Au Naturel

Top 5 reasons I LOVE pipe cleaner curls

It’s no secret that I love wearing my locs curled.  I have used every kind of curl method I can think of including perm rods, foam curlers, bone rollers (you know, the inside part of sponge rollers), paper bags rollers, foil rollers, and (bantu) knot curls.  But my all time fave is pipe cleaner curls!  These things are all the rage in locs it seems, and with good reason… they are the best and here are MY top 5 reasons why:

  1. They are cheap.
  2. The curls last FORever.  I literally have to wash them out!
  3. Since the curls last and last and last, I can style them to death until my next wash.
  4. I can sleep in them (both the pipe cleaners and the resulting curls).  I mean ACTUALLY sleep, not Regina King in Friday after a fresh weave sleep!  AND leave the curlers in without ending up with painful and unsightly dents in my face and head.  AND THE #1 REASON I LOVE PIPE CLEANER CURLS…….
  5. I can keep the pipe cleaners in for days and style my locs WITH THE CURLERS IN!  A style within a style!  That way, I can wear the curlers out of the house without looking like that embarrassing “Auntie” you never want to be seen with.
    (Don’t act like you don’t know that “Auntie”; every family has one.  The one whose house you (kids) love to go to because you can do/eat/say whatever you want but you hate going anywhere with because she wears her rollers, “house shoes”, AND “house coat” EVERYwhere!)


Don't pay attention to the nasty look I'm giving (DON'T ASK).... focus on the pipe cleaners.

Don’t pay attention to the nasty look I’m giving (DON’T ASK)…. focus on the pipe cleaners.

The smile is much nicer here ;-)

The smile is much nicer here 😉




N'Ckyola "Nikki" Green

I love food & wine, paint & power tools. I am a creative introvert, programmer turned decorator, wife and mom, & mental health advocate. I am the decorator owner of Xtraordinary by Design. My mission - rid the world of builder beige & furniture sets.



  • Janell Renee
    5 years ago

    can i put them in with my hair dry or do I have to wet it first

    • nckyola
      5 years ago

      You can do it either way, but they get much curlier and last much longer if you wet it first. Same goes for the longer you leave them in.

  • Lori
    5 years ago

    I love it! You look so purrrrrty and natural!

  • VanishaRDailey
    5 years ago

    very pretty!

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