Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: Strawllers

Strawllers

Strawllers in
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Right after removing Strawllers:
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After seperating the curls the next day:
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Does anyone remember when CurlyNikki was on The Tyra Show? If so then you probably recall seeing a segment on Strawllers. Well, the wonderful people over at Strawllers agreed to let us review their product. Big thanks to them!

From Strawllers website: "Don’t be fooled by the name! The “straw” in the title doesn’t refer to how the hair feels after being transformed – instead, it attributes the instruments used to achieve this look. Simple plastic drinking straws were the original tools to use for creating these tight, shiny, charming ringlets. Straw curls might best be defined as sassy, sexy, and confident. This look gives curls a completely new style, and though it takes some practice, it’s easily mastered with time and patience. This style is often utilized by African American women for shiny, frizz-free, beautiful curls. Of course, if time is short and you prefer a professional stylist’s touch, you’ll benefit from one of the many hair salons that offer the service.”


8" Pink Strawllers

The claim: A new definition in curls. Works for all types of hair, thick or thin, or any ethnicity.

Price: 8" Pink Strawllers 3/8" diameter (package of 24) Regular Price $10.95 Introductory Price $9.95

Review: I love these 8" Pink Strawllers! First of all, they are affordable for everyone. The ones we used are currently $10 per pack of 24. Yes, 24! We used about 2 1/2 packs. They were so easy to work with. I have never used any curlers that required a bobbypin so I thought I was going to have problems. I thought, "is a bobbypin really going to hold these while she runs around and plays for a couple of hours?" The answer is YES! They are very light. There were absolutely no complaints from A. I left these in for 2 hours, during those two hours she ran around, played with her little brother, and styled her dolls hair. I used Strawllers setting lotion (after I moisturized her hair with our coconut oil/shea butter mix and Giovanni Direct Leave-in) and let me tell you, once I took the Strawllers out her hair was so soft and moisturized. I also love the smell of the Strawllers setting lotion. Don't be alarmed when you first take Strawllers out. The curl looks a little....interesting, if you will. The trick is to seperate each curl! The only downside to them is you cannot sleep in these whatsoever. The good part about that is they are designed for fast drying.

I am going to give you a quick run down on how I acheived this look:
  1. As you all know, A's hair had previously been in a cornrowed braid out so her has was pretty stretched out from that. I loaded her hair up with Giovanni Direct Leave-in and virgin coconut oil. I finger detangled her hair in sections, removing any shred hair and any knots/tangles.
  2. Next, I parted 1/2inch to 1inch sections of hair, I applied 2 pumps of Strawllers setting lotion to each section and starting from the ends I rolled the hair on the Strawller, I made sure to roll some hair over the end hair so it didn't come loose, rolled the Strawller all the way up, and pushed the bobbypin down to hold the Strawller in place. Viola! Down! It really was easy as 1,2,3.
  3. I repeated step 2 until I was completely done. This took about 1 hour to put them in and I left them in for 2 hours.
  4. After the 2 hours was up I pushed the bobbypin up from the bottom of each Strawller and rolled the Strawllers off the hair.
  5. It was time for bed, so instead of seperating the curls, I put her hair into a loose, high ponytail (I didn't even wrap the Goody Ouchless ponytail holder) so her hair wouldn't flatten out.
  6. In the morning I took down her ponytail. I straightened each curl out and seperated it into 3-4 smaller curls, running my fingers down each curl to try to combat any frizz.
That's it, all done! It sounds really simple, right? It is!

This is an upclose shot to show you where the bobbypins are and how they go in: (as you can see, there is no pulling on her scalp)
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This in the ponytail I put in her hair at night before seperating the curls the next day:
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Pictures after seperating the curls the next day:
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They sure do have the "sassy and confident" part right! lol
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We went outside to try to get some better "natural light" pictures:
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The great part is I am sure this is going to last her at least 1 week (5 days or more). I will certainly keep you posted on what her hair looks like each day.

You can purchase Strawllers on their website. They carry many different sizes.

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Disclosure: The product(s) were sent to me free of charge from the company or PR agency for the purpose of this review. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by any other part.

40 comments :

  1. OMG, that is sooo cute!! You definitely have to do a video tutorial on this!! Wow...with your amazing skills, does A ever have any bad hair days lol??? This might just be my next purchase :)

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  2. Love it! BTW...love the new layout on the site.

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  3. OHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE THESE!!!! I Can't wait to try these on me as well!!! My daughter will love this look! She's at the big girl stage so she'd love to wear her hair down and this is probably the only way I'd let her.

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  4. Wow. A's hair looked very shiny in the ponytail. The outcome of A's hair is beautiful.

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  5. OMG it looks sooooooooooo good! Sounds like a GREAT product!

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  6. OMG love the look. Good job! I will have to try this.

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  7. I love it it is sooo cute I will have to try it with my oldest daughter. Im going to try it with regular straws I will have to post a pic when Im done.

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  8. BTW where did you buy the stawllers setting lotion?

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  9. What an awesome product! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. These turned out really great!! Love it!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this detailed review. This was very helpful for me. I had found out about these last year but hesitated to buy them. I don't roller set often and didn't know how many pack I would need to buy. I think it's worth giving it another look. :-)

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  12. This hair style is PERFECT FOR THE SUMMERTIME!! So convenient for all ages!

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  13. I love it and the price point is perfect. I will be purchasing!

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  14. here's what i want to know. how can i get you to style MY hair?

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  15. Her hair is beautiful. I will definitely have to get some and try this in my daughters hair

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  16. O my gosh it turned out to pretty! I can't wait for my daughters hair to get longer so I can try this out.

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  17. A's hair is so versatile,i love this look on her.

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  18. wow so cute, love those coils!!

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  19. I love it and will definitely put these on the shopping list!
    I was wondering about these for my sisters hair too. Could these be used on hair that is waist-length unstretched? It's hard for me to imagine her hair wrapping around 8" rollers?

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  20. OOOH I Love it!!! I want to try these now :) !!

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  21. LOVE IT, my 5 year old would love to have her hair like this. The price is right on point so I am going to have to find and purchase them for my little diva

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  22. WOW!! This stuff is amazing an it makes the hair great (after separated). The only problem is that we should use on previously stretched hair.I'd like to watch a video to see if is so easy to put in as curlformers. Well, your girl's hair is nice!

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  24. Very cute!!

    But I have to ask (forgive me if this is rude!) Why are you using all these different curlers when she has such amazing curls on her own??

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE her hair this way, it's adorable! But I love her natural curls too, and you don't have to wear curlers for hours to get them :)

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  25. Curlers are for a different look. A wears her hair out and natural...a lot. So a different look once in a while is nice. I love her natural hair too. ;)

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  26. Also, most curlers in her hair last up to 1 week. So a few hours of sitting (actually 1 of sitting, 2 of playing) is worth it in the end. We don't have to do much during the week. Moisturize daily and put in a high ponytail at night.

    Now for my hair type, curlers last me 1 day, if that, so doing a style that takes several hours on my hair to last 1 day isn't quite worth it in the long run. lol

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  27. That makes sense. :) Thanks! I guess I understand, too, because I wore curlers a LOT as a kid who always had straight straight hair.

    Every picture day for school - I'd be wearing curlers the night before! So I understand the fun in changing things up a bit. :) But I also sometimes got tired of the curl only lasting a day or two (like you!)

    So, with this premise of "variety is fun" do you ever straighten A's hair?? I've gotten the impression that you don't, am I wrong? Or do you avoid it because of the heat damage to the hair? Is there a way to straighten curly hair without chemicals or heat - just for fun, like we do when adding curlers?? It seems that even the idea of wanting to straighten curly hair even for a day is a terrible thing (not an impression I've gotten from your blog necessarily, just in general) - but yet we agree that variety is fun!

    Just some rambly thoughts - sorry! :)

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  28. I want to try these, but I am afraid my arms will hurt something awfyul when it's all over. Also, I can't find any information about the ingredients in the setting lotion or how much the setting lotion costs. Can you shed some light on that? In the past, I have gotten the itchies from some setting lotions. It was so bad I had to wash out the set.

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  29. This looks like it's easier to use than the curlformers...and a style that lasts 5 days and the hair is left out?!? I'm going to look into these for my daughters

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  30. When you got the strawllers did you get the lotion separate or all in one

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  31. Just ordered 3 packs of the 8" strawllers you gave away. Can't wait to get them. Hope they work out in my daughter's hair.

    Thank you for all your wonderful reviews you do. I really like them!

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  32. I got my strawllers in the mail but didn't get the strawllers products. Can you tell me where I can buy the products to use with the strawllers?

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  33. I love love love love LOVE this look. And Miss A just makes it look even better! I ordered 3 bags yesterday... eek was hoping it'd get here in time for TK's graduation. Can't wait to try this!!!

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  34. Wauww so cute! :)
    I love it, i wanna try this one day.

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