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Dramatic Curls with Sponge Rollers


I bore quite easily of my own reflection in the mirror so playing with different hairstyles and makeup can quickly and painlessly alter my appearance, risk-free. It’s fun to not only look different but also to role-play a little & explore my identity as I did playing dress-up as a little girl {and as an added bonus, the husband enjoys it as well :}. In my early 20’s I was much braver and instead of just playing with styles, I’d go more extreme and cut & color it. But in my 30’s & as my face morphs into an older version of myself, I’m a bit more attached to my long hair. I like to think it adds femininity & distracts from the deepening lines that life has brought.

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To get the look here {from yesterday’s post}, I’ve used a combination of large and medium sponge rollerson damp hair & left them in overnight …in other words, I slept in them. For these softer curls, it’s essential to use the larger rollers and larger sections of hair. The smaller sections will produce a tighter curl.


Instead of rolling my curlers all the way up to my scalp {as I do to achieve my big afro curls}, I parted my hair on the side, then with my section in hand and beginning in the middle if the section, twisted my hair around the curler, then rolled the rest up to where I wanted the curl to begin. {I kinda show you how here} Tip: {if your hair dries too fast, just spray it damp …you don’t want hair too wet or it won’t be dry in the morning & you’ll get no curls}


This is what the curls look like after removing the curlers. I’ve used my fingers to separate the ringlets a little. If you notice, the top section that is pinned to the side is a bit curlier than the sides beneath …this was not necessarily done on purpose, but I didn’t mind. I must have used a smaller section than I realized & with the medium curler instead of the large one.


To get the larger, softer curls & waves, use a comb or pick to do so. You can use a brush but be careful to just use it to separate and fluff. If you actually brush out your curls, that’s exactly what you’ll do. You’ll retain the wave but get a more cottony fluff effect.

You may choose to brush some out more than others …and don’t forget to check the back. Sometimes curls need adjusting. The only product I used was a little hairsprayat the end to hold it in place.

I like the result using two different sized curlers, you get a more natural result.


What’s fun about sponge rollers is that unlike curling your hair with hot rollers or a curling iron, you’ll keep your curls until you wash your hair {or it gets wet in any way}. It feels most like naturally curly hair in that way. Also, since there’s no heat involved, it’s much healthier that the others as well …though a bit more dramatic 😉

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…and yes, these photos are FAR too big, lol …more hair styling tips here


Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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  1. You look amazing and sensual with curly hair! I’m going to the hairdresser tonight… 😀

  2. Sponge rollers remind me of my childhood. My Mom used to get me and my sister to sleep in them if she was trying to get our hair curly for something lol.

  3. As ever your posts are adorable and refreshing to read Maegan. Your risk free appearance alteration today is another triumph ! And the pictures are stunning as usual. hows that for a heap of praise !! x
    Love that snap of the lipstick. Could be in a catalogue.Have a lovely week.

  4. i love the curls on you! Won’t be using the tutorial though cos those kinda curls I already have! Now if you can give me one on how to make my curls disappear every so often without heat, that’d be amazing!
    Also, I do exactly the same with doing dramatic make up in the mirror(and a little for my man!) but i don’t have the balls to wear it out often cos it doesn’t feel like me.. all in baby steps huh?

  5. wow, so adorable! I love your curles.

  6. me ha encantado el post!!!!!! muy chulo. y el resultado final espectacular!!! muaks

  7. Coo’.
    i like the big pics.

    So, yes, Maeg…will be trying some ‘dos wit sponge rollers.
    My curling iron and I were reunitied in 2010 because of you…I think the sponge rollers and I have some catching up to do! 🙂

  8. OMgosh, I slept in those babies every night when I was a little girl. Did you get those from your momma?

    I still remember the little ridges I’d get on my face and the little marks they’d leave in my virgin-baby hair.

    Your hair, however, is so enviable! Lovely lovely.

  9. You look hot!!! I have naturally curly hair, but i wish I could figure out a way to make it straight along the top like this – bc it looks great!!! If i used curlers I would be Shirley Temple – my hair holds a curl like no ones business!

    PS – what body did you get for your camera? I have a Nikon D40, but am thinking about upgrading it….I know you just got it but would love to know your thoughts!

  10. I totally remember when I was really young having my mum put my hair up in sponge roller all the time. I love your final look!
    – xo, Vanessa Elizabeth

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your haircolor is so beautiful….love the various highlighted strands in a variety of shades of color. This color is a keeper, and enhances your beautiful blue eyes!

  12. I’m loving the lipstick color. I’m blonde also but I have always feared using red colors, preferring to stick to neutrals. Neutrals are boring and I think you have inspired me to try something different. Thanks!!

  13. I’m impressed, so going to try sponge rollers, I usually use a curling iron and get them right but love the way yours look way more natural and sexy!

  14. Wish I had your hair!!!!! OMG you should totally do hair for events, proms and weddings. You are good at it… I’m just saying… 🙂


  15. of course, I notice the fact you are wearing a tank top. (Chiming in from Montana…not exactly tank top-able this time of year!)

  16. how fun! i always wanted to try rollers!

    $75 to swimspot if you are interested!


  17. Heh, You are so beautifull 🙂

  18. Love it! I haven’t used sponge rollers since grade school… this is great! Luv your hair, your a doll! xo!

  19. Just discovered your blog right now and I can’t stop reading it now…fabulous!! U look amazing and your blog is amazing. Love the curls. XoXo

  20. Super pretty curls! And I love that in the morning there’s so little that you have to do to them!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Love the sponge rollers


  22. goooorgeous! love those curls on you! Happy new year lovely!


  23. I haven’t seen rollers like that in ages.
    Where do they sell them? Sally’s?
    Your hair looks so glam, might have to give this a try one night when husband is out of town.

  24. I love how yours turns out..thanks for the technique!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Can you do a tutorial for foam and plastic rollers. I have lots of thick hair and it’s long. I always have a hard time getting them to stay in place. If I do more sections of less hair it gets very crowded on my head and kinda hurts.

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