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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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