3 Things to Consider Before Using a Styling Tool on Your Hair

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2014)
By DiscoveringNatural

The wonderful thing about Natural hair is the versatility of it. Styling tools such as perm rods, flexirods and curlformers are great tools for creating stretched curly hairstyles which your child would love. However, there are a few things you should consider before using these tools on your child.

1. What is the occasion?

When it comes to doing a “set” style, I prefer to do them for special occasions. The reason is that these type of styles does not last very long as children’s high activity level can quickly roughen the style. So because of this, I would only use these styling tools for days when I only need the style to last for a few hours.  

2. Drying Time

It’s very common to install these tools overnight to allow the hair to air dry overnight. However, it can be difficult to sleep in these tools and even more difficult for a young child. To prevent this discomfort, you can either choose to install the tools in the morning and allow the style to set during the course of the day. You can also use these tools on dry hair or use a hooded drier for a faster drying time.

3. Longevity of Style

Set styles are not protective styles because they have a very short life span. The longest we have ever gotten out of these styles was three days. However, the great thing about this style is that you can use the stretch hair to create a longer lasting protective style, without having to start from scratch.

Lately, I have been using curlformers to stretch my daughter’s hair. I love the stretch it gives.

How do you do a set style for your child’s hair?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.