I like using Curlformers to stretch my hair but I find sleeping with them very uncomfortable and sometimes quite painful, so I decided to tryout the Curlfomers Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment.
The softhood is made of flexible fabric and comes with a handy travel bag. As you can see from the above picture you secure the hood over your head then place your hair dryer into the flexible tube on a low heat setting for approximately 20-30 minutes. You don’t want to blow all the hair off your scalp!
So I washed and conditioned my hair then installed the Curlformers.
I then attached the Curlformers Softhood according the manufacturer’s instructions. Well sort of. I didn’t keep my hair dryer going for 20 minutes straight as I was a bit scared, this was my first time after all. Instead I did two sets on 10 minute blasts with a 5 minute gap in-between.
How did it feel? Surprisingly quite comfortable. The trick is to secure the hood with the drawstring to avoid heat loss. At first my softhood was a bit loose and I felt heat down my back, but as the dryer was on a low heat setting there was no risk of third-degree burns. It gets a bit hot and uncomfortable around the ears, which is probably why I needed intervals. The flexible tube does have timy air holes so the hood is not completely air-tight.
After 20 minutes I turned off my hair dryer and removed my Curlformers.
My hair was dry but also soft and shiny. It had good curl definition and overall I was pleased with the results. I used the softhood beforehand to do a treatment with Creme of Nature Deep Condtioner. After washing I put some conditioner on my hair, covered with a shower cap, placed under the soft hood for 15 minutes then washed off. This made my hair extra soft and manageable so I will probably do this every wash day.
Being objective I would say that sleeping with Curlformers gives better curl definition, but if you just want stretched natural hair quickly, which is what I wanted, then the Softhood dryer will do the job.
In Conclusion I thoroughly recommend the Curlformers Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment for deep conditioning treatments and for setting Curlformers. It’s the fastest way to wash, condition and stretch natural Afro hair in under 4 hours. Of course you could just blow-dry your hair, which I sometimes do, but Curlfomers are much gentler and help your hair to maintain moisture.
After playing around with my curls I styled it into my signature up-do 🙂