Update: Thank you so much to readers Antwanette and Ana! they both happened to send me the link to the Conair Wave Clips on the Ulta website. You guys, I swear I looked for them… really hard, too! Anyway, I am just glad to be able to share them with you guys now! So you can find them here on the Ulta website for $13. I am definitely going to buy another pack!
Ana also shared a link to a similar product on Golden Market Beauty Supply called Ryler Deep Wave Rollers, and they are a tad cheaper for $10. I am probably gonna stick to the Conair Wave Clips just because I already know what the result will be. (If ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?) But, if anyone tries the Ryler Deep Wave Rollers, I’d love to hear how they work for you!
When I did my bantu knot out a couple months ago, I told you guys that I had been on a quest for the perfect “coffee shop hair.” Lol! (Fabrice’s term for BIG natural hair). Unfortunately, while my hair is naturally very curly, it is also very fine. Acheiving BIG hair is pretty much impossible. Well, when I saw Jada Pinkett’s hair at the Grammy’s I longed to replicate her look.
You see, it was big but not round… much more doable for my hair type. A couple of hair blog’s revealed that Jada’s hair was the result of a simple braid out. So, I washed my hair, slathered on some Shae Moisture Curl & Style Milk and braided my hair straight back into two cornrows. In the morning, I woke up excited to see the result… FAIL!!! LOL… It just didn’t work. My hair was only slightly wavy at the ends, and it was SUPER FRIZZY!
Discouraged, I brushed my hair back into a bun but I resolved to try again later than night! Well, I just so happened to stop into ULTA in search of some OPI Black Shatter nail polish. Of course, I had to browse the hair products and I stumbled upon Conair Wave Clips. Sorry guys, I searched high and low for these things on the web and it’s like they don’t exist. I am so sorry that I have nothing to link you to but as you can see below they are real. Lol. If anyone else can find them online, I’d be happy to update this post.
So, once again, I washed my hair and slathered on my Shae Moisture Curl & Style Milk. I sectioned my hair into 1 1/2 – 2″ sections and clipped away.
- I bought two packs of 12 for a total of 24 clips. I quickly realized that these things were not very user-friendly for longer hair. My hair, which is layered, reaching past my shoulders except in the front around my face , and as far as my bra strap in the longer layers in the back. For my hair, I had to use at least 3 clips per section and in some of the longer sections I just had to leave the ends unclipped because I ran out.
- I also became aware of how heavy these things are. Unlike rollers, where the weight is balanced by clipping or pinning close to the scalp these heavy monsters are hanging so you really feel the weight of them.
- My hair is relatively fine, so in some cases the clips just slid right off the ends of my hair. In the future, I will try bigger sections to see if that helps.
- The results were FABULOUS. The wave pattern was perfect and totally blended with my natural hair texture at the roots.
- I did not need to use any hairspray or gel and the waves were completely set. I did use Paul Mitchel Flexible Hold Hair Sculpting Lotion, which is basically just a setting lotion. I you roller set your hair with setting lotion, I am sure the same product would work.
- The waves lasted FOUR days! Well, kind of. To preserve the waves, I reverted back to my original braid out plan, but since that was a fail on its own, I am convinced that setting my waves first with the wave clips did the trick for getting the definition I wanted and eliminating frizz. Some of you asked about my hair in my last post — that was day 2! and days 3 and 4 are coming up this week!
Above is what my hair looked like when I took the clips out. You can really see how defined the waves are and my hair is really shiny and frizz free! Woohoo! this is promising. Next, I put a little Smooth ‘n Shine Hair Polisher on my finger tips, and I began to pick apart the waves a little and blend the parts where the sections were. Then I flipped my head upside down and began to lightly scrunch the waves to blend them even more and create volume. This was the end result!
Not quite Jada Pinkett, but cute none the less! I loved it, and like I said above I loved it even more as the days went on and my waves were still in tact! You are looking at one happy, braid-out challenged sistah. I can’t wait to give them another go and I am curious to know how they’d work on straight hair??? Lord knows those wave irons are deadly in the heat department.