Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pipe Cleaner Spiral Set....Take 2

So I tried the pipe cleaner spiral set again. This time I took more time rolling my hair. I only put 3-6 locks on each roller. I left the pipe cleaners in for about 17 hours.

When I took them out I left the spirals intact for another day.

This morning I separated the spirals. Here are the results. Enjoy! (Please leave comments)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sisterlocks and Pipe Cleaners

So I’ve seen a few youtube videos about rolling sisterlocks on pipe cleaners and I was intrigued. So I went out and bought some. I found a pack of 25 at Michael’s for 99¢, so I bought 3 packs. I heard that I might have been able to get them cheaper at Wal-Mart, but I haven’t verified that information yet. I prepared 2 packs (50) of the pipe cleaners before washing my hair. I folded the pipe cleaner in half and formed a loop around my index finger. I then wrapped the two ends around one another until I reached the end. The loop makes the roller easy to hold and roll.

After banding and washing my hair, I began to take small sections of SLs and wrap them around the pipe cleaner (now turned roller). I started at the loop of the roller from the end of my hair. I rolled it in a spiral formation, because I was striving for a spiral type curl. I folded the end of the pipe cleaner over to secure it in place. It took a little more than an hour to roll my entire head. I did not sit under the dryer because I did my hair early enough in the day to let it air dry and I kept them in over night. Here are pictures of how my hair looked in the pipe cleaners. I ended up using 55 rollers.

FYI…I chose blue pipe cleaners because: 1. Blue is my favorite color :-) and 2. Whenever I use black rollers, bands, or any hair tool, they easily get lost in my jet-black hair.

The next morning when I was ready to get out and about I removed the cleaners. I did not just pull them out, I unwrapped each roller in a circular motion in an effort to preserve the spiral.

Here is what my hair looked like when I took the pipe cleaners out.

I separated each SL for a fuller effect. Unfortunately I had 2 casualties. I have only experienced lock loss in the front temple area. It was the same with my traditional locks. Not sure if there's anything to be done about that. :-(

  • The curls are really tight now, but I still like to outcome and I know it will look better as the days go by. I put a headband on for a different look.

    I think I found my new thing…..pipe cleaners!

    Notes for the future:
  • Colored pipe cleaners may not be a good idea. I am picking some blue fuzz out of my hair.
  • As my hair grows I may need to use more so I need to purchase more pipe cleaners.
  • When I make more, I will not fold them in half. At my current length, I still needed more room at the end of the pipe cleaner.
  • I may consider twisting 2 pipe cleaners together for a little thicker roller.


I will try to remember to take pictures as my hair gets older. I hear this style could last 3 weeks. We will see.