How to Make Relaxed Hair Curly

Don’t think that because your hair is relaxed that you’re limited in terms of styling. There are various options to create a cute and curly look without reaching for the curling iron.

Using thermal tools, especially on relaxed hair should be kept to a minimum because of the potential they have to damage relaxed hair that’s usually more vulnerable due to the chemical nature of relaxants.

This article will show you how to achieve the perfect curl using gentle, more hair-friendly methods.

Perm Rods

A great and affordable curling method is using perm rods to create different types and curl sizes.

These handy little rods use small closures that are fixed to the rod to secure the hair eliminating the need to hassle with pins or hair clips to get a snug fit.

Also, they are perfect for creating tight curls and are smaller than most magnetic rollers.

Magnetic Rollers

Magnetic rollers are a reliable, safe, and go-to styling tool for many. 

Ranging from small to jumbo and with the ability to accommodate all hair lengths, you are spoilt for choice when deciding which curly look you wish to don.

Whether you’re into large bouncy waves or tight spirals, magnetic rollers let you enjoy and experiment, without damaging hair.

Straw Set

Straw sets are also great for creating super tight curls, however, can be very time-consuming.

This is a great option for those on a budget as all you need is drinking straws. The time-consuming part comes into play because you’re working with a small section of hair and a skinny straw, however, the results are so worth it.

What's more, choosing paper straws will also reduce your carbon footprint so make an effort to recycle them.


Unlike traditional Flexi-rods or rollers, curlformers enclose your strands inside the tool.

It’s tricky to get the hang of but once you do, applying them is easy and you’ll increase your speed in terms of application with practice.

A great benefit of using curlformers is super fast drying time, thanks to the mesh they’re crafted from. You also have options in terms of size so bouncy or tight curls are doable.


A firm favorite amongst those who regularly don curls are Flexi-rods. They are available in a variety of different sizes allowing you to create small, medium, or large curls regardless of the length of your hair.

To save time when drying hair that's curled with Flexi-rods, be sure to curl your hair from the length down as opposed to rolling upwards like magnetic rollers.

Flexi-rods are easy to use and create a spiral curl that will hold for days.


Another great method to achieve a curly mane is by using the good old braid-out method.

Great for relaxed hair that’s been straightened you’ll experience great results given the fact that braids keep each strand in place. Once you loosen your braid, prepare for a full mop of flowy waves that will hold all day.

If you’re concerned about the ends of your hair remaining straight, simply apply a perm rod and blend out to achieve a wavy look from root to tip.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it. Relaxed hair can be curled without thermal styling tools.

Not only will you be protecting your hair from breakage and damage, but you’ll also be improving your overall hair health, allowing your hair to recover from the chemical process involved in relaxing.

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