Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Affordable Curlers: Three Layered Curly Cornrows using A Shower Mat!


Shower mat? Yes, you read right. While I'm waiting for some curlers to arrive, I decided to curl Jannah's braids with a Shower mat that I bought not long ago to put under my washing machine because it would travel all over the place while it spinned the cycle. This is supposed to help hold it in place. I had some leftover and decided to use it on her hair. I saw this trick on the Style Network. Haha! These are usually made for under the carpet, or for the shower, not hair. lol. They are only about $9 for a whole roll.

It does work very well, because the material sticks to the hair and stays put. It sticks in a good way though, no damage involved. Jannah took a nap after I put them on and when she woke up after about 2 hours, her braids had a nice curl. This curling method is supposed to work very well on type 2 and type 3 hair. Well, I guess if it works for 4a braids, then it should work for anyone right? If you decide to try it out, let me know of the results. I would love to know.

Here is the How To:

  • Start with washed, detangled and moisturized hair with product of your choice.
  • Part the hair in 3 parts. See picture.
  • Start cornrowing. Make the cornrows as big or as small as you like.
  • Now cut up the Carpet Underlay about 5 inches long and 1 inch thick.
  • For curling technique, refer to the picture tutorial. Note that I curled 3 braids in one strip of the Shower Mat. After rolling the braids in the strip, just tie it once and it will not unravel.
  • I am a new and slow braider, so this took me about 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you are used to cornrowing it should take you about 1 hour.

Here is a different way to style it.

Here is what you need:



  1. That was soooo creative, great job Iman!!! It came out beautiful!!!!

  2. Thanks, Kandy. I will try this method the next time I take the braids out and co-wash her hair which is in about 2 days or so. Can't wait to see the outcome.

  3. Forgot to mention, you can also find these at Ikea in the kitchen department. Also used for kitchen counters and also called grip mats.


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