Today's topic is no different and relates to the favored
flexi-rods, otherwise known as "bendable sticks". Okay, so we get it. We know that it makes curls last longer, but when you consider the negatives...is it really worth it?
I cannot say enough how much the OXX Team is more than happy having the ability to offer advice based on our experiences at the OXX Salon. These empirical facts give us an advantage we never take for granted. Today's topic is no different and relates to the favored flexi-rods, otherwise known as "bendable sticks". Okay, so we get it. We know that it makes curls last longer, but when you consider the negatives...is it really worth it? Wait...! We are not saying everyone must not use flexi-rods. There are some types of hair that can use without experiencing obvious damage. Stronger hair types like Indian, Caucasian, Asian can use without wreaking havoc. Also, natural afro-texture can use although we do recommend not overdoing as this type of hair is more fragile and delicate. But, if you have relaxed, relaxed hair with color ( we do mean all colors, including a rinse) and damaged Indian, Caucasian or Asian hair, please refrain from using bendable sticks. I know you are wondering why, so let us get down to the nitty-gritty.
Let us not forget that damaged straighter hair types and relaxed hair are more fragile and delicate. This means that they are more susceptible to breakage. That said, let us consider the fact that flexi-rods are made of sponge-like materials. Try rubbing a sponge on your arm. Not only will it create a burning like sensation, but that area will get dry pretty fast. Remember that sponges absorb and so the natural oils on your arm will be removed. So imagine what they are doing to your hair already suffering from dryness.
Then there is the "tight" issue. Remember that damaged hair and afro-textured hair does not have ideal elasticity. Furthermore, damaged Caucasian, Indian and Asian type hair will no longer have the great elasticity which is normal for those textures either.
Not quite sure what elasticity means? Take an elastic band and stretch. If the elastic is old and sticky, this means that the oils have leaked out and will pop soon after you start stretching. The same goes for hair that is fragile and delicate. It does not have the ability to be stretched without breaking easily. So can you imagine the strain and stress you are causing on strands using a flexi-rod? Remember each section of hair must be tightly wound around the rods and firmly secured and wrapped. Just imagine how much pressure is being put on the strands of hair. The combination of pulling along with the sponge-like material is just far too much to withstand. It is just not even worth it.
If you are a flexi-rod user and your hair falls within the "do-not-use" category, try giving them a 2 - 3 months break and take note of your hair for yourself. Drop us a comment and tell us about your experience.
Until next week,
The OXX Family