Top 3 Ways to Choose the Best Curl Sponge

Picture squeezing curl spongeHave your eyes on a particular sponge, but you’re not quite sure how to judge its quality before you actually go out and buy one?

Check out the 3 best ways to make sure a curl sponge is right for you!

Already know what you’re looking for? Head over to the curl sponge buyer’s guide now!

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.” 

Picture of different variations of the curl sponge
Which is the best curl sponge for you?

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.

Smaller Holes-

  • Produces a tighter coil or curl
  • Curls look neater in appearance
  • Gives the appearance of more overall coils

Bigger Holes-

  • 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. 

Picture of hand squeezing curl sponge

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!Picture of finger pressing into curl sponge

The Test

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. 

Picture of curl sponge that is falling apart

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.

View the 2015 Curl Sponge Buyer's Guide Now


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