Sunday, January 05, 2014

Pipe Cleaner Set

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope 2014 will be all that you hoped for and more.

I experimented with a pipe cleaner set for the first time, an inexpensive, protective hair style that last for weeks.  You can purchase 100 pipe cleaners for under $4 at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and most craft stores. I've provided step-by-step details of the process.

NOTE:  Not recommended for the newly locked.  The end of the pipe cleaners can tend to snag locks.

10-Day Old Pipe Cleaner Set

I found this great pipe cleaner set tutorial (click here) by ChescaLocs on YouTube . Although she has traditional locks, I modified her steps omitting the gel and the twisting.

Kofi's Steps

1.  Washed and conditioned with Avalon Lemon Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner; 

2. Moisturized with small amounts of jojoba and coconut oil;

3.  Towel dried hair;

4.  Followed tutorial with damp locks, omitting gel.  I did not use setting lotion.  

5.  3-6 locks per pipe cleaner in front; 6-10 locks in back.  Total roll time approximately 45-minutes.

6.  Left pipe cleaners in over night.  (It's vital that locks be COMPLETELY DRY before removing pipe cleaners.)

Set last for 14 days or more or until washed.  I wore a lock sock at night and did nothing each morning. 

Pipe Cleaner Set

Week 1 - Removed pipe cleaners and did nothing for a protective style. 

Protective Style


Week 2 - Separated locks for an extremely tight curl.  Perfect for up do's. 

Separated locks for tight curls

Pipe Cleaner Up Do

Pipe Cleaner Up Do

For New Year's Eve, I softened the curls by setting dry locks with the Caruso Steam Curlers for a soft, feminine, curly style.

10-Day Old Pipe Cleaner Set, Softened with Caruso Steam Curlers
Here I am at 14 plus days, still lots of body and curls.  Time to wash and decide how I'd like to style my Sisterlocks next.  Or perhaps, I'll wash and do absolutely nothing; that's the beauty and simplicity of Sisterlocks!  (Click any photo for greater detail.)  

A video pictorial of my Pipe Cleaner process.  


Anonymous said...

Where do you buy the shampoo?

Kofi Williams, CPC, ELI-MP said...

You can get the shampoo at most health food stores (Whole Foods carries the entire line) and even some Walmarts.

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