Extra Long Hair & Curlformers | Curlformers Experiment


It’s obvious that 2 out of the 3 Babes currently have very long hair.  And of course, it’s no secret how much we love & use our Curlformers around here.  But the different lengths of Curlformers have led to a bit of a dilemma.  Currently the longest Curlformers cover about 22″ of hair – so I’m faced with the decision of pulling the curler down the shaft of hair a bit or leaving straight hair sticking out the bottom and curling the ends with my curling iron later.  Neither of which is a big deal to me – but we decided to experiment a little.  If you aren’t familiar with Curlformers, you can see all our posts HERE, or watch our videos on how to put them in & how to remove them.

A couple months ago we decided to try using 2 Curlformers in sections where Goose’s hair stuck out the bottom.  So read on to hear about our results and recommendations…

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 Using Curlformers “long & wide” curlers (that are good for hair up to 14″) first, we prepped the hair like we show in our 1st video

1 – We added 1 Curlformer right up to the scalp

2 – Add a 2nd Curlformer (using the regular technique with the hook) and pull a 2nd long & wide curler right up below it.  If possible, as you pull the hair through the bottom Curlformer inch it up onto the 1st Curlformer.

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3 – This is where we experimented.  We pulled the top of the 2nd Curlformer’s rubber end up over the bottom of the 1st Curlformer’s rubber end so they over lapped. Some of these were a bit trickier to get to stay like this than others.

*** I will add a disclaimer, that this may not be something you  want to do on a regular basis, as I don’t know if it could affect the way your Curlformers perform.  I haven’t seen any ill affects from doing this – but I don’t want someone coming back saying I ruined their Curlformers!  ***

4 – That picture is a more up close look at how they are joined together making 1 continuous super long Curlformer!

5 – The Curlformer on the left is an “extra long & wide” one (good for long hair up to 22″) and it’s next to 2 “long & wide” (14″) Curlformers end to end that will accommodate up to 28 inches.  Obviously if you have extremely long hair, if you put 2 of the 22″ Curlformers in a section of hair, you’ll have even more room to accommodate all your hair!

6 – We also experimented with just butting the 2 rubber ends up next to each other on some of the sections of hair to see how those curls would turn out as well.  The orange Curlformers to the right of the arrow are done the same way.

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7 – We tried the same thing with some of our “long & extra wide” Curlformers as well.  The yellow one we overlapped the ends, the dark pink we just put the ends right next to each other.

8 – This is how her head looked when we got all of the Curlformers in.

The following morning we woke up to several inches of snow & Goose wasn’t going to let her Curlformers stop her from playing in it, so she bundled up and had a ball playing in the snow!

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 After she came in from her fun in the snow – we continued our experiment!

The results of our Curlformers Experiment:

Here are pictures of the first few sections we pulled —

And can I just say how thrilled at the results!  So so excited! 🙂

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Pictured below:  (top 2 pictures) Here’s the results from one section where we’d just butted the ends up next to each other.  Over the course of the night & her play, the bottom one had slipped down a bit, but it still curled it & didn’t look too bad.  It wasn’t as great as the pictures from above – but still not too shabby.

Extra Long Hair & Curlformers (5) The above picture with the yellow Curlformer was really the only “less than fabulous” result I got from tucking the ends into each other.  There was a slight kink that had formed in the curl when I pulled them off.

Once I pulled all the Curlformers out – here is what we had … (drum roll please!)

The few looser curls in the middle are from the “extra wide & long” curlers, but other than that – all of them were made by “long & wide” Curlformers – either over lapping each other, or just butted up next to each other.  I think we used about a total of 32 Curlformers.  Most we doubled up, but there were a few places where we only used 1 extra long/wide Curlformer.

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Then to style it, I pieced out all the curls into many different small curls, like I show in our 2nd Curlformer video.  Then I pulled the hair from the crown back (it hadn’t had any Curlformers in it) and secured it with a few bobby pins.

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Sorry no step-by-step pictures for the rest, but then I twisted the remaining hair above the ears, pulled it back and secured them below the X of bobby pins above.

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Then I covered the bobby pins by looping a few curls up and over everything sort of like I did in THIS old post.

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And that was it!  The whole day Goose walked around with her hair like this I couldn’t stop staring at her!  The amount of hair she has was completely amplified with all these curls.  It was gorgeous.

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So there you have it!  Our Curlformers Experiment was a success!  We’ve done this several times since then & had just as wonderful results each time.  I will again, add my disclaimer that results will vary, and it would might be easier if you have someone to help you with this process if you are overlapping the ends. 

If you have extra long hair but have had the same issue we have – give this a try!  We’d love to know how it works for you!


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24 Responses

  1. Layla says:

    Yournwebsite is amazing and so are ur tutorials! I luv the look of the curls!
    Thank you <3

  2. Sandy says:

    Thank you thank you!

  3. Aliceson says:

    I’ve often wondered about doing this. My oldest daughters hair is just getting to the point where the Curlformers might be too short. Thanks for the experiment!

  4. Beckie says:

    Oh my gosh that is gorgeous, look at those long rapunzel locks!

  5. Timothy Lovell says:

    I should really try Curlformers on my fiance’ for our wedding. Maybe I’ll buy some online and have someone put them in. It may be a ‘casual’ wedding, but a little flair won’t hurt, right? LOL

  6. Wendy says:

    Wow Mom!!! That’s amazing! And Goose looks adorable!

  7. Diane Krum says:

    I love, love, love the results from the curlformers BUT…my daughter hates sleeping in them and I’ve even tried it and they are just too stiff….do they loosen a bit as you use them? My daughter has hair about Goose’s length and her hair has a natural wave already, so her hair is gorgeous when curled with the curlformers. She just hates sleeping in them so won’t let me use them often.

    • The Mom says:

      I’ve found they get a bit more flexible over time – but not a ton. They can be tricky to sleep in but my girls are good with them. Have you tried pulling the curlers down the hair shaft a bit so they aren’t right up against the scalp? That way they can move and flip there hair where they want when they sleep. I’ve found that helps sometimes.

  8. Ciara says:

    I just tried Curlformers and WOW they are amazing. I tried the long and narrow ones because my hair is thin. If it wasn’t for you I would not have ever got Curlformers!!

    • The Mom says:

      Oh I’m so happy you love them! Be sure to let them know too! They love hearing success stories! If you’re on FB I’d love to see pictures! 🙂

  9. Cathy says:

    First of all~I am so happy I found you on pintrest!! My grand-daughter has waist length blond hair, and I am always looking for new thing to do with her. I bought the curlformers after seeing how beautiful they work, but she had a terrible time sleeping in them! Do your girls sleep in them, and if so, any handy advice. (she did look adorable, but the whining was not worth it!!)

    • The Mom says:

      Cathy- yes my girls do sleep in them. I know some people have said their girls have tender heads and so they don’t always love sleeping in them. If you pulled them clear up to her scalp, you can try pulling them down the hair shaft a bit so she can “arrange” her hair easier when she lays down to sleep and they can be “flipped” around a bit more. You can also dry them with a hair dryer, which obviously would take a while, but avoids the sleeping.

  10. Rhaya says:

    Hey! I first wanted to say that I love your website and have been following it for quite some time now, and I love trying these styles on myself. (I’m a college student with waist length, really really really thick straight hair and everyone marvels at how I do it every morning, thanks to you!) But I wanted to say if your daughter has trouble sleeping in curlformers and you aren’t apposed to using heat, the new clampless curlers by conair give almost identical results and the curls stay in for a few days if you take your time curling it. I still prefer my curlformers though!

    • The Mom says:

      Rhaya – thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I’m so glad you’ve been following us for a while & use our styles – especially with your head of hair! 🙂 I’m not opposed to using heat in the girl’s hair, it comes down to a time factor a lot of the time for me! I use my flat iron to curl their hair a bit – but keep the heat down. But it’s quicker to slip Curlformers in at night than stand and curl their hair for whatever special occasion we’ve got that I want the curls for! I’ve yet to try out any of the curling wands, but I really need to!

  11. Serina says:

    I am gonna be getting curlformers this weekend. I can’t wait

  12. NikkiG says:

    Thanks for posting this! You inspired me to connect them (overlapping by a few centimeters above the lip) before I put the rod through them. Then I slide my hair through with no problem and don’t have the awkward issue of trying to slide my hair through “twice” and creating a “bump”.

    I’m AA with natural hair and don’t use heat – so your idea sparked a fabulous innovation for me. Thank you so much for leaving this posting up!


  13. Katrina says:

    Do the curls last longer if they are left in over night? Or do they do good if you take them out after the hair is dry? What kind of product do you use beforehand? Where is the cheapest place to buy them? Thank you so much for your answers I am totally fascinated in these curlers.

  14. Siobhan says:

    What types of curlformers are these spiral, barrel or corkscrew?

    • The Mom says:

      I’m not familiar with them being called any of those names – sorry! Check out their website Curlformers.com to see the different types that they have.

  15. :) says:

    Your daughter has such gorgeous hair! My hair will not hold curl at all, and I having been growing my hair out for years and haven’t been using heat unless necessary. I’m a college cheerleader and it’s required to curl my hair for games, so naturally I want something that’s less damaging to my hair. than a hot curling iron. How much would you say that the curls “shrunk” your daughter’s hair? I can’t see how long it was before it was curled by the curlformers and was just curious!

    • The Mom says:

      I don’t think their hair “shrinks” up too much using these. You can see all our posts we’ve used them here: http://babesinhairland.com/tag/curlformers/ and maybe you can get a better idea of how much it changes the length of their hair. I know Curlformers has been a life saver for cheerleading teams and dance groups from all the things I’ve seen over the years from them. A lot of the “shrinkage” depends on how long your hair is and how thick/thin it is and which curlers you use. I don’t think there is a whole lot though. We love them! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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