and define already existing curls or give straight hair an entirely new look. Tight, springy curls and a natural relaxed look can both be achieved on black hair by using different curling rods. If you're looking for something more trendy, a curly fauxhawk can be achieved using a cold rod set.

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Tight Curls

Flexi rods are the main tools required in creating a full head of tight, springy ringlets. To achieve this hairstyle on black hair, start with wet hair and 25 to 40 flexi rods---the amount you need depends on hair length and thickness. Starting at the nape of the neck, separate your hair into 1-inch sections and roll each section around one of the rods. Since you want the curls to hang downward, when you're rolling a rod, hold it so that the ends are pointed vertically, not horizontally. Once all of your hair is set in the rods, sit under a drying bonnet on medium-high for 40 to 60 minutes until your hair is entirely dry and the curls are set. When you take out the rods, be very careful and gentle with your movements because you don't want to damage the curl or ruin your hairstyle.

Natural Curls

Curling rods of many variations can by used by black women to create a natural-looking curly hairstyle. The resulting curls have a lot of body and don't follow a uniform pattern. Starting with freshly washed and conditioned hair, part hair into 2- by 3-inch sections starting at the nape. Before rolling each section of hair onto a rod, roll the ends clockwise between your fingers a few times. Keep the twist in place as you roll your hair around the rod. Continue this process until you reach the crown and then start curling your hair in smaller sections since hair is usually denser there. Cover your hair with a scarf and let it dry and set. Once you remove the rods, use your fingers or a comb to break up the curls and create a natural look.

Curly Fauxhawk

A set of cold wave rods and a few hair clips are all you need to give yourself a fauxhawk. Cold wave perms are a way to help transition your hair back to a more relaxed, natural state. Once the cold wave perm has set, draw your hair up toward your crown and hold it in place with hair clips. The hair doesn't have to be pulled tight but instead looks better when left loose. Work your way from your forehead down to the nape of your neck ensuring that all of your hair is gathered up into the fauxhawk. Depending on the length of your hair, you may need to twist some of the hair back in on itself to keep the fauxhawk from becoming too long.

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