Flexi Rod Set With the Horseshoe Method

Flexi Rod Set With the Horseshoe Method

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That was me this week!!!  But let me start at the beginning.  Vlogger Curl Daze (check her out, she’s amazing) came up with what she coined the horseshoe method flexi rod set.  The main differences with this technique is you need wayyyy less rods than a traditional set and instead of rolling onto the flexi rod, you wind your hair which creates a different finished look.

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See all that white cast? All the frizz?  So, lemme explain…everything started off great.  I washed and deep conditioned (Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo & TGIN Honey Hair Mask) then detangled using my new bae, the Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush.  Right after detangling, I created about six sections and worked one section at a time.  Next, I used the LOC Method to style my hair and applied my (L) leave in, TGIN Nourishing Leave In, and sealed with (O) Jamaican Black Castor Oil and twisted each section.  I allowed my hair to airdry about 50% before continuing with my (C) cream styler which is one of my favorites, African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Styling Custard.  I figured that since my twist outs come out so great with this product, I’d try it with a flexi rod set.

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To understand the horseshoe method, there is no substitute for watching the tutorial – it is super easy to do but difficult to explain.  Each of my six sections are split and the rod is placed in the middle.  Each half of the section is then wound around one half of the rod and it is bent in the middle to hold into place.  So although there are only six sections, my hair is rolled as if there are 12 rods.  I actually did a bit more in the front because I rolled in smaller sections – which I should’ve done over my entire head.

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I sat under my hooded dryer for about 30 minutes before testing to see if my hair was dry.  It wasn’t.  I went back under for another 30 minutes.  Still not dry.  Removed a couple of rods to help it dry faster and went back under again.  Finally I had to separate some of the larger sections and re-roll them because as you know, my dryer usually doesn’t take this long to get my hair dry.  Creating those huge sections was the downfall to this entire style!!!

Horse Shoe Flexi Rod Set vs Regular Flexi Rod Set

A traditional flexi rod set takes at least an hour just to install all the rods alone, so the horseshoe method is definitely much faster and easier to do.  However, the problem is that MY hair is coarser and probably more porous than the original vlogger’s hair so although her hair is longer, the same sized giant sections she used were a disaster for me.  My hair NEVER did completely dry.  I just couldn’t take any more time under the dryer!  On top of that, I used way too much of my styling gel so it left a white cast over my curls…all throughout my head, not just where I’ve pointed it out below!

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I have enough basic shape and curl to rock with it anyway, but needless to say I was disappointed.  Especially because I could see the potential of how fabulous it would have been had I rolled in smaller sections and used a different combination of products

Oh well, we live and we learn.  At least I know what to do next time!  I’m just glad I ended up with at least a passable style.  Hopefully my mistakes can help someone else, I can’t wait to try this look again and nail it!

  • THAT DANG ON GEL CAST!!!! I swear it’s the devil! Destroyer of any a great hair style!

    *stops ranting for a second*

    But these curls tho?!?!? Love em!!! Ha-haha!

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    • Thanks girl and YES the gel cast, grrrrrrr! LOL! Thank you so much!

  • I know you compared it to your flexi set during transitioning but I love how your hair turned out. IJS

    • Thank you! Both sets are on my natural hair only, it was a perm rod set I previously did while transitioning I think you are remembering 🙂

  • Jay

    I do the horseshoe method however, I do a leave in, oil, light cream, what helps this dry faster & look better I use setting lotion form

    • Yes, setting foam is great but you are right it takes much longer to dry.

  • Love the new look. I’ve been visiting the site on my mobile for a minute and just got to it on the ‘big screen’. Looks good!

  • I made some flax seed gel yesterday to set my hair on flexi rods and that mess made my hair hair, gave it a dull appearance and just jacked up my wash day.

    I’ve seen this method before, tried it and failed straight out the gate. I ditched it and went on with something else. I will try it again.

    • Oh noooooo! Especially with the amount of time and work that goes into making flax seed gel! It’s a good method, but to be honest I don’t know how the original vlogger I watched did it with only 8-10 rods…my sections were still way too thick!