Check out the 3 best ways to make sure a curl sponge is right for you!
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1. Sponge Hole Sizing
First and foremost, you need to identify the type of look you are trying to achieve with your sponge.
Are you looking for a tight and uniform curl pattern? Are you looking for looser, bigger coils? Maybe you don’t want twists at all, but want to simply give your hair some texture.
While there are hair sponges available for all of the above-mentioned styles, unfortunately, there really is no “jack of all trades.”
As you can see in the illustration above, there are many options available when it comes to the side of your sponge that puts in work.
- Produces a tighter coil or curl
- Curls look neater in appearance
- Gives the appearance of more overall coils
- Produces a bigger (sometimes looser) coil or curl
- Curls can still be somewhat uniform in appearance
- Great for longer hairstyles
Pyramids (or similar)-
- Adds texture/teases hair
- Gives users a type of “wash-n-go” look
- Not meant to give curls like hair sponge
- Normally used as a “pre treatment” before using hair sponge
2. Sponge Durability
You can pretty much figure out how long your curl sponge is going to last you by copping a quick feel.
Is the sponge soft enough that you would use it to wash your car without fear of putting any scratches in your beautiful paint job? If so, it’s probably not the best choice.
Overly soft curl sponges have been known to begin to come apart after just a couple of uses. Aside from that, little pieces begin to break off and get stuck in your hair (especially when using hair products with a thicker consistency).
When purchasing locally, do not be afraid to squeeze the package to get an idea of the quality of the sponge.
If you end up buying a curl sponge from a barber or salon, they will most likely have them boxed up behind the counter somewhere. Politely ask them to take one out for you to see.
If they are unable, they should have one in use on the floor that you can check out for a second. Heck, you might even get to see one in action if your timing is right!
A good rule of thumb is to take the curl sponge and lay it on a flat surface with holes facing up. Then, take your finger and press right into the middle of the sponge lightly.
Does the sponge give more than an inch with little to no effort? Then it’s probably not the one for you.
Don’t get me wrong, it will work and get you the natural curly hairstyle you are looking for. But, it will probably end up looking like the sponge below in a few weeks.
3. Sponge Shape and Size
It might not seem that important, but the shape and size of your curl sponge is absolutely crucial when it comes to curling for longer periods of time.
For bigger hands, I would recommend something shaped like that of the Nudred sponge.
These oversized “figure 8” modeled sponges are designed to fit perfectly between the base of your thumb and rest of your fingers, making longer curling sessions painless.
For smaller hands, I would advise trying an overall smaller sponge, such as the Magic Twist.
As opposed to the “figure 8” models, these sponges come in a smaller oval shape making it easier for smaller hands to grip and control while styling their hair.
However, there have been some with smaller hands that have said they prefer the oversized sponges because they cover more area than the smaller sponges.
“But how can I judge the quality of a sponge if I am buying online?”
Answer: 2015 curl sponge buyer’s guide—we didn’t hold back either.